Liquor Industry News/Links 12-05-15

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Winter Wine-derland

We Are Ready For The Holidays!

Stop In And Let Us Help With That Special Wine Gift.



Vinitas Wineworks Tasting

Great Holiday Gift Wines Class Held In Our Wine Room



2015 Bud Steins Are Here!

We Still Have Selection From 2001-2013


Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark



Shop Franklin


Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Beer And Cheese Pairings

Top 25 Beers In 2015


Five great books for the wine lovers on your shopping list

Reading well-written books about wine is the next-best thing to drinking it.

Constance Guisset’s D-Vine tabletop machine speeds up wine tasting

French designer Constance Guisset has created a machine that automatically aerates and adjusts the temperature of individual glasses of wine.



Let’s start with the basic guide to satisfying that primal need to seek out a hunk of lactic protein and a cold pint.


Dogfish Head Hoo Lawd claims to be the hoppiest beer ever

Dogfish Head’s Hoo Lawd clocks in at a palate-busting 658 IBU.

Wine Picker: The App that Tells You Which Wine to Order

Picking wine made as easy as drinking it: select a restaurant and the App will give you the 5 best wines matching your preferences

“Wine Bathing” The Reason Why Japanese People Are Suddenly Bathing In Wine

Drinking wine is one thing, but who would have thought that bathing in wine can be a good thing too?


Now second only to Bordeaux in terms of trade levels on the secondary market, Italy shows no signs of slowing down.


Duff Goldman’s Steel Kitten, A Cake-Worthy Dessert Wine

Duff Goldman’s new Steel Kitten wine, a recently released dessert wine collaboration with direct-to-winery Club W.


Several Walpole MA businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

Police Chief John Carmichael said the money used to pay for this was provided by an annual $5,000 underage drinking grant from the state’s Office of Public Safety and Security. All locations involved were notified before the stings that compliance checks would be conducted.

Israel Aims to Recreate Wine That Jesus and King David Drank

The wine, called marawi and released last month by Recanati Winery, is the first commercially produced by Israel’s growing modern industry from indigenous grapes

Tokaji Aszu Wines Are a Taste of Hungarian Sweetness

Their complexities unfold in gorgeous waves that echo in the mouth. In every way, they signify the sweetness of life and inspire the joy of the holidays.


Boston Beer Extends Rebel Range, Adds Sparkling Ale

Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams brand has extended its fast-growing Rebel IPA range with the launch of Rebel Raw Double IPA. Rolling out over the next few weeks, Rebel Raw Double IPA (10% abv) is brewed with six different hop varieties and has a 35-day shelf life. The limited-edition expression will be available in 16-ounce can four-packs across Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago. According to Impact Databank, the Rebel lineup—which also includes the Rebel IPA, Rebel Rouser IPA, Rebel Rider IPA and Rebel Grapefruit IPA entries—sold 2 million (2.25-gallon) cases in 2014, the brand’s first year on the market.

Meanwhile, Samuel Adams has also debuted a new Sparkling Ale, brewed with a variety of Noble hops and an acidulated malt. The 4.8%-abv offshoot will be sold through December as part of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety 12-Pack ($14.99-$17.99).


Azacca IPA, an IPA using just one, relatively new, experimental hop, as the first seasonal offering of 2016

Small wine shops bring ‘vinodiversity’

There is no industry in which shopping local and small can have more far-reaching effects than the wine industry.


Wine Spectator Releases Revamped WineRatings+ App

Redesigned and updated for iOS9, the popular ratings app provides access to 320,000 wine reviews on multiple devices


For those of us who enjoy the pleasures of wine, we know this time of year is much easier to endure with a glass of wine in hand. But don’t take our word for it, listen to these hilarious memes instead.



Ideally you want to get into a whiskey bottle, not spend all your time reading it like a cereal box.

8 Gifts Made From Beer: For the Beer Lover Who Has Everything

It’s the same problem every year: you have a certain someone on your gift list who has everything.

US predicted to add 16 million new wine drinkers in next ten years

By 2025 there will be 109 million wine drinkers in the US, up from 93 million today, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.


While vending machines are now a staple sight everywhere from hospitals to schools and offices, we’re pretty sure you’ve never seen one like this before (unless you’re Belgian, of course).


Infographics & Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red grape variety in the world and is the backbone in many of the world’s most expensive wines.




How wines get their complex flavors

Wine professionals are fascinated with what gives the drink its distinctive character. The ability to distinguish individual flavors and aromas, with precise detail, has become all the rage among connoisseurs.

Geek Speak: What is Infusion?

I continued to encounter the phrase, “I make wine more by infusion than extraction.” But what does it actually mean?

Sangiovese by Another Name: Morellino di Scansano

For many, Sangiovese and Tuscany are practically synonymous. But, while Chianti and Brunello immediately spring to mind, the less familiar Morellino di Scansano offers equally enjoyable wines by another name.



Should grower champagne matter to you?

Champagne Bottle Sizes



America Has More Breweries Than Ever Before

There are now 4,144 breweries in the U.S.

Top 25 beers of 2015

From easy-drinking session beers to expertly hoppy IPAs, these are the 25 beers that define 2015.

Why do you get a headache after drinking red wine?

A likelier suspect for red wine headaches is histamines, biological compounds found in grape skins that are 20 to 200 percent more likely to be in red wines than in white wines.

Maker’s Mark Update

Demand for Maker’s Mark continues to grow strongly—increasing 7% to 1.34 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank—and the distillery has been trying to keep pace. A second set of stills, a new artificial lake for secure water supply, new warehouses: it’s been busy outside of Loretto for the past 10 years. Whisky Advocate has an update on Maker’s expansion.


The effects of climate change and the subsequent warmer weather have a positive influence on Sangiovese, believes one Tuscan winemaker.

Climate change turns Canada into a hot spot for wine

One of the great things up here is that in summer we get 18 hours of sunlight per day, which is actually 3 hours more than Napa.


Make Your Own Liquor at Home With This Stainless Still

Still from TableTopStill can’t deal with the whole “government prosecution” thing, it can help you convert 1/2 gallon of wine to 7oz or hard alcohol, or a 20% alcohol solution (like mash made from yeast) to 12oz of hard alcohol in a safe, easy to use way.

While making your own spirits at home is a noble task with fantastic benefits, you should know that United States Federal law “strictly prohibits individuals from producing distilled spirits at any place other than a TTB (the agency formerly known as the ATF) qualified distilled spirits plant.” Proceed with caution.


Top 10 Tips From The Blue Collar Wine Guide

Three companies alone represent more than half of case sales of wine in the U.S. There may be 8,287 wineries in the country today, but just 30 of them represent almost 90% of the domestic wine sold annually in the U.S. by volume.

The Five Best Wine Books for Beginners

Don’t know your Pinot Noir from your Pinotage? These introductory works give budding oenophiles a head start


Quini Newsletter

The latest news from our friends at Quini

All About Orange Wine

Orange wine is a bit of a misnomer because it isn’t referring to a wine made with oranges nor is it a Mimosa cocktail (a blend of 1 part orange juice to 2 parts sparkling wine.) Orange wine is something entirely different.


Amarone Wine Turns Raisins Into Gold

Amarone wine or as it’s officially named, Amarone della Valpolicella, is one of those wines that you buy and sit on and pray your marriage stays together long enough so that you can drink it on your 20th anniversary


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Franklin Wine Club Meeting


Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 290 Club Members!

How To attend and join

December Holiday Party At Davio’s

Franklin Adult Education 2016 Classes

Valentine Chocolate and Wine Tasting

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Chocolates and wine pairings&..bring your sweetheart, your BFF, your neighbor and join the good folks from the Sugar Shoppe and Franklin Liquors for an evening you won’t soon forget!

Explore the world of decadent chocolate and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. There is simply nothing better. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi will show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

And, a portion of your registration will go towards helping someone in need through the Sugar Shoppe, a local non-profit candy store working with local businesses to help raise money for homeless moms and kids in joint community efforts.

Medway Community Education

Winter 2016



Mark Lenzi, Franklin Liquors

This wine tasting education will leave you comfortable and excited about wine. We will explore how to taste wine and the process involved which will make you a better wine taster and buyer. What is aroma? What is your wine style? After swirling, sniffing and tasting, your wine world will be open for exploration. Participants must be 21 years of age.

Course # B65-16 1 session

Tuesday, March 8 7:00-9:00pm

Franklin Liquors $25

363 East Central Street, Rte. 140, Franklin


Franklin Liquors & The Sugar Shoppe

Yes – fudge and wine pair together beautifully! This will be a wine tasting/education with the Sugar Shoppe and Franklin Liquors. Explore the world of fudge and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi show you how during this educational sit-down tasting. A portion of your registration will go towards helping someone in need through the Sugar Shoppe, a local non-profit candy store working with local businesses to help raise money for homeless mothers and children. Participants must be 21 years of age.

Course # B66-16 1 session

Tuesday, April 5 7:00-9:00pm

Franklin Liquors $25

363 East Central Street, Rte. 140, Franklin

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Tri-County Adult Education  

Coming Soon Winter 2015/16

 Franklin, MA

Vinitas WineWorks, LLC


Kim M. Simone, Founder and Wine Advisor

We’re an independent wine education and event company, providing unique classes, wine tasting events and personalized consulting. As a professional with a dozen years in the wine business, my favorite part of the job was helping people just like you pick out a great bottle. I’m excited to help you learn about wine in a relaxed environment where you can ask any question, no matter how small or basic.

Watch ForUpcoming Classes Held In Our Wine Room

Certified Specialist Of Wine-CSW

Certified Specialist Of Spirits-CSS

Society Of Wine Educators

California Wine Appellation Specialist-CWAS-San Francisco Wine School (First In MA)

French Wine Scholar FWS-French Wine Society

Quini Certified Educator- QCE (First In USA)

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Our Wines Are On Vinobly

In The Mood To Try Something New, Or Want A Little Personalized Help In Navigating Our Aisles? Check Out The New Free Vinobly App Which Makes Personalized Recommendations From Wines In Our Store. You Can Find Wine To Pair With Your Meal, Or Take Their Fun 3-Question Palate Profiler Quiz To Get Started

We Are Proud To Now Partner With Vinobly!

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The best wine maps in the business!!


Get your complete wine tasting guide disguised as a notebook.

Over 100,000 copies sold worldwide!


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All Our Wines Are Reviewed On Quini

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Every wine we taste and stock is on Quini.

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