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By: Mark C Lenzi
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Looking Back At 2015
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2015 We Faced New Challenges But Our Family Will
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Mike & Mark
Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
How To Buy Sparkling Like A Pro
Drones In Winemaking
2016 Drink Trends
Bud Light debuts can redesign to appeal to modern beer drinkers
Bud Light is getting a makeover in 2016.
Pyramid scheme for wine? Collectors cry foul
The business of investing in wine futures has always been risky. But now, customers of a large California seller are wondering whether they’re victims of an even bigger risk: A pyramid scheme.
THE EXPERT’S GUIDE FOR PAIRING CHINESE TAKEOUT WITH WINE
Chinese food around the holidays is an American tradition.
THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE WINES OF THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE
Can you feel it? The Force is awakening
Underage alcohol readily available, but teens are backing away from it, see binge risk
5 reasons to try Turkish wine
Turkish wine is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., and in 2016, you’ll be seeing more of it in your favorite restaurants and wine shops.
HOW OXYGEN HELPS & HARMS YOUR WINE
Decant Vs Aerate
Abita Brewing Releases Bayou Bootlegger Hard Root Beer
Abita Brewing Company has released an alcoholic version of their famous root beer, the first product in its line of ‘Bayou Bootlegger’ hard sodas.
BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY ANNOUNCES NEW LINE OF NITROGEN-CARBONATED CANNED BEER
The 16-oz can presents the ability to experience silky, smooth nitrogen-charged beer outside of the pub, even taking that experience to the great outdoors.
Larger Wine Glasses Encourage More Drinking, Study Finds
University of Cambridge researchers found that wine sales were 9% higher when larger glasses were used
The 50 Best Wines Under $50
Whether you need red, white, or sparkling, critic Elin McCoy has a bottle for you on this list of the best reasonably priced wines she tasted this year
Question to Legalize Marijuana Advances In MA
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol took another step forward by gathering almost 71,000 signatures. The Secretary of State’s office verified that only 64,000 signatures were necessary. This question was one of seven ballot initiatives that received enough signatures to move on to the next phase. A second recreational marijuana question filed by Baystate Repeal, did not gather enough signatures to move forward.
What happens next? The Massachusetts Legislature has until May 3, 2016 to act on this question. If our Legislators enact a bill by May 3rd the question will no longer appear on the November ballot. If they choose not to enact a bill, the Campaign will have until July to gather an additional 10,000 signatures.
Infographics & Guide to Pinot Noir Wine Grape Variety
Pinot Noir is certainly one of the most famous red grape varieties in the world, giving birth to many of the world’s most expensive wines.
The latest off-premise report from Nielsen indicates that the premium wine segment continues to perform well with consumers trading up for the holidays compared to last year.
SakeOne have a great primer for understanding the fundamentals. What’s the difference between Nigori and Junmai? What temperature(s) should Sake be served at?
It’s crazy what wine DOESN’T spend on advertising!
THE TEQUILA BRANDS TO WATCH IN 2016
Tequila is fast becoming the hip spirit among millennial cocktail lovers, but which brands are poised for success in the coming 12 months?
The Bourbon Barrel Craze Arrives in Wine
Fetzer Wines is pushing the experimentation further, and recently launched “1,000 Stories” Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel.
2016 DRINKS TRENDS
British drinks distributor Matthew Clark has revealed what it predicts will be the six most notable drink trends of 2016.
Should you decant your Champagne?
The idea has been circulating the on-trade, especially in France, for many years.
Why You Shouldn’t Drink Champagne From A ‘Coupe’ Glass (And Other Toasting Tips)
First thing’s first. Forgo those fancy retro glasses and use a standard champagne glass, instead.
JACK DANIEL’S AND SAZERAC SETTLE LAWSUIT
Sazerac Brands LLC told a Kentucky federal court it was voluntarily dismissing its lawsuit alleging Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. was violating the Lanham Act through the use of ‘Fireball’ in its marketing for Tennessee Fire.
ALCOHOL VOTED ‘WORST’ CHRISTMAS GIFT
The Consumer Reports National Research Center designed a survey to explore “general sentiment and shopping behaviors” for the 2015 winter holiday season.
No Chemicals: This Is the Most Natural Wine You Can Drink
Nowadays, natural wines are all the rage in such culinary capitals as Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York.
Using Drones in Wine Making (Video)
Evaluating the potential applications of drones in wine making
Our friends at Quini mention Franklin Liquors in recent newsletter!
Massachusetts’s First Annual Direct Wine Shipping Report
Massachusetts joined the ranks of direct to consumer (DtC) states at the beginning of 2015. Now that a year has passed, wineries will soon have to file an annual shipping report for their DtC sales in the state
THE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BUILDING A CHAMPAGNE TOWER
There is absolutely nothing more celebratory than serving Champagne from a Champagne tower
Diabetics Don’t Have to Shy Away from Wine
Yet another study confirms that a glass of wine with dinner has its advantages, but clinical trials suggest those health benefits also extend to people with type 2 diabetes.
2015: THE YEAR IN BEER
The review of a remarkable year.
How to Buy Sparkling Wine Like a Pro
Champagne isn’t the only game in town. In fact, with a little intel, you can find a bottle of bubbly that’s much cheaper than Champagne, but is just as bubbly.
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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
WINE TASTING 101
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
FUDGE & WINE PAIRING EVENT
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
Tri-County Adult Education
Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting
Tuesday Feb 23nd 7-9PM
Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.
Wine Labels Truths & Lies
Tuesday April 26th 7-9PM
Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?
This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. Knowing this information will help you get more value for your money with shopping for wines. What is in this bottle? Is this organic? After this event buying wine will never be the same!
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.
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