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Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Bowie Wine Is Hot!
How Oak Affects Wine
Untappd Merges with Beer and Wine Recommendation App, Next Glass
Untappd, a popular mobile app that allows consumers to rate and review the beers they drink, today announced it has merged with Next Glass, a wine and beer recommendation platform.
Eighty-Three Years After Repeal Of Prohibition, U.S. States Still Shackle The Wine Trade
Climate extremes threaten Australia’s wine industry
Just weeks out from the 2016 harvest, the contrasting events highlight the challenges from climate change, particularly extreme weather, faced by the world’s fourth-largest wine exporter.
The App Review: Max McCalman’s Cheese & Wine Pairing App
Decades of wine and cheese trial and error have amounted to the one and only Max McCalman Cheese and Wine Pairing App
Grenache on the rise
Grenache is widely planted around the world. It is the second most widely planted grape in France, making up 60 percent of the acreage in the Rhone Valley and 70 percent of the acreage in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
FRENCH WINE SOCIETY REBRANDS
Global education provider, the French Wine Society has rebranded as the Wine Scholar Guild following the expansion of its education programme to include wines from Italy and Spain.
Watch For Exciting French Wine Education News From US Soon!
U.S. Wine Sales Total $38 billion
Retailers, restaurants and wineries all saw sales increases in 2015, swelling the size of the market for U.S. wine to more than $38 billion. Year-end data also confirmed the strength of trends toward higher price segments and thriving sparkling wine sales.
Sierra Nevada’s ‘Beer Camp Across America’ Arrives in Boston June 18
Sierra Nevada’s second annual Beer Camp Across America will arrive at a yet-to-be-disclosed local location on June 18, promising an unprecedented regional beer collaboration involving Boston’s own Trillium Brewing Company.
World’s First Instant Wine Chiller
In under 60 seconds, it chills your wine to the perfect temperature so you can enjoy it the way it was meant to be.
Cider Sales See Big Decline in Growth in 2015
10.8% growth rate reflects a significant slowing in the growth of the cider sector from 2014 when growth in cider sales increased by 71%.
What’s the Big Deal About Campania?
Italy’s southwest offers some idiosyncratic and delicious wines
Is DOCG in the Future for these Five Hopeful Regions?
For five regions, Vallée d’Aoste, Liguria, Trentino-Alto Adige, Molise and Calabria, left at the shoreline without as much as a single DOCG, it begs for some DOCG soul-surfing.
These 9 wine bottle designs won consumer approval over all the others tested by Nielsen.
Understanding Maturation – Part 1: Know Your Casks
Know Your Casks
The quirkage of wine bottle corkage
Here are tips to make the experience go smoothly.
How oak barrels affect wine
Sometimes coopers made barrels from chestnut, sometimes acacia, but they always preferred oak and still do to this day.
Delicato Family Vineyards (DFV) is boosting its presence at the super-premium tier with the launch of a new wine brand, Z. Alexander Brown, in collaboration with musician Zac Brown and Napa Valley winemaker John Killebrew. The Z. Alexander Brown portfolio includes a Cabernet Sauvignon and Proprietary Red Blend, which are debuting nationally, retailing at around $20 a bottle.
Christian Brother Apple
Heaven Hill Brands is introducing Christian Brothers Apple, a new flavored extension to the brandy label. Building off of the success of Christian Brothers Honey and Peach, Christian Brothers Apple is 35% abv and retails around $11 a 750-ml. Apple-flavored spirits accounted for $350 million in sales across the U.S. spirits market last year, according to Nielsen.
CHIANTI’S WILD BOAR PROBLEM ‘OUT OF CONTROL’
Members of the Chianti Classico Consorzio have recently complained again that the creatures’ numbers are “out of control” and a cull is needed.
Aiming High for Piedmont Wine
Alto Piemonte is a territory where Nebbiolo serves as the base for several different wines
Barossa Valley’s 2016 wines could be best in a decade
With grape picking about to get into full swing, experts say excellent conditions in South Australia are likely to produce high-quality wines provided weather conditions continue to remain favourable throughout the harvest, which stretches until April in some areas.
IF YOU’RE BUYING LARGE FORMAT CRAFT BEER, YOU’RE GETTING SCREWED
How did these large format bottles become such a rip-off?
SPARKLING WINE SWEETNESS SCALE
Cheat sheet below, featuring the info you need to buy bubbly with confidence.
Moosehead, Canada’s Oldest Independent Brewery, to Launch Moosehead Radler for the first time in the U.S.
New style into the U.S. market this spring- Moosehead Radler. Moosehead Radler was first introduced in Saint John, New Brunswick in 2014, and successfully expanded to other Canadian markets before coming to the US.
The Top Wine Trend Predictions Of 2016, From Expert Sommeliers
Wine lovers can look forward to the expansion and emergence of several interesting trends this year—but what exactly are they?
Bowie Wine Becomes Collector Target
Bowie-mania hits the wine world as an almost-forgotten label makes a comeback.
Nebbiolo: The Grape of Barolo and So Much More
Nebbiolo (“Nebby-oh-low”) is a full-bodied red wine more famously known by the two production regions of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, Italy.
10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Wine
Good advice for men as well!
9 hacks to help you drink better wine by drinking it better
Aiming for a new and improved you in 2016? That’s tough. Improving your wine experience? That’s not hard at all.
Because if you want to drink better wine, the first step is drinking wine better.
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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!
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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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