Liquor Industry News/Links 03-19-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Gallo Wines Hopes We Understand

Gallo, Constellation Claim Nearly Half Of Domestic Wine’s “Hot Brands”

U.S. wine market. Indeed, the two companies comprise more than 35% of the market’s volume, according to Impact Databank.

At more than 18 million nine-liter cases, Gallo’s Barefoot Cellars is easily the largest player on this year’s Hot Brands list. Barefoot’s sustained success is driven in part by its accessible pricing and approachable image. “(Barefoot Cellars) continues to resonate with consumers who share our belief that wine should be fun, less serious and always varietal-correct,” says Stephanie Gallo, vice president of marketing for E.&J. Gallo Winery


On the back label of Gallo products is a 4-5-digit code.


I was told 2 things: One it’s a color code for the label OR it’s a code for color of the wine. So I wrote Gallo and got this response:

“Due to strict company policy this is considered proprietary information. We hope you understand.

SO if you had a color code on your wine no big deal right? To me it’s a chemical code to make wines a certain color. Something to think about.

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

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Do crémants age as well as Champagne?

Are People Choosing Working Out Over Wine?

Secrets of the Chartreuse Liqueur


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Beer distributors sues Mass. over record fine

Craft Brewers Guild, the Everett beer distributor that illegally paid Boston bars to stock its products, has sued Massachusetts’s regulators

Why Does That Wine Smell So Good!

Terpene compounds are among the most expressive of the aromas that include floral, rose-like, coriander, camphorous, green and herbaceous.

Let’s Make Port Cool Again

Port may be your grandma’s drink, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be your drink, too. Because here’s the thing: Port is really good.


Where To Find The Best Sauvignon Blanc

A few wine regions have taken on this grape as their pet project and they’re making the best wines in the world.


Tuscany creates a major new body

The newly founded Tuscan Consortium AVITO (Associazione Vini Toscana)


Here’s How A Six-Pack Of Craft Beer Ends Up Costing $12

Studio shot of beer bottle

Studio shot of beer bottle

Millennials are ditching beer for liquor and wine

Preference for liquor has increased most among the 18-29 year-old demographic, suggesting that this trend is poised to continue as more young drinkers eschew beer and shift towards spirits


The “Right” Way To Taste Wine—The Search For Consistency

Is there a “right” way to taste wines?

Do crémants age as well as Champagne?

Crémants generally have a higher pH and phenolic content than Champagne, with low levels of both being crucial for longevity in sparkling wine.

What Exactly are Cult Wines?

The interesting thing about cult wines is that a lot of times there are delicious alternatives next door

Are People Choosing Working Out Over Wine?

A new study found “young people are less likely to have consumed alcohol in the last week than those who are older”


How to Wine Taste Properly

There’s so much more to tasting wines than just sniffing, swirling, and sipping


Champagne, Cava, Prosecco… What’s the Difference?

With all the sparkling wines available and the jargon that goes along with it, it can be a little confusing at times.


This the kind of wine Millennials like.




A nightclub supply company in Miami has launched a “gun” which sprays Champagne up to 23 feet in the air for use in VIP rooms.


Shark Tank Preview: Lawyer Brews Solution To Beer Problem

The reusable, dome-shaped plastic ice cube fits perfectly underneath a beer can and turns warm beer cold.


Champagne cap collecting: The art and the commerce

You may pop open a bottle of Champagne to celebrate something good, and perhaps you will keep the painted metal cap which secured the cork as a wee souvenir of that moment.

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows  Champagne capsules of French placomusophile, collector and trader of capsules, Stephane Primault, at Auménancourt-le-Petit. You may pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate something good, and perhaps keep the painted metal cap which secured the cork as a souvenir. But for collectors those caps are an art form and a valuable investment. / AFP / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI



Revered Italian wine producer Frescobaldi has partnered with a group of prisoners in Florence on an olive oil made from trees within the prison grounds.


Stoli Gluten Free is made with 88% corn and 12% buckwheat, both naturally gluten-free.


How character-driven labels are driving wine sales

As the wine aisles swell with an ever-rising sea of brands, wine producers are looking to increasingly rich and imaginative narratives on which to build their brands


Secrets of the Chartreuse Liqueur

If word of mouth is the best publicity, there may be a problem when the creators of a wonderful product have taken a vow of silence. That conundrum hasn’t bothered the Carthusian monks in France’s Chartreuse mountains,

Three Tips For Parents Navigating The Wine Aisle

Here are some tips for navigating the wine aisle of the grocery store with a toddler in the mimicking stage of development

Not a problem if you shop small!

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Yoga And Wine

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Yoga & Wine: A Fluid Journey through the Chakras

Join Betsy Barry of Franklin Yoga & Wellness and Mark Lenzi of Franklin Liquors for a sensory exploration of wine through the energy systems of the body.

This unique workshop combines a 6o-minute yoga class with a carefully sequenced wine pairing designed to open and balance the major energy centers, known as “chakras.” With a heightened sense of awareness, we will explore each chakra through physical observation of each shared wine, discovering taste, flavor and feel in a new way.

No prior knowledge of yoga or wine is required. Plan to bring an open mind and leave feeling balanced and satisfied with a new appreciation of both wine and self.

7 Chakras And 7 Wines

Class Limit 20

$40 Per Person

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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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Spring 2016

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!

Franklin, MA

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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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