Liquor Industry News/Links 04-09-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


New Tasting/Education Partnership

Franklin Liquors and our Franklin Wine Club have partnered with the Moonlight Chef.


Chef Laura Stevens will be our guest host for a cheese and wine tasting April 28th

Three cheese dishes paired with 2 wines each.


Baked Brie and Fig Jam with Grilled Baguette

Hummus with Feta Cheese and Pickled Cherry Peppers

Assorted Ricotta Crostini – Lemon/Pepper, Watercress, Chutney, Tomato/Basil, Pear and Pecan

$35 Per Person

Contact Us For Your Next Food And Wine Event!


Private Tasting With The Moonlight Chef Food

In Our Wine Room This Week We Held Another Private Tasting


Medway Continuing Education

Held In Our Wine Room

Fudge And Wine Tasting

With our event partner Courtney of the Sugar Shoppe



Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

What To Drink From Italy

Why You Should Not Worry About Sulfites

Barefoot Cellars’ winemaker listens to consumers

Pairing Wine And Pastas


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Pabst’s New Owner Digs Into Old Beer Recipes as It Looks to the Future

Founded in Milwaukee in 1844 by Jacob Best Sr., the brewery had a pretty good run for more than a century.


The Spanish Wine Regions You Should Be Visiting Right Now

They’ve long been overshadowed by Rioja, Spain’s oldest and most famous wine region, but perhaps not for much longer: in recent years, wine industry insiders have nicknamed Ribera and Rueda “the Napa and Sonoma of Madrid.”



Now you may think that you can hold your alcohol, but spitting goes far beyond intoxication and silly puns.


4 wine buying tips for weddings

There is one thing that remains constant — weddings must have wine.


How To Order Wine On A Date When You Know Nothing, From A Wine Expert

Good news! It turns out you don’t have to be obnoxious when you talk about wine, you just have to know how to describe what you like and don’t like (being able to pronounce everything wouldn’t hurt.)





Trending: What to drink from Italy

We are seduced by the Italian lifestyle – which is one of the main reasons we in the U.S. import the most Italian wine of any country in the world.


Why Italy Is Mulling Wine Classes For Schoolchildren

Plans that could see children aged between six and 13 taught about Italian wine in schools across the country are being mulled by the government.


Narragansett Beer returning to Rhode Island

The Narragansett Brewing Company will be brewing beer in Rhode Island for the first time since 1983.


Sam Adams To Make A Seltzer

Boston Beer Company is entering the nascent “hard seltzer” category with the launch of a new brand, Truly Spiked & Sparkling. Billed as a low-calorie, low-carb, gluten-free alternative to wine, light beer and cocktails, Truly Spiked & Sparkling is 5% abv—containing alcohol made from cane sugar—and is rolling out across 20 major markets in three flavors: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo and Pomegranate. The newcomer, which retails at $10-$11 a six-pack, has 100 calories and two grams of carbs per serving. Truly Spiked & Sparkling will compete against other hard seltzer brands like Spiked Seltzer and Nauti Seltzer.




Scores matter (please let nobody argue again that they don’t) but they are merely a peg in the ground, the accompanying tasting note doing the job of positioning the wine in stylistic context or relative to past vintages and perhaps alluding to its evolutionary potential.

Chianti Classico: Characterful Wines at Value Prices

This post highlights characterful wines from a fabled part of the world long known for its natural beauty, fabulous food and great wines


Alcohol and travel: Countries where you can’t drink alcohol

Having a drink while travelling is OK so long as you respect the laws of the country you’re travelling in and don’t behave like a drunk idiot. However, there are certain countries where consuming alcohol is illegal.


Angry French winemakers emptied five tanks filled with Spanish wine onto a motorway in protest against increasing imports into the country.



The Trouble With “White Label” Wines

“White label” wines are relabeled or rebranded wines created out of the bulk wine market. While some are good, many are nothing more than relabeled bulk wines from the world’s largest wine producers.



Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Sulfites in Wine

There are plenty aspects of wine and winemaking that are misunderstood, but few as publicly or brutally as sulfites


Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Launches New Extended Maceration Cabernet Sauvignon Project from Washington State

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates launched INTRINSIC™ Wine Co., a raw, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that uses extreme maceration techniques to highlight the incredible quality of tannins in Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon




Pairing beer with chocolate

Both beer and chocolate are often described as being smooth, malty, bitter, dark sweet, and light. The carbonation of beer though is what allows the taster to open up their palate and pull together the flavors of chocolate and the beer.

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Constellation Buys The Prisoner And Related Wine Brands For $285 Million

Constellation Brands has made another blockbuster luxury wine purchase, agreeing to buy the brands of the Prisoner Wine Company from Huneeus Vintners. The portfolio includes five brands, including superstar blend The Prisoner, Saldo, Cuttings, Blindfold and Thorn. The transaction, expected to close this month, includes just the brands.

The Big Get Bigger!

Barefoot Cellars’ winemaker listens to consumers

Barefoot’s annual production is about 18 million cases

Barefoot steps aside from the California wine trade in at least two respects. For one, it doesn’t vintage date its wines, preferring to emphasize style rather than season.

Want a 100? Develop your own wine rating system

It is difficult for most people to perceive the difference between a 85-point wine and a 95-point wine, but many of a critic’s followers use these scores to determine what to buy.


How to improve your tasting skills: understanding alcohol, acid and sugar in wine

So let’s have a look at these terms, so that we may understand how to evaluate them.



5 Study Tips To Help You Pass The French Wine Scholar Exam

Is it intimidating? Yes. Is passing the French Wine Scholar exam achievable? Definitely! By diving in deep to the viticulture, regional characteristics and production history of wines from France, you will gain an understanding of wines from all over the world on a different level than you had previously.



A wine region where the population is at times a little confused

This is the Alsace, a picturesque area of rolling hills on the borders of France and Germany, squeezed in between the Vosges Mountains to the west and the majestic river Rhine to the east.


Astrological Signs With Astrological Wines

Astrological Signs and wines that go with them

The Tao of Tasting

Tasting is the heart and soul of what we do as wine professionals. It’s both the “work” we do and also the most enjoyable thing about our profession.

Pyrazines: Why Some Wines Taste like Bell Pepper

A group of these savory flavors (which includes “bell pepper”) come from a from a specific aroma compound called methoxypyrazine (often called “pyrazines” for short). The compound is found in higher proportions in the “Bordeaux-family” grapes




Surprise: Leffe beer is not made by monks

A beer drinker was so surprised that Leffe beer is made by beer giant Anheuser-Busch and most notably not by men of the cloth, he filed a lawsuit against the beer manufacturer, according to Reuters.



The system is “data and technology-driven” and aims to give a truer “holistic” assessment of each wine based on aggregated scores from eminent critics as well as its brand strength, liquidity and price – all presented on a 1,000-point scale.


On Pairing Wine With Pasta

The best tip on pairing wine with pasta is to ignore the pasta and pay attention to the sauce.






Tim Hanni MW Launches New Online Business of Wine Course

Master of Wine Tim Hanni launches a new online Business of Wine course in collaboration with the Napa Valley Wine Academy this month.

Quick Guide to Sangiovese Grape Variety & its Italian Wine Regions

Sangiovese is the soul of Tuscany, and is the bedrock of the region, used in producing Chianti, Chianti Classico, Super Tuscan wines, Rosso di Montalcino, and the venerable Brunello di Montalcino.


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Thursday April 14

Think Pink Tasting

Rose Tasting

Guest Host John Grange

Spring is here!

Rosé sales are getting bigger every year and are the perfect springtime wine.

At this tasting we will taste many Rosé wines,

John will also share some French wines including Champagne and a nice Spanish selection.


April 21st

La Cantina Winery Tasting

La Cantina

Very proud to host Bob and Ana Vozzella for this event!

They are members of our club and own and operate a winery in Franklin.

At this event Bob will share his families passion for wine making.

Come hear all about this winery and taste his families wines.

The Story:

The history of winemaking in our family starts in Santa Maria Del Molise, Italy, in the mid -1900’s.  Santa Maria is a small farming community, with natural spring from the mountains and rich soil for vineyards.  It was there my grandparents began a life-long tradition of making fine wines.

In 1963 my grandfather, Ottavio, moved his family from Italy to Franklin, MA, where he carried on the winemaking tradition from a small hand-dug cellar, in our home.

Today, in that very same home, I have been creating delicious wines using the same traditional methods my grandfather taught me.  With my grandfathers knowledge passed down, and the education I received at UC Davis California, the “Harvard” of winemaking, I am proud to bring to you, La Cantina Wine School.

La Cantina Winery was born out of our love of traditional Italian winemaking with friends and family.  Since its inception La Cantina Winery has become the premiere location for learning the process of winemaking.  From grapes, to barrel, and bottle, you are involved in the educational and fun process of making wine.

April 28th

Focus On Cheese

Food And Wine Pairing

Our first food and wine pairing with Chef Laura Stevens (The Moonlight Chef)

Three cheese dishes paired with 2 wines each.


Baked Brie and Fig Jam with Grilled Baguette

Hummus with Feta Cheese and Pickled Cherry Peppers

Assorted Ricotta Crostini – Lemon/Pepper, Watercress, Chutney, Tomato/Basil, Pear and Pecan

About The Moonlight Chef

“Five Star Dining in the Comfort of Your Own Home”

The Moonlight Chef is a Franklin Massachusetts based
private chef, owned and operated by Laura Michelé Stevens.

Taking care of any special event you’re hosting in your home.

About The Moonlight Chef:

I found my love for cooking at a very young age.  While watching my mother and grandmother cook and entertain, I realized that the kitchen, with all its wonders, was where I belonged.

I bring my passion and love for food to your table. The idea that good food can be simple, elegant, fun, exciting, comforting, and delicious.  Cooking is a lifelong love.  It is an extension of my personality, family traditions, and nurturing nature.

I look forward to sharing my journey through food with you and yours.

As the great George Bernard Shaw once said,
“There is no love sincerer, than the love of food”.

$35 Per Person

Franklin Adult Education 2016 Classes


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Winter 2016

 More Soon!

Tri-County Adult Education  


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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