Liquor Industry News/Links 04-16-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Franklin Liquors and our Franklin Wine Club 

Think Pink Tasting

In Our Wine Room This Week



Town Of Franklin Ma New By-Law

Our Town Is Thinking Of Raising The Age To Buy Tobacco

From 18 To 21. Good Idea?


Read All The Changes:

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark


Shop Franklin


Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

All About Fortified Wines

Wine Infused Coffee


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Upgrade cheap beer with new ‘beer drops’

Mad Hops makes Flavored Brew Drops, designed to be squirted into inexpensive, mass-produced beers to make them taste more like craft beer. The idea is to make low-quality beer more palatable, without breaking the bank.

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ManCan Lets You Take Your Keg Outdoors

What better combination than a cool afternoon hike, and a cold crisp beer straight out of a keg?



Studying Belgian beer as an outsider can be confusing.


Minnesota wine industry toasts new cold-hardy grape

State growers are bullish on Itasca, the new grape cultivar developed by the University of Minnesota’s breeding program, and its prospects for boosting the state’s rapidly growing vineyard and winery industry


Somm By Synek Is The At-Home Wine Dispenser You Never Knew You Needed In Your Life

The wines themselves come in the form of canisters known as Sylos, which hold the equivalent of three bottles of wine. Once inserted, the coffee machine-sized mini-sommelier aerates and chills the wine based on its type



Why Italian Wines Are Not No. 1 In Hong Kong And China

In Hong Kong, Italian wines have moved down to 6th place, lagging behind France, Australia, United States, Chile and Spain.



There’s actually quite a bit to know about oak, from the basic scientific rationale behind oak aging (why not age in plastic? Or clay? Or some weird ancient lamb’s bladder thingy?) to the varieties of oak used for aging, and what they can impart in your favorite wine, beer, or whisky.


The Valtellina: Nebbiolo’s Other Kingdom

The Valtellina is a long narrow alpine valley on the Rhaetian side of the Alps in the province of Sondrio at the far north of the Lombardy region along the Swiss-Italian border.



2 New 14 Hands Wines For Derby

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ 14 Hands has introduced a new label called Stampede Red Blend. Sourced from Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA, Stampede is made with Syrah, Merlot, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre. The company has also released a commemorative 2013 Kentucky Derby Red Blend. The limited edition label, which marks 14 Hands’ fourth annual partnership with the Kentucky Derby, is made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and features imagery of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, American Pharaoh and jockey Victor Espinoza.




Viognier is not allowed under Beaujolais AOC laws but Saint Julien also falls under the IGP Comtés Rhodaniens appellation which does allow the planting and bottling of Viognier.

Industry-First Study Analyzes More Than Two Million Wine Consumer Data Records

If other industries, from manufacturing to financial services to healthcare, could benefit from big data, then why couldn’t wine?



Birds and Snakes Partner With Grapegrowers

Owls aren’t the only beneficial predators in vineyards


Rhode Island Legislators Consider Removing Archaic “Winery Visit Penalty” for Wine Direct Shipments

Two bills introduced in Rhode Island promise to remove an archaic provision requiring consumers to visit a winery before receiving a shipment of wine directly from that winery.“Winery-Visit

Does Wine Taste Different as You Get Older?

Does aging change your palate? Writer Elin McCoy investigates

CW0543 Older couple toasting each other


An Exhaustive Guide to Fortified Wines

What is vermouth, and sherry? And what in the world is a fortified wine?



The Language of Tasting Notes

An exasperated French winemaker recently said, “Give me three words to describe a wine. Just three. Anything more is (nonsense).”


15 rules for attending a wine tasting

There is a perception that wine connoisseurs are condescending, pretentious snobs who wring the joy out of man’s most joyous beverage.


New Way To Open Sparkling Wine

Vinturi Champagne Opener



R.I. brewer pushing to ease beer laws has response for critics

The Proclamation Ale house is urging lawmakers to remove the limit on the amount breweries can sell to visitors on site for consumption off premises.

Head’s Up for Beer Lovers: Mars Tech Could Brew Better Bubbles

A craft beer drinker, has found a way to turn his passion for space into passion for pints. His company, Pioneer Energy, based in Lakewood, Colo., has created a “mobile cart” to make it easier to ferment beer.


What’s in a name? Why you should know the term ‘proprietary wine’

The wine world has vineyards that are iconic, and it also has one-of-a-kind wines with names all their own, known as proprietary wines.


New Tormaresca Wine

Italy’s Tormaresca, part of the Antinori portfolio, has released Calafuria, a 100% Negroamaro rosato wine. Sourced from Tormaresca’s Masseria Maìme Estate in Puglia’s Salento region, Calafuria is aged in stainless steel and features floral, grapefruit and peach notes. The new entry is currently available both on- and off-premise in the U.S., retailing at $15 a 750-ml. Established by the Antinori family in 1998, the Tormaresca portfolio is imported in the U.S. by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Outstanding Finds in Cava Sparkling Wine

The more deeper you explore Cava, the more parallels you find with Champagne. Surprisingly, even though many are made at a similar quality-level and style to Champagne, Cava is almost always more affordable.



Quick Guide to Nebbiolo Grape Variety & its Italian Wine Regions

Nebbiolo is the temperamental grape of royalty in Italy. It is used in the wines of the Piedmont region in the Northwest of Italy.


Why Popcorn Beer Actually Tastes Good

Thankfully, this is no stunt beer, but a collaboration between two Mankato, Minnesota, businesses,




Can’t decide on another glass of wine or a cup of coffee after dinner? Have a merlot-infused coffee instead.


Recommended Drink Units Around The World



The D-Vine machine

The slightly crazy vision of three engineers: to bring the concept of wines by glass in your living room and give you a new tasting experience with pedagogy and simplicity.

Interesting new French wine technology

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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


More Coming Soon!

Medway Community Education


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

Our Friends That Offer Wine Tastings/Education


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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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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Get your complete wine tasting guide disguised as a notebook.

Over 100,000 copies sold worldwide!


De Long’s Wine Grape Varietal Table


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