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By: Mark C Lenzi
CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, QCE, IWS*
FWS Starts Soon!
Only another week to register for the next session of French Wine Scholar, being offered for the first time south of Boston.
FWS is being offered through Vinitas Wineworks at Franklin Liquors on nine consecutive Tuesdays from September 6 through November 1. Review and exam in November.
This is the most recognized French wine certification in the US. Set yourself apart from your peers, and gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. The core body of knowledge that you’ll learn through this curriculum is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine.
Register HERE or email me with any questions.
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in class!
Kim Simone, CSW, FWS
Mike & Mark
Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Charlie Baker changes 82-Year-Old Liquor Law In MA
PUMPKIN BEER SHORTAGE PREDICTED FOR 2016
247 of the Best American IPAs, Blind-Tasted and Ranked
Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper
The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)
Our Daily Wine Newspaper
There’s Quite Likely Something Fishy in Your Wine—Maybe Try a Vegan Vintage?
With so many dietary fads (gluten-free, low-carb and beyond) being debunked as soon as they’re popularized, it’s normal to approach vegan wine with skepticism.
DEEP EDDY DISTILLER MOVES INTO FLAVOURED WHISKEY
Jeff Weed, former master distiller of fellow Texas firm Deep Eddy Vodka, has been recruited as master blender at Calibre Company Spirits.
Mexico Has Its Own Wine Country—And It’s Amazing
This unsung wine region in Baja California has it all, from cutting-edge wines to glamorous hotels.
A Primer to Bordeaux Wine
Bordeaux (“Bore-doe”) refers to a wine from Bordeaux, France. Over 90% of Bordeaux wines are red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This article will introduce you to Bordeaux wine including tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and key details to know.
LEAVE SULFITES BEHIND FOR THE PUREST WINE
Sulfites are actually nothing but artificial preservatives in the lives of wine, and the Üllo purifiers utilize polymer technology to filter excess sulfites and the bitter aftertaste that often accompanies them—leaving the finest characteristics of the wine to shine through unadulterated.
Is Boston Beer Doomed?
Boston Beer looked like a titan as recently as a couple years ago, but it’s in real trouble now.
Self-pouring wine machine for sale
The contraption, built from around 300 pieces of scrap iron, could suit a dedicated drinker who fears using a hand-held corkscrew is becoming too much effort.
Leading US Vodka 750ml $15-$25
NEW PILL TO TAKE AWAY PLEASURABLE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL
A new pill is to introduced to help combat excessive drinking by blocking the ‘reward receptors’ in the brain.
Why You Should Be Worried About Piemonte Nebbiolo
If you love Barolo, Barbaresco and other wines made with Nebbiolo, brace yourself for a proposal that could impact some of Italy’s most esteemed wines.
A Wine-Lover’s Guide To Santorini
There are a few factors that make Santorini wines so unique. The first is the traditional koulara method of winemaking used.
MillerCoors debuts Easy Tea Co., a new hard iced tea
Easy Tea is a lightly-carbonated hard iced tea with a “crisp citrus flavor” that will be sold in 24-ounce cans. The hard iced tea is 5 percent alcohol by volume.
247 of the Best American IPAs, Blind-Tasted and Ranked
The majority of these beers are sent in directly by the breweries, so in these cases we have no control over brewed-on dates
2 Of Top 10 From MA!!
Massachusetts’s farmers feeling brunt of severe drought
Hoffmann Farm in Franklin MA Featured!
TOP COCKTAILS TO CELEBRATE THE RIO OLYMPICS
With the Rio Olympics 2016 well under way, what better way is there to toast the talent, dexterity and endurance of the athletes than settling into a bar chair with a cocktail in hand?
A Novice’s Guide to Pairing Wine With Cheese Like a Pro
When it comes to knowing how to pair wine with cheese, fruit, or cured meats, it can be an absolute minefield.
Is sake considered wine or beer?
Japanese beverage is found in the wine aisle, but it’s really both.
Why the Champagne You’re Drinking Might Be Fake
If French champagne were the only champagne, life would certainly be easier for consumers, especially Americans.
How to Tell You Have Mastered a Wine Region
Mastering a wine region requires a comprehensive understanding of that region. In simpler terms, it is digesting the why behind the region.
Vinitas Wine Works First Newsletter
Our Friend Kim Has Released Her First Newsletter.
PUMPKIN BEER SHORTAGE PREDICTED FOR 2016
A report on Fortune.com states that there is a pumpkin shortage this year, that has left brewers struggling to find enough pumpkin puree to add to their beers, and the shortage is expected to last until next year.
Foxboro MA police looking for thief with a refined taste in liquor
Police say a large bottle of Hennessy XO Cognac with an estimated value of $15,000 was stolen, along with sports memorabilia, in a break-in last week at a commercial building off Route 1.
Charlie Baker Just Killed an 82-Year-Old Liquor Law In MA
You can now buy liquor the day after Christmas, if Christmas falls on a Sunday.
New Jim Beam
Jim Beam is set to debut a new Double Oak version of its flagship Bourbon brand. Bottled at 86 proof, Jim Beam Double Oak spends four years in freshly charred new American oak barrels, then is transferred to newly charred barrels for a second period of aging. The new entry will retail at $22 a 750-ml. bottle, and is also rolling out in 50-ml., 100-ml., 375-ml. and 1-liter sizes. The total Jim Beam portfolio grew 2% to 4.2 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.
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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!
Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.
Our next session starts September 6 and will run on nine consecutive Tuesday evenings.
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Wine Label Truths And Lies
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!
Exploring Italian Wines
Lets take a tasting tour around Italy. We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from all over Italy. Don’t let wines from Italy confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!
Wine Tasting 101
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. You will have the option to use technology based app Quini during the event.
Participants must be 21 years of age
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