Liquor Industry News/Links 11-05-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Held In Our Wine Room This Week

Franklin Wine Glass Painting And Wine Class

With Franklin Art Center


Franklin Wine Club Upcoming Event

Nov 17th Thursday

10 Grape Varietals To Understand Italy


Host Ciro Pirone

Italy is a country with thousands years history of viticulture that through the various colonization’s and cultures has translated into hundreds of different cultivars (exactly 497 according to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture), multiple ways of interpreting the local history and traditions that brings us today the most exciting and ever changing wine scene. I picked 10 out of the so many varietals, from some of most recognized such as Nebbiolo from the north to the least familiar and exotic like Zibibbo from the south.



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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

The Dark Side of Kosher Wine

Why supermarket wine isn’t the bargain it’s cracked up to be

Why Weed Pairings Are the New Wine Pairings


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

10 fascinating facts you never knew about German beer

Here are ten fascinating nuggets of trivia about German beer to reinvigorate your love for the amber nectar.


The world’s first wine school will soon open in Italy

The Wine School in Perugia, Umbria, will be the world’s first educational center dedicated to wine.



Mega Purple – an insidious additive that can ruin a wine

MegaPurple is a grape juice concentrate that, when used in tiny amounts, can effectively add color to a wine. Use too much, and winemakers risk ruining the wine




Not all bubbly is created equal, so while “champagne” is often used as a general term to describe all sparkling wine, true Champagne can only come from the small northern region of Champagne, France.


Why Weed Pairings Are the New Wine Pairings

A server tells me this as she approaches and offers a serving tray stacked with joints, just as she came around earlier offering sticky grilled shrimp skewers glazed with passion fruit.



The Secrets of Sonoma

Discover small‑production wines that whisper to connoisseurs and collectors.


Why Texas Is America’s Most Underrated Wine Destination

A look at the leaders of the Lone Star State’s new school of wine.



New radio show celebrates NJ wine

New Jersey’s wine production grows stronger every year, and a new radio program is telling us all about it….



A Silicon Valley wine delivery startup is offering what could be the ultimate personalised wine experience – analysing a customer’s DNA to then match wines to their individual tastes.




Austria has introduced a “quality pyramid” for its Sekt, with three categories ranging from “Klassik” to “Grosse Reserve”.



5 Reasons Celebrities Should Never, Ever Make Wine

Celebrities today have become brands, looking to expand their presence into every realm—including wine. Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague says enough is enough



Why supermarket wine isn’t the bargain it’s cracked up to be

It’s getting to a stage when the only time it makes sense to buy supermarket wine is when it’s on promotion.

An independent wine shop, on the other hand, will generally offer you better value for money, as well as expert advice on the sort of wine that should appeal to you.


Samuel Adams Hopscape debuts in January

Samuel Adams Hopscape will be available starting in January in 12 ounce bottles, cans and draft.



Huge, record-setting Washington harvest wrapping up

What already was anticipated to be the largest harvest in Washington history looks like it will be even larger than thought, according to grape growers and winemakers across the state.



You’re Drinking Wine All Wrong, Says This Self-Professed “Crazy French Woman”

The fact is most wines are manipulated with chemicals and technology, made to taste a certain way, for mass consumption.


Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vs Grape Pricing

What determines grape pricing and how does this pricing affect wine pricing?


Exploring migration of wine through Italy

Anyone who ever ordered a pizza from a local Italian restaurant knows, Italy appears on placemats or menus as a great boot, poised to kick the soccer ball called Sicily through the goals once named in antiquity as the Pillars of Hercules. We know the area as Gibraltar today.



How to get the wine you really want

A new oenological contraption comes with a palette for your palate


We tasted, reviewed and ranked 86 pumpkin beers.

So, what makes a successful pumpkin beer? The answer is obviously different for everyone



Hand Harvesting’s Rage Against the Machines

Can machinery ever offer the same quality as hand-picking? L.M. Archer looks at the arguments for and against.



The Dark Side of Kosher Wine

The decision to shun the kosher laws surrounding wine production.



A Note From a Frustrated Wine Consumer

For a while now we have stopped going wine tasting for one major reason: We hate being told what are we going to taste in the wine.



One local government is finding this autumnal beverage downright confusing: the state of Massachusetts. And it all comes down to taxes.


Wine Additives: Chaptalization and Acidification Are Misunderstood

Chaptalization and acidification are two such methods of tweaking the winemaking process to ensure a better final product.


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November  5th

Boston Winery


Host Vito Bruno

The Boston Winery was created by wine pioneer and vintner Raffaele Bruno in 2006. Mr. Bruno grew up in Abruzzi, Italy crafting fine wines with his forefathers. Rafaelle samples every vintage of wine, which is produced by his oldest grandson. All Boston Winery wines are produced Bio-dynamically, using grape sourced from

California, Chile, Italy, and South Africa.

November 12th

The Romantic Rhone Wine Adventure


Guest Host: Jo-Ann Ross

There’s something about the Rhone River flowing 600 miles through the Southeast part of France that is so romantic. The wines are juicy and food friendly. The sun is shining. AND – the people seem to be incredibly happy. No wonder the Popes came here for 60 years during the 14th century!! Take a Rhone River journey with Jo-Ann Ross as we taste some exquisite wine examples from this region.

About Jo-Ann

Jo-Ann Ross is a lifelong wine enthusiast with considerable formal wine education. As a leading US based expert, Jo-Ann is frequently invited by the French Government to come and learn about their wines and related cultures. As an enthusiastic traveller to worldwide wine growing regions, she always brings this firsthand appreciation of the wines to her multi-sensory presentations. Jo-Ann’s classes are more educational and engaging than a typical wine tasting or lecture. Her passion for wine and teaching is evident in her professional, enthusiastic style that ensures that everyone leaves her wine events with valuable information and fond memories of the experience. An active member of the National Speakers Association, Jo-Ann has over 30 years of professional speaking training and has delighted corporate and private audiences in numerous venues

November 17th 

10 Grape Varietals To Understand Italy


Host Ciro Pirone


Italy is a country with thousands years history of viticulture that through the various colonization’s and cultures has translated into hundreds of different cultivars (exactly 497 according to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture), multiple ways of interpreting the local history and traditions that brings us today the most exciting and ever changing wine scene. I picked 10 out of the so many varietals, from some of most recognized such as Nebbiolo from the north to the least familiar and exotic like Zibibbo from the south.

About Ciro

Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Company, is a graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero (Hotel and Restaurant Management school) of Salerno, Italy and a Certified Italian Wine Specialist by the NASA (North American Sommelier Association affiliated with the Italian Sommelier Association). Traveling and working in Italy, England and the US, Ciro developed an incredible passion for wine, food and culture. After all, growing up in Italy, wine was always a very important part of his family’s lifestyle and traditions.                                                                             In 1999, Ciro moved to the US permanently.  He landed in Boston, where he continued his wine studies at Boston University, the International Sommelier Guild, the London –based Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET), as well as he completed and passed with Honors the Italian Wine Specialist Certification by the North American Sommelier Association (part of the worldwide recognized Italian Sommelier Association).

In 2007, Ciro accepted the position of Italian Wine Specialist for Horizon Beverage. After successful growth at HBC, Ciro accepted on a new challenge as the US Brand Manager for the Arnaldo Caprai Winery of Montefalco (Umbria), the top producer of worldwide recognized Sagrantino di Montefalco. In June 2011, Ciro returned to Horizon Beverage with a new position of Director of Italian Wines in support of their expanding presence in the New England marketplace. Ciro is happy to share his passion for Italian wine and culture in an effort to give the American wine consumer a better understanding and appreciation for Italian wine!


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November 10th

Wine Tasting 101

Wine Tasting Class

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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