Liquor Industry News/Links 12-24-16

Liquor Industry News/Links

12-24-16

Franklin Liquors

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Watch For Our Holiday Gift Guide Newsletter!

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http://conta.cc/2gx1WkB

 

Holiday Gift Idea

The Gift Of A Wine Tasting/Education

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http://www.franklinliquors.com/education.html

American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Happy Holidays

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Mike & Mark

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

A Wine Guide for Every Holiday Situation

Wrentham MA asking for more liquor licenses

Introducing the Vino Veritas App, an Analytical Wine Identifier

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

How To Get A Career In Beer

There are a large number of career paths in the vigorous beer industry, covering everything from the artistry of brewing to the business of distribution.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/katherinegustafson/2016/12/16/how-to-get-a-career-in-beer/#2778d560111f

Boston Beer Suffers as Seasonal Beers Go Flat

Consumers seem to have lost their taste for cinnamon and pumpkin ale, which is bad news for craft brewers.

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http://www.barrons.com/articles/boston-beer-suffers-as-seasonal-beers-go-flat-1481926085

Will wine recommendation apps spell the end for sommeliers, critics and experts?

Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/wine-recommendation-apps-end-sommeliers-critics-experts-vivino-plonk-a7479896.html

Holiday Drinking – How to Pace like a Pro

In these final and booziest days of the year, you’ll come across all kinds of articles on how to pace yourself and your guests.

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http://www.buzzbinpadillacrt.com/holiday-drinking/

 

Why amateur wine scores are every bit as good as professionals’

If amateurs lacked wine expertise, we would expect to see little or no correlation with professionals. We saw just the opposite.

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http://www.vox.com/2016/12/15/13892364/-amateur-wine-scores-critics

With Champagne, Big Can Be Beautiful, Too

As the grower Champagnes have become more popular, the movement has had an unintended consequence: a widespread dismissal of the big Champagne houses as dull, stodgy and uninteresting.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/dining/champagne-dom-perignon-moet-louis-roederer.html?_r=2

 

The 5 Ways to Make Sparkling Wine

A Quick Guide to the 5 Major Production Methods for Sparkling Wine

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http://napavalleywineacademy.com/the-5-ways-to-make-sparkling-wine/

 

NEW APPELLATIONS ADDED TO CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES

The Côtes du Rhône Villages has been expanded with the addition of three new appellations for red wine

The three appellations include Côtes du Rhône Villages Sainte-Cecile, Côtes du Rhône Villages Suze-la-Rousse and Côtes du Rhône Villages Vaison la Romain, which have been added to the ranks of Côtes du Rhône with Geographical  Names by the National Institute for Appellations of Origin (INAO).

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/new-appellations-added-to-cotes-du-rhone-villages/

 

Will banana wine catch on in America?

It’s a best seller in Rwanda. Now African banana wine could be coming to America.

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http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/15/smallbusiness/banana-wine-rwanda/

 

How to Order Wine Like You Know What You’re Doing

Even when you don’t

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http://www.menshealth.com/guy-wisdom/how-to-order-wine

 

The Bottom Line on Wine Fraud

The poisons of scandal are still amongst us, and they create rifts that separate us.

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http://winefolly.com/update/wine-fraud-bottom-line/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=782c7c7fcc-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-782c7c7fcc-62472929&mc_cid=782c7c7fcc&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Why Boston Needs Liquor License Reform

A closer look at our complicated history against booze, and why it’s high time we let more businesses serve it.

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http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2016/12/18/reform-liquor-licenses-boston/

 

New Switchback

Burlington, Vermont-based Switchback Brewing is expanding its year-round lineup with the addition of Citra-Pils Keller Bier. First created in 2014 as a specialty offering, Citra-Pils is made with light pils malt and Saaz and Citra hops. The 5.1%-abv brew will be available across Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles and on draft starting next year. Citra-Pils marks the second Switchback label to be widely produced and distributed year-round, joining the brewer’s flagship Switchback Ale.

Barrels Are on a Roll in Champagne

La Tonnellerie de Champagne, northeastern France’s only cooperage, back in 1998 just at the time when barrels were making a comeback.

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http://www.sommjournal.com/Stories/Web-Exclusives/2016/Barrels-Are-on-a-Roll-in-Champagne.aspx#.WFga-LGZOT8

There are 904 wine TTB licenses in Napa County. 342 of them are located at these 24 addresses. In fact, more than 100 are located at the top 3.

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Pairing beer with red-and-white desserts

Here’s how to choose beers to stand up to your festive sweets.

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http://draftmag.com/beer-holiday-dessert-pairings/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=2c82554cf6-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+19%2C+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-2c82554cf6-36686829

 

A GUIDE TO LEAVING WINE FOR SANTA

Children all over the world love to leave treats out for Santa, but we have a feeling that as much as Santa Claus loves a warm chocolate chip cookie, what he’d really love on a cold winter’s night is a nice glass of wine.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/guide-wine-santa/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pagepost

Scratch-Off 99 Bottles of Craft Beer Poster

Subdivided in popular categories, types and individual beers of all rarity and availability, each bottle is meticulously hand-illustrated and covered with gold foil that you scratch off once you’ve consumed the beer. It’s a beer bucket list you can hang on your wall.

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http://coolmaterial.com/home/scratch-off-craft-beer-poster/

 

DIAGEO HITS SAZERAC WITH BULLEIT LAWSUIT

The lawsuit reportedly states that Dr. McGillicuddy’s product line has been redesigned “in order to knock-off the appearance and unfairly trade on the reputation of Diageo’s extremely popular Bulleit brand Bourbon and rye whiskey”.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/12/diageo-hits-sazerac-with-bulleit-lawsuit/

 

TOP TOASTING TRENDS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

More than two thirds will mark the holiday season by raising a glass in a toast at some point during the festivities, global research from Diageo has found – but how should one toast in 2016?

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/12/top-toasting-trends-for-the-holiday-season/

 

CHINESE ORGANIC WINERY CERTIFIED BY EU

Chinese winery Xuan Yan in northwestern Xinjiang’s Yanqi county has become the first winery in the region to be recognised as a EU-certified organic winery.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/chinese-organic-winery-certified-by-eu/

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 CHRISTMAS DRINKS

In the UK it’s mulled cider and Snowball cocktails, in the US egg nog and in Germany glühwein, but less well known is Italy’s festive favourite the Bombardino, or Mexico’s Ponche Navideño.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/around-the-world-in-10-christmas-drinks/

 

CHAMPAGNE AND CHIANTI FORM PARTNERSHIP

Chianti Classico and Champagne have signed a partnership agreement that is set to boost the promotion and protection of winemaking and wine tourism across the two regions.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/champagne-and-chianti-partner/

 

Retsina Wine is Making a Surprising Comeback

In Greece today you can still find a wine that’s infused with sap from an Aleppo pine tree. The wine is called Retsina and came out of an ancient winemaking tradition that can be traced back as far back as the 2nd century BC.

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http://winefolly.com/review/retsina-wine-making-surprising-comeback/

 

Introducing the Vino Veritas App, an Analytical Wine Identifier

What makes our Wine App stand out from the rest and so sought after, is it’s ability to let you know how chemically induce the bottle of wine is, before you purchase it.

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http://satprnews.com/2016/12/19/introducing-the-vino-veritas-app-an-analytical-wine-identifier/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/35090042/vino-veritas-the-perfect-tool-to-quality-wine-and

What makes kosher wine kosher?

When most people blast kosher wines, they are usually criticizing a specific variant of kosher wine called mevushal and the distinct, near-boiling process often (but not always) used in Jewish wine production.

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http://www.avclub.com/article/what-makes-kosher-wine-kosher-247389

 

HERE’S HOW MUCH ALCOHOL EVAPORATES OUT OF HOT DRINKS

Around 85 percent of your beloved alcohol will survive the heating process.

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http://vinepair.com/articles/heres-how-much-alcohol-evaporates-out-of-hot-drinks/

 

Wrentham MA asking for more liquor licenses

Selectmen explained the intent of the town meeting vote was not to add package store licenses, but licenses that could be used by restaurants.

The town does have two of its five beer and wine package store licenses available.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/wrentham-asking-for-more-liquor-licenses/article_15124b16-c7f4-11e6-91f8-cb7f8e75bc9d.html

 

This Year’s Holiday Wine Surprise: Pinot Noir From Alsace

Alsatian Pinot Noir presents a unique gift for wine lovers: unusual and unexpected, yet with the high standard of quality we come to expect from Alsace.

WE HAVE STILL AND SPARKLING IN STOCK

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2016/12/21/this-years-holiday-wine-surprise-pinot-noir-from-alsace/#71d57d3d6e25

 

The Prosecco Wine Guide

Prosecco is Italy’s most popular sparkling wine. While it’s often compared to Champagne, it’s made with different grapes and a different winemaking method. As you’ll soon discover, there’s more to Prosecco than affordable bubbles.

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http://winefolly.com/review/the-prosecco-wine-guide/

 

A Wine Guide for Every Holiday Situation

I know buying wine can sometimes feel impossible, like shopping for a Secret Santa gift for that person in sales you’ve barely exchanged two words with. Don’t fret, my pet! I’ve made this cheat sheet to snagging all the wine you’ll need to get you through the holiday highs and lows.

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http://www.manrepeller.com/2016/12/marissa-ross-holiday-wine-guide-2016.html

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Franklin Wine Club Meeting

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Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 450 Club Members!

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2017 Events Soon!

Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

WINE LABEL CLASS

Tuesday January 10th 7pm

 

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-65ca2977f4f84f6689f0e8e72dcc826e

Exploring Italian Wines

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Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-b8f3b8004a574490909dde98efecf66a

Medway Community Education Winter Programs

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Tri-County Adult Education  

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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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!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

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.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

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Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

 

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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