Liquor Industry News/Links 01-21-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

01-21-17

Franklin Liquors

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Upcoming Medway Community Education Winter Programs

WINE TASTING 101

Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

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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.

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

Exploring French Wines

Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

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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!

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

Time To Vote!

2017 Readers Choice Awards Ballots

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Week of January 16, 2017 through

week of February 6, 2017

Please Vote Us For Best Liquor Store

http://ballot.wickedlocalfavorites.com

 

GO PATS!

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Mike & Mark

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

What those lines on Solo cups really mean

JACK DANIEL’S LAUNCHES WHISKEY-INFUSED COFFEE

Spain Bans Blue Wine for Being the Wrong Color

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 

The Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017: A Month-By-Month Guide

If it’s true that travel planning and anticipation bring as much if not more joy as the trip itself, then the post-holiday wintry start of the year is a great time to boost your “happy hormones” with a wine travel porn.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/lmowery/2017/01/13/the-top-twelve-underrated-wine-regions-to-visit-in-2017-a-month-by-month-guide/#609c696c61fe

 

The top 10 things you need to make wine your new hobby

It’s 2017. Learning about wine is your new hobby.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2017/01/the-top-10-things-you-need-to-make-wine-new-hobby.html

 

Announcing the Chronicle’s 2017 wine competition winners

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest wine contest of solely American wines in the world.

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http://www.sfgate.com/chroniclewinecompetition/article/SF-Chronicle-Wine-Competition-Winners-2017-10856547.php

 

How One Red Grape Can Make Red, Rosé and White Wine

Let’s take a look at how different winemaking methods change the resulting wine–all with one grape: Pinot Noir!

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/how-one-red-grape-makes-red-rose-white-and-sparkling-wine/

Don’t fall for those declaring war on alcohol

Moderate wine consumption, with dinner or after, has proven health benefits; those who say alcohol causes cancer are trying to scare up money for studies.

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http://www.modbee.com/opinion/national-opinions/article126254144.html

Is some French wine really from Spain?

Spain’s bulk wine industry is the largest in the world. And guess where it sells the most bulk wine? That’s right, France. Spain sells twice as much bulk wine to France as it does to Germany, its second-biggest market.

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http://blog.wblakegray.com/2017/01/is-some-french-wine-really-from-spain.html

Chianti Classico Confusion Hits Sales

A stalwart of Italian restaurant wine lists worldwide, drinkers are going cold on a once-proud appellation.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/01/chianti-classico-confusion-hits-sales

 

Italian Wine Courses in a Tuscan Castle

Join a small group (max 12) in either May or September for a four-day, full immersion course on Italian wine, food and culture in Tuscan castle

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http://uncorkedinitaly.com/2017-italian-wine-courses-in-a-tuscan-castle/?utm_source=Uncorked+in+Italy&utm_campaign=7a0b291c4b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_884179c0bd-7a0b291c4b-130695701

 

How to Navigate Cruise-Ship Wine Lists

Whether you’re going for an all-inclusive drinks deal, buying wine by the bottle or bringing it on board with you, these tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your cruise

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-navigate-cruise-ship-wine-lists-1484239937

 

Wine: why it makes sense to pair what you drink with music as well as with food

Start to see wine as part of a broad cultural experience, and expand your drinking horizons

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jan/12/wine-pairing-with-music-not-just-with-food

 

What IS Minerality, Anyway?: An Evaluation of Consumer Understanding of Minerality Using Analysis of Language

The term “minerality” itself is relatively new, with most of the references to the term

http://www.academicwino.com/2017/01/minerality-evaluation-of-language.html/

 

9 GREAT GLUTEN-FREE BEERS THAT TASTE GLUTEN-FUL

Folks with gluten intolerances and Celiac have to deal with a lot of crap, not the least of which is explaining that they’re not one of the many people who think that going “gluten-free” is a fad diet rather than a serious medical issue. One thing they no longer have to deal with: shitty beer.

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https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-gluten-free-beer-list-breweries

 

What It’s Like To Work in Wine: 5 Stories

We interviewed 5 people in the wine trade to find out what it’s like and what it takes to get there. Surprisingly enough, you’ll see a theme that carries through and it’s really inspiring.

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http://winefolly.com/update/what-its-like-to-work-in-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=6bf8365515-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-6bf8365515-62472929&mc_cid=6bf8365515&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Spain Bans Blue Wine for Being the Wrong Color

Now they’ve been forced to stop calling their product wine, and now it’s marketed under the “other alcoholic drinks” category, and not shelved with wine in stores. They also had to change their labels to read: “99 percent wine and 1 percent grape must.”

http://www.thedailymeal.com/spain-bans-gik-blue-wine-for-being-wrong-color/11417

 

Nebbiolo’s Northern Lights: Alto Piemonte & Valtellina

There aren’t too many secrets left anymore in the world of wine. Alto Piemonte and Valtellina are two of them

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http://vinous.com/articles/nebbiolo-s-northern-lights-alto-piemonte-valtellina-apr-2016

 

UB40 LAUNCHES RED RED WINE

It’s finally happening. Brummie reggae hitmakers UB40 are launching their own brand of Red Red Wine.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/ub40-launches-red-red-wine/

 

JACK DANIEL’S LAUNCHES WHISKEY-INFUSED COFFEE

Caffeine-crazed Jack Daniel’s lovers can now have a taste of their favorite tipple in the morning with the launch of the brand’s new whiskey-infused Arabica coffee.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/01/jack-daniels-launches-whiskey-infused-coffee/

 

This startup is taking the mystery out of wine pricing—and making the good stuff cheaper

Tarlov clearly lists the input costs for his on Alit’s website, outlining just what customers are paying for when they fork over $27.45 for a bottle of his 2015 Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley:

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https://qz.com/884169/the-good-stuff-for-less-meet-alit-the-everlane-of-wine/

 

Four Napa Valley dessert wines will no longer be called ‘port’

In late October, Portuguese wine industry leaders officially recognized four NVV members for voluntarily discontinuing the use of the term “port” for their fortified dessert wines.

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http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/four-napa-valley-dessert-wines-will-no-longer-be-called/article_5a7094db-63ff-5ffc-9aed-9f171a8c3910.html

 

Five Italian microbrews you need to try now

Yes, the land of Peroni is actually home to a bustling microbrew scene.

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https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-16/five-italian-microbrews-you-need-try-now

Beer and soda cans found to have traces of bisphenol A in laquer coating

Scientists from the Danish Consumer Council, THINK Chemicals, have found eight out of 14 cans tested in a laboratory contain endocrine disrupting bisphenols in the lacquer on the inside of a can.

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http://www.beveragedaily.com/Processing-Packaging/Beer-and-soda-cans-found-to-have-traces-of-bisphenol-A

WINE SHIPMENTS INTO US REACH 400 MILLION CASES FOR CALENDAR 2016. BEER, WINE, AND SPIRITS ALL SHOW GROWTH.

For twelve months ending December, the bw166 Total Beverage Alcohol Overview shows total consumer spending on beverage alcohol at $233.5 billion, an increase of 4.2% and a slight deceleration from the 4.7% growth in 2015.

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http://bw166.com/2017/01/15/beer-wine-spirits-show-growth-calendar-2016-wine-shipments-us-reach-400-million-cases/

Meritage – Death of a Marketing Label

There is good news on the Meritage front: the world’s best winery that makes the world’s best and most awesome wines, Trump Winery in Virginia, makes a Meritage. And it is, no doubt, super awesome.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/01/meritage-e-death-of-a-marketing-label

 

Better than Tinder? App matches your favorite cheese with the best wine

University of Toronto are the scientists behind www.wineandcheesemap.com. The app and website allows you to search for either your desired wine or cheese and a list of possible suggestions will appear.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/wine-cheese-app-map-match-best-together-a7532266.html

Imported Wine

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4 ANIMATED RELIEF MAPS OF EUROPE’S FAMOUS WINE REGIONS

The four animated maps below, of France, Italy, Germany and Spain, allow you to see one important aspect of this for yourself — the shape and height of the land throughout each of their wine growing regions. While each country is unique, and soil and climate play equally vital roles in what sort of wine you can produce, these maps offer a unique view of how and where wine is grown in Europe.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/4-animated-relief-maps-europes-famous-wine-regions/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pagepost

 

New Zealand recovers from earthquake and is set for average 2017 vintage

Despite suffering major earthquake damage in the country’s key wine producing regions of its South Island, New Zealand is on course for an average 2017

http://www.winebehindthelabel.org/wine-news/new-zealand-ready-for-an-average-wine-harvest/

 

What those lines on Solo cups really mean

It revolutionized how drinks are poured and perhaps saved some livers along the way.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/what-are-lines-on-solo-cups-2017-1

 

Let’s Talk Beer Styles: Russian Imperial Stout

The “Russia” connection in particular has been the subject of mythologizing over the course of hundreds of years, with information that began as marketing/advertising copy from breweries eventually finding its way into textbooks and historical records.

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https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/lets-talk-beer-styles-russian-imperial-stout.html

How to Buy the Best Possible Wine at the Grocery Store

Or a liquor store. Or a gas station. Really anywhere but a wine shop. Because although wine shops are always preferable, sometimes it’s just not possible where you happen to be. Here’s how to get a decent bottle when you are left to your own devices in the beverage aisle.

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http://www.bonappetit.com/story/wine-buying-tips-grocery-store

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Our 2017 Education Schedule

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 Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio

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Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same! http://www.franklinliquors.com

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.

https://thecreativesewingstudio.com/products/adult-art-workshops-knitting-beading-painting

 

Franklin Wine Club Meeting

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Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 460 Club Members!

How To attend and join

http://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/

http://www.facebook.com/FranklinwineclubMA

 

February 7th 7pm

Valentine Wine Tasting

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At this tasting we will explore wines that will be great to pair on Valentines Day.

Mix of types and styles to get you in the ready for the big day.

Lets taste and explore.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/236822859/

Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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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

February 16th 

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

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

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

 

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