Liquor Industry News/Links 03-04-17

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Our March 2017 Events Schedule



In Our Wine Room This Week

A Franklin Wine Club Event 03-02-17

Exploring California Wines Of Bell And Schug


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

10 Reasons to fall in Love with Argentine Wines

Massachusetts Announces Alcohol Beverage Task Force

Weird Wine Flavors and the Science Behind Them


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Saving The Planet, One Substantial Wine Producer At A Time

The business of wine, of course, doesn’t just happen in the vineyard. From the winery to the tasting room, opportunities exist for larger (and, of course, smaller) producers to positively impact the environment.



Weird Wine Flavors and the Science Behind Them

Next time you have a glass of wine in front of your nose, see if you can pick out one of these more bizarre flavors.






How a vitamin found in BEER could be used to treat the painful side effects of chemotherapy

A vitamin found in beer and milk could be used to treat the lasting pain of chemotherapy, new research suggests.



Masculine wines are commonly associated with structure and power, while feminine wines can be perceived as delicate and thin.


Napa Valley partnership is first to develop wine-infused coffee

Molinari Private Reserve, which is made in the heart of the famous wine-making region, started initially as a unique experiment between founder Rick Molinari and coffee roaster John Weaver – a one-time master roaster for Peete’s Coffee.



Connecting with wine consumers and tasting room visitors via mobile devices

In 2015, 68% of U.S. adults owned a smartphone, and, as might be expected, younger consumers were more likely to own one than more mature consumers.



The Art Of Wine: 9 Lessons From World Champion Sommelier Enrico Bernardo

Enrico Bernardo became the youngest world champion sommelier when he achieved the title in 2004 at the age of 27



Redd’s Apple Ale Introduces New Flavors

Redd’s Blueberry Ale returns by popular demand to the Redd’s family, joining the new Redd’s Raspberry Ale.



Horizontal versus Vertical Lees Aging: A Case Study in Franciacorta

One of the most interesting vinification methods used by Mosnel for some of their Franciacortas is the use of horizontal stainless steel tanks during the post-fermentation period, as opposed to using the vertical tanks that are much more common in winemaking.



A Tale of Two (Very Different) Chardonnays

Chardonnay: it’s the most planted white grape in the world, as well as the most planted wine grape in the United States. And yet, Chardonnay seems to be the world’s most polarizing wine: you either love it or hate it.



Beer Is Still The Undisputed Champ Of Alcoholic Beverages

Who doesn’t love a cold beer? According to AYTM, 46.4 percent of Americans regularly buy beer, higher than every other alcoholic beverage.

Statista noted the percentage of U.S. consumers who regularly buy the following alcoholic beverages:

Wine – 36.1 percent.

Liquor – 30.2 percent.

Cocktails/mixed drinks – 19.5 percent.

None – 18.7 percent.

Hard soda – 10.9 percent.

Other – 2.4 percent.


Whether it be cork, plastic or aluminium, winemakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to stoppers. Patrick Schmitt MW considers the performance of each closure type.



Asti Secco, AstiSecco, Astisecco, Prosecco: Italian wine heading toward an identity crisis

The creation of Asti Secco (Dry Asti), a dry wine made from Moscato grapes grown in Asti province in Piedmont.



Massachusetts Announces Alcohol Beverage Task Force

The Task Force will establish working groups that will comprise of industry stakeholders and will focus on specific areas and topics. A preliminary report will be provided to the Treasurer within six months of convening.


What is ‘wild’ yeast, and why is it all the rage in wine, beer and cider?

A single grapevine teems with life. There’s the fruit, of course, but I’m mainly talking about the tens of millions of microscopic bits of yeast, fungi and bacteria clinging to the ripe grape skins.



Constellation humiliates its competition in retail sales growth.



10 Reasons to fall in Love with Argentine Wines

Argentina is the fifth largest wine-producing country in the world.



Italian Wines: Strong Growth Potential for Wines Beloved by U.S. Consumers

Italy maintained its position as the number one international supplier of wines to this country both in terms of value and volume, with a total import of 323.8 million liters


10 Party Facts about the Roman God of Wine

Bacchus was primarily known as the god of agriculture and wine, but was also associated with fertility, drama, and revelry.




Bordering Mongolia, India and Kazakhstan, Xinjiang is home to the world’s second largest shifting sand desert – the Takla Makan – which accounts for two thirds of China’s desert area. Winemaking or even growing profitable crops seems highly unlikely, and yet this outpost in northwestern China has grown to be China’s biggest winemaking region.



How Pinot Noir From Around The World Is Changing Wine-Drinking Perceptions

What’s more interesting is the sheer range of Pinot Noir available right now, and the stunning number of places in which this most finicky grape variety is being successfully grown and vinified.



Going Organic with Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico now has 50 producers making wine from organic grapes, and fully one-third of the vineyards in the region are certified organic.





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Wines From Bordeaux France


Thursday March 16th


Guest: Vincent Mareel

Wines of Bordeaux have long been a French icon.

In the wine world there is no better stories than this regions history, wines and agriculture.

Did you know there is more Merlot and Cabernet grown here than anywhere else in the world?

Vincent will be speaking about the different aspects of Bordeaux regions tasting wines from the various areas.

About Vincent

Vincent Mareel, French born, living in Lille and south of France. He began his US career in Washington, DC with twelve years in the food and wine scene in DC catering to residence and patrons on Capitol Hill. He continued in DC representing both French and prestigious American wines in the DC Metropolitan area, working with elite country clubs and restaurants. Today he has worked for Luneau USA representing the Group Castel as leader in French wines, for 15 years, as well as wineries all over Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal).

Wednesday March 29th

Tony Apostolakos of

Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

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Thursday April 13th

Wines From Abruzzo In Central Italy Mascerelli

Guest: Dave Abbot

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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes


An Introduction to Irish Whiskey – a tasting/education

Wednesday, March 8


Franklins own Walsh Family, an Irish Whiskey Importer

This evening is designed to promote the sensible enjoyment of Irish whiskey, Ireland’s indigenous spirit. We believe there is something extra-special about Irish whiskey in its many varieties.

So whether you’re a discerning aficionado or whiskey, or simply partial to the occasional sup, plan to join local Irish whiskey importer of Flaming Leprechaun for this interesting, informative and fun evening in a friendly, casual environment at Franklin Liquors. This is and Irish Whiskey Tasting experience you are sure to enjoy, savor and remember.

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Thursday, May 18th


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!

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Exploring Italian Wines

Tuesday, May 23rd


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!

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Medway Community Education Winter Programs


  Easter Garden Bulb Basket and Spring Wines

April 6


Get ready for Easter by join Franklin Liquors and Hillside Nursery for an evening of flowers and wine! Design a garden basket of Easter Bulbs for yourself or as a gift, and welcome Spring by tasting through an assortment of seasonal wines

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      The Language of Wine Labels

May 10


Ever found yourself staring at a wine label and been confused about what it’s telling you? You’re not alone! Join Mark and Kim as they decode the language on that bottle of wine. You’ll learn how to tell if a wine is dry or sweet, what might be in a blend, and so much more!

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Tri-County Adult Education  


French Wine Scholar Programs


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.

Tuition: $999

New Dates Soon!

March 9th French wines


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!


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Franklin Liquors Wine Education

Certified Specialist Of Wine-CSW

Certified Specialist Of Spirits-CSS

Society Of Wine Educators

California Wine Appellation Specialist-CWAS-San Francisco Wine School (First In MA)

French Wine Scholar FWS-(Instructor) Wine Scholar Guild

Quini Certified Educator- QCE (First In USA)

Italian Wine Specialist-IWS-North American Sommelier Association

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Our Wine Education/Events Partner

Kim Simone

Vinitas Wineworks



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