Liquor Industry News/Links 03-18-17

Liquor Industry News/Links


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By: Mark C Lenzi


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Gallo Dominates Domestic Wine “Hot Brands,”

Massachusetts Liquor Stores Want to Get In on the State’s Legal Weed Industry

14 Fascinating Facts About Guinness Beer


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Wine, women and Dena Blizzard’s new board game

Wouldn’t it be funny, thought the comedian and former Miss New Jersey, if there were a game like that for grown-ups. Only, you wouldn’t wander the neighborhood seeking elusive cartoon characters, you would part your neighbor’s shrubs or peek under their decks for hidden bottles and glasses of Chardonnay.



Does The Shape Of The Wine Glass Affect The Taste Of The Wine?

The shape of a wine glass affects the taste of the wine inside by channeling the wine’s aromatics and keeping it cool. If you choose the wrong glass, you could stifle your wine’s bouquet.

America’s 30 largest wine producers (with ties to Lodi)

One of the more interesting reports logged by the industry trade publication, Wine Business Monthly, is a yearly list of 30 largest American wine production companies in terms of case sales within the U.S.


Prosecco DOC Moves Toward Sustainability

The denomination is making important steps in its commitment to a healthy environment


How to prevent a hangover, according to a doctor

No matter how much fun you had last night, a bad hangover the next morning is never worth it.

Luckily, there are some preventative measures you can take while drinking that will help you avoid feeling like death for most of the next day.


Terroir and Honey: Where Wine and Bees Meet

Wine and honey? More similar than you’d think. With vineyards and beekeepers teaming up, and “honey tastings” on the rise, a cult culture has sprung up.


The Art of Taste: What It Takes to Become a Sommelier

New research has upended the once-prevailing belief that one is born with a fixed ability to taste. Our sense of taste—or rather smell, the eminence grise of flavor detection—is highly malleable.


Inside Louis Latour

Maison Louis Latour is everything a wine company should be. It makes delicious and interesting wines for every level, from the collector to the after-work drinker.


Should “made in Texas” mean 100 percent Texas grapes? Texas grape growers split on wine bill

A bill in the state Legislature would require that Texas-labeled wines be made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes, rather than 75 percent under current law.


How Millennials Are Changing The Sparkling Wine Industry

There’s a lot of talk about the millennial generation, who are currently aged between 18-32 and it seems the sparkling wine industry has not been left out.

Prosecco has gained favour with this generation is the sweeter taste. Millennials are more likely to go for a sweeter, fruitier sparkling wine.


Reality and wine – are tasting notes all wrong?

Perhaps wine needs its own language; a set of original words that provides a precise, holistic description of wine. Rather than co-opting various flavour descriptors that are often approximate at best (‘hint of loganberry’ et al), and which may not resonate for different cultures, you could simply create words that would describe the classic styles of wines.


Prosecco: Looking Beyond The Label

Prosecco is a lovely, friendly, flowery sparkling wine from North-East Italy, with William pears aromas and it had record sales last year. But how many people realise that the wines from different zones vary as much as clothes from Primark to Prada?


Wine Grape Varieties in Portugal

To say that this list is extensive is an understatement


Vegan wine

A vineyard in San Francisco is on a quest to prove that wine can be cruelty-free



American actress Hillary duff has teamed up with California producer Callie Collection on a new range of wines.


Ever wondered why beer bottles are usually green or brown and rarely clear? Here’s why

It’s not just because brewers liked the colors


A Master Sommelier’s List Of Top Wine Regions To Visit Now

Below are Williamson’s thoughts on the top wine regions to visit in 2017


So…what is sake?

A lot of folks think that sake is rice wine. In fact, it’s not wine at all. If anything, it’s more closely related to beer, as it is actually brewed.


Total wine shipments to the US expanded 3% to 399 million cases in 2016.

Total wine shipments into the US market expanded by 3%, nearing 400 million cases.


MillerCoors Introduces Redd’s Wicked Strawberry Kiwi

The Wicked Hour is back and better than ever with the return of the Redd’s Wicked Limited Release series.


Chilean Cabernet: The Wines, Regions and More

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted grape in Chile and the country prides itself on its exceptional Bordeaux-style blends (aka Cabernet blends). Let’s break down the 4 major wine regions of Chile which are famous for these balanced and age-worthy red wines.


10 Cool Things to Know About Carménère Wine

Here are 10 drinking facts about Carménère wine that will help you get the most out of each sip.


CraftRoots opens Milford’s first brewery

The brewery, located on 4 Industrial Way, is Milford’s first brewery, and owner Maureen Fabry hopes it becomes part of the fabric of the community.


14 Fascinating Facts About Guinness Beer

“What do you mean (*hic*) Guinness isn’t really black?”


How to Drink Wine

Wine is pleasure and conviviality, it is culture and it makes food taste better. But wine can also be intimidating. This guide takes the anxiety out of shopping, buying and drinking wine. You will learn the basics, from how to open a bottle to pairing it with food, along with the best language to use when talking about wine in stores, at restaurants and with friends.

Replica Wine mimics taste of popular Sonoma County favorites

The brand is called Replica Wine, and it relies heavily on chemistry to replicate popular brands, offering customers a savings of 15 percent or more.


What’s natural wine?

Many in the biz define it as wine made sans additives and with minimal tinkering — “nothing added, nothing removed,” proponents like to say.


Massachusetts Liquor Stores Want to Get In on the State’s Legal Weed Industry

Regulation experts don’t expect the state to allow both vices to co-exist on store shelves.

The Massachusetts Package Stores Association, or liquor store association, has voted to support members in their applications to supplement their booze sales with legal weed.



A quartet of Slovenian wine producers from Sevnica, where First Lady Melania Trump grew up, have released a wine in her honor.


How to pair 6 kinds of potato chips with wine

March 14, 2017 is National Potato Chip Day, and I thought it was time to put the world’s favourite snack food to the test with wine.


Gallo Dominates Domestic Wine “Hot Brands,”

With U.S. wine consumption estimated to have hit a record high of 326.7 million cases in 2016, Impact’s latest list of wine “Hot Brands” reflects a healthy mix of returning stalwarts and rising stars. On the domestic wine side, the 2016 Hot Brands lineup featured a total of 19 winners.

E.&J. Gallo led the way with seven domestic honorees. Gallo’s Barefoot Cellars ($7-$10 a 750-ml.) held its spot at the top of the domestic roster, selling 18.3 million cases last year to earn its 14th consecutive Hot Brand award. Barefoot was joined by the lightly carbonated Barefoot Refresh offshoot, as well as Gallo portfoliomates Liberty Creek, Apothic, Dark Horse and William Hill.

Gallo also counted Vin Vault, a premium boxed wine, among its domestic winners. Premium boxed wine pioneers Black Box (Constellation) and Bota Box (Delicato Family Vineyards) likewise earned Hot Brand honors, with each selling more than 5 million cases last year. Other domestic award-winners include Deutsch Family’s Josh Cellars and Constellation’s Meiomi, which both surpassed the million-case threshold in 2016. While premium California wines accounted for the vast majority of domestic honorees, Washington’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates also made a strong showing with its 14 Hands and Columbia Crest brands.

Do We Need to Give Up Alcohol to Lose Weight? Not Necessarily

Most such studies showed that “frequent light to moderate alcohol intake” — at most two drinks a day for men, one for women — “does not seem to be associated with obesity risk.” However, binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks on an occasion) and heavy drinking (more than four drinks in a day for men, or more than three for women) were linked to an increased risk of obesity and an expanding waistline.


French Wine Capitalizing on U.S. Drinking Trends

Major trends in the U.S. wine market including premiumization, sparkling wine, and rosé play to the strengths of French wine leading to a 14.2% value growth, surpassing runner-up New Zealand at 13.7%, to claim the highest import growth by nation over the past 52 weeks according to Nielsen data


So THAT’S Why Your Hangovers Get Worse As You Get Older

There’s one aspect of growing older that does not age like a fine wine: Hangovers.

Discover New Zealand’s wine regions

New Zealand’s wine regions are at their most spectacular in autumn when the days are long and bathed in late sunshine – it’s an ideal time to savour and enjoy the country’s sauvignon blancs, alternative albarinos and Rieslings


Wine Growth



From the world’s most expensive bottling to the origin of the Irish coffee, we present a round-up of 10 obscure Irish whiskey facts ahead of St Patrick’s Day on Friday.



Vermont-based distillery WhistlePig has released its first farm-to-bottle ‘triple-terroir’ expression, called FarmStock.


The Rise Of The Corta: Unusual Wine Bottle Sizes Could Be A 2017 Wine Trend

In California’s Sonoma and Napa Valley, cult winemakers are experimenting with an unusual wine bottle size, the corta. This is a short bottle that was inspired by the hand-blown glass bottles found in ancient Italy. They contain 9 percent less glass than the average Bordeaux-style bottle, and they take up 14 percent less room in a cellar


Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi Private Selection, part of the Constellation portfolio, is in innovation mode with the launch of a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chardonnay. Sourced from coastal vineyards in Monterey County, the new offering was aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels for nine months, with a portion of the blend seeing an additional two months in barrel. Retailing at $14 a bottle, the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chardonnay joins Robert Mondavi Private Selection’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, which debuted last year.



The problem with organic [viticulture] is that we have to use copper against mildew, and it is a problem: copper is toxic

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Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

The history of Masi is the history of a family and its vineyards in the Venetian regions. The name itself derives from “Vaio dei Masi”, the small valley in Valpolicella acquired by the Boscaini family, who are still its owners now, at the end of the XVIII century.

Today, Sandro Boscaini, company President and Managing Director, runs Masi with the help of his daughter Alessandra, in charge of sales and administration; his son Raffaele, Marketing Manager and Co-ordinator of the Masi Technical Group and his brother Bruno, Production and Plant Manager. His brother Mario has his own business, but is still part of Masi and an adviser to the management.

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Wines From Abruzzo In Central Italy Mascerelli

Guest: Dave Abbot

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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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  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

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