Liquor Industry News/Links 04-22-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

04-22-17

Franklin Liquors

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By: Mark C Lenzi

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Upcoming Franklin Wine Club Event

May 4th

Lohr Vineyards And Wines

Guest: Erin Foley

Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir, over 2,300 acres in Paso Robles dedicated to Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other red varieties, and 33 acres in Napa Valley, highlighting Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J. Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. The winery offers four tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series and J. Lohr Gesture

We will explore the J.Lohr Vineyard series wines. Showcases the finest fruits from vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County, and Napa Valley. Very limited in production!

http://www.jlohr.com

About Erin:

Greater Boston Area Manager

Been working for the Lohr family for 3 years but has been selling J Lohr for years at Ruby wines who distributes J Lohr in Massachusetts.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/239297941/

 

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Is Champagne Still Champagne if It Doesn’t Have Bubbles?

House proposal would extend last call for alcohol at Massachusetts’s casinos

Pairing French desserts and beer

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VERMOUTH DI TORINO SECURES APPELLATION

Under the new appellation rules, to be marketed as Vermouth di Torino brands must use white wines from the Piedmont region in production.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/04/vermouth-di-torino-secures-appellation/

A Woman’s Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy’s ‘Slavery’

More than 40,000 Italian women, as well as migrant and seasonal laborers — that remains at the core of Italy’s agricultural economy, especially here at the country’s jagged heel.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/world/europe/a-womans-death-sorting-grapes-exposes-italys-slavery.html?_r=2

Getting to Know California’s Best Unsung Wine Regions

Largely overlooked, the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys illustrate the triumphs and challenges faced by California’s many wine regions. Here’s what to know.

http://www.winemag.com/2017/04/11/getting-to-know-californias-best-unsung-wine-regions/

12 Unmissable Wine Destinations in the Bordeaux Region

Don’t visit Bordeaux without going to these places

https://www.francetoday.com/culture/vineyards/12-unmissable-wine-destinations-in-the-bordeaux-region/

Samuel Adams Celebrates Homebrewers, Releases LongShot American Homebrew Pack

The Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Competition was started in 1996 by Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Sam Adams, to recognize and support the homebrewing community where he and many other professional brewers got their start.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/samuel-adams-celebrates-homebrewers-releases-longshot-american-homebrew-pack?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=0dd33da426-The+Daily+Brew%3A+April+12%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-0dd33da426-36686829

Pairing French desserts and beer

Crème brûlée and an oatmeal stout, anyone?

http://draftmag.com/pairing-french-desserts-and-beer/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=0dd33da426-The+Daily+Brew%3A+April+12%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-0dd33da426-36686829

Italy seen benefitting the most from rising wine consumption worldwide in next four years

Worldwide wine consumption will grow by 4.3% over the next four years, led mainly by buyers in China (21.6%) as well as Russia (6.1%) and the United States (5.7%).

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/business-and-economy/2017-04-11/vinitaly-180514.php?uuid=AEVOre3

U.S. Remains World’s #4 Wine Producer in 2016

 

SCIENCE CONFIRMS WINE REALLY IS GOOD FOR THE HEART

A recent large-scale study conducted by the University of Cambridge in England suggests that having a drink of wine every day could help protect your heart from disease. Considering millennials consumed nearly 36% of all wine purchased in the last year, the results of this study should be happy news for an entire generation of wine drinkers.

http://www.eurweb.com/2017/04/heart-disease-science-confirms-wine-really-good-heart/#

How Long Does an Open Bottle of Wine Actually Last?

Consider this mystery solved

https://www.tastingtable.com/drinks/national/how-long-does-leftover-wine-last

Thomas Jefferson’s favorite wines

Our country’s third president was also the first unofficial sommelier for our country — specifically for the first two presidents and the three who followed him.

http://www.westfargopioneer.com/lifestyles/food/4249204-thomas-jeffersons-favorite-wines

Sorry Australia, Americans Prefer Pricier New Zealand Wines

Sauvignon blanc, anyone?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-12/sorry-australia-americans-prefer-pricier-new-zealand-wines

The Science Behind What Makes Wine Tastes Better on a Plane

And which grapes are best for in-flight drinking.

http://www.gq.com/story/in-flight-drinking-wine-flavor

Entire Burgundy wine region to be covered by hi-tech ‘hail shield’ to kill storm clouds

By June, the entire area will be protected by a network of 125 ground generators that cause tiny particles of silver iodide to rise to the clouds above, where they stop the formation of hail stones, and thus reduce the risk of damage.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/15/entire-burgundy-wine-region-covered-hi-tech-hail-shield-kill/

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Beer

But even if the extent of your beer education stops and starts with Miller Lite, you might still enjoy learning these 10 little-known facts about the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage. Bottoms up!

http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/10-things-you-didn-t-know-about-beer

YOU SAY NEBBIOLO; THEY SAY SPANNA

Between Turin and Milan lies the southern portion of the Alto Piemonte region. It extends north in the foothills of the Alps but well short of the Swiss border.

https://grapecollective.com/articles/you-say-nebbiolo-they-say-spanna

14 OF THE MOST UNUSUAL GRAPE VARIETIES IN NAPA VALLEY

Napa Valley is world-famous for its Cabernet and Chardonnay, but did you know that there are at least two dozen other red and a dozen white varieties that are planted there?

https://www.palatexposure.com/napa-valley/14-of-the-most-unusual-grape-varieties-in-napa-valley/

Why is Trader Joe’s Wine Cheaper Than Bottled Water?

To understand how Charles Shaw sells wine for pocket change, it helps to know who Charles Shaw is—and why he has absolutely nothing to do with this story.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/94047/why-trader-joes-wine-cheaper-bottled-water

House proposal would extend last call for alcohol at Massachusetts’s casinos to 4 a.m.

A proposal included in the House budget would let Massachusetts’s casinos serve alcohol for an extra two hours, from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/house_proposes_allowing_later.html

This Vintage Truck Brings Ridiculously Good Beer, on Tap, to Private Events

Anyone can throw some shoddy keg lines on a truck and call it a beer truck. But TAPPED will be pouring beers out of the kind of sophisticated tap systems that marquee chef-driven beer-focused restaurants like Row 34 and Brewer’s Fork do. Only in your backyard.

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2017/04/13/bostons-tapped-beer-truck-launches-for-events-this-april/

Video games and wine – the next level?

Both games attempt to offer a simulation of the experience of being a winemaker in France or Italy, respectively. You know, deceiving appellation authorities about your yields and secretly acidifying your overripe Grenache while haemorrhaging as much money as possible.

http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/video-games-and-wine

New Zealand Wine Nears 5 Million Cases In U.S. Market

 

BASIL HAYDEN’S BOURBON MOVES INTO STRAIGHT RYE

Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey is “inspired” by the brand’s core expression, which has a high rye mash bill and uses twice as much rye as traditional Bourbons, creating a spicy finish.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/04/basil-haydens-bourbon-moves-into-straight-rye/

STING TO LAUNCH RED WINE CALLED ROXANNE

Currently, the famous singer produces six wines from a Chianti estate called Il Palagio, some of which take their name from his songs, such as Message in a Bottle or his flagship Super Tuscan blend, which is called Sister Moon.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/04/sting-to-launch-red-wine-called-roxanne/

Identifying Flavors in Wine

If wine is made from just grapes, why can some people can taste different fruits such as cherry, pear, or passion fruit? There are also flavor descriptions like butter, vanilla, clove, and even bacon used in many wine tasting notes. So, where do these flavors come from?

http://winefolly.com/review/identifying-flavors-in-wine/?mc_cid=d21ee53a70&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Is Champagne Still Champagne if It Doesn’t Have Bubbles?

Few people outside France have ever tried a sparkle-free wine from Champagne, but these still wines, known as Coteaux Champenois, aren’t hard to find locally.

http://www.foodandwine.com/syndication/bubble-free-champagne

WINE IN AMERICA, BEYOND CALIFORNIA

According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the United States was made from grapes grown in California.

http://www.snooth.com/articles/wine-in-america-beyond-california/

Bring On The Dry Riesling

Riesling is a grape you either love to love or love to hate. Those who love Riesling appreciate it for its pronounced aromatics and food-friendliness. Sweeter style Rieslings make a perfect accompaniment to spicy dishes, such as Asian foods. The often overlooked drier styles of Riesling pair well with light meats and fish.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/bring-on-the-dry-riesling/

PICOBREW INTRODUCES DIY DISTILLING DEVICE

Licensed distillers can use the PicoStill to produce an array of spirits including vodka, whiskey, Bourbon, moonshine, gin, brandy and more.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/04/picobrew-introduces-diy-distilling-device/

Traveler in Cans

Boston Beer Co.’s Traveler Beer has released three of its shandies in cans for the first time. Traveler Grapefruit Shandy, Aloha Traveler Pineapple Shandy and Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy are now available in the 12-can Traveler Refreshment Variety Pack. Traveler Grapefruit Shandy is also available in its own 15-can pack. All three beers are 4.4%-abv wheat beers with added fruit flavors. The 12-can variety pack and 15-can pack of Grapefruit Shandy will be available nationwide from April through August.

Languedoc-Roussillon Infographics: Biggest Wine Region in the World!?!

It is relatively little known outside of the French borders, but the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the South of France, is one of the very biggest wine regions in the world.

http://socialvignerons.com/2017/04/18/languedoc-roussillon-biggest-wine-producing-region-in-the-world/

Wine label descriptions influence consumers more than shop staff, awards: report

Australian consumers pay more attention to the flavour descriptions on the back of a wine bottle than to shop staff recommendations, according to a report by global market research firm Wine Intelligence.

It also found that style and flavour descriptions on wine labels had more influence than whether the wine has won a medal.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-18/wine-labels-influence-consumers/8448602

Successful wine lists focus on the customer

Good value and a clear mission lead the way to profit

http://www.nrn.com/beverage-trends/successful-wine-lists-focus-customer

 

 

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April 25th

Exploring Wine Labels

Hosts: Mark Lenzi And Kim Simone

Lets take an educational adventure while tasting wines and explore labels.
Do you know the truths and lies on the labels?
We will get back to our original club roots at this event. Talking and tasting while giving you tips and tricks.
You will leave a better wine buyer and a little scared!
Whats in that bottle can all learned with a few tips.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/239011374/

May 4th

  1. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

Guest: Erin Foley

Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir, over 2,300 acres in Paso Robles dedicated to Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other red varieties, and 33 acres in Napa Valley, highlighting Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J. Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. The winery offers four tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series and J. Lohr Gesture

We will explore the J.Lohr Vineyard series wines. Showcases the finest fruits from vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County, and Napa Valley. Very limited in production!

http://www.jlohr.com

About Erin:

Greater Boston Area Manager

Been working for the Lohr family for 3 years but has been selling J Lohr for years at Ruby wines who distributes J Lohr in Massachusetts.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/239297941/

May 11th

Wines Of Santa Carolina In Chile

Host Mark Raymond

June 1st

Matchbook Wines

Host Dan O’connor

June 15th

Napa Valley Rocks

Host Jo Ann Ross

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Thursday, May 18th

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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

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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

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      The Language of Wine Labels

May 10

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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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French Wine Scholar Programs

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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.

Tuition: $999

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

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