Liquor Industry News/Links 05-29-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

05-29-2017

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By: Mark C Lenzi

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Memorial Day Sale

Open May 29th 12-6PM

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Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day is now a legal business day

Please be advised that the law was changed at the end of last year’s legislative session. Massachusetts’s law now permits us to open Monday, Memorial Day, beginning at 12:00 noon

Upcoming Franklin Wine Club  Event

June 1st

Matchbook Wines

Host Dan O’connor

Matchbook Wines began in the rolling pastures of Dunnigan Hills in 2004. Dunnigan Hills, one of California’s newest AVA’s is located in northern California, east of Napa Valley. It was first planted to grapes in the late 70’s when John and Lane Giguiere returned home from college to save their family’s wheat and sheep farm. Realizing that the wheat market could no longer sustain their farm financially, and that sheep are really not that smart, the couple planted Dunnigan Hill’s original vines. These vines would be the foundation of RH Phillips Winery and the famed Toasted Head Chardonnay. Years after selling the RH Phillips label, John and Lane returned to Dunnigan Hills to begin a new venture: Matchbook Wines.

Matchbook Winery is a small, family owned winery focusing on the production of high-quality, yet affordable wines that rival the world’s best.

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https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/239855887/

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This Weeks Highlights:

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Put down that wine cork: Why sniffing gets you nowhere

Nip The Nip Bottle Litter In Massachusetts

Think wine connoisseurship is nonsense? Blind-tasting data suggest otherwise

 

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6 Secrets to Ordering Great Wine

You’re in a serious restaurant with a significant wine cellar, about to put down major green for a bottle. How do you make the most of it?

http://robbreport.com/food-drink/dining/6-secrets-to-ordering-great-wine-2528318/

Real Facts about Wine & Health

Some of what was said is already well-known: wine has some heart-protecting benefits, but drinking too much is bad for you. Other points were less obvious, so I’ll list them in bullet points below.

http://palatepress.com/2017/05/wine/wine-and-health-facts/

11 QUESTIONS ABOUT IPA YOU’RE TOO EMBARRASSED TO ASK, ANSWERED

If you’ve purchased a beer in the last five years, there’s a very high likelihood that you’ve come across an IPA. It seems like every craft brewery has a flagship IPA in its lineup, and beer store shelves are crammed with beers with pictures of hops on the label.

https://vinepair.com/articles/answers-11-questions-about-ipas/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=60df14694a-The+Daily+Brew%3A+May+18%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-60df14694a-36686829

Think wine connoisseurship is nonsense? Blind-tasting data suggest otherwise

Drinkers at the 2017 Oxford-Cambridge wine-tasting contest performed far better than random chance would indicate

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/05/daily-chart-11

Has some jerk wineshamed you? Let us help you fight back

Welcome to Wineshaming 101. Today we will learn the best ways to counteract wineshaming — you know, when friends, family and pushy acquaintances mock your dubious drinking habits.

http://www.miami.com/miami-restaurants/are-people-mocking-the-wine-you-drink-161449/

 

What’s in a name?

The secret to understanding Pinot Gris/Grigio is in its name – or rather, its two names.

https://www.wineaustralia.com/news/market-bulletin/issue-59

Constellation Reportedly Eyeing Ste. Michelle

Ever-acquisitive Constellation Brands may be lining up its next target. Forbes reports that Constellation may be eyeing a potential purchase of Washington’s leading winemaker, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE). The speculation follows a recently released Wells Fargo report highlighting the fact that SMWE’s business only accounts for around 3% of sales and 2% of profits for brand owner Altria, whose core business is in tobacco. Some believe that Altria will eventually offload Ste. Michelle at a price estimated to fall between $3 and $4 billion.

With revenues totaling $7.3 billion in its fiscal year through February, Constellation is considered a prime bidder for the Ste. Michelle business. The upstate New York-based company has been one of the most acquisitive players in the drinks industry over the past few years, with recent purchases including craft brewer Ballast Point, Utah distiller High West, Joe Wagner’s Meiomi wine brand, Washington-based Charles Smith Wines and California’s The Prisoner Wine Company. SMWE, whose core brands include Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14 Hands and Columbia Crest, among others, posted a net revenue rise of 7.8% to $746 million in 2016.

Rhubarb wine, ‘the new Moxie’ comes to Portland

Two Mainers say the crimson plant that grows prolifically in the spring makes the perfect elixir. In the former Rockingham Electric Supply Co. in Portland’s East Bayside, Pete Dubuc and Amanda O’Brien are making rhubarb wine in small batches using simple ingredients from Maine.

http://pierce.bangordailynews.com/2017/05/17/home/rhubarb-wine-the-new-moxie-comes-to-portland/

The Ultimate Guide to Oak in Winemaking

Winemakers face many choices when using oak in to produce their wines, and the interaction between oak and wine is complex and only partly understood.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/05/the-ultimate-guide-to-oak-in-winemaking

THREE THINGS TO LEARN FROM MONDAVI ABOUT SELLING WINE IN CHINA

Three insightful takeaways we want to share about what makes a brand and product successful in China.

http://www.alizila.com/three-things-mondavi-selling-wine-china/

Wine still takes a backseat to beer for Millennials, but dominates as drinkers age

 

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Science Of Drinking
Let’s have a look at some of the main aspects of alcohol and address some questions.

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/05/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-science-of-drinking/

 

CORK IS COMPLETELY OUTDATED

As wines age cork gives enormous variability – try 12 bottles from the same case and you’ll have 12 different wines

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/milne-cork-is-completely-outdated/

SAM CAPORN MW LAUNCHES WINE INFOGRAPHIC

The Wine Flavour Tree is a new aid to help consumers identify flavour profiles found in wine. The tree includes 40 different flavours, divided into 10 different branches (five for white wines and five for reds.)

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/sam-caporn-mw-launches-wine-infographic/

https://www.themistressofwine.com/wine-flavour-tree/

Nip The Nip Bottle Litter In Massachusetts

State House Representative Randy Hunt of Sandwich has filed a Bill (House Bill H3528) that would add a 5-cent deposit on the sale of “nips.” The Bill will give consumers an incentive to return empty nip bottles for the 5 cent deposit, rather than toss them onto the streets.

The Bill defines a nip as “any sealable bottle, can, jar or carton which is primarily composed of glass, metal, plastic or any combination of those materials that has a capacity of not more than 100 milliliters and is produced for the purpose of containing an alcoholic beverage.”

https://www.change.org/p/massachusetts-legislature-let-s-nip-the-nip-bottles-in-massachusetts?recruiter=29374348&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-reason_msg

Brewery Ommegang’s Next Game of Thrones Release is Bend the Knee Golden Ale

While the wait for each new season of Game of Thrones® can seem longer than the wait for winter in Westeros, fans can now quench their thirst for all-things-Thrones with the newest beer in the Game of Thrones series from Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing: Bend the Knee Golden Ale.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/brewery-ommegangs-next-game-thrones-release-bend-knee-golden-ale?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=f33cf40a3c-The+Daily+Brew%3A+May+23%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-f33cf40a3c-36686829

Sommeliers Weigh In on Wine Gimmicks, from Blue Wine to Rosé Forties

We asked three professional wine geeks about the year’s wackiest, most Instagram-forward trends, from fluorescent blue wine to rosé sold in forties. Their responses were as colorful as the wines themselves.

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/sommeliers-absurd-wine-trends

Did the English invent bubbly before Dom Perignon?

People in France will indeed tell you they invented the stuff – they maintain the ‘methode champenoise‘ was discovered by Dom Pierre Perignon at the abbey of Hautvilliers in 1697.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-39963098

Constellation Reportedly Makes Offer For Brown-Forman

Constellation Brands has reportedly made an offer for Brown-Forman, in what would be a blockbuster industry deal. According to CNBC, who cited several people with knowledge of the matter, Brown-Forman responded that it was not interested in a deal, but did refer the offer to its board.

In its most recent fiscal year, Brown-Forman had sales of $4 billion and operating income of $1.5 billion. Its enormous whiskey stable—led by Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve and others—is doubtless attractive to potential acquirers given the U.S. market’s American whiskey boom. Brown-Forman is majority controlled by fifth-generation owners the Brown family.

With revenues totaling $7.3 billion and operating income of $2.4 billion in its fiscal year through February, Constellation has been one of the most acquisitive players in the drinks industry over the past few years. Recent purchases have included craft brewer Ballast Point, Utah distiller High West, Joe Wagner’s Meiomi wine brand, Washington-based Charles Smith Wines and California’s The Prisoner Wine Company. The company has also been recently named as a potential suitor for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

 

The Best Way to Chill Wine, According to Science

If you poke around certain corners of the Internet, you’ll find all sorts of tricks for speeding up the wine-chilling process.

http://www.bonappetit.com/story/how-to-chill-wine-science

How do you decide which kind of wine to buy?

How do you decide which bottle of wine to buy? Many of us use the ratings and descriptions often found on cards next to wines in the store.

http://abc13.com/food/how-do-you-decide-which-kind-of-wine-to-buy/2027523/

It’s What’s in the Bottle That Counts … Or Is It?

The survey found that eighty two percent of the respondents said they selected their wines based on the appearance of the labels.

http://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/05/24/texture-wine-packaging

A ROSÉ BY ANY OTHER NAME

For years Rosé was given a bad name in the wake of the sweet White Zinfandel surge.  Don’t be confused and don’t be prejudiced by those sweet, cloying wines.

http://johnfodera.com/a-rose-by-any-other-name/

Gallo dominates rising star wine brands

 

Put down that wine cork: Why sniffing gets you nowhere

Your job when that first small splash of wine gets poured into your glass is to let the server know whether the wine is spoiled or not. She doesn’t expect you to say whether you like the wine or not. All she wants to know is whether it is in good condition or bad condition.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/sc-sniffing-corks-wine-food-0526-20170523-column.html

 

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June 1st

Matchbook Wines

Host Dan O’connor

Matchbook Wines began in the rolling pastures of Dunnigan Hills in 2004. Dunnigan Hills, one of California’s newest AVA’s is located in northern California, east of Napa Valley. It was first planted to grapes in the late 70’s when John and Lane Giguiere returned home from college to save their family’s wheat and sheep farm. Realizing that the wheat market could no longer sustain their farm financially, and that sheep are really not that smart, the couple planted Dunnigan Hill’s original vines. These vines would be the foundation of RH Phillips Winery and the famed Toasted Head Chardonnay. Years after selling the RH Phillips label, John and Lane returned to Dunnigan Hills to begin a new venture: Matchbook Wines.

Matchbook Winery is a small, family owned winery focusing on the production of high-quality, yet affordable wines that rival the world’s best.

Daniel O’Connor began working with John and Lane in 2016, and after years of working for much larger, more corporate wine companies, he has found a home. Dan’s passion for wine began early in the restaurant business as he worked to earn his graduate and undergraduate degrees. He lives in Boston’s North End and represents John and Lane’s interest here on the East Coast.

During our tasting and seminar, We will focus on “Old World Wines in the New World,” discussing the history of the grape varietals that we will taste and their roots in France and their success in California.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/239855887/

June 15th

Napa Valley Rocks

Host Jo Ann Ross

“Napa Valley Rocks” , Napa Valley Vintners’ Unique Educational Program, digs deep into what makes Napa Valley America’s premier wine growing region.  For years, wine lovers have extolled the virtues of ripe Cabernet Sauvignons or rich, buttery Chardonnays from Napa.  Travelers flock there for stunning cuisine while they laze the day away tasting the Valley’s handsome collection of wines.  To truly appreciate Napa Valley, we need to thoroughly penetrate the surface.  The convergence of an ideal climate for grape growing, a unique geology, a compelling wine history, a pioneering, innovative spirit, a respect for the environment, and a tradition of giving back contribute to what makes Napa Valley unique.  Napa Valley most definitely has a story to tell.

About Jo Ann

Jo-Ann Ross is Napa Valley Vintners’ Greater Boston Wine Ambassador.  She was selected to attend the Napa Valley Vintners’ “Napa  Valley Rocks” program in 2010 and the “Napa Valley Vintners’ Wine Writers Academy” in 2012.  In addition, she holds the coveted Diploma of Wine and Spirits (DWS) from Great Britain’s Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Jo-Ann is also New England’s First French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar Instructor issued by the Wine Scholar Guild of Washington, DC. She is always eager to champion world wide wine regions through organizing and conducting successful marketing promotions for restaurants and retail stores throughout New England.  Jo-Ann created the unique “Edu-Tasting℠”, a 5 minute mini-class  to accompany a standard wine tasting.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/240034559/

June 26th

Private CraftRoots Brewery Tour And Tasting

630PM-9PM

The Franklin Wine Club will take over the CraftRoots Brewery.

We will have a private event.

Price includes a sample rack of four 5oz beers to start.

We will have a private tour and an open discussion about craft beer, and CraftRoots Brewing.

Lets get together to support this brewery and enjoy time together over a few beers.

About CraftRoots

CraftRoots Brewing took root in April of 2014 in Milford, Massachusetts. Brewer + Founder Maureen Fabry is passionate about connecting craft beer back to local agriculture and crafting superfresh community-inspired brews.

CraftRoots Brewing is grounded in a genuine grassroots idea: focus craft beer back to its field-to-glass origins.  We brew fresh and flavorful home-grown ales that connect you to local farmers and craft maltsters.

100% of their grain and hops are grown on family farms in the Northeast.

32-oz. Squealers are available for purchase to-go.

To view current beers on tap:

http://www.craftrootsbrewing.com/on-draft/

Website:

http://www.craftrootsbrewing.com

Food Options:

They cannot serve food at the brewery. However, they do have a Bring Your Own Grub (B.Y.O.G.) policy. Did you make some amazing chili and have leftovers – bring them in with you! Have a favorite pizza in mind – pick it up on the way! Can’t decide what you want just yet – it’s all good.They have binders on hand featuring menus from many great local restaurants.

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https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/240213623/

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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.

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

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Franklin Library Book Club

Do you like wine? Do you like books? Join us for a special Wine Tasting & Book Club Meeting at Franklin Liquors on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.! We will be discussing Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler. Kim Shipala, Assistant Library Director at the Franklin Public Library, will lead a discussion of the novel, while Kim Simone of Vinitas Wineworks will do a tasting of the wines mentioned in the book.

The book discussion is free, but the wine tastings are $10 each. Space is limited to 40 participants. To register, either visit the library’s website or call Kim Shipala at 508-520-4943.

The first ten to register will receive a free copy of the book!

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