Liquor Industry News/Links 06-26-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)



Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


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Promoting Wines I’ve Never Tasted ~ Yeah, Right

I was reading a story from a blogger that was requested to promote a wine he never tasted. ( ) At Franklin Liquors if you see a tasting note that means we have tasted it! It is important to us to tell you the profile and story of each bottle we sell.

Its nice to see others in the wine world thinks that way.


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Here’s How Big Wine Gets To Avoid Environmental Rules in Napa

Neighbors say that laws don’t apply to people invested in Napa County’s influential wine industry.

Beer, Wine or Liquor? Data Shows More People Are Turning to the Hard Stuff

The country drank 3.5 million fewer nine-liter cases of alcohol overall in 2016 than it did the year before, with total consumption down to about 3.39 billion cases last year, according to the annual IWSR US Beverage Alcohol Review. But the volume of wine and liquor bought both increased, especially for whisky, tequila and cognac.

‘Independence’ Matters to Beer Drinkers, Says New Survey

The terms “independent” and “independently-owned” are relatively straightforward in their meaning; however, the survey had an even more interesting finding: These terms also ranked second-highest among words drinkers said would be “more likely” to influence their purchases. Only “drinkable” ranked higher.

Why blending wine is one of the fastest growing trends in the industry

The wines, composed of three, four, five or more unidentified and often disparate red varieties, emblazoned with flashy names and at times lurid identity systems, represent one of the fastest-growing segments in the country.

How High Are Wine Taxes In Your State?

The treatment of wine differs extensively across the states, and at higher rates than beer because of greater alcohol content.


Dried fruits, bottled lemon/lime juices, molasses, sauerkraut, and pickled onions all contain over 100 ppm of sulfites, with dried fruits potentially containing a whopping 2,000 ppm — that’s over five times an average non-organic bottle of wine!

U.S. remains top opportunity for global wine industry, says new report


Did you know that one in four bottles of wine is consumed outside the country where it’s made?

U.S. the leading market for wine consumption (13% of world consumption) and the 4th largest producer worldwide

Knob Creek unveils 25th anniversary Bourbon

Beam Suntory-owned Bourbon brand Knob Creek is celebrating its 25th year with the release of a cask strength single barrel expression, personally selected by master distiller Fred Noe.

Is It Really So Wrong to Put Ice in Your Wine?

Should you go against everything you’ve ever heard and just throw a couple of ice cubes into your wineglass? And, if you do, is it really so wrong?

Tasmania has more in common with Burgundy than with the Barossa

Tasmanian wine can be hard to track down, but it’s well worth the effort

Why Uruguay is one of the most exciting wine countries in South America

Uruguay is no doubt a small wine country. The human population is outnumbered four to one by cows and Uruguay produces less wine than Japan. Although it might be dwarfed by nearby wine countries Argentina and Chile in size and production, there are many reasons why Uruguay is one of the most exciting wine countries in South America.


How many of these smells and tastes have you recognized while drinking your favorite beer?

What does moderate wine consumption mean as we age?

Moderation means to have enough wine to enjoy with company of family or friends. Drinking wine to solve problems will not work any better than drinking water or milk will. Ask yourself then, why is it you drink wine?


Muscadines-Backbone of Alabama Wine Industry

Vitis rotundifolia, grow best in Alabama which accounts for their use by local wineries.

How to: Pairing pie and beer

Nothing completes a meal like a tall pint and a slice of pie. (But if you go with pie and beer as the main course, we won’t tell.)

U.S. Champagne Market Rolls On, As Millennials Reach For Bubbly

Champagne is on a strong upswing in the U.S. market.


“We knew that a Trump label was going to be controversial, but it’s been selling extremely fast.”



According to Drinkaware, a 175ml glass of standard red or white wine will set you back around 160 calories, while an average pint of beer contains around 180 calories.

Should you put wine in the freezer? 

You’re looking forward to enjoying a glass of wine but realise it’s not been chilled. Is the freezer your best option? And what happens when it goes wrong?

5 ways to be a better wine drinker

So here are a few suggestions I’ve observed over the years, mostly based on my own bumbling attempts sometimes to extol the virtues of wine.


Where Did Wine Come From?

No. It wasn’t France. Nor was it Italy. The European wine grape, also known as vitis Vinifera, originated in an unexpected place.

Forget everything you know about pairing wine with food
Here are the six mistakes they say many people make.


How to Drink Beer All Summer Long Without Getting a Beer Gut

Crack open a cold one with the boys AND mitigate the doughiness.


2017 Best Beers in America Results

2017 Best Beers in America survey including Top Ranked Beers, Top Breweries, Best Porfolio and Top Imports.

Why Drinking Wine Causes Very Dry Mouth, And How Eating Cheese Helps Prevent It

The food combination pair of astringent wine with fatty cheese, opposing foods of sensory perception, help create a more balanced mouth feel.

Award-Winning Sommelier Offers New Wine Program Using Adaptive Learning Technology

Vknow Offers New Confidence and Knowledge for Business Executives Receiving the Wine List

Wine labels and what they’re not telling you

What a wine label doesn’t tell you is actually quite a lot.

Your Guide to Becoming an Expert on Sparkling Wine

From Prosecco and Cava to vintage Champagne, learn to understand the differences among sparkling wines, how they’re made, and how to choose the right one.


Spill the Wine: How Trump is Using His Vineyards to Scam America

“Trump Winery is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates.”

Wine Growth Brands


How to Open Wax-Sealed Wine Bottles –Quick Tip

You’ll look like a pro if you follow winemaker Nicolas Potel’s easy steps to pulling corks on wax-sealed bottles.

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June 26th

Private CraftRoots Brewery Tour And Tasting


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:


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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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes


Save The Date!

Popping The Cork On Sparking Wines

Tuesday Nov 21st 7PM

Sparkling wines are used in celebrating many life’s best moments. At this education/tasting event we will explore all things bubbly.  What are the methods in making these wines? What is true Champagne? What makes Prosecco different from Cava? To answer these questions we will explore sparkling from all parts of the world.

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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.

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Italian Wine Tasting/Education

Thursday Sept 14th 7PM

Let’s take a tasting tour around Italy. We will discuss regions, laws, and explore unique wines from all over Italy. Don’t let wines from Italy confuse you; learn what grapes grow best where and more!



Tuesday Oct 10th 7PM

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.


Exploring French Wine Regions

Thursday Nov 9th 7PM

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 so much more!


Popping The Cork On Sparking Wines

Tuesday Nov 21st 7PM

Sparkling wines are used in celebrating many life’s best moments. At this education/tasting event we will explore all things bubbly.  What are the methods in making these wines? What is true Champagne? What makes Prosecco different from Cava? To answer these questions we will explore sparkling from all parts of the world.

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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. Kim Shipala, Assistant Library Director at the Franklin Public Library, will lead a discussion of the novel, while Kim Simone of Vinitas Wineworks and Mark of Franklin Liquors 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.

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