Liquor Industry News/Links 07-31-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)



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By: Mark C Lenzi



Sulfites In Wine

Lets talk sulfites!

“Contains Sulfites” is one of the truths on a wine label.

If you see it the wine has over 10ppm sulfite in it.

( 1PPM=1 milligram per liter (34oz) )

If you see the USDA seal there are less than 10ppm and no “added sulfites”

Organic grapes used will say contains sulfites but have less than 100ppm


There is NO evidence that sulfites cause headaches. Also keep in mind that sulfites are the only additive that the government requires to be listed. Than can be over 60 other additives that are not regulated. Those are what you should be worried about.


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‘Red Wine Headache’: what triggers the migraine?

The link between drinking wine and having a headache has been discovered, and sulfite is not the culprit.


Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Sulfites in Wine

There are plenty aspects of wine and winemaking that are misunderstood, but few as publicly or brutally as sulfites.


The average wine has about 80ppm and no wine by law can contain more that 350ppm. Here is a comparision of other items with sulfites

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More People Are Using Cannabis – Are Fewer People Drinking?



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Ruchè (pronounced /ru kei/ roo-kay in English), is a lesser-known, dark-skinned red wine grape primarily grown in Piedmont, Italy. The origin of the Ruchè grape is still uncertain. One theory claims that Ruchè is indigenous to the town of Asti. Some say it has Burgundian roots. Ruchè has been grown in the area for more than one hundred years but it was not until the late 20th century that Ruchè wine has been marketed and consumed outside of Italy.

19 Crimes App

If you like apps and technology check out the 19 crimes app.

Point at wine bottle and person on it talks to you.


12 Essential Bourbons for Your Liquor Cabinet

While there are dozens of bourbons we could recommend, here are twelve to know and to drink—from low-end to high, well-known to a little less so.

WE HAVE 8 OF 12 IN STOCK!’s-mark

What wine to drink when you’re cooking with sherry

When you’re cooking with sherry, what wine do you pair with the finished dish?


Benziger has been a long-time advocate for biodynamic farming at his former wineries, Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Winery. I

Unearthing California’s Pre-Prohibition Wine Roots

From the time of California’s first wine harvest around 1782 to the passage of the Volstead Act in 1920, the state has had a twisted and complex winemaking history filled booms and busts. But if you hunt around you can still find traces of the area’s pre-Prohibition roots. These historic sites and wineries offer a glimpse of those earlier times.

Beer Remains the Preferred Alcoholic Beverage in the U.S.

Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (40%) over wine (30%) and liquor (26%). Beer has typically been the preferred alcoholic beverage in Gallup’s trend.

How to Day Drink Without Getting Trashed, Sleepy or Sick

So if you’re ready to approach getting liquored up with the precision of a chess champion, consider one or all of the following pieces of advice.

Cask strength

The vessels that take wine from grape to bottle, through fermentation and maturation, have a huge impact on how it tastes. Here Martin Hudson MW explores the world of barriques and botte, concrete and clay


How to Match Your Lipstick to Your Wine

“Lipstick is so feminine, but there’s nothing worse than having a dark merlot stain on a fresh coat of petal pink lipstick. You just have to be strategic to enjoy a perfect, long-lasting pout!”


Marketing and the human touch

As wine retailers grow larger and larger these days, and smaller shops struggle, some of the mass marketing concepts (think supermarkets) I once read about have come back into play. But with fine wine, they can never replace the human touch.


9 Mistakes We All Make When Buying Wine

There’s nobody alive who doesn’t love a good bargain. Getting something great for a lower than average price is one of the joys of life, and it fills us with a sense of superiority and smugness which is difficult to beat. Unfortunately, more often than not, risking the bargain buckets and budgets shelves while buying wine pretty likely to end badly.


Update On Craft Beer Seal

  • Less than a month since its launch, the Brewers Association’s Independent Craft seal has been adopted by over 1,250 brewing companies. The seal, an upturned beer bottle with “Independent Craft” in bold type, signifies that the product is made by a Brewers Association-certified, independently owned craft brewer. The seal is intended to allow consumers to differentiate between independent brewers and companies that have recently been acquired by macrobrewers. According to the BA, the brewers who have signed on to use the seal represent roughly 50% of the craft beer market by volume.


New Ipswich Beer

Massachusetts-based Ipswich Ale Brewery has debuted Bramble On, a blackberry-infused sour beer. The 5%-abv brew was made with fresh blackberry puree and kettle soured with a lactobacillus yeast blend. The new offering will be available in kegs and four-packs of 16-ounce cans across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and North Carolina. Bramble On is the latest release in Ipswich’s Brewer’s Collection Series, a line that highlights small batch products.


Here’s everything you need to know before you order one.

French 2017 wine output may fall to record low after frosts

Wine production in France, the world’s second-largest producer, at 37 million to 38.2 million hectolitres, down from 45.5 million in 2016.


Components of Cicerone’s instructional materials will be incorporated into UVM’s fully online Business of Craft Beer Program, and students will be eligible to take the first level Cicerone Certification exam at no extra charge.

Deutsch Extends With Martignetti Cos. In Three New England States

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has inked new five-year distribution deals with Martignetti Cos. in three New England states. Under the new accords, Martignetti will continue to handle Deutsch’s wine and spirits brands—including Yellow Tail, Josh Cellars, The Calling and Redemption whiskey—in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Deutsch Family CEO Peter Deutsch said, “Martignetti has actively collaborated with us to aggressively grow our New England business. We’re confident they will continue to deliver in all three states.”

Massachusetts is the seventh-ranked state nationally in terms of wine consumption at 12.4 million cases in 2016, according to Impact Databank, while New Hampshire and Rhode Island are ranked 27th and 35th respectively.

New Dogfish Head Beer

Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery has released Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout. The new beer—an update of Dogfish’s original World Wide Stout—was brewed with barley and Madagascar vanilla beans, and then aged in 10,000-gallon oak tanks. The 16%-abv Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout will be available across Dogfish Head’s 37-state distribution network in both on- and off-premise markets, retailing at $36 a four-pack. According to the Brewers Association, Dogfish Head is the 14th-largest craft brewer in the U.S.


Several wine and olive presses were discovered including the largest ancient winepress in Israel found to date, along with more than 100 bottle-shaped pits carved into the bedrock


Will New Hampshire ever catch up with Vermont in the beer-reputation race?

New Hampshire now has more craft breweries and brew pubs than Vermont (60 compared to 48, as measured by the latest issue of Yankee Brew News) and more than twice as many breweries per capita as Massachusetts (5.4 compared to 2.2, according to the Brewers Association).

A colorful beer flights is illuminated against a bright sunset. 4 glasses of different beers are set on a wooden board and table outside.


The secret life of airline wines

A look behind the scenes at the airline wine world, to find out how they satisfy the thirst of millions of passengers, and what their mammoth wine purchases mean for the market. Plus, what’s best to drink in the air?


A look at wine sales on cruise ships

The impressive selection and competitive pricing on ships can come as a surprise to those used to selling wine through regular channels. The combination of buying in large volume, sourcing in multiple markets, and purchasing wine duty free makes the cruise ship wine market one of the most lucrative – and diverse – in the world.


More People Are Using Cannabis – Are Fewer People Drinking?

Cannabis use increased from 10.4% to 13.3% between 2002 and 2014.  Of those who do use cannabis, the average number of days per year in which they used cannabis increased from 10 to 16.3.  Total days of use then, across the whole population more than doubled.  Did people give up on wine?—Are-Fewer-People-Drinking


Should the wine industry be talking about wine and health?

Name any major vineyard region across the globe and you’ll probably find a local university that’s carried out some kind of study into wine and health.


An Introduction to Prosecco

Prosecco sales grew 32% in 2016 over the previous year, helping elevate sparkling wine consumption 11% overall.


Are Flying Vineyard Drones Creating Better Wine?

Vintners are using aerial drones to improve vines, bottom lines and what ends up in the bottle. But will the art and instinct of winemaking be impacted?


The “Health Benefits” of Wine

Is natural/organic wine healthy?

Zero Gravity Expands Distribution to Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Together with the expert team at Atlantic Beverage Distributors we will be supplying both Massachusetts and Rhode Island with beer previously only available in Vermont.

‘What is an IPA?’ A beer guide for casual drinkers, beer nerd-wannabe’s and everyone in between

If you’re still not 100 percent sure what an IPA is, what hops do or what the difference between an ale and a lager, this guide’s for you.


The effect noted by the researchers has been shown under laboratory conditions before, but this is the first study to test it in a natural setting, with people drinking in their homes.

The Six Most Delicious Wines You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Pecorino? Nascetta? Gringet? If you don’t know these long-sleepy grape varietals, get yourself educated. They’re the next hot thing in wine.

How cork is fighting back in closures battle

To say that the cork industry suffered a near-death experience ten to 15 years ago as screw caps and synthetic stoppers grabbed market share would be an exaggeration. But there is no denying that the first years of this century were tough for the sector.

Rosé Consumption By Country



Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale

Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale is a bold, invigorating brew made with a fresh, crisp finish and notes of citrus, reminiscent of a clear alpine day. It is lightly carbonated and comes packaged in a standout green glass bottle and label.


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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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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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