Liquor Industry News/Links 11-06-17


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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi





Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)


This Weeks Highlights:

New Products



Not America’s beer? Bud sales fall in U.S.

World wine production ‘to hit 50-year low’




The Inside Scoop On This Year’s Most Exclusive Holiday Wine Gift

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Crafting Affordable Wine Starts With Mechanized Agriculture

The German-designed machine can harvest an acre of grapes in as little as 11 minutes.

The wonders of Côtes de Bordeaux

Most wine drinkers are familiar with Bordeaux wines, but might wonder, what is the Côtes de Bordeaux?


The Evolution of Your Wine Palate (Funny, But True)

It’s time to pay a little homage to each step of our wine palate evolution, from beginner to enthusiast. Ironically, once you get to the end, you’ll find yourself back at the beginning.


Transition into the Holidays with Beaujolais Nouveau

Leaves are changing and temperatures are falling, but that doesn’t mean the end of drinkable wines. While most of the wines being made from the fruits of this year’s harvest won’t be on the market until sometime next spring (or much later), Beaujolais Nouveau will arrive on shelves by the third Thursday in November to help ease us into fall and winter.


Stop Asking for Beer in ‘Frosty’ Glasses

There’s actually a lot of good reasons to not drink your beer out of a frozen glass.


Which method of chilling wine really gets the job done in 20 minutes?

So what’s the best way to chill a bottle quickly?


Hardcore beer chugger downs 6 beers in 40 seconds with A LEAF Blower

Basically, the force of the leaf blower is operating like a one-person beer bong, allowing him to down the beer without the aid of other people. It’s both impressive and also “why?” inducing.



If pressed to name just one signature red grape from northern Italy, most wine lovers would nominate Nebbiolo.


Vegan wine: Do the yeast count?

Talking about whether wine is vegan, in other words, should sound more like talking about whether honey is vegan. Do the bees count? Do the yeast count? Are they being exploited?


28.5% of all the acreage in Sonoma Valley burned this month


Budweiser’s latest launch showcases pre-Prohibition recipe

Budweiser is taking its consumers back in time with its latest launch. The limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager is brewed from a pre-Prohibition recipe created by Adolphus Busch that didn’t see distribution beyond St. Louis, Mo., due to the 18th Amendment.





World wine production ‘to hit 50-year low’

Global wine production is expected to fall to its lowest in more than 50 years, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).


What Wine Should You Pair with Carrots?

Carrots are delicious in a simple salad, but don’t stop there. Whether raw or cooked, from salsas to savory soufflés, learn how wine pairs with carrots.


Basketball Great Charles Barkley Launches Wine Label

His new wine label, CB Vineyards. Barkley partnered with winemaker Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery and the Regal Wine Company to make the wine.



The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched a new app where drinkers can make and record detailed tasting notes.


New Beam Product

Beam Suntory–owned Basil Hayden’s has launched Dark Rye, the first permanent extension within the brand’s portfolio. An 80-proof whiskey that blends Kentucky straight rye with Alberta Distillery–sourced Canadian rye and a touch of California Port, Dark Rye is available nationwide at a retail price of $39.99 a 750-ml. The new entry joins Basil Hayden’s flagship Bourbon, as well as its limited-edition Rye Whiskey, which debuted in April. Basil Hayden’s is among the leading $25-and-over Bourbons in the U.S., rising 27% to 141,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

Legislation Would Allow Postal Service to Ship Alcoholic Beverages

One lawmaker is taking another shot at allowing the Postal Service to ship beer, wine and liquor.


The wines of Franciacorta are produced in the Italian Province of Brescia, located in the northern region of Lombardy.



You’ll find that white wine is used in both the cake and the frosting for a wine and sugar-packed hit. Everything in moderation, right?


Rye whiskey volumes up by 778% in the US

Since 2009, rye whiskey volumes have jumped from 88,000 cases to nearly 775,00 in 2016.



First released in 2002, Utopias is a special release beer launched every two years made in 2017 primarily from three varieties of noble hops; Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang, by way of a complicated process of barrel-ageing and blending.


Not America’s beer? Bud sales fall in U.S.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the owner of Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois, said that beer sales in the U.S. fell 5.6% in the third quarter.


Do Wine Drinkers Really Trade Up?

It’s a more complicated question than you might think



Empire Rye, a new designation launched by New York distillers in October.


Rising Alcohol Levels: How Winemakers are Adjusting

Winemakers share their top tactics for managing—and reducing—alcohol levels in wine



Although Coors Light retains its spot as the second-best selling beer in America and has picked up share in the premium-light segment, case volume is down 3.4 percent year-to-date through Sept. 30, according to Nielsen. That compares with the No. 1 beer, Bud Light, where volume is down 5.7 percent over the same period, per Nielsen.


Chardonnay Go Game

Chardonnay Go is a hilarious new board game for Wine Lovers, Moms and Other Shameless People based on the viral sensation, “Chardonnay Go,” where women search for the perfect glass of wine!

7 Ways to Tell a Good Restaurant Wine List from a Bad One, According to Wine Experts

Here’s what you want to look for in the ideal restaurant wine list, according to people who work in wine.


I Took a Bath in Red Wine to See if I’d Get Skin-Drunk

It’s 180 minutes of bliss if you’re a luxury wino, or if you’re just into wine


Is Drinking Red Wine Actually Good For You? It’s Complicated

Is your nightly glass of vino doing your heart any favors?


10 Ways to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

The trouble with wine, it seems, is remembering a corkscrew.

A Full-Bodied Red, With Notes of…Ultrasound?

University of Murcia, is looking to add ultrasonic pulses to the winemaking process, with an aim of gleaning more from the grapes that make the vintage while saving the winemaker time and energy.



There are currently 195 different countries in our world, which means that a whopping one third of it is making wine.


Whiskey-based deodorant seeks Kickstarter funding

Because of the quick dissipation of the scent, the wearer does not smell of whiskey, which was a key concern with customers.


Who knew England was a great region for sparkling wine?

In the last 20 years, vineyard projects have sprung up across the southern coast from Plymouth to Dover, mostly given to sparkling wine, forging a collective style that pays homage to Champagne (just 300-odd miles and one English Channel away) even as it remains entirely distinct in character.


What is claret wine?

Not sure what people mean when they’ve used the term claret? Confused about where the term came from? Here’s some background.

The Best Type of Weed to Pair With Wine — and Where the Future of Cannabis Is Heading

Weed and wine are a match made in heaven. Now, I’ve always known this on a personal level, but after attending an intimate dinner hosted by weed delivery app Eaze that included cannabis and wine pairings as the evening’s core activity, it’s more clear to me than ever how marijuana can be naturally incorporated into our everyday lives.


The Award-Winning Wine Valley You’ve Never Heard of — Until Now

In Canyon County, Idaho, just 27 miles west of the capital, Boise, is the town of Caldwell.


What your star sign says about your wine preferences

Your favorite wine is written in the stars!


Prosecco growers in Australia have said they will defend their right to use the name once again, after it emerged that Italy may seek a Geographic Indicator (GI) in the country ahead of negotiations for a free trade deal between Australia and the European Union.

Get to know nebbiolo and its royal court of wines

Native to northwest Italy, the grape is responsible for some of the country’s — and the world’s — most sought-after wines.


Ruché (“roo-kay”) is not a varietal you’ll often see on a wine list, but that’s not because Italians are trying to keep it a secret — though we wouldn’t blame them if they were. The red wine grape is relatively rare, only now hitting shelves outside of its production zone, though it would still be a difficult task to find it outside of Italy.

People are paying to work on vineyards to de-stress

Forget a cold bottle of beer and a sun lounger – these days Brits are paying to work on their days off.


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October 12th

Exploring Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle is celebrating 50 years of wine making in 2017!

As one of the founding winery’s in WA State they are the premier winery from WA State and have helped define the Northwest wine industry with classic vinefera wines that stand out today as they did 50 years ago.  With a long history of accolades they produce wines that you will enjoy today and with great aging potential.  We will focus on some of their single vineyard wines and their reserve Indian Wells tier.

Helping us taste through these wines is John Gedgaudas, a Business Development Manager for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.  John has been selling and representing wine for over 10 years and is excited to present them.  Focusing on WA State will be fun as it is an area of consistent weather conditions that provide great quality grapes  vintage after vintage.  Maybe WA State will become your new favorite wine region.


In the past we have worked with the wine app Quini ( )

During this event rate the wines and get $1 off for every review you enter.

We will taste 7 wines you can get up to $7 off!!

Please get a head start, sign up to Quini if you are on desktop or laptop/tablet, at the top right of the screen at If you are on iPhone and/or iPad, please download the app. You will find the link at the same website, where you can also read a bit more about Quini.

You can also use on any Android device.

During the tasting you can search Quini using #Franklin Ste Michelle and all wines will populate for you to enter your review.

If you want help in setting up or review of this feature please arrive at 630 for help.

The Franklin Wine Club was the first in the USA to use this app for wine review.

Please explore it while you taste and gain the rewards!


October 19th


Dutton Goldfield Wines And More

Hosts: John Schultz

Samantha Straw

John Will Present:

Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they’d enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. After graduating from Boston’s Brandeis University, Dan headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking along the way. Always an outdoor enthusiast and adventurer, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking when his brother turned him on to the 1969 Burgundies.

At Dutton-Goldfield, we believe we draw from the best Dutton vineyards to craft these very special Estate Grown wines. The Dutton’s are the premier grape growers in the region and sell grapes to many top wine producers including Patz & Hall, Lewis, Kistler, Nickel and Nickel, Mary Edwards, DuMOL, Ramey and Ironhorse just to name a few.


We will explore 4 very limited wines from Dutton Goldfield.

How limited are they? Two have only 350 cases made and two have only 150 6 packs made of which there are only 7 cases in MA!


Samantha Will Present:

A Tale of Two Ports

For more than 250 years, Ferreira has been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine, and known around the world as “the Portuguese brand.” Ferreira was founded in 1751, and under the direction of Dona Antónia Adelaide became the reference point for exceptional ports and Douro wines. Today, Ferreira continues to be a global market leader, and the symbol of a country and a culture.

Showing: Ferreira Dona Antonia Tawny Port

Quinta do Crasto, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, a partner in the Port house of Constantino, in 1910. ln 1981, Constantino de Almeida’s granddaughter Leonor (“Tita”) and her husband Jorge Roquette took over the Quinta, determined to restore and revitalize the family estate. Following the change in Portuguese law (allowing single quintas to bottle and export wine), Crasto has been producing and exporting table and port wines since 1994. The perseverance and commitment of the Roquette family has restored Quinta do Crasto to its rightful status as one of the great family estates of the Douro.

Johns Bio:

A native of Iowa, John came to California to pursue a career in the wine business beginning as a cellar worker for a large central valley winery. He later went into the sales and distribution side of the business working for a central coast wine distributor. John then moved to Napa Valley and spent many years at Franciscan winery selling a number of brands under this portfolio. John has been in the role as National Sales Director at Dutton Goldfield for the past seven years.

Samantha Bio:

Samantha Straw is a Fine Wine Portfolio Manager for Ruby Wines who has been in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. She has a passion for knowledge and has achieved 2 levels of Sommelier certification from the International Sommelier Guild, the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) designation from the Society of Wine Educators, and the Sake Adviser Certification from the Sake School of America. When not at work, she spends her time with her husband and two children.

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Wines from Dutton Ranch, grower in Sonoma County of some of the most sought-after Chardonnay (17 clones) and Pinot Noir (14 clones) in the state. The Ranch is 1,100 acres composed of 74 individual vineyards sprawled across the Green Valley and Russian River Valley that are part of the cool Sonoma Coast viticultural area.

Dutton-Goldfield, a 50-50 partnership begun in 1998 between Steve Dutton 50 and Burgundy-loving winemaker Dan Goldfield 60

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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes


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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Tuesday, October 17                        Decoding American Wine Labels

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you? In this valuable class we’ll explain all the truths and lies on an American wine label. Knowing this information will help you get more value for your money, understand how to figure out if a wine is a generic commercial wine or a hand-made artisanal bottling, and clues to what it’s going to taste like. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Thursday, December 7                     Decoding European Wine Labels

OK, so you understand an American wine label, but European labelling follows an entirely different set of rules, and can be confusing and intimidating. We’ll walk you through the method behind French, Italian, Spanish, and German labels, and help you understand what they’re telling you. You’ll leave with the confidence to buy that bottle of Bordeaux or Spatlese!


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.



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.


Norfolk Recreation

Three Classes:

Noble Grape Varieties

Decoding American Wine Labels

Decoding European Wine Labels

Millis Recreation

Three Classes:

Noble Grape Varieties

Decoding American Wine Labels

Decoding European Wine Labels






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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