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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Tre Monti Wines

October 15, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Tre Monti Wines

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday October 11th 2018






Exploring Tre Monti Wines

Host: Natalie D’Alessandro Volpe

From Emilia-Romagna Italy Tre Monti traces its origins back to the early 1960s with the inspiration of Sergio Navacchia and of his wife Thea, who for years was the real driving force behind the winery until her death in 1989.

The heart of the winery lies in the center of the farm estate in Imola, where only estate-grown grapes are vinified. All of the vineyards are managed according to the principles of sustainable viticulture, which mandate inter-row cover-cropping and the lowest possible use of unnatural products.

All of this so that the final wine is the perfect expression of everything around its environment. Tre Monti became certified organic in 2014.

About Natalie:

Natalie D’Alessandro Volpe is a Wine Broker  of fine Italian wines for NDV Wine Agents, LLC.

Natalie currently represents a portfolio of exceptional wine varietals from regions throughout Italy, including Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Veneto and Puglia.  She works primarily with small family owned vineyards that practice sustainable and organic farming, and enjoys introducing her clients to grapes that are obscure and or indigenous to the region.  In addition to her wine brokerage, Natalie is certified as an Italian Wine Specialist through the North American Sommelier Association, and conducts staff training, wine dinners and educational talks and seminars.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/254910764/

The Wines:

 

Wine #1

 

2017 Albana di Romagna

Regular Price: $16.99

Our Quini Wine Review

 

Wine #2:

2017 Poche Ore Rosé

Regular Price: $16.99

Our Quini Wine Review 

Wine #3

2017 Campo di Mezzo Sangiovese




 

Regular Price: $16.99

Our Quini Wine Review 

 

Wine #4:

2015 Petrignone Riserva Sangiovese




Regular Price $24.99

Our Quini Wine Review

 

Wine #5

2015 Thea Sangiovese Superiore Riserva

Regular Price $34.99

Our Quini Wine Review

 

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Franklin Liquors

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Franklin, Ma 02038

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Joseph Carr And Josh Wines

September 14, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Joseph Carr And Josh Wines

An Education And Tasting 

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Thursday September 13th 2018







Exploring Wines Of Joseph Carr And Josh

Host Adam Cataldo

Please join us for an immersive tasting experience as we weave through the story of Joseph Carr.

We will talk about how Joe discovered his passion for wine; what led him to starting his namesake label from the Napa Valley; and how the wine he made to honor his father, Josh, became one of America’s most beloved Cabernets.

You’ll have the opportunity to taste and discover how the Josh Cellars varietals compare with their Joseph Carr counterparts

Adams Bio

Adam Cataldo is a recovering history major, IT guy, and bartender who has spent the last 8 years in the wine and spirits industry. He can often be found spreading the good word of Josh Cellars throughout South Eastern Massachusetts as its District Manager for Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, at least when he’s not complaining about the Boston Bruins.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/254096004/

 

 

The Wines:

 

Wine #1

 

 2017 Josh Chardonnay

Regular Price: $14.99

 

Wine #2:

2016 Joseph Carr Chardonnay

Regular Price: $21.99

 

Wine #3

2015 Josh Paso Cabernet Sauvignon


 

Regular Price: $18.99

 

Wine #4:

2015 Joseph Carr Paso Cabernet Sauvignon



Regular Price $23.99

 

Wine #5

2015 Josh North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular Price $18.99

 

Wine #6

2015 Joseph Carr Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

750ml $29.99

 

Event Photos

 

Franklin Liquors Events

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Franklin Liquors

333 East Central St

Franklin, Ma 02038

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Michele Chiarlo Wines

August 1, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Michele Chiarlo Wines

An Education And Tasting 

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Tuesday July 31st 2018






Exploring Michele Chiarlo Wines

Host: Adam Verona

Since 1956 Michele Chiarlo is synonym with the wines of Piemonte. At a very young age Michele started to travel to showcase with unlimited passion what Piemonte could produce. With Michele’s guidance now his sons Stefano and Alberto have taken over different roles and are carrying on their father’s passion. The story of Michele Chiarlo as a wine producer starts with Barbera and specifically from Asti but quickly moves to cover all the top areas of Piemonte, Gavi, Barolo, Barbaresco and more.

The philosophy at the winery is to produce classic wines of terroir with the most up to date know how and still vivid passion.

Adams Bio

As Michele Chiarlo’s North American Brand Ambassador, Adam makes regular trips to Piedmont, Italy and works closely with Michele’s sons Alberto (sales and marketing) and Stefano (winemaking and technical aspects).

Adam has had a passion for wine and food for as long as he can remember. He began his wine studies in his early twenties that included an internship on a Tuscan vineyard, gaining hands on experience in every phase of wine production.

After years of representing Chiarlo wines in wholesale, he was introduced to the Michele Chiarlo family. In 2016 he took the position with the winery and now travels the United States and Canada, proudly promoting the Chiarlo family wines. Adam lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and son.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/251988152/

 

 

The Wines:

 

Wine #1

 

2016 Nivole Moscato d’Asti

Regular Price: $19.99

 

Wine #2:

2016 Le Marne Gavi

Regular Price: $19.99

 

Wine #3

2014 Nizza Cipressi

 

Regular Price: $24.99

 

Wine #4:

2015 Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo


Regular Price $19.99

 

Wine #5

2010 Barolo Tortoniano

Regular Price $49.99

 

Liquor #1

Grappa di Nivole Moscato

 

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Franklin Liquors

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Franklin, Ma 02038

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Aged Wines

June 30, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Aged Wines

An Education And Tasting 

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Thursday June 28th 2018

 

Exploring Aged Wines “Old vs New”

Hosts: Kim Simone, Mark Lenzi

“Like a fine wine, improving with age.” That old wine adage has been around for centuries, but is it true? Have you always wondered what’s so special about older wines? Join Mark and Kim as they open bottles from Mark’s “secret stash” of older vintages and compare them to the current releases of similar wines. If you’ve never had the opportunity to taste some older, well-aged bottles, this is the tasting for you.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/251203352/

 

The Wines:

 

Pair #1

 

1996 Le Cloitre du Prieuré-Lichine Margaux

2005 Chateau Haut Sociondo Premieres Cotes De Blaye

 

2015 Chateau Roustaing Reserve Vieilles Vignes

Regular Price: $10.99

 

Pair #2:

2004 Catena Malbec

2005 Catena Malbec

2016 Aruma Malbec

Regular Price: $14.99

 

Pair #3

1995 Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot

2000 Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot

2014 Charles Krug Napa Merlot

Regular Price: $19.99

 

Pair# 4:

1995 Arrowwood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

1997 B.R. Cohn Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 Clos Pegase Napa Cabernet

2014 Black Stallion Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular Price $29.99

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Franklin Liquors Events

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Franklin Liquors

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Franklin, Ma 02038

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Introducing Physical Web Technology

The Physical Web uses beacon technology to communicate to your phone.

Two ways your can explore this with us:

1.     Walk into the store and get current specials, our custom tasting notes and drink recommendations.

2.     Attend a education/tasting in our wine room and get product information, pricing and food pairings

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Rosé Wines

June 22, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Rosé Wines

An Education And Tasting 

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Thursday June 21st 2018

 

 

June 21st

Exploring Rosé Wines

Hosts: Kim Simone, Mark Lenzi

Spring has sprung, and soon summer will be upon us. Get ready for the warmer weather with a tasting of our favorite seasonal wine style, rosé. We’ll taste through a selection of pink wines from around the world and made from many different grape varieties. Come find a new favorite for your summer parties, barbecues, and lazy afternoons in the sun.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/251015634/

 

The Wines:

 

Wine #1

2016 A-Z Bubbles (USA OR)







750ml $16.99

 

Wine #2

2017 Arrumaco (Spain)


750ml $7.99

 

Wine #3

2017 Penya (France)

750ml $9.99

 

Wine #4

2017 IBY (Austria)

 

750ml $14.99

 

Wine #5

2017 Pasqua 11 Minutes (Italy)








750ml $17.99

 

Wine #6

2016 Brick & Mortar (USA CA)

 

750ml $11.99

 

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Franklin Liquors Events

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Franklin Liquors

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Franklin, Ma 02038

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Kim Simone Vinitas Wineworks

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Introducing Physical Web Technology

The Physical Web uses beacon technology to communicate to your phone.

Two ways your can explore this with us:

1.     Walk into the store and get current specials, our custom tasting notes and drink recommendations.

2.     Attend a education/tasting in our wine room and get product information, pricing and food pairings

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Glen Moray Scotch

June 8, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Glen Moray Scotch

An Education And Tasting 

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Thursday June 7th 2018

 

June 7th

Exploring Scotch With Glen Moray

Guest Host: Jordan Davis

Join us on June 7th for a exciting night of whisky 101 and tasting featuring several of Glen Moray Distillery offerings!

Located in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital, the Glen Moray distillery has been producing fine single malt since 1897.

Through the boom times of late 19th Century and enduring two World Wars, the consistency and care taken to produce spirits has ensured GLEN MORAY has always remained one of the most highly-regarded Speyside single malts.

About Jordan

Jordan Davis, Brand Ambassador, Glen Moray

For the past 10 years, Jordan Davis has held numerous positions in the liquor industry. He Began his career as a merchandiser and worked his way up to sales rep, district manager and was a part of a chain account management team.

His most impactful stop was in North Carolina where he helped develop a spirit brokerage from its inception. The brokerage started with 2 spirits and now currently represents 52 skus! During his tenure in North Carolina, Jordan earned his CSS credentials, paving the path for his current position.

In 2017, Jordan accepted the position of Brand Ambassador of Glen Moray. He now focuses on the education, marketing and promotion of this great scotch!

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/250842275/

 

The Scotches:

 

 #1

Chardonnay Cask







750ml $26.99

 

 #2

Sherry Cask


750ml $26.99

 

#3

Port Cask

750ml $26.99

 

 #4

Classic

 

750ml $24.99

 

 #5

12 YO








750ml $39.99

 

 #6

18 YO

 

750ml $102.99

 

#7

15 YO

750ml $64.99

 

 

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Franklin Liquors Events

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Franklin Liquors

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Franklin, Ma 02038

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Kim Simone Vinitas Wineworks

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Introducing Physical Web Technology

The Physical Web uses beacon technology to communicate to your phone.

Two ways your can explore this with us:

1.     Walk into the store and get current specials, our custom tasting notes and drink recommendations.

2.     Attend a education/tasting in our wine room and get product information, pricing and food pairings

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Gagliardo Wines

May 25, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Gagliardo Wines

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday May 24th 2018

 

Exploring Poderi Gianni Gagliardo Wines

Host: Vito Candela

Franklin Wine Club Event Held in the Franklin Liquors wine room.

The Gagliardo family has been deeply rooted in the history of cultivating grapes and producing wines in Piemonte, one of the most prestigious wine regions, since 1848. The Gagliardo ancestors, the Colla family, initially began producing Moscato from Santo Stefano Belbo. Then the next generation of the family moved to Diano d’Alba producing Dolcetto, and finally Paolo Colla bought a small farm and vineyard in La Morra in the Barolo region and started producing Barolo wine with the care and attention that only a great passion and respect for the land can provide.

We will explore:

Favorita, Barbera, Dolcetto, Barolo and Brachetto

Vito Bio:

Born in 1960 and brought up in Bari, Puglia.

Vito Candela came the first time to the USA in 1982 to study Business Administration at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

In 1990 while on vacation in Cartagena, Colombia he decided to move there and start his own import business in the food and wine industry in which he had worked in while going to school in the states.

Some of the top Italian producers where part of his company’s portfolio which became shortly one of the largest in South America.

While in Bogotá on a business trip he met his wife Claudia with whom he has two children Vincenzo and Maria Josè.

In 1998 after an interesting experience with the Colombian guerrilla, he moved his family to the United States where a Tuscan winery offered him the positions of North America Export Director.

Intrigued by the challenge he accepted the position.

In 2005 he was promoted to Vice President North America.

In July 2013 he joined a large Italian Wine Group as VP North Americas until September 2017 when he decided to start his own company and to work with Top family owned wineries like Poderi Gianni Gagliardo in Barolo and Barbera.

Among his hobbies, racing Ducati Superbikes, working out, fishing and of course tasting great wines from all over the world.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/250337949/

The Wines:

 

Wine #1

2016 Favorita (Vermentino) Fallegro





750ml $17.99

 

Wine #2

2016 Dolcetto Paulin


750ml $19.99

 

Wine #3

2016 Barbera Madama

750ml $19.99

 

Wine #4

2012 GG Barolo

 

750ml $55.99

 

Wine #5

2013 Castelletto Barolo






750ml $107.99

 

Wine #6

Villa M Rosso

 

750ml $17.99

 

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Franklin Liquors Events

Hosted By:

Franklin Liquors

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Franklin, Ma 02038

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Kim Simone Vinitas Wineworks

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Introducing Physical Web Technology

The Physical Web uses beacon technology to communicate to your phone.

Two ways your can explore this with us:

1.     Walk into the store and get current specials, our custom tasting notes and drink recommendations.

2.     Attend a education/tasting in our wine room and get product information, pricing and food pairings

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Pizza And Wine

May 11, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Pizza And Wine

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday May 10th 2018

 

Exploring Pizza And Wine

Hosts: Courtney Nappa, Ciro Pirone

Is there anything better than pizza and wine?

Ciro will talk and pair Italian wines with Courtney’s 360 Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen.

Three pizza styles will be matched with two wines each.

About Ciro

Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Company, is a graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero (Hotel and Restaurant Management school) of Salerno, Italy and a Certified Italian Wine Specialist by the NASA (North American Sommelier Association affiliated with the Italian Sommelier Association). Traveling and working in Italy, England and the US, Ciro developed an incredible passion for wine, food and culture. After all, growing up in Italy, wine was always a very important part of his family’s lifestyle and traditions.

In 1999, Ciro moved to the US permanently. He landed in Boston, where he continued his wine studies at Boston University, the International Sommelier Guild, the London –based Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET), as well as he completed and passed with Honors the Italian Wine Specialist Certification by the North American Sommelier Association (part of the worldwide recognized Italian Sommelier Association). In June of 2017 he completed the Vinitaly Wine Academy and received the prestigious Vinitaly Wine Ambassador certification.

In 2007, Ciro accepted the position of Italian Wine Specialist for Horizon Beverage. After successful growth at HBC, Ciro accepted on a new challenge as the US Brand Manager for the Arnaldo Caprai Winery of Montefalco (Umbria), the top producer of worldwide recognized Sagrantino di Montefalco. In June 2011, Ciro returned to Horizon Beverage with a new position of Director of Italian Wines in support of their expanding presence in the New England marketplace. Ciro is happy to share his passion for Italian wine and culture in an effort to give the American wine consumer a better understanding and appreciation for Italian wine!

About Courtney

360 Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen (Formerly Ciao Bella )

Italian dining finally perfected for takeout and delivery.

All fresh ingredients and original Italian family recipes used to bring you the best Thin crust Neapolitan pizza, shrimp scampi, Noni’s  Bolognese, chicken Parmesan and so much more!

Union St

Franklin MA 02038

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/250045278/

 

The Pizzas

Pizza #1

Classic Margherita

Pizza #2

Mozzarella, Sausage, Broccoli Rabe ( No Tomato )

Pizza #3

Tomato, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Rucola

 

The Wines:

 

Wine #1

N/V Merotto Extra Dry Prosecco





750ml $15.99

 

Wine #2

2016 Feudo Maccari Grillo


750ml $15.99

 

Wine #3

2017 Feudo Maccari Rosé

750ml $15.99

 

Wine #4

2014 Querceto Chianti

 

750ml $11.99

 

Wine #5

2014 Banfi Centine Rosso






750ml $12.99

 

Wine #6

2016 Feudo Maccari Nero D’Avola

 

750ml $15.99

 

 

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Franklin Liquors Events

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Franklin Liquors

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Franklin, Ma 02038

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Kim Simone Vinitas Wineworks

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Introducing Physical Web Technology

The Physical Web uses beacon technology to communicate to your phone.

Two ways your can explore this with us:

1.     Walk into the store and get current specials, our custom tasting notes and drink recommendations.

2.     Attend a education/tasting in our wine room and get product information, pricing and food pairings

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Liquor Industry News/Links 03-05-18

March 5, 2018

 

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

03-05-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Wine prices: How low can you go?

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ANGOSTURA BITTERS

Dewar’s: a brand history

 

 AND MORE!

Beringer Bourbon Wines

Treasury Wine Estates is extending the Beringer brand with Beringer Bros. Bourbon Barrel Aged wines, including a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Cuvee aged for 60 days in charred American oak Bourbon barrels and retailing at $18 a bottle. Mark Beringer, the great-great grandson of co-founder Jacob Beringer, oversees winemaking for the new offering. Beringer’s new barrel-aged wines sport interactive labels which can be scanned with the “Living Wine Labels” app to bring Beringer’s founding brothers Jacob and Frederick to life in an augmented reality feature. Other TWE brands utilizing the Living Wine Labels app to educate and engage consumers include The Walking Dead Wines from the Last Wine Company, Gentleman’s Collection, 19 Crimes and Chateau St. Jean.

How You Can Spot Fake Wines

Looking to acquire legendary bottles? The world’s foremost expert on detecting fake wines, Maureen Downey, shares six tips for ensuring you don’t end up the victim of fraud.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/02/15/how-to-spot-fake-wines/

Shifting world wine trends

The winds of change are blowing through the world of wines as factors ranging from currency fluctuations to weather-impacted harvest levels cause both suppliers and consumers to look beyond stereotypical options to new markets and styles.

https://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Article/2018/02/16/What-are-the-global-wine-trends

There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

It’s easy to see alcohol consumption being a result of thousands of years of ritual and a lifetime of habit. But have you ever stopped to consider why it is you choose to drink? Knowing what motivates people to drink is important to better understanding their needs when it comes to encouraging them to drink less, or in a less harmful way.

https://theconversation.com/there-are-four-types-of-drinker-which-one-are-you-89377

Understanding the Science Behind Ancient Wine

Using hi-tech tools to learn about the winemaking methods of the past

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/understanding-the-science-behind-ancient-wine/

WTFilms Inks Deals on Buzzed-About Documentary ‘Wine Calling’

“Wine Calling” takes place in the South of France and follows a new generation of wine growers belonging to a global movement for taste and sustainability, from the harvest to the bottling.

http://variety.com/2018/film/global/berlianle-2018-berlin-film-festival-wtfilms-inks-deals-on-buzzed-about-documentary-wine-calling-exclusive-1202702131/

 

Aging Wine FAQ

Be forewarned that that many answers are far from absolute and are simply guidelines.

http://www.timgaiser.com/blog/aging-wine-faq?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TimGaiserMasterSommelier-Blog+%28The+Blog+of+Tim+Gaiser%2C+MS%29

 

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ANGOSTURA BITTERS

What  is this stuff, exactly? How has it set up camp in pretty much every bar you’ve ever been to? Why should you care?

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-angostura-bitters/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pagepost

 

Cork Vs. Screw Top: Should You Judge a Wine by Its Seal?

Corks sometimes cause more problems than they solve, but proponents of these little lumps of tree bark feel strongly about their use.

https://www.vogue.com/article/cork-vs-screw-top-wine

 

French see red over health minister’s wine warning

Agnès Buzyn caused anger in Bordeaux, Burgundy and other vineyard regions by denouncing as fallacious claims that wine could be beneficial and increase longevity. She said it was an “alcohol like any other” and as bad for the health as beer, whisky or vodka.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/french-see-red-over-health-ministers-wine-warning-fjljr607n

 

Wine-quality scores for premium wines are not consistent through time

When dealing with professional wine-quality scores, the usual attitude seems to be: “one wine, one score”. We have all seen wine retailers where, for each wine, only one quality score is advertised from each well-known wine critic or magazine. This is often either the most recent score that has been provided, or it is the highest score that has been given to that particular wine.

http://winegourd.blogspot.com/2018/02/wine-quality-scores-for-premium-wines.html

 

Fear of wine snobs

Wine people, as I discovered last week, resent the image of wine lovers as pretentious, condescending and – worst of all – full of bullshit.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/fear-of-wine-snobs

 

The wine never stops flowing at bottling facility in Hopland

Next time you drink a CA wine look at the back chances are you will see Hopland!

http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/general-news/20180218/the-wine-never-stops-flowing-at-bottling-facility-in-hopland

Top 10 Biodiverse Wineries in the US, 2017

The biodiversity ranking driven by Biome Makers measures and evaluates the global complexity of microbial communities as a basis for the biological activity in soils and as a sustainability indicator

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/02/19/top-10-biodiverse-wineries-us

Big Wine 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly for consumers

Big Wine’s continuing dominance over what we drink means less interesting wines to buy, as well as fewer places to buy them

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/big-wine-2018-good-bad-ugly-consumers/

The Wild Ancient Greek Drinking Game That Required Throwing Wine

Strategic flicking was the name of this game, known as kottabos.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kottabos-ancient-greek-wine-spilling-game

15 questions wine experts are always asked

Specialist Charles Foley answers your most pressing queries, from what to look for on a wine label to how to open champagne with a sword

http://www.christies.com/features/15-questions-wine-experts-are-always-asked-8890-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

What Really Is Natural Wine?

If you’re even slightly into wine, you’ve probably heard about natural wine. Natural wine is the unfiltered, untamed, un-photoshopped version of what we know to be wine. In most cases, natural wine doesn’t look or taste like a typical wine. In fact, some natural wines taste more like a sour beer or kombucha!

http://winefolly.com/review/really-natural-wine/

Dewar’s: a brand history

Dewar’s, or ‘Doo-ers’ as they say in America, was built by the most flamboyant whisky tycoon of them all. Tommy Dewar may have died in 1930 but his spirit lives on. The Spirits Business traces its fascinating story.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/dewars-a-brand-history/

Is the Endless Growth of the Wine Industry Coming to an End?

The 2018 outlook suggests that overall wine industry pricing will remain flat, with price increases difficult to pass through to consumers. The premium wine segment, with bottles over $10 apiece, is called to grow in a range of 4% to 8%, down from the estimate of 10% to 14% in 2017. Increasing imports are expected to continue in the lower premium price points

https://247wallst.com/consumer-products/2018/02/16/peak-wine-is-the-endless-growth-of-the-wine-industry-coming-to-an-end/

6 Ways to Get Customers out of Their Comfort Zone

Wine retailers across the country discuss tactics for drumming up interest in niche wines

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/6-ways-to-get-customers-out-of-their-comfort-zone/

A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Expertise

It’s not what you know, it’s how you go about it

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Beginners-Guide-Wine-Expertise-Matt-Kramer

Top 4 Wine Brands That are Killing it Online

With its global reach, wine has become one of the many products to take advantage of the worldwide sales potential offered by the online world.

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/02/21/top-4-wine-brands-that-are-killing-it-online/

Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks

While caterers do have experience planning weddings and providing bar service, their wine recommendations are a notoriously bad deal, especially if you and yours are wine lovers.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-wedding-wines/

7 Wild Wines from Central Europe You Need to Czech Out Now

One of these wines tastes like a gin and tonic—and it’s the best cocktail I’ve had all year.

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/central-europe-czech-austrian-german-wines

Ohio becomes 6th in nation for wine production by gallon

When you think of the top winemaking states, places like California and Washington probably come to mind. What you might not have guessed is that Ohio is not far behind those places.

http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/ohio-becomes-6th-in-nation-for-wine-production-by-gallon

The Best Red Wine to Drink While Eating on the Couch

If you’re going to drink red wine on the couch, make sure it’s a light red. Here are a few of my go-to options. Not only are they less likely to stain in the event of a spill, but they’re also downright gulpable while you’re binging shows on Netflix. Trust me.

https://www.thekitchn.com/the-best-red-wine-to-drink-while-eating-on-the-couch-254182

New KJ Rosé

Jackson Family Wines has extended its flagship Kendall-Jackson brand with a Vintner’s Reserve Rosé. Previously available in select markets, Vintner’s Reserve Rosé is launching into national distribution this month. The new offering is sourced from vineyards in Santa Barbara, Monterey, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties and fermented in stainless steel. Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve California Chardonnay ($17) ranked 28th among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2017. The Kendall-Jackson brand sells above 3.4 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

Millennials are dragging down beer sales — but Gen Z marks a ‘turning point’ that will cause an even bigger problem for the industry

A report from Berenberg Research found that members of Generation Z preferred spirits (like vodka or gin) and wine to beer.

http://www.businessinsider.com/millennials-gen-z-drag-down-beer-sales-2018-2

2018 Top 40+ Wine Influencers: Who to Follow on Social Media?

2017 has come and gone, and we are well into 2018 by now. It is therefore clearly time for our traditional yearly list of top wine influencers on social media.

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/02/13/2018-top-40-wine-influencers-who-to-follow-on-social-media/

US online alcohol sales hit $1.7 billion

Online alcohol sales in the US hit US$1.7 billion dollars last year, according to a new report from Rabobank, which urges brands to “aggressively pursue strategies” for e-commerce growth.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/us-online-alcohol-sales-hit-1-7-billion/

JAPANESE WINE AND GRAPE CULTIVATION

A peek into a burgeoning industry in Asia.

https://www.alcoholprofessor.com/blog/2018/02/20/japanese-wine-and-grape-cultivation/

Study: Red Wine Prevents Tooth Decay, Gum Disease

Smile and pour a glass.

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-02-21/study-red-wine-prevents-tooth-decay-gum-disease

The Glorious Grapes Defining Austrian Red Wine

While varieties like Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St. Laurent may not roll off the tongue as well as better known grapes, Austrian red wine needs to be on your must-try list.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/02/21/austrian-red-wine-grapes/

DRINKING WINE FROM THE SPIT BUCKET

UNSOPHISTICATED OR INNOVATIVE?

http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2018/wine-in-fruska-gora-serbia/

WTF Is a “Wine Product” Anyway? (And… Can You Drink It?)

They’re cheap and convenient. Sounds great, right?

But adding to the confusion are these low-alcohol beverages dubbed “wine products.”

http://www.bravotv.com/the-feast/what-is-a-wine-product

It’s a Brave New World When it comes to Wine Choices

More than 80 percent of wines produced and sold in the United States come from about 20 percent of the number of producers. By logical inference, there is very little production reaching our tables from the preponderance of wineries.

https://www.theexaminernews.com/its-a-brave-new-world-when-it-comes-to-wine-choices/

What’s the difference between grape juice and wine?

Life on earth conspires to turn grapes into something more highly evolved with a single element

http://www.phillyvoice.com/whats-difference-between-grape-juice-and-wine/

The 5 Best White Wines for Cooking

Once you move past grocery store “cooking wine” (and I strongly advise you to do so!) and introduce even moderately priced white wine into the equation (leave that $40 Chardonnay in the wine fridge), your possibilities and cooking style expand exponentially.

https://www.thekitchn.com/the-5-best-white-wines-for-cooking-202573

Top 10 US Sparkling Wine Drinking States In US

EX-NBA STAR STOUDEMIRE LAUNCHES KOSHER WINE RANGE

Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher wines ahead of Passover made from vineyards in Israel, retailing at up to US$250 a bottle.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/ex-nba-star-stoudemire-launches-kosher-wine-range/

LEARN ABOUT TENNESSEE WHISKEY

TENNESSEE WHISKEY ESSENTIAL INFO

https://vinepair.com/spirits-101/intro-tennessee-whiskey-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=8f8cea8da2-Feb_22_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-8f8cea8da2-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-8f8cea8da2-38937345&mc_cid=8f8cea8da2&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

How Should We Evaluate Distinctive, Original Wines?

We develop standards of quality through conversations between experts. In the wine world those standards are often region-specific and are sometimes supported by legal requirements. But the standards themselves are perceptual patterns

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/02/22/how-should-we-evaluate-distinctive-original-wines/

A Guide to Franciacorta, Italy’s Most Chill Wine Region

Because of its relative new-kid status, there’s a refreshing casualness to Franciacorta’s wineries.

https://www.cntraveler.com/story/a-guide-to-franciacorta-italys-most-chill-wine-region

Beer vs. Wine vs. Liquor: The Most-Ordered Alcohol in Your City May Surprise You

Of the 12 markets the brand looked at, New York City had sold the highest percentage of wine – 50 percent of all alcohol sold in the city was wine – whereas Boston had the highest percentage of beer – 31 percent.

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/new-york-prefers-wine-austin-loves-liquor-according-new-sales-data

The 6 Best Wines for a Breakup

Breakups suck. They might even inspire you to drink. So, if you’re going to drink, you might as well do it right! Here are 6 classic breakup situations and the wines to match them.

http://winefolly.com/update/6-best-wines-break/

10 TIPS FOR DRINKING AND BUYING WINE – LIKE A CONNOISSEUR…

Wine is an eternal quest. Like us, it lives, breaths and changes. But also like us, some wines are in better shape than others. Wine is a curious topic, because there’s so much that’s unknown and so much that’s just wrong. At the end of the day, it’s fun to look fancy and knowledgeable, so here are a few tips to buy and drink wine like a fine connoisseur, on any budget.

http://www.godsavethepoints.com/2018/02/22/tips-drinking-buying-wine-like-connoisseur/

Top 10 Best Wine Apps for 2018

The following 10 applications, gathered in an infographic, are some of the 2018 top-rated wine apps, here to help you finding,  choosing, buying, and remembering bottles of great wines. Most are free to download, so compatible with the smart phone user on a budget!

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/02/23/top-10-best-wine-apps-for-2018/

Biodynamics: Fruit and Root days

Biodynamics is not just for winemakers – wine lovers are now being encouraged to plan their drinking by the lunar calendar. christelleguibert considers whether wines really can taste different on different days of the year

https://www.decanterchina.com/en/news/Decanter%20Features/biodynamics-fruit-and-root-days

New Bubbly From Clos Du Bois

California’s Clos du Bois, part of the Constellation portfolio, has launched Lightly Bubbled Rosé and Chardonnay wines. Made from Sonoma-sourced grapes, the new line of frizzante wines will begin rolling out nationwide in March, both retail priced at $13 a 750-ml. The Clos du Bois portfolio also includes still wines from Sonoma County’s North Coast, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley appellations. Clos du Bois depleted 1.9 million cases in the U.S. in 2017, down 2%, according to Impact Databank.

New Simple Life Rosé

Sonoma-based Don Sebastiani & Sons has extended its Simple Life wine brand with a new rosé. Sourced primarily from Lodi, Simple Life Rosé is made with Syrah, Mourvedre, and Barbera and retails at $13 a 750-ml. The offshoot joins existing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon labels in the Simple Life portfolio, which first debuted in 2012. In addition to Simple Life, Don Sebastiani & Sons’ stable includes the Smoking Loon, Pepperwood Grove, Don & Sons, and Sivas-Sonoma brands, among others.

 

Wine prices: How low can you go?

The average price for the equivalent of a standard-sized 750-milliliter bottle of wine sold by U.S. retailers is $10 a bottle. The average hit double digits for the first time about a year ago

http://wineloverspage.com/2018/02/wine-prices-how-low/

 

Mass Spectrometry Based Analysis Reveals the Chemistry of Wine Bouquet

Scientists from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, have developed an automated dynamic headspace (DHS) method that can provide a snapshot of the aroma compounds emanated from wine in conditions close to those found during wine tasting. They have then implemented the technique to see how this profile changes over time as it might in the glass during consumption

https://www.technologynetworks.com/analysis/articles/mass-spectrometry-based-analysis-reveals-the-chemistry-of-wine-bouquet-297929

 

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Does Legalizing Marijuana Threaten Wine (And Beer) Consumption?

 

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New mobile app for Vermont Beer fans

The Vermont Brewers Association recently released a brand new mobile app. People will be able to drive around the state, check into a brewery, rate the beers that they’re tasting and get their electronic passport stamped

http://www.wcax.com/content/news/New-mobile-app-for-Vermont-Beer-fans-473684923.html

Monkey Shoulder unveils giant cocktail shaker

Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder is taking a 2,400-gallon mobile cocktail shaker that mirrors a cement truck on a tour of the US

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/monkey-shoulder-unveils-giant-cocktail-shaker/

SECRET MARIJUANA PLANTATION DISCOVERED IN VINEYARD

A vineyard operator has been found guilty of cultivating more than 100 cannabis plants and concealing them alongside vines at his estate in Berri, South Australia.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/secret-marijuana-plantation-discovered-in-vineyard/

HERE ARE FOUR CONSUMER SPIRITS TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018

Market research firm Euromonitor looked at the spending habits of spirits drinkers around the world, revealing some curious predictions for the market in 2018.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/here-are-four-consumer-spirits-trends-to-watch-in-2018/

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BOURBON, RYE, AND TENNESSEE WHISKEY

So what’s the difference between these three delicious brown liquids?

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-differences-between-bourbon-rye-and-tennessee-whiskey/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5088a4cf42-Feb_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5088a4cf42-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5088a4cf42-38937345&mc_cid=5088a4cf42&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

New UFO Flavor

The Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company’s UFO brand has launched its newest core offering: UFO Pineapple. The 5.2%-abv Hefeweizen is brewed to be sweet, refreshing and easy drinking, according to the brewery. The flavored wheat ale is now available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and bottles nationwide. UFO Pineapple is the brand’s second release of the year, following the seasonal UFO Apricot.

 

New Light Beer Line

MillerCoors has launched Two Hats, a 4.2%-abv light beer range that features two flavor options, lime and pineapple. Aimed at the 21-24-year-old demographic, Two Hats is rolling out nationwide in 16-ounce cans that retail at around $5 a six-pack depending on the market. MillerCoors is billing the brand as an alternative to higher-priced craft brews, and as an accessible entry point into the beer category for the younger generation, which has increasingly been favoring wine or spirits over beer in recent years.

 

 

Fetzer looks to showcase new vintages after 50 years as Mendocino County’s wine pioneer

Its golden anniversary offers an opportunity for the Chilean-owned wine company to reconnect with the past — and to use its history as a centerpiece of its marketing strategy while it ramps up new brands tailored to the latest customer trends, from rosé to bourbon barrel-aged red blends.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/7968765-181/fetzer-looks-to-showcase-new

 

Vegans call for better labeling on wine

Veganism is becoming more common, with consumers motivated by a number of issues including allergies, environmental concerns and animal welfare. However, this may pose a problem for wine-lovers as wine bottles rarely display the ingredients label

http://www.foodprocessing.com.au/content/packaging-labelling-coding/news/vegans-call-for-better-labelling-on-wine-149071448

Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Wines

Take your favorite wine or winery. As good as they may be, surely it’s possible for them to improve the quality of their product.

This is why it makes no since to give wines a 100-point score. It implies that no improvement is possible.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/02/12/consistency-is-the-hobgoblin-of-little-wines/

Debate on natural wine rages on

Natural wine can be anything. Wines that trumpet their “natural-ness” are sometimes sound and admirably fault-free.

https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/milk-crate-debate-on-natural-wine-rages-on-20180208-h0vrc1

Constellation Brands, Boston Beer Ink Kentucky Derby Sponsorships

Constellation Brands announced that its Corona Extra brand would become the exclusive import beer of the Kentucky Derby for the next two years.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/constellation-brands-boston-beer-ink-kentucky-derby-sponsorships?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=e07ea22870-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-e07ea22870-36686829

 

 

Does Legalizing Marijuana Threaten Wine (And Beer) Consumption?

Spending on legal cannabis in North America was $7.3 billion in 2016 and up 33 percent in 2017 to $9.7 billion

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/02/12/does-legalizing-marijuana-threaten-wine-and-beer-consumption/#247ea8e47dfb

Hangar 1 Introduces Rosé Vodka Made From Actual Wine

The vodka is a combination of the company’s classic vodka, which is distilled from grapes, and a Northern California rosé blend of Petit Verdot and White Meritage wines and is the first true rosé vodka on the market.

http://fortune.com/2018/02/12/hangar-1-introduces-rose-vodka-made-from-actual-wine/

The Best Courses to Help You Land a Job in Wine

Looking to get a leg up in the wine world? Here’s a crash course in the various classes that will help you out.

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http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/best-professional-wine-courses

Review on Repour – a Wine Preservation System

Repour is a wine preservation system which looks like a simple stopper.

https://txwinelover.com/2018/02/review-repour-wine-preservation-system/

Beefeater Pink gin to launch in April

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a pink variation of its Beefeater London Dry gin, which is flavored with strawberries

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/beefeater-pink-gin-to-launch-in-april/

 

Baileys unveils strawberries and cream liqueur

Diageo has launched a limited-edition strawberries and cream flavour of its Baileys Irish cream liqueur brand in the US.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/baileys-unveils-strawberries-and-cream-liqueur/

 

Burnett’s Vodka unveils first redesign in 25 years

Heaven Hill Brands has given Burnett’s Vodka a packaging overhaul, the brand’s first in its 25-year history.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/burnetts-vodka-unveils-first-redesign-in-25-years/

 

STONE BREWING CO. SUES MILLERCOORS OVER KEYSTONE BEER

California’s Stone Brewing Co. has filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors over its emphasis of the word “stone” in its Keystone Light rebrand, calling it a “surprisingly bold” and “disconcerting” appropriation of its own name.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/stone-brewing-sues-millercoors-over-keystone-beer/

 

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER WHY PEOPLE CAN BECOME AGGRESSIVE WHEN DRINKING ALCOHOL

A team of scientists from the University of New South Wales have discovered the reason why some people can become aggressive when drinking alcohol by measuring blood flow to the brain.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/scientists-discover-why-people-can-become-aggressive-when-drinking-alcohol/

 

Wine and Your Sex Drive

Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly comes into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time–which left us wondering…

http://winefolly.com/update/wine-sex-drive-match/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=8e29aa29ea-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-8e29aa29ea-62472929&mc_cid=8e29aa29ea&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Cakebread Cellars Launches Limited-Edition “Phoenix” Rosé Wine to Benefit Napa and Sonoma Valley Fire Relief Efforts

Made from cabernet sauvignon grapes, the 2017 Cakebread Cellars’ Phoenix Rosé offers aromas of raspberry, strawberry and mineral which give way to flavors of fresh green apple and cherry. Bottles retail at $27.50.

https://www.winebusiness.com/newReleases/?go=getArticle&dataid=195625

 

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Why Don’t You Buy Vanilla Extract in a Liquor Store?

Vanilla extract’s the same proof as vodka or rum, yet we buy it at the supermarket. Here’s why.

https://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/dont-buy-vanilla-extract-liquor-store?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=5f4f80ae23-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-5f4f80ae23-36686829

 

 

Plainville MA voters back more liquor licenses

The town is allowed 14 licenses for restaurants, but only has two more to give out. Selectmen would like six more. Plainville also has two liquor store and five beer and wine licenses but all are being used. Selectmen would like three more licenses for liquor stores and five more for beer and wine in convenience stores.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/plainville-voters-back-more-liquor-licenses/article_5b1e15d2-483f-525b-acdb-8fe20835008d.html

 

The NBA’s Secret Wine Society

The inside-the-bottle story of the intense love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape.

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/22358028/the-nba-obsession-wine

 

8 Modern Wine Terms You Need to Know

Our wine lists have evolved—here’s how to sound smart when talking shop.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/02/13/8-modern-wine-terms-you-need-to-know/

 

Managers For Chance The Rapper & Skrillex Launch New Wine Company

The pair teamed up with Ryan Arnold, noted sommelier and wine director for the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, to create No Fine Print Wine.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8099491/no-fine-print-wine-pat-corcoran-tim-smith-managers

 

Purple Wine + Spirits Eyes Expansion In Whiskey, Pinot Noir

Since selling the Mark West brand to Constellation in 2012 for about $160 million, Sonoma-based Purple Wine + Spirits, led by founder Derek Benham, has been building its wine portfolio and expanding its presence in spirits with its Graton Distilling Co. offshoot.

http://www.shankennewsdaily.com/index.php/2018/02/13/20166/purple-wine-spirits-eyes-expansion-whiskey-pinot-noir/

 

Pick a glass of wine, and we’ll give you a Netflix rom-com to watch

Pick a wine, and we’ll give you a movie to accompany it.

http://www.dailyedge.ie/netflix-and-wine-valentines-3848759-Feb2018/

 

Prehistoric wine discovered in inaccessible caves forces a rethink of ancient Sicilian culture

Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in its bowels is a labyrinthine system of caves, filled with hot sulfuric vapors.

https://theconversation.com/prehistoric-wine-discovered-in-inaccessible-caves-forces-a-rethink-of-ancient-sicilian-culture-89116

 

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New Fetzer

Fetzer Vineyards’ 1000 Stories wine brand is set to debut Gold Rush Red, a new red blend offering. Along with Gold Rush Red, which is rolling out this spring, 1000 Stories is also planning a limited-release Carignan expected to hit the market around Father’s Day, June 17. Led by its core Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, 1000 Stories has seen strong growth since launching in 2014. Last year, the brand was up 45% in the U.S. to 90,000 cases, according to Impact Databank

 

The Myth Buster: Dr. Paulo Lopes dispels long-held beliefs about cork

When it comes to wine storage, old habits are hard to break. But Dr. Paulo Lopes, Research and Development Manager at Amorim Cork, advises that if temperature
and humidity are maintained at the correct levels, wine can be stored upright
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