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Franklin Wine Club Holiday Wine Dinner At Corfinio

December 12, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

3rd Annual Holiday Dinner 

Corfinio

Wine Dinner

CLUB

Monday December 11th 2017

 

3rd Annual Holiday Wine Dinner

Every year we gather to share food and wine.

This year we will explore Italian food and wine at Corfinio in North Easton MA.

We will be served 5 courses paired with wines by Chef Nicola Battistacci. Our host Alex Logan (Former Host At Davios) Will pair the foods with wines.

The Chef will have special authentic Italian foods he makes special that night for us.

The cost is $100 per person.

This includes:

Food

Wine

Tax

Tip

This has become a great tradition of the club and always-special food and wines!

Read More About Corfinio

http://www.corfinioeaston.com

Also see food and menus examples on their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/Corfinio-1769378706615288/

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/245210253/

 

 

The Food And Wine:

 

Menu

 

Starter

 

#1

 

 

 #2

 

#3

 

#4

5

 

Finish

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Franklin Wine Club Alumni Restaurant Event

December 1, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Alumni Restaurant Event

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday November 30th 2017

 

November 30th 7PM

Exploring Wine At The Alumni Restaurant

Hosts: Alumni, Kim And Mark

The Franklin Wine Club is invited to host a gathering at the Alumni Restaurant.

We will explore the menus and talk about food and wine pairings.

Wine, cheese and crackers will be served.

After the event please feel free to stay and support this local business with more food and wine.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/244941515/

 

The Wines:

 

 

Wine #1

N/V Lamarca Prosecco


 

Wine #2

2016 Matua Sauvignon Blanc

 

Wine #3

N/V Copper Ridge Merlot

 

Wine #4

2015 Charles Smith 

 

 

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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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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Italy Event

November 18, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Italy Event

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday November 16th 2017

 

Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute Tasting

Guest Host: Claudio Andreani

 

Learn more about one of the most prestigious family wine producers in Chianti Classico, Tuscany and taste their most popular bottles from each estates including Bolgheri DOC, Montalcino and single vineyards!!”

About Claudio

Claudio worked in the Food and Beverage industry for 20 years. At the young age he worked for many prestigious restaurants in his hometown Bergamo where he learned and lived the essentials of the hospitality industry.

Wine lover and collector in constant research to educate himself, he was able to go deeper in what it will become his passion and love..

He moved in the US in 2005 and with hard work and dedication within few years he received his WSET certifications and worked for a Wine Distributor Company in Massachusetts where he resides.

While working as Italian Wine Specialist during his career he had the pleasure to meet and work with some of the greatest Italian Producers until he was able to reach the most important opportunity in his career and life. To represent Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute in the US.

Passion for travel and new adventures is now an advocate that he is honored to work with one of the most prestigious and wonderful Family Producer in Tuscany.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/244484517/

 

The Wines:

 

 

Wine #1

2016 Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay IGT


750ml $14.99

 

Wine #2

2014 Tenute del Cabreo La Pietra IGT (Barrel fermented Chard)


750ml $39.99

 

Wine #3

2014 Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

750ml $21.99

 

Wine #4

2015 Campo al Mare Bolgheri DOC

750ml $29.99

 

Wine #5

2012 Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG




750ml $66.99

 

Wine #6

2012 Tenuta di Nozzole La Forra Gran Selezione

750ml $49.99

 

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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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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 Australia Event

November 3, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring Australia Event

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday November 2nd 2017

 

Exploring Australia

Guest Host: Sarah Mayo

Australia is not just fruity, cheap and cheerful wine – the country is better known among connoisseurs as a producer of elegant “cool climate” wines that drink alongside the world’s top drops! Come learn about and taste the difference a ‘cool-climate’ makes in wine style and quality while discovering three iconic Aussie wineries: Xanadu, Yering Station and Mount Langi Ghiran.

Guest Speaker Sarah Mayo who represents these iconic Australian wineries in North America will present a comparative tasting of 6 wines (2 white and 4 red)

About Sarah:

Sarah is the former Deputy Editor of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and has earned the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.  Sarah has worked in the wine industry for over 12 years and loves to share her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for wine with other wine lovers.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/244278540/

 

The Wines:

 

 

Wine #1

2015 Yering Station Chardonnay


750ml $17.99

 

Wine #2

2015 Xanadu Chardonnay Exmoor


750ml $17.99

 

Wine #3

2016 Yering Station Pinot Noir

750ml $17.99

 

Wine #4

2015 Yering Station Reserve Pinot Noir

750ml $32.99

 

Wine #5

2013 Billi Billi Shiraz



750ml $16.99

 

Wine #6

2014 Xanadu DJL Cabernet Sauvignon

750ml $20.99

 

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Franklin Liquors 2017 Events

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Franklin Liquors

333 East Central St

Franklin, Ma 02038

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Co Host

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.

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Franklin Wine Club Dutton Goldfield Event

October 20, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Dutton Goldfield And Ports

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday October  19th 2017

 

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!

Also

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.

Recent Press

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

https://grapecollective.com/articles/kistler-duttongoldfield-patz-hall-thirsty-yet-heres-what-they-have-in-common

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/243677891/

 

The Wines:

 

 

Wine #1

2015 Russian River Chardonnay


750ml $39.99

 

Wine #2

2014 Walker Hill Chardonnay


750ml $61.99

 

Wine #3

2015 Russian River Pinot Noir

750ml $46.99

 

Wine #4

2014 Freestone Hill Pinot Noir

750ml $79.99

 

Wine #5

Ferreira Dona Antonia Tawny



750ml $19.99

 

Wine #6

2012 Quinta Do Crasto LBV

750ml $22.99

 

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Franklin Liquors 2017 Events

Hosted By:

Franklin Liquors

333 East Central St

Franklin, Ma 02038

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Kim Simone Vinitas Wineworks

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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 Chateau Ste Michelle Event

October 13, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Chateau Ste Michelle 

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday October  12th 2017

Exploring Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

Guest Host: John Gedgaudas

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.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/243489706/

 

The Wines:

 

Starter Wine 

N/V Sparkling Brut

750ml $16.99

 

Wine #1

2016 Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc

750ml $16.99

 

Wine #2

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon


750ml $16.99

 

Wine #3

2014 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

750ml $19.99

 

Wine #4

2013 Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

750ml $35.99

 

Wine #5

2013 Canoe Ridge Merlot


750ml $27.99

 

Wine #6

2013 Indian Wells Red Blend

750ml $19.99

 

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Franklin Liquors 2017 Events

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Franklin Liquors

333 East Central St

Franklin, Ma 02038

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Kim Simone Vinitas Wineworks

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Franklin Wine Club Organic Event

September 10, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Organic Wine Event

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Saturday September 9th 2017

Exploring Organic Wines

Guest Hosts: Kim Simone And Mark Lenzi

The Organic food and wine movement is hot!

At this event we will explore Organic wines and Organically grown wines.

What is the difference in USDA certified and those made with Organic grapes?

Are there sulfites in Organic wines?

Please come explore and taste.

https://www.meetup.com/preview/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/242871936

About Us:

Kim Simone, CSW, FWS, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) By The Society Of Wine Educators,

French Wine Scholar And Instructor (FWS) by the French Wine Society

Owner of Vinitas WineWorks

Is THRILLED to be part of the educational team at Franklin Liquors! Kim has been in the wine business since 2002 and holds a Master’s degree in Gastronomy from Boston University, where she is now a teaching assistant. Her passion is helping novice wine drinkers understand why they like the wines they do, clarifying the complexities of wine, and making the topic approachable and fun.

 

Mark Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS, co-owner of Franklin Liquors

Trained by the International Sommelier Guild

Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Spirits (CSS) By The Society Of Wine Educators

First in MA to be a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) by the SF Wine School

French Wine Scholar And Instructor (FWS) by the French Wine Society

First in USA to hold a Quini Certified Educator (QCE) title

Italian Wine Specialist (IWS) by the North American Sommelier Association.

Franklin Liquors is a family-owned business vintage 1978.

https://www.meetup.com/preview/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/242871936

 

The Wines:

 

Starter Wine 

2016 Pizzolato Prosecco

Organic Grapes

 

750ml $12.99

 

Wine #1

2016 Pizzolato Pinot Grigio

Organic Grapes

750ml $11.99

 

Wine #2

2016 Badger Mountain Chardonnay

USDA Organic



750ml $12.99

 

Wine #3

2016 Badger Mountain Pinot Noir

USDA Organic

750ml $16.99

 

Wine #4

2016 Pizzolato Merlot

USDA Organic

750ml $11.99

 

Wine #5

2016 Badger Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

USDA Organic


750ml $16.99

 

Wine #6

2015 Chateau Le Thil

Biodynamic And Organic Grapes

750ml $15.99

 

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Franklin Liquors 2017 Events

Hosted By:

Franklin Liquors

333 East Central St

Franklin, Ma 02038

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Franklin Wine Club Match Book Wine Company Event

June 2, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Match Book Wine Company Event

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday June 1st 2017

Matchbook Wines

Host Dan O’connor

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Wines:

 

Starter Wine 

2016 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc

750ml $14.99

 

Wine #1

2015 Match Book Chardonnay

750ml $14.99

 

Wine #2

2015 Mossback Chardonnay


750ml $14.99

 

Wine #3

2014 Mossback Pinot Noir

750ml $19.99

 

Wine #4

2015 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon

750ml $11.99

 

Wine #5

2014 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon

750ml $19.99

 

Wine #6

2014 The Arsonist Red Blend

750ml $19.99

 

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Franklin Liquors 2017 Events

Hosted By:

Franklin Liquors

333 East Central St

Franklin, Ma 02038

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Kim Simone Vinitas Wineworks

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Thank You 2016

Liquor Industry News/Links 05-29-17

May 29, 2017

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

05-29-2017

Franklin Liquors

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Memorial Day Sale

Open May 29th 12-6PM

http://ow.ly/gkDX30c1mcI

Happy Memorial Day!

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

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

Upcoming Franklin Wine Club  Event

June 1st

Matchbook Wines

Host Dan O’connor

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

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

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

Held Our Wine Room

Franklin Lifelong Learning

Exploring Italy Event May 23rd

Burgundy Master Class May 25th

Always Keeping Up With Our French Wine Education

 

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Put down that wine cork: Why sniffing gets you nowhere

Nip The Nip Bottle Litter In Massachusetts

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

 

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Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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6 Secrets to Ordering Great Wine

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

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

Real Facts about Wine & Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What’s in a name?

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

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

Constellation Reportedly Eyeing Ste. Michelle

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

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

Rhubarb wine, ‘the new Moxie’ comes to Portland

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

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

The Ultimate Guide to Oak in Winemaking

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

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

THREE THINGS TO LEARN FROM MONDAVI ABOUT SELLING WINE IN CHINA

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

CORK IS COMPLETELY OUTDATED

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

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

SAM CAPORN MW LAUNCHES WINE INFOGRAPHIC

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

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

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

Nip The Nip Bottle Litter In Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did the English invent bubbly before Dom Perignon?

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

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

Constellation Reportedly Makes Offer For Brown-Forman

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

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

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

 

The Best Way to Chill Wine, According to Science

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

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

How do you decide which kind of wine to buy?

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

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

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

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

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

A ROSÉ BY ANY OTHER NAME

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

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

Gallo dominates rising star wine brands

 

Put down that wine cork: Why sniffing gets you nowhere

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

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

 

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Matchbook Wines

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

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

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

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

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

June 15th

Napa Valley Rocks

Host Jo Ann Ross

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

About Jo Ann

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

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

June 26th

Private CraftRoots Brewery Tour And Tasting

630PM-9PM

The Franklin Wine Club will take over the CraftRoots Brewery.

We will have a private event.

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

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

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

About CraftRoots

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

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

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

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

To view current beers on tap:

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

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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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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

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

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Franklin Library Book Club

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

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

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

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June 15th

Napa Valley Rocks

Host Jo Ann Ross

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

About Jo Ann

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

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How Chateau Tumbleweed Makes Such Eye-Catching Labels

When you see a bottle of Chateau Tumbleweed in the wine aisle, you might do a double-take.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/chateau-tumbleweed-kris-pothier-arizona-wine-labels-9254460

Study of Wine Yeasts Could Unlock New Vintages

The finding could explain some of the variation in wine vintages available to consumers and open the door to refining wine flavors and crafting all new vintages.

http://www.realclearscience.com/quick_and_clear_science/2017/05/13/study_of_wine_yeasts_could_unlock_new_vintages.html

HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH FOOD

Beer is as versatile as it is diverse, providing both complementary and contrasting experiences when paired with food. In fact, a good beer can bring out the best in any dish — if you know which kind to choose. Here are a few pairing suggestions for the most commonly-found beer types:

http://sbmag.net/how-to-pair-beer-with-food/

The Spanish cava hangover

In the last 10 years, there has been a drop of 12% in the consumption of cava in Spain

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/11/inenglish/1494485818_661688.html

SUPERIOR SNIFFERS: CAN WE SMELL WINE BETTER THAN DOGS?

In a recent article entitled ‘Poor human olfaction is a 19th century myth,’ published in the Science journal, Dr McGann, a Psychology professor at Rutgers University, has argued that the notion that the human sense of smell is inferior to other mammals is ‘an unproven hypothesis.’

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/superior-sniffers-can-we-smell-wine-better-than-dogs/

China Is Building a Disney World for Wine

Changyu, China’s winemaking powerhouse, is building French-style chateaus and Italianate castles around the country—and an entire “Wine City”—to encourage the country’s passion for the grape.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-09/china-is-building-a-disney-world-for-wine-in-xi-an-and-yantai

A snapshot of the bulk wine market

Container transport has become the method of choice for shipping wine around the globe, and not only in Italy. In some countries, more than 50% of production is shipped in bulk. Much of this wine is sent to Germany, the UK and other European counties where big bottling plants are located. Some European bottlers are so efficient, that it costs less for a South American country to bottle the wine in Germany or the UK and then send the wine back, than to bottle it in the country of origin.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/snapshot-of-bulk-wine-market

Tax Break For High-Alcohol Wine Sours Health Activists

At the heart of the matter is a quirk of oenology.

The pending legislation would drop the federal tax to $1.07 per gallon for all wines with less than 16 percent alcohol. That’s the same rate that has applied for decades to wines under 14 percent.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tax-break-for-high-alcohol-wine-sours-health-activists_us_59123049e4b0e3bb894d5b71

PERROTTI-BROWN MW: SCORES AREN’T EVERYTHING

“They only tell you where a wine sits qualitatively amongst a group of its peers, but they tell you nothing about the style of the wine.”

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/perrotti-brown-mw-scores-arent-everything/

Velv Wine Oxygenator review: Can a $300 gizmo instantly improve your plonk?

Oxygenating your wine isn’t a bad thing. But the Velv attacks a delicate science with a bludgeon.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3195261/smart-appliance/velv-wine-oxygenator-review-can-a-300-gizmo-instantly-improve-your-plonk.html

Why wine stories matter

The history of wine is over 6,000 years old. But what is wine, if it isn’t just a liquid beverage sold in a glass container? What sets one wine apart from thousands of others?

Story is what moves wine from being a static item to something people can get emotionally involved with. Emotions are a strong driver for both purchasing decisions and long-term brand loyalty.

https://www.enca.com/life/food-wine/why-wine-stories-matter

Wine country looking more like cannabis country in California

The grapevines that line rolling hillsides and sweeping valleys in Northern California’s wine country have become iconic – a symbol of the region’s rustic charm that helped California earn its reputation as a world-class wine and food destination.

But winegrapes have new competition: weed.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article149815769.html

More evidence of the benefits of mechanized grape production

The study was designed to identify ways for San Joaquin Valley growers to reduce the cost of producing a marketable crop using less water.

http://www.westernfarmpress.com/grapes/more-evidence-benefits-mechanized-grape-production

NOT JUST FOR DRINKING: WINERY WASTE FINDS NEW USES

Each year, California wineries produce more than 100,000 tons of pomace. Now, that waste is being turned into everything from cooking oil to cosmetics.

http://abc7news.com/business/not-just-for-drinking-winery-waste-finds-new-uses/1977753/

Wine Growers vs. Weed Growers

McMinnville-Area Vineyard Owners Don’t Like the Smell

http://www.portlandmercury.com/ask-a-pot-lawyer/2017/05/10/19002574/wine-growers-vs-weed-growers

There is Prosecco and then there is Valdobbiadene Prosecco

The area of prosecco production is located in northeastern Italy within the Veneto region, but some of the top quality prosecco come from the hillside areas of Conegliano Valdobbiadene.

http://www.vinotravelsitaly.com/2017/05/prosecco-of-conegliano-valdobbiadene.html?utm_source=Vino+Travels+Email+Members&utm_campaign=3c83cee07c-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_670bd5443a-3c83cee07c-294676161

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King Of Beers In Trouble?

Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) officials have accused an AB InBev-owned wholesaler of providing nearly $1 million of illegal incentives to Boston-area bars to promote Budweiser and other AB products over the competition. The charges, filed Tuesday, allege that AB gave branded draft towers (worth up to $3,500) and refrigerators (worth anywhere from $500 to $5,700) to 441 licensees. The Boston Globe reports that the ABCC has set a June 20 hearing date. AB maintains that the company followed all laws and regulations for distributing branded merchandise.

Natural vs. Synthetic Foods: What’s Really Safe?

I realized that I was biased against anything non-natural. I assumed that if it’s natural, then it’s better. Apparently that’s not the truth.

https://fitnessreloaded.com/natural-vs-synthetic/

How to Capture a Bold Wine Bottle Photo with a Single Speedlight

If you’re interested in product photography, Dustin Dolby‘s channel workphlo is definitely worth a bookmark. Using minimal equipment, he’s able to capture distinct looks like this makeup shot, and in this tutorial he’ll show you how a single speedlight can produce a bold beautiful wine bottle photo that looks 100% pro.

https://petapixel.com/2017/05/10/capture-bold-wine-bottle-photo-single-speedlight/

The Many Colors of Rosé

How we classify the rainbow of pink wine—from Rosé All Day, a new book from wine writer Katherine Cole.

Just Got My Copy And Excited to Read!

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/rose-wine/many-colors-rose

 

 

SCREWCAPS ALLOW WINE ‘TO AGE GRACEFULLY’ SAYS WAKEFIELD MD

In 2015, Maturation tests conducted on top Australian wines, aged both under cork and screwcap, yielded “ground breaking results,” with an international panel of judges voting in favour of screwcap-aged expressions in a blind tasting at Vinitaly.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/screwcaps-allow-wine-to-age-gracefully-says-wakefield-md/

Paso Robles has 11 distinct wine regions. Here’s what makes each one different

The federal government approved dividing up the massive Paso Robles American Viticultural Area, or AVA, into 11 smaller sub-AVAs in November 2014. But it’s only more recently that wineries, trade professionals and enthusiasts have really begun paying attention to the designations.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/living/food-drink/wine-beer/article150513892.html

Here’s how much it costs to grab a beer around the world

As for American cities, New York City was the most expensive, with beer costing $7.40 on average. Boston wasn’t too far behind, at $7.20.

http://www.businessinsider.com/cost-of-beer-around-the-world-2017-5

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CHINA’S WINE REGIONS: SHANXI

Known as a major coal mining province in China, Shanxi’s coal production has fuelled the country’s fast-track economic development for decades. Its ancient courtyards, traditional Yaodong or cave dwellings are dotted around the landscape of the arid Shanxi Plateau, part of the Loess Plateau in northwestern China. Winemaking in the northern province is limited but the province is said to be among the first places in China to experiment with winemaking; Qingxu County, south of its provincial Capitial Taiyuan, has records showing winemaking history that dates back to 2,000 years.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/chinas-wine-regions-shanxi/

Jim Beam unveils Bourbon-infused coffee range

Beam Suntory has partnered with New York-based producer White Coffee to release a line of Jim Beam Bourbon-infused coffees, available in five flavors.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/05/jim-beam-unveils-bourbon-infused-coffee-range/

NIZZA DOCG, A SMOKING DRESSED BARBERA

If Barbera d’Asti is the King of Pop Wine in Northern Italy, and Babera d’Asti Superiore is the underrated muscular superhero of Barbera, then the Nizza DOCG is the suave, serious. international man of mystery… it’s the James Bond of Barbera.

https://www.mynameisbarbera.com/nizza-docg-smoking-dressed-barbera/

Organic wine has a public relations problem

Like time travellers and Yogi Berra’s mind-bending witticisms, organic wine seems stuck in a paradox. It keeps growing in popularity, yet most consumers are disinclined to pay more for it. In fact, in the case of highly rated wines, those that are explicitly labelled organic often fetch lower prices versus comparable-quality cuvées made via conventional means.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/organic-wine-has-a-public-relations-problem/article34989720/

A Print Magazine All About Natural Wine Is In The Works

The world of niche food magazines just got a little bigger. Terre, an art-driven publication dedicated to all things natural wine, recently launched a crowdfunding campaign.

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2017/05/15/print-magazine-natural-wine/

Canned wine: It’s here and not so bad

The 2016 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences revealed that 20 percent of Americans surveyed said they would purchase wine in a can.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/food/2017/05/12/canned-wine-s-here-and-not-so-bad/101431408/

Alcohol does not alter personality, say scientists as they debunk myth of ‘happy drunk’

Although many people blame drinking for alterations in their usual behavior, new research shows that there is little shift in character between sober and squiffy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/15/alcohol-does-not-alter-personality-say-scientists-debunk-myth/

Let’s Be Clear: Bad Wines Are Bad Wines, Period

A couple of wine writers have recently tried to make the case that bad wine should be tolerated, if not embraced. They argue that it can’t be entirely bad if it appeals to large numbers of people. Drinking bad wine encourages the love of all wine, and, really, nothing is harmful about bad wine, so why not live and let live?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/dining/processed-wines-dont-drink-them.html?ref=dining&_r=1

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO BURN OFF WINE, BEER, OR A COCKTAIL

You’re gonna want to print out this infographic, paste it to your wall, and ensure you’ll never work out more than you need to again.

https://vinepair.com/articles/how-long-burn-wine-beer-cocktail/

A bottle you can eat

The Ooho is designed to be served fresh like fruit. If you don’t eat it, it biodegrades anyway in fewer than six weeks and it’s cheaper than plastic.

The current prototype would probably dissolve in alcohol, but they sure have it working with water, plain or flavored.

http://indaily.com.au/eat-drink-explore/wine/2017/05/17/bottle-can-eat/

IS ROSÉ A SERIOUS WINE?

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT

Growth in rosé consumption has been mind-boggling.  The latest figures from Nielsen Research and French Customs indicate that sales in Provence rosés alone increased 55% by volume and 60% by absolute value during the twelve months ending July 2016, as compared to 34% on volume and 40% on value for the same period a year earlier.   In France, one of every three bottles of wine consumed is a rosé.

http://www.provencewinezine.com/is-rose-a-serious-wine-some-thoughts-on-the-subject/

Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before Refrigerating Your Champagne

“If it sits in the fridge for weeks, the cork can dry out due to no humidity,” she said. “As corks dry out, the seal between the bottle and the cork loosen up and the Champagne will oxidize faster, changing its aromas.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/storing-champange_us_591b2b01e4b05dd15f0bc119

All About Vouvray Wine

Vouvray (“voo-vray”) is a white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes that grow along the banks of the Loire River in the Touraine district of France. Wines range in style from dry to sweet, and still to sparkling, each with its own distinct character. Regardless of style, Vouvray is loved for its delicate floral aromas and boisterous taste that will pucker your lips and make you immediately wish for another sip.

http://winefolly.com/review/all-about-vouvray-wine/

 

Terroir: the Missing Link

There is perhaps no more contentious term in the wine world than terroir. The mere mention of the word can send the listener into a state of uncertainty, confusion, trance, or agitation–even fury. Trying to nail down the definition of terroir can be just as challenging. Over the years, I’ve heard the word defined as microclimate, soil type, brettanomyces, poor winery hygiene, old barrels, even disposable income.

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

Sazerac gives Tuaca new recipe and design

Sazerac has relaunched Tuaca after purchasing the Italian spirit from Brown-Forman last year, unveiling a new recipe and bottle design.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/05/sazerac-gives-tuaca-liqueur-new-recipe-and-design/

There’s a beer which gives you mystical sexual powers (apparently)

A union between Dorset based beer makers Cerne Abbas Brewery and The Watercress Company, Watercress Warrior’s sexual powers are no doubt increased by the famous Cerne Giant, which will feature as it’s label logo.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/17/theres-a-beer-which-gives-you-mystical-sexual-powers-apparently-6643580/

Residual sugar in wine

Residual sugar is and what makes a sweet wine sweet. And that residual sugar is the sugar from the grapes that’s left over after fermentation; more residual sugar makes a sweet wine, and the absence of residual sugar makes a dry wine.

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/residual-sugar-in-wine-with-charts-and-graphs/

 

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

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

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

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

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June 15th

Napa Valley Rocks

Host Jo Ann Ross

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

About Jo Ann

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

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

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

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

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