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Liquor Industry News/Links 02-25-17

February 25, 2017

Liquor Industry News/Links

02-25-17

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Memorial Day Liquor Now Can Be Sold

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In MA There Were 3 Days A Year You Could Not Buy Liquor:

Christmas

Thanksgiving

Memorial Day

Say Goodbye To Memorial!

In a last minute push to pass an economic development bill during the late hours of the last day of the session, the Legislature inserted an additional section that would allow liquor stores to open on Monday, Memorial Day, this year and in future years. Sales hours will be restricted to allow for stores to open at 12 noon. The latest allowable closing hour will be 11:00 PM, as it is for all other days of operation

So What Do You Think?

Economic Development OR Crazy?

Franklin Liquors Guest Speaker

Wine Event With The Creative Sewing Studio

Held 2-18-17

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VERY INTERESTING READ ABOUT THE WINE INDUSTRY

Why We Believe In Wine Education!

Strong competition in wine sales will increase

According to Wine Business Monthly, roughly 90 percent of wine sold in the U.S. comes from the 30 top producers, and more than half of the wine sold domestically comes from E. & J. Gallo, The Wine Group and Constellation Brands. The fact that most of the domestic wine sold in this country is produced by a handful of companies is not shocking. What is shocking is that there are now more than 9,000 domestic wineries competing for the remaining 10 percent of sales.

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/strong-competition-in-wine-sales-will-increase/article_152f0e2e-1088-5cea-be5b-26568680fc80.html

Upcoming Wine Education/Tasting

March 9th French Wine Class

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

The art of wine storytelling

An Ice Wine Primer

World’s First Integrated Wine Rating System

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

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Pet Owners Can Rejoice at Cat Wine Tastings

Giving a cat real alcohol is a terrible idea, so these products are just filtered water mixed with catnip and things like salmon oil and organic beet juice.

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http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/02/pet-owners-now-have-cat-wine-tastings.html

 

How Costco’s Wine Guru Picks The 250 Labels That Will Sell $4 Billion A Year In Booze

The idea is to price most everything some 20 percent below the competition.  And they turn to their own private label, Kirkland Signature, when the wine they want isn’t available on the open market.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/ronaldholden/2017/02/17/how-costcos-wine-guru-picks-the-250-labels-that-will-sell-4-billion-a-year-in-booze/#65b4c58392aa

 

How to Order Wine in a Restaurant: 14 Alternatives to Panicking

Do you freeze up when handed a wine list at a restaurant? This guide will steer you towards the easy way to make the perfect selection, glass or bottle.

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http://www.winemag.com/2017/02/17/how-to-order-wine-in-a-restaurant-14-alternatives-to-panicking/

 

Kevin O’Leary sells wine on U.S. home shopping channel amid leadership campaign

O’Leary writes on his website that he created O’Leary Fine Wines “to help give Americans access to amazing wine at an amazing price.”  A three-bottle set of O’Leary’s wine was sold by QVC for $43 U.S. with free shipping and handling.

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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/kevin-oleary-sells-wine-on-us-home-shopping-channel-amid-leadership-campaign/ar-AAn4g4S

 

How to enjoy the smooth taste of aged liquor at a fraction of the cost

Until the bourbon bubble bursts, bottle-aged liquors and cocktails may be the solution

Beyond Barrel’s bottle-aging stave is a round, wooden post the size of a standard cigar. The staves are made out of the same barrel wood used to age high-end bottles of wine, and they’re hand-milled by Harrigan in his family’s woodshop.

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http://greenvillejournal.com/2017/02/17/enjoy-smooth-taste-aged-liquor-fraction-cost/

http://www.beyondbarrels.com

 

Your Home Bar Definitely Needs One of These Quirky DIY Liquor Dispensers

Get ready for a steady stream of the good stuff.

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http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/a41777/diy-faucet-liquor-dispenser/

 

Makeover time for Busch beer as it unveils new look

The new beer labels debuting on store shelves in April emphasize a mountain stream as a backdrop behind the logos for Busch, Busch Light, Busch Ice and Busch NA.

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http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops/busch-beer-unveils-new-look/article_204d8203-3d39-5ac6-b964-21be8b1b8d0b.html

 

The countries that quaff the most wine per capita

The proud title of most fervent vino guzzler goes to Andorra. According to the Wine Institute, the country consumed 3,936,000 litres of wine

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/wine-consumption-per-capita-by-country/

 

Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?

A new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karases

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Zima coming back to U.S. market

Blast from the past to return!

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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170216/NEWS07/170219889/millercoors-brings-zima-back-to-u-s-market?utm_source=Daily%20Brew&utm_campaign=d034d66ef6-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+17%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-d034d66ef6-36686829

Atlanta brewery loses Super Bowl bet, makes ‘deflating,’ ‘soul-crushing’ Pats beer

Sweetwater Brewery had to make a handful of Boston beers for the Falcons loss

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http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/atlanta-brewery-loses-super-bowl-bet-makes-deflating-soul-crushing-pats-beer/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=d034d66ef6-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+17%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-d034d66ef6-36686829

Introducing the Wine Whisperer—and the only three wine glasses you’ll ever need

These are the only three wine glasses you’ll ever need.

View More: http://cassbradley.pass.us/sip

http://www.charlottefive.com/wine-glasses/

 

Why tempranillo is star grape of Spain, no matter what you call it

Despite its widespread presence on the Iberian peninsula — or perhaps because of it — tempranillo also goes by many other names in its home country.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/sc-tempranillo-wine-food-0217-20170215-column.html

 

Trump wine sales double in Virginia

Virginia ABC sold 7,837 bottles of Trump wine in 2016, compared to 3,318 bottles of Trump wine in 2015.

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http://wtvr.com/2017/02/16/trump-wine-virginia-abc/

 

Does size really matter?

The bigger the bottle, for instance, the longer the wine will age well. There’s less space (not oxygen, because that was removed and refilled with Nitrogen) at the top of the bottle. With less space at the top, it gives the wine a longer time to age.

Know Your Sizes

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2017/02/16/does-size-matter-in-wine-yes-it-does/

 

Swapping Quantity for Quality at Bolla

The Italian favorite is shifting focus from the bottom line to the bottled wine.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/02/swapping-quantity-for-quality-at-bolla

 

How To Tell If A Wine Is Age-Worthy

How do you tell if a wine will improve with age? Oddly enough–and thank goodness, just spending more money on a bottle won’t guarantee that it will age well. Instead, there are a few key characteristics to look for in cellar-worthy wines.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/how-to-tell-if-a-wine-is-age-worthy/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=6357bf413f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-6357bf413f-62472929&mc_cid=6357bf413f&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

CHINA TO RECOGNISE BLACK ROOSTER EMBLEM

Italy’s Chianti Classico region is expected to receive Chinese trademark rights for its Black Rooster emblem this year, as it gears up for anticipated sales growth in China’s Year of the Rooster

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/china-to-recognise-black-rooster-emblem/

 

Fireball Maker Sues Over ‘Mad Hen’ Whiskey

Fireball whiskey, accused a Florida spirits company Wednesday of gearing up to launch a product that closely mimics the trade dress of the popular cinnamon liquor.

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https://www.law360.com/articles/892599

 

U.S. wine exports set record; top 10 list released

Ninety percent of the American vino being shipped out of country is from California.

Top 10 export markets for U.S. wines:

  1. European Union’s 28-member countries, $685 million.
  2. Canada, $431 million.
  3. Hong Kong, $99 million.
  4. Japan, $87 million.
  5. China, $82 million.
  6. Mexico, $24 million.
  7. South Korea, $23 million.
  8. Switzerland, $19 million.
  9. Singapore, $14 million.
  10. Philippines, $13 million.

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/02/us_wine_exports_sets_record_to.html

Girl Scout Cookies….And Wine

Wine is an amazing creation, from seafood to burgers people have been pairing wine with food for years. Now it’s Girl Scout cookies’ turn.

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http://bigfrog104.com/girl-scout-cookies-and-wine/

Five Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

The beer guzzling masses haven’t had much to smile about over the years, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a healthy choice.

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http://www.realclearlife.com/health/five-surprising-health-benefits-of-beer/

Health Benefits of Wine: What It Can (and Can’t) Do for You

What you need to know before you open that bottle

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http://www.consumerreports.org/wine/health-benefits-of-wine/

How to Elevate Your Wine-Drinking Experience

Read on for our best tips and tricks and get ready to enjoy your next glass of wine in style.

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http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/entertaining/how-to-elevate-your-wine-drinking-experience

 

World’s First Integrated Wine Rating System

The MC Ratings system defines and integrates the six critical elements of a wine’s overall quality – Taste, Terroir, Viticulture, Vinification, Vintage and Value, also known as 2T4V™. With MC Ratings, a wine can now be assessed holistically like never before.

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/worlds-first-integrated-wine-rating-150000170.html

 

Traditional Bordeaux Wine Labels Are Getting A Makeover

A 2007 study from the University of California, Berkeley, identified that the image on a wine label has a stronger impact on market success and brand personality than the color or layout of the label. Images of grape motifs or chateaux and vineyards scored well, while those of ‘unusual animals’ ranked lowest.

The 2016 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences showed similar results—with 64% of Americans favoring traditional labels over ‘modern’ or ‘fun/whimsical’ labels.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2017/02/20/traditional-bordeaux-wine-labels-are-getting-a-makeover/#3b83db442fca

 

What is Malolactic Fermentation? The Buttery Taste in Wine

Ever wondered why some wines have a creamy or buttery taste? The process of Malolactic Fermentation is a winemaking process that gives both red and white wines a richer and creamier texture. Oddly enough, Malolactic Fermentation isn’t technically a fermentation at all.

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http://winefolly.com/review/what-is-malolactic-fermentation-the-buttery-taste-in-wine/

 

An Ice Wine Primer

Wine’s Frozen Delight

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https://www.fix.com/blog/what-is-ice-wine/

 

How do you solve a problem like Prosecco?

America’s taste for Prosecco, while it has grown astronomically, has entered into a new phase. It has become a colossus, but it also has nowhere left to go. It’s kind of like King Kong on top of the Empire State Building.

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http://acevola.blogspot.com/2017/02/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-prosecco.html

 

France is becoming a leading source of innovation in the no-alcohol wine category.

Innovation in the vin sans alcohol category. Le Petit Béret, for example, has now released a range of beverages without a single trace of alcohol

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http://www.wineintelligence.com/cherchez-lalcohol-free/

 

What’s the Big Deal about High-Altitude Wines?

Many wineries make a point of boasting about the altitude of their vineyards.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/02/what-s-the-big-deal-about-high-altitude-wines

 

The art of wine storytelling

Stories sell – which is why storytelling is marketing’s hottest new trend. Anyone who’s been to a wine conference lately will certainly have heard the cry go up for the wine trade to ‘tell its stories’. But what is ‘storytelling’, and how can the wine trade do it effectively? New research has uncovered some surprising answers.

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https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/art-of-wine-storytelling

 

Liquor Nutrition Site

Brown-Forman has unveiled a new website providing nutritional information for its portfolio of brands. While Brown-Forman has previously provided nutritional info to consumers on request, the new site will offer easier access to nutritional facts such as calories, fat, sodium and carbohydrates, as well as alcohol content per standard drink. The company’s consumer branded websites and social media pages will be adding a link to the nutrition website over the next several months. Early last year, Diageo also moved to increase consumer access to nutritional info on its brands, debuting a revamped DRINKIQ site devoted to the subject.

https://www.drinkiq.com/en-gb/

BREAKING BAD’S AARON PAUL TO PLAY JACK DANIEL IN TV DRAMA

Actor Aaron Paul has been confirmed to play the founder of Jack Daniel’s, Jack Daniel, in a new TV drama based on a 2004 biography of the distiller’s life, Blood and Whisky: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/breaking-bads-aaron-paul-to-play-jack-daniels-in-tv-biopic/

 

A ROSÉ REVOLUTION: THE FIVE STYLES OF PINK WINE

Rosé may have a reputation of being a fun drink with little sophistication but a new wave of winemakers are bucking the trend by using various methods to add complexity to the wine. We consider the five styles on the market today.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/a-rose-revolution-the-five-styles-of-pink-wine/

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

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Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 470 Club Members!

How To attend and join

http://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/

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Thursday March 2nd

Exploring California Wineries Bell And Schug

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It will be a treat to feature wines from two legendary wine figures in Napa Valley history, Anthony Bell (Bell Wine Cellars) and Walter Schug (Schug Vineyard & Winery).  Walter Schug grew up in Germany and his experience was sought out by Joseph Phelps in 1973.  Walter made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend, their well known Insignia label.  However, Walter’s passion was Pinot Noir and when Phelps cut their Pinot Noir program, Walter purchased land in Napa’s Carneros District and Schug Vineyard and Winery was born in 1980.

Anthony Bell, came to America by the way of South Africa.  He immediately made his mark on the California wine scene by taking over from legendary wine maker Andre Tchelistcheff.  Anthony would now be in charge of making the Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) “Georges de Latour” Private Reserve Wines.   Anthony would eventually grow his responsibilities to become BV’s General Manager.   However, as Napa became more corporate, Anthony wanted to return to his true passion, wine making.  In 1991 Bell Wine Cellars was founded and has produced Award Winning wines on his terms.

Sign Up:

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/237706589/

Wines From Bordeaux France

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Thursday March 16th

 

Guest: Vincent Mareel

Wines of Bordeaux have long been a French icon.

In the wine world there is no better stories than this regions history, wines and agriculture.

Did you know there is more Merlot and Cabernet grown here than anywhere else in the world?

Vincent will be speaking about the different aspects of Bordeaux regions tasting wines from the various areas.

About Vincent

Vincent Mareel, French born, living in Lille and south of France. He began his US career in Washington, DC with twelve years in the food and wine scene in DC catering to residence and patrons on Capitol Hill. He continued in DC representing both French and prestigious American wines in the DC Metropolitan area, working with elite country clubs and restaurants. Today he has worked for Luneau USA representing the Group Castel as leader in French wines, for 15 years, as well as wineries all over Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal).

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/237914865/

Wednesday March 29th

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Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

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Thursday April 13th

Wines From Abruzzo In Central Italy Mascerelli

Guest: Dave Abbot

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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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An Introduction to Irish Whiskey – a tasting/education

Wednesday, March 8

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Franklins own Walsh Family, an Irish Whiskey Importer

This evening is designed to promote the sensible enjoyment of Irish whiskey, Ireland’s indigenous spirit. We believe there is something extra-special about Irish whiskey in its many varieties.

So whether you’re a discerning aficionado or whiskey, or simply partial to the occasional sup, plan to join local Irish whiskey importer of Flaming Leprechaun for this interesting, informative and fun evening in a friendly, casual environment at Franklin Liquors. This is and Irish Whiskey Tasting experience you are sure to enjoy, savor and remember.

http://flamingleprechaun.com

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Thursday, May 18th

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Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?  Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?  This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar.  After this event buying wine will never be the same!

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Exploring Italian Wines

Tuesday, May 23rd

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Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.  This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.  Come explore Italy!

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  Easter Garden Bulb Basket and Spring Wines

April 6

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Get ready for Easter by join Franklin Liquors and Hillside Nursery for an evening of flowers and wine! Design a garden basket of Easter Bulbs for yourself or as a gift, and welcome Spring by tasting through an assortment of seasonal wines

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      The Language of Wine Labels

May 10

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Ever found yourself staring at a wine label and been confused about what it’s telling you? You’re not alone! Join Mark and Kim as they decode the language on that bottle of wine. You’ll learn how to tell if a wine is dry or sweet, what might be in a blend, and so much more!

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French Wine Scholar Programs

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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.

Tuition: $999

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

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March 9th French wines

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 02-18-17

February 18, 2017

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Held In Our Wine Room This Week 

Tri-County Adult Education Oscars Truffles And Wine Event

With The Sugar Shoppe

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Upcoming Franklin Wine Club Event

Thursday March 2nd

Exploring California Wineries Bell And Schug

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It will be a treat to feature wines from two legendary wine figures in Napa Valley history, Anthony Bell (Bell Wine Cellars) and Walter Schug (Schug Vineyard & Winery).  Walter Schug grew up in Germany and his experience was sought out by Joseph Phelps in 1973.  Walter made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend, their well known Insignia label.  However, Walter’s passion was Pinot Noir and when Phelps cut their Pinot Noir program, Walter purchased land in Napa’s Carneros District and Schug Vineyard and Winery was born in 1980.

Anthony Bell, came to America by the way of South Africa.  He immediately made his mark on the California wine scene by taking over from legendary wine maker Andre Tchelistcheff.  Anthony would now be in charge of making the Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) “Georges de Latour” Private Reserve Wines.   Anthony would eventually grow his responsibilities to become BV’s General Manager.   However, as Napa became more corporate, Anthony wanted to return to his true passion, wine making.  In 1991 Bell Wine Cellars was founded and has produced Award Winning wines on his terms.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/237706589/

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

TOP FIVE WINES TO PAIR WITH BARRY WHITE

What Do Wine Rating Numbers Mean?

OSCAR-BEER PAIRINGS

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

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Beerifying The Wine Industry: Lessons From Wine In A Can

Sure, you can turn your nose up at wine that comes in a can. But you’d be missing out on a serious growth category within the wine industry.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2017/02/10/beerifying-the-wine-industry-lessons-from-wine-in-a-can/#2025679e76d6

 

Someone’s invented a custom wine glass contoured to your face to help tasting experience

It’s what every wine lover has been waiting for

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/custom-wine-glass-contoured-your-face-breath-smell-flavour-nose-drinking-kickstarter-a7573031.html

 

How to pair wine with dessert: Pro tips for every kind of sweet tooth

We all love dessert now and again, right? But what are the best wine choices for chocolate mousse, crème caramel, pavlova, or ice cream?

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http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/how-to-pair-wine-with-dessert

 

Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine Debut New Santo Mezquila Liquor

The spirits industry has been pretty good to Sammy Hagar over the years, and he’s just added a new alcoholic venture to his portfolio — with an assist from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

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http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sammy-hagar-adam-levine-liquor/

Dogfish Head to Debut Draft System That Lets You Drink Beer Straight from the Barrel

A draft system design and installation company based in Annapolis, Maryland, partnered to create the Rack AeriAle, a draft system designed for bars that transports barrel-aged beer straight from the cask to the glass (and better still, on nitro).

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http://www.mensjournal.com/food-drink/articles/dogfish-head-to-debut-draft-system-that-lets-you-drink-beer-straight-from-the-barrel-w466306

 

SIERRA NEVADA TO LAUNCH BEER CAMP ACROSS THE WORLD

In June, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will release Beer Camp Across the World, a variety 12-pack featuring collaboration beers with six American breweries and six international breweries.

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http://allaboutbeer.com/sierra-nevada-beer-camp-across-the-world/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=10669b331a-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+10%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-10669b331a-36686829

 

YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN WHO’S MAKING YOUR WINE

Today’s number one hot-button issue may very well be immigration policy. As opinions from both sides abound on a daily basis, at least there’s wine to get us through it all. But the funny thing about our favorite beverage is that immigrants actually play a huge role in American agriculture, an umbrella that covers winemaking and grape growing.

http://vinepair.com/articles/might-surprised-learn-whos-making-wine/

 

Digital Media Spending

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Some Lodi Vineyards Underwater for Weeks

Rivers of storms delay operations as Mokelumne River overflows its banks

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https://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=180355

Social media doesn’t sell much wine

Since the advent of social media, wineries have been wondering how important it is in wine sales.

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WINE WAND CLAIMS TO MAKE BIG DIFFERENCE FOR WINE DRINKERS ALLERGIC TO HISTAMINES AND SULFITES

Makers of the Wand say the filter is designed to help reduce the side effects of drinking wine

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http://abc30.com/food/wine-wand-claims-to-make-big-difference-for-wine-drinkers-allergic-to-histamines-and-sulfites/1747212/

 

https://drinkpurewine.com/the-story-of-the-wand/

 

 

Gary Vaynerchuk on the Transformation of the Wine Industry

It’s time to take another look into the wisdom of Gary Vaynerchuk in his latest book #ASKGARYVEE!

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gary-vaynerchuk-on-the-transformation-of-the-wine-industry_us_586bfe05e4b014e7c72ee471?utm_source=Afternoon+Brief&utm_campaign=61fbc836b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_778166e558-61fbc836b0-64683881

 

New Amsterdam, Tito’s Drive Solid Growth For U.S. Market’s Top 10 Vodka Brands

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Putting ‘No Headache’ Wine Filters To The Test

Think about this: wine without the headache. New products are being marketed as ways to avoid that day after pain.

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http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/02/12/wine-headache-filters-sulfites-hangover/

HIGH-ANTIOXIDANT’ WINE LAUNCHED IN CHINA

Targeting Mainland China and Hong Kong’s wine drinkers, an Italian winery has launched a red wine rich in procyanidin – a powerful antioxidant found in tannins.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/italian-company-launches-high-antioxidant-wine-in-china/

 

Why red wine is the best alcohol for great sex

Without getting too bogged down in science, according to the research, red wine actually has compounds that stimulate our erogenous zones. Drinking two glasses a day gives women a higher sex drive, and in men, seems to increase testosterone in the blood.

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http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/13/why-red-wine-is-the-best-alcohol-for-great-sex-6441024/

 

Carbonation and the pain of Champagne

Sparkling wine – or beer, or soda, or seltzer* – triggers an unmistakable set of sensations, addictive or repellent depending on your predilection. But is that sensation a taste? A physical sensation? Something else? Probably some combination of the above, though figuring all of that out is trickier than you might imagine.

http://wineoscope.com/2017/02/12/carbonation-and-the-pain-of-champagne/

 

Should Restaurants Offer Guests That First Taste of Wine?

Does it make sense to eliminate elements of restaurant wine service if they seem pointless or cause agitation?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/dining/should-restaurants-offer-guests-that-first-taste-of-wine.html?_r=0

 

5 Reasons Why Great Wine Starts with Geography

Wine geography goes a lot farther than mapping your way to the nearest wine shop and navigating to the next bottle

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/5-reasons-why-great-wine-starts-with-geography/

 

WINE REGIONS OF HUNGARY

Wine was introduced to Hungary by the Romans, and the country was known for its excellent wines until the devastation of World War II and the Communist era. Recently Hungarian wines have had a renaissance and garnering prizes in international competitions.

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https://gotohungary.com/about-hungary/-/article/hungary-wine-regions;jsessionid=AF6070990CBCAAA023C847BE10902212

OSCAR-BEER PAIRINGS

The 89th Academy Awards Ceremony will be aired on February 26, 2017, and you’ll want to make sure you have a lot of beer on hand to get through the evening of glitz and tedium. So without further ado, let’s open the envelope and see what beers have been selected to pair with these nine nominees, while we watch their trailers.

http://yourbeernetwork.com/?p=2069

 

California Wine Economic Impact Website Launched

Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) have partnered to launch a new interactive website offering economic impact statistics for California wine and winegrapes at: www.wine‑economy.com.

http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/02/13/california-wine-economic-impact-website-launched?utm_source=Afternoon+Brief&utm_campaign=796c3e581c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_778166e558-796c3e581c-64683881

 

Oak Sweeter than Sugar for Wine

How can wine taste sweet without any residual sugar? It might be down to an unexpected source.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/02/oak-sweeter-than-sugar-for-wine?utm_source=Afternoon+Brief&utm_campaign=796c3e581c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_778166e558-796c3e581c-64683881

 

What Do Wine Rating Numbers Mean?

 You walk into a wine store and the little shelf tag on a chardonnay screams that it got a 90 from the Wine Spectator or Robert Parker, which sounds great. But what exactly does 90 mean?

http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/February-2017/What-Do-Wine-Rating-Numbers-Mean/?utm_source=Afternoon+Brief&utm_campaign=796c3e581c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_778166e558-796c3e581c-64683881

 

TOP FIVE WINES TO PAIR WITH BARRY WHITE

Ridiculous Valentines Day-related themes aside, there is a growing column of evidence of a special sensory inter-relationship between music and wine.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/top-five-wines-to-pair-with-barry-white/

 

You Aren’t Wrong About Wine

No, you can’t taste wine like an expert – and that’s OK

Taking wine descriptions as gospel is problematic because no two people experience the same wine the same way.

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http://www.usnews.com/opinion/op-ed/articles/2017-02-14/dont-stress-about-tasting-wine-like-a-sommelier-this-valentines-day

 

New Wine Purse Lets You Get Drunk Anywhere And Stay (Kind Of) Classy

Before you spend your paycheck on a tote in each color, you should be aware of how it works

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http://elitedaily.com/social-news/new-wine-purse-drunk-anywhere/1791321/

Lawsuit against Walmart claims nothing crafty about its ‘craft’ beers

A Cincinnati-area man has filed a lawsuit against Walmart over what he says is the retail giant’s “fraudulent, unlawful, deceptive and unfair” marketing of craft beers that aren’t really craft beers.

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http://www.dayton.com/news/lawsuit-against-walmart-claims-nothing-crafty-about-its-craft-beers/CWFO0oP123lnPIh9YBUcRO/

 

CALIFORNIA LEADS US WINE EXPORTS TO RECORD HIGH

US wine exports, 90% of which come from California, reached a record value of $1.62 billion in 2016, the Californian Wine Institute has revealed.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/california-leads-us-wine-exports-to-record-high/

 

This beloved grocery chain is the latest company to face Trump-related boycotts

The regional supermarket chain with a cult following is facing calls to remove Trump Winery products from its 10 Virginia stores.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/02/14/this-beloved-grocery-chain-is-the-latest-company-to-face-trump-related-boycotts/?utm_term=.2a4979631e26&wpisrc=nl_sb_smartbrief

 

Angry Orchard Introduces Tapped Maple Seasonal Cider

New seasonal hard cider Angry Orchard Tapped Maple, available now through April. Tapped Maple blends American culinary apples with a hint of maple syrup from Vermont maple trees for a not-too-sweet cider with a big, bright apple taste.

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/angry-orchard-introduces-tapped-maple-seasonal-cider?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=6f0527403e-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+14%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-6f0527403e-36686829

 

Raisin & table grapes driven to brink of extinction by wine.

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

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Thursday March 2nd

Exploring California Wineries Bell And Schug

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It will be a treat to feature wines from two legendary wine figures in Napa Valley history, Anthony Bell (Bell Wine Cellars) and Walter Schug (Schug Vineyard & Winery).  Walter Schug grew up in Germany and his experience was sought out by Joseph Phelps in 1973.  Walter made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend, their well known Insignia label.  However, Walter’s passion was Pinot Noir and when Phelps cut their Pinot Noir program, Walter purchased land in Napa’s Carneros District and Schug Vineyard and Winery was born in 1980.

Anthony Bell, came to America by the way of South Africa.  He immediately made his mark on the California wine scene by taking over from legendary wine maker Andre Tchelistcheff.  Anthony would now be in charge of making the Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) “Georges de Latour” Private Reserve Wines.   Anthony would eventually grow his responsibilities to become BV’s General Manager.   However, as Napa became more corporate, Anthony wanted to return to his true passion, wine making.  In 1991 Bell Wine Cellars was founded and has produced Award Winning wines on his terms.

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https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/237706589/

 

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An Introduction to Irish Whiskey – a tasting/education

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Franklins own Walsh Family, an Irish Whiskey Importer

This evening is designed to promote the sensible enjoyment of Irish whiskey, Ireland’s indigenous spirit. We believe there is something extra-special about Irish whiskey in its many varieties.

So whether you’re a discerning aficionado or whiskey, or simply partial to the occasional sup, plan to join local Irish whiskey importer of Flaming Leprechaun for this interesting, informative and fun evening in a friendly, casual environment at Franklin Liquors. This is and Irish Whiskey Tasting experience you are sure to enjoy, savor and remember.

http://flamingleprechaun.com

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

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Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?  Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?  This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar.  After this event buying wine will never be the same!

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Exploring Italian Wines

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Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.  This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.  Come explore Italy!

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  Easter Garden Bulb Basket and Spring Wines

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Get ready for Easter by join Franklin Liquors and Hillside Nursery for an evening of flowers and wine! Design a garden basket of Easter Bulbs for yourself or as a gift, and welcome Spring by tasting through an assortment of seasonal wines

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      The Language of Wine Labels

May 10

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Ever found yourself staring at a wine label and been confused about what it’s telling you? You’re not alone! Join Mark and Kim as they decode the language on that bottle of wine. You’ll learn how to tell if a wine is dry or sweet, what might be in a blend, and so much more!

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French Wine Scholar Programs

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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.

Tuition: $999

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

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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Franklin Liquors Quoted In Milford Daily News

Regarding State Liquor Pricing Violations. 

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Read The Background Stories:

 

It’s not illegal for a business to sell a product below cost — unless, of course, it’s a bottle of booze.

https://www.boston.com/news/business/2017/02/01/super-cheap-booze-at-total-wine-fuels-pricing-fight

 

http://www.fox25boston.com/news/liquor-stores-suing-mass-for-the-right-to-offer-cheaper-alcohol/490170182

 

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http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20170208/judge-grants-motion-to-stay-suspensions-for-total-wine-amp-more

 

 

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Our Valentines Gift Guide

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This Weeks Highlights:

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Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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Ultrasound Waves Turn Wine into Something Better

The scientists flowed distilled wine through American oak chips. As the wine seeped past the wooden chips, the researchers blasted it with ultrasound waves. The researchers found that after only three days of ultrasound treatment, they produced spirits that were similar to brandies aged for years.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/02/03/ultrasound-waves-wine-brandy/#.WJXYxRiZOT8

 

Game of Thrones’ latest beer is called ‘Bend the Knee’

It’s called Bend the Knee Golden Ale, and its flavor is described as a mixture of “maltiness and citrus” with a “light sweetness,” dry finish, and “firm hop bitterness.”

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http://ew.com/tv/2017/02/03/game-of-thrones-beer-bend-the-knee/

A Beer Brewed With OREOs, Complete With Icing Chunks

Hornswoggler chocolate milk stout

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http://geekologie.com/2017/02/a-beer-brewed-with-oreos-complete-with-i.php

Does Shiraz wine come from Iran?

Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on the ancient city of Shiraz – but is there a connection between the place and the wine of the same name now produced and drunk across the world?

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38771806

Baby Throwing Tantrum Until She Gets Her Red Wine Is All Of Us On Friday Night

OK, OK… she’s not actually a vino-drinkin’ baby, but judging by a video her father shared on Facebook, it sure looks like she’ll be a wine lover when she’s older.

http://elitedaily.com/social-news/baby-red-wine-all-of-us/1777438/

Volcanic wines may blow your mind

There are more wines grown in volcanic soils than you might imagine, Etna being the best known example.

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/02/wine-from-volcanic-regions-fiona-beckett

 

New bill in ME seeks to combat littering of mini liquor bottles

Love to see this in MA!!

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article130314819.html

 

Finally, A Toilet Paper Holder That Can Also Hold Beer And Wine

CRAZY Gadget!

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http://geekologie.com/2017/02/finally-a-toilet-paper-holder-that-can-a.php

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Champagne Bureau!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, more and more U.S. consumers are turning their attention to Rosé Champagne.

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http://www.champagne.fr/en/comite-champagne/bureaus/bureaus/united-states/news-detail?actu=42

 

Tasting: Dealing with a Dominant Aroma in the Glass

This is a common problem for students—even professionals; when something in the wine dominates to such an extent it becomes difficult to find anything else in the glass.

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http://www.timgaiser.com/blog/tasting-dealing-with-a-dominant-aroma-in-the-glass

A ‘Fifty Shades’ Cocktail? How Booze Is Becoming the New Popcorn at Movie Theaters

Forget popcorn and Milk Duds. Booze is the next step in cinemas’ fight against flagging attendance

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/a-fifty-shades-cocktail-how-booze-is-becoming-new-popcorn-at-movie-theaters-970726

 

Winemaker’s Red Wine Secret: Extended Maceration

Extended maceration is a red wine technique that has been around for some time, but it’s a winemaking trend that you’re likely to hear more about in coming years.

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http://winefolly.com/review/winemakers-red-wine-secret-extended-maceration/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=8d63453eb7-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-8d63453eb7-62472929&mc_cid=8d63453eb7&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

The U.S. Wine Industry Focuses On A Sustainable Future

Through its Sustainable Winegrowing Program CSWA offers third-party certification that recognizes the adoption of and ensures improvement of sustainable grape and wine practices to include environmental stewardship, natural resource conservation and responsible business practices.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2017/02/01/the-u-s-wine-industry-focuses-on-a-sustainable-future/#292ecb187a60

 

Keep Your Beer Away From Light to Avoid That “Skunked” Flavor

If you leave a beer out, it can take on a gross, “skunked” taste. It’s not because of the temperature, though. It’s because your beer is absorbing extra light. Keep it away from the sun to make sure your beer stays fresh.

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http://lifehacker.com/keep-your-beer-away-from-light-to-avoid-that-skunked-1791862880

 

These New England beers were rated among the world’s 100 best

RateBeer just released its list of best beers in the world, and it’s good news for anyone who lives in Patriots territory. Of the 100 beers that made the list, which was released as a part of the annual RateBeer Best Beer Awards, 25 are produced in either Massachusetts, Vermont, or Maine.

Canton, MA   12/17/16  Trillium Brewery Company...for all zone piece on breweries....scenes here on an early Saturday afternoon, perpetual (or so it seemed) lines at both the taproom and retail counters, opposite ends of the building.  ( George Rizer for the Globe )  for  SOWK  reporter :  Elisabeth Townsend...HERE...FRIENDS Craig Southard,left, and Ian Morris enjoy a brew in the tap room....guys drove up from Connecticut....

https://www.boston.com/culture/beer/2017/02/01/these-new-england-beers-were-rated-among-the-worlds-100-best

 

6 Facts About “Bio-Hacked” Wine

Wines are “so clean they crush calories, carbs and sulfites” and have higher antioxidant levels than…. Well, than whatever you’re drinking now.

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https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/6-facts-about-bio-hacked-wine.html

 

Kosher wine popularity booms among non-kosher consumers, says Royal Wine Corp.

Kosher wine is a beverage trend that continues to grow in popularity, especially among mainstream consumers, because of its perceived higher-quality image due the exacting process the wine must go through to receive the kosher seal.

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http://www.beveragedaily.com/Markets/Kosher-wine-grows-among-non-kosher-consumers-Royal-Wine-says?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

How much will Super Bowl viewers spend on wine, beer & spirits?

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Lady Gaga launching wine range

The ‘Born This Way’ singer’s company have filed paperwork to produce wine, wine coolers, wine cocktails and wine punches with the name Grigio Girls, TMZ reports.

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http://journalstar.com/people/lady-gaga-launching-wine-range/article_3d914504-fac9-579f-a4c9-cf477e79f47c.html

Beer is still America’s favorite alcoholic beverage

Beer is still the number one beverage of choice for Americans over the age of 21, data and measurement company Nielsen announced Friday. Four out of 10 regular drinkers prefer the frothy beverage over wine and liquor.

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http://www.ketv.com/article/beer-is-still-americas-favorite-alcoholic-beverage/8679018

 

How to Pair with Vegetarian Cuisine

The biggest—incorrect—assumption people make when it comes to beer pairing with food is that the dish needs to be carnivorous and heavy.

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https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/02/craft-beer-101-how-to-pair-with-vegetarian-cuisine.html?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=ab11692a8f-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+4%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-ab11692a8f-36686829

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Wine War Hots Up With Canada

An ongoing trade dispute swirling around liquor sales in British Columbia reached new heights as the United States filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization last month, accusing the Canadian province of discriminating against American wine.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/02/wine-war-hots-up-with-canada

 

How to Infuse Liquor with Weed

Most experts agree that at this point in the weed-infusion process, you need to decarbolize the pot.

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https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/cocktails-with-chronic-how-to-infuse-liquor-with-w.html

 

10 Key Trends For Italian Wines In U.S. Restaurants

What’s the future of international restaurants in the U.S. market? And how do Italian wines play a part?

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2017/02/06/10-key-trends-for-italian-wines-in-u-s-restaurants/#58ed6f78300b

 

What Wines To Pair With Chocolate?

Here are many wine and chocolate pairings–along with why they work–so you can experiment and create your own.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/what-wines-to-pair-with-chocolate/

 

Australian wine exports continue to climb

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New Mezzacorona Sparkling

Italian wine group Mezzacorona has unveiled Mezza di Mezzacorona, a new sparkler targeted toward Millennial consumers. Sourced from Northeastern Italy’s Trentino region, Mezza di Mezzacorona is comprised of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Bianco and 10% Müller-Thurgau and features an eye-catching label designed to appeal to social media users. The new entry, which will be available nationwide this spring, is positioned as a casual, everyday sparkler and retails at $15 a 750-ml. It will be handled in the U.S. by Prestige Wine Imports, a Mezzacorona subsidiary.

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Premium Boxed Wines Are Smoking Hot 3-liter category

Growing at 28%, while 5-liter value wines drop 2%

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Wine and Taxes: A Match Made In Heaven

With so many wines out there and so many taxes that pair well with them, how do we find the wine that fits us best and gives us the most bang for our buck?

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http://socialvignerons.com/2017/02/07/wine-and-taxes-a-match-made-in-heaven/

 

18 Washington Wines to Freak Out About

If you’ve been lucky enough to sip on the more nationally recognized labels like Hedges CMS, Ste. Michelle, or the wines from the Charles Smith dynasty, then you’ve had a nice little introduction to Washington wine. It’s time to go deeper.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/18-washington-wines-to-freak-out-about/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=b62f24cf36-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-b62f24cf36-62472929&mc_cid=b62f24cf36&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Ice Wine, You’re So Fine

Welcome to the wonderful world of ice wine, one of the sweetest mistakes nature has ever made.

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http://winefolly.com/review/ice-wine-youre-so-fine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=b62f24cf36-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-b62f24cf36-62472929&mc_cid=b62f24cf36&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Dolcetto: Italy’s Overshadowed, Underestimated Wine

Dolcetto has long been in the shadow of Piedmont’s much more famous Nebbiolo grape. But for wine lovers, that’s good news: Top Dolcettos are among the best bargains around

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/dolcetto-italys-overshadowed-underestimated-wine-1486569844

 

What really goes inside your wine?

With the majority of wine containing sulphites and additives, meet the people fighting this by promoting ‘natural wines’

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/wine-whats-inside-it-ingredients-sulphites-additives-health-a7568046.html

 

THE BEST WINES TO DRINK IF YOU’RE TRYING TO BE HEALTHY

While a 5oz glass of wine can top out at around 270 calories, there are plenty that fall around the 100-calorie mark.

The best wine styles to drink when you’re looking for something lighter.

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https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/how-many-calories-in-wine-healthy-types

 

5 things you didn’t know about Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Blue Ribbon has been around since 1890 and it’s still going strong. Every so often, it seems to get rediscovered by a new generation, and it’s currently the beer of choice among hipsters, a coveted market we’re sure Bud wouldn’t mind breaking into.

It’s always good to know a little something about the beer you’re drinking, so here are five interesting facts about PBR.

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http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/02/08/5-things-didnt-know-about-pabst-blue-ribbon.html

 

Italian Wine Looks Beyond Chianti

Looking enviously across the border at France, Italy has just launched a $21 million government-financed campaign to get Americans to buy more expensive Italian wines. The Italians want you to buy something other than Chianti and Prosecco.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/02/italian-wine-looks-beyond-chianti?h=3

 

Sticky ingredient beers

Stuck in a rut with your regular beer choices? Glue yourself to these bottles, all made with ooey-gooey ingredients.

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http://draftmag.com/trending-sticky-ingredient-beers/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=5dcd0d3ffe-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+9%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-5dcd0d3ffe-36686829

 

Why Wine Matters

As the expression of a specific country or region, wine celebrates local heritage as part of a diverse global whole. This is what we mean when we refer to the “world of wine.

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http://punchdrink.com/articles/why-wine-matters/

 

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Franklin Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio

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Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same! http://www.franklinliquors.com

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.

https://thecreativesewingstudio.com/products/adult-art-workshops-knitting-beading-painting

 

Franklin Wine Club 

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Join Our 470 Club Members!

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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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.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

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

February 16th 

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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Franklin Wine Club Valentine’s Wine Tasting

February 8, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Valentine’s Wine Event

An Education And Tasting 

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Tuesday February 7th 2017

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Host: Shanley Snydeman

 

At this tasting we will explore wines that will be great to pair on Valentines Day.

Mix of types and styles to get you in the ready for the big day.

Lets taste and explore.

 

About Shanley

Shanley is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. She holds degrees in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales and Bachelors in Hospitality Management from Endicott College. She is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and has over a decade of experience working with the wine programs of such restaurants as Legal Sea Foods, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Gibbet Hill Grill. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, sailing and hockey.

The Wines:

Wine #1 

2014 Love Noir Rosé

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750ml $9.99

Wine #2

2015 Love Noir Pinot Noir

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750ml $11.99

Wine #3

2014 Some Young Punks

Passion Has Red Lips

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750ml $24.99

Wine #4

2013 Some Young Punks

Naked On Roller Skates

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750ml $28.99

Wine #5

2014 Some Young Punks

The Sqid’s Fist

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750ml $29.99

Wine #6

2015 Banfi Rosa Regale

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750ml $17.99

Wine #7

Choco Vine Original

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750ml $10.99

Wine #8

Choco Vine Whipped Cream

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750ml $10.99

Wine #9

Choco Vine Raspberry

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750ml $10.99

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Our Valentines Gift Guide

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Which Beer Should You Drink During the Big Game?

Super Bowl beer matchup: Georgia vs. Massachusetts

This bag of chips can sense if you’ve been drinking and call you an Uber

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

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Here’s the Scientific Reason Drinking Alcohol Makes You So Hungry

Ever wondered why a couple of rounds of beer in a bar leaves you longing for hot wings, mozzarella sticks, and loaded potato skins?

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http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/alcohol-hunger-and-appetite/

 

Aged 12 Seconds?

The whiskey rules are pretty strict when it comes to straight whiskey. It has to be aged two years or more, in oak. But for many other types of whiskey, the rules have gotten pretty lax, and it seems like it only has to be aged but a moment.

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http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/whisky/aged-12-seconds

 

Smelling Terroir: A New Study Suggests People Can Smell the Difference Between Wines Solely Based on Terroir (but can we, really?)

A new paper in the journal Food Quality and Preference aimed to address the issue of terroir, specifically as it relates to identifying where a wine comes from solely by the smell.

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http://www.academicwino.com/2017/01/smelling-terroir.html/

 

Calif vineyard acreage & wine production beginning to plateau

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13 phenomenal reasons to drink more wine

Sure, overconsumption can be hazardous, and you may have made some terrible life choices thanks to wine. But drink wine in moderation, and it will improve your life — and your health

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http://nypost.com/2017/01/27/13-phenomenal-reasons-to-drink-more-wine/

 

Burger and Wine Pairings Done Right

Hamburgers are the headlining feature in American comfort food and wine has been collecting fans for thousands of years all over the globe – but can the two really stand side by side on a menu?

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/burger-and-wine-pairings-done-right/

 

U.S. wine tops $10-a-bottle average for first time, expert says

For the first time, the average price for the equivalent of a standard-sized 750-milliliter bottle of wine sold by U.S. retailers passed $10 a bottle, said Danny Brager, senior vice president of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice, at the 23rd annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento.

http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/sonomacounty/6588305-181/us-wine-tops-10-a-bottle-average?artslide=0

 

This bag of chips can sense if you’ve been drinking and call you an Uber

Tostitos’ new bag wants to chaperone your Super Bowl party.

In honor of the big game, the chip maker is launching a special-edition version of its packaging with a built-in sensor that can detect trace levels of alcohol in your breath

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http://mashable.com/2017/01/25/tostitos-breathalyzer-bag-super-bowl/#CWb9.tOm9qqX

 

10 Adulting Wine Apps to Help You Survive 2017

Check out 10 wine apps that’ll help us expand our knowledge of all things vino.

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https://www.brit.co/10-adulting-wine-apps-to-help-you-survive-2017/

 

A Sip Of History: The Hidden Wine Cellars Under The Brooklyn Bridge

The wine cellars had originally been constructed as a sort of compromise

In 1915, the year this photo was taken, liquor vendors were still allowed to use the cool, dark chambers under the bridge.

In 1915, the year this photo was taken, liquor vendors were still allowed to use the cool, dark chambers under the bridge.

http://krvs.org/post/sip-history-hidden-wine-cellars-under-brooklyn-bridge

 

JOHNNY DEPP ‘SPENDS $30,000 A MONTH ON WINE’

Johnny Depp’s profligate lifestyle, which includes spending $30,000 a month on wine, has left the Hollywood actor in serious financial difficulty, according to his former business managers.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/johnny-depp-spends-30000-a-month-on-wine/

 

PIC SAINT LOUP AWAITS FINAL AOC NOD

The Languedoc region of Pic Saint Loup is waiting for the final ministerial seal of approval that will see its elevation to a standalone AOC confirmed.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/pic-saint-loup-awaits-final-aoc-nod/

 

Super Bowl beer matchup: Georgia vs. Massachusetts

A look at the craft beer scenes in the two states represented in the Super Bowl: Georgia and Massachusetts.

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http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/lifestyle/rocflavors/2017/01/31/super-bowl-beer-matchup-georgia-vs-massachusetts/97166436/

 

New Craft Beer-Focused Website October Launches

A new site dedicated to beer and the culture surrounding it, developed by Pitchfork’s creative studio

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http://pitchfork.com/news/71269-new-craft-beer-focused-website-october-launches/

 

Don’t wine about it: A guide to pairing wines and food

Sip, sip, hooray.

http://move.themaneater.com/stories/2017/1/31/dont-wine-about-it-guide-pairing-wines-and-food/#.WJHZTxiZOT8

 

Gloria Ferrer Winery Releases Signature Sparkling Wine Flute Designed by Co-Founder Gloria Ferrer

In honor of the winery’s 30th anniversary in 2016, Mrs. Gloria Ferrer commissioned her first-ever collectible wine flute

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http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/01/31/gloria-ferrer-signature-wine-flute-design

 

Guinness Is Bringing Brewing Back To U.S. After 63-Year Drought

Guinness is planning to spend about $50 million to open a brewery in Maryland, bringing brewing capabilities back to the United States for the first time after decades away from the market.

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http://fortune.com/2017/01/31/guinness-opens-usa-brewery/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=51bed47f55-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+31%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-51bed47f55-36686829

 

Henry’s Hard Soda Launches New Grape Flavor

Henry’s Hard Soda gives fans the flavor they’ve been craving, Henry’s Hard Grape Soda.

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/henrys-hard-soda-launches-new-grape-flavor?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=51bed47f55-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+31%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-51bed47f55-36686829

 

Don’t punt on a Super opportunity for beer-food pairings

To begin, deconstruct the ingredients and flavor components of the beer and food individually

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http://host.madison.com/wsj/entertainment/dining/beer/beer-baron-don-t-punt-on-a-super-opportunity-for/article_88cfe987-0540-5497-94fb-a6a575bdd622.html?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=51bed47f55-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+31%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-51bed47f55-36686829

 

PROSECCO BIDS FOR UNESCO HERITAGE STATUS

The Conegliano Valdobbiadene region – home to Prosecco DOCG – has formally submitted its bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been confirmed.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/prosecco-bids-for-unesco-heritage-status/

 

These 18 attributes determine how consumers buy your wine.

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The 9 Top Trends in Wine Consumption to Watch Right Now

The Wine Market Council, together with Nielsen and expert panelists, sound off on what, where and why Americans are drinking, with a few surprises revealed.

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http://www.winemag.com/2017/02/01/the-9-top-trends-in-wine-consumption-to-watch-right-now/

 

What’s up with the little black sticker on some wine bottles?

Now in its third year, North Carolina’s Quality Assurance Program — an independent and confidential diagnosis and analysis of faults in N.C. wines — has begun issuing its stamps of approval to those wines passing muster.

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http://www.greensboro.com/life/uncorked-what-s-up-with-the-little-black-sticker-on/article_7f6a9f8f-eb70-50a9-8619-5dc79e90b67a.html

 

In the cans versus bottles battle, craft beer brewers and drinkers differ

Cans save weight, space and costs, but many drinkers prefer bottles

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/in-the-cans-versus-bottles-battle-craft-beer-brewers-and-drinkers-differ-2017-01-31?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=98f4be9ac8-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+1%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-98f4be9ac8-36686829

Which Beer Should You Drink During the Big Game?

There’s no right or wrong way to pick a good beer, but if you’re having trouble making a decision, our handy chart can help.

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https://www.craftbeer.com/craft-beer-muses/super-bowl-craft-beer-big-game-flowchart

 

Bud Light’s Super Bowl Ad Resurrects 80’s Star Spuds MacKenzie

Bud Light’s original party animal is back from the grave.

http://fortune.com/2017/02/02/bud-light-super-bowl-2017/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=30cb627f29-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+2%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-30cb627f29-36686829

 

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Franklin Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio

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Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same! http://www.franklinliquors.com

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.

https://thecreativesewingstudio.com/products/adult-art-workshops-knitting-beading-painting

 

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February 7th 7pm

Valentine Wine Tasting

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At this tasting we will explore wines that will be great to pair on Valentines Day.

Mix of types and styles to get you in the ready for the big day.

Lets taste and explore.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/236822859/

Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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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.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

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

February 16th 

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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Bevy of Booze Bills on the Docket in Massachusetts

Big THANK YOU to Rep Jeff Roy in listening and putting together legislation!

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A house bill (HD.1350) aimed at limiting inducements via category management practices would prohibit alcohol beverage licensees from “furnishing a retailer with human resources to perform merchandising or other functions, with the expectation of stocking, rotation or pricing services of the industry member’s own product;”

 

What does this mean?

And What Do You Think?

As a small business we want to stay competitive in our pricing. One cost is labor. Did you know that many “BIG” stores get free labor from distributors to receive, stack, stock and merchandize product?

You may say well I see the soda, chips and bread being stocked by outside companies in my “BIG store’ why does this matter?

In the liquor industry any “extra” value to support a product is illegal. If a retailer does not have to touch a product with their own staff then they basically give the product away. If that value was given equally the smaller retailer could have more competitive pricing,

With MA laws changing yearly the amount of locations you have to buy is expanding. We believe this bill would make it easier for the smaller retailer to compete.

Thank you again to Jeff Roy and Richard Ross for listening way back to us and for helping start a conversation.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/bevy-booze-bills-docket-massachusetts

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2017 Readers Choice Awards Ballots

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Upcoming Franklin Wine Club Event

February 7th 7pm

Valentine Wine Tasting

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At this tasting we will explore wines that will be great to pair on Valentines Day.

Mix of types and styles to get you in the ready for the big day.

Lets taste and explore.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/236822859/

 

 

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Wine experts are putting salt in their glasses to improve the flavor

Turn to Piedmont region’s fizzy brachetto for a Tasty, low-alcohol treat

Tricks to Make a Bad Wine Better

 

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

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2016 U.S. Wine Sales Give UPS And FedEx Reason To Smile

Nearly 4% of U.S. wine sales in 2016 ($2.33 billion) was not handled by traditional wholesaling and retailing channels. Instead, the wines were sold by and delivered from wine producers direct to consumers (DtC).

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2017/01/20/2016-u-s-wine-sales-give-ups-and-fedex-reason-to-smile/#37c6c3024394

 

Pairing Bold Red Wines With Vegetarian (or Vegan) Food

If you’re a vegetarian (or the person responsible for feeding one), you might be under the impression that wine pairing with vegetarian food is limited.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/pairing-bold-red-wines-with-vegetarian-or-vegan-food/

 

The Myth of the Producer Ride Along

It is thrilling to hear the tales of the product and create a relationship, but do these visits garner case sales? And the better question; do they garner repeat orders?

http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/01/20/myth-producer-ride-along

 

The War of the Rosés Breaks Out in France

One of the French appellation contrôlée regions for Méthode Ancestrale sparkling wines, Clairette de Die, has been given the green light to produce a rosé version, despite an ongoing battle with the appellation Bugey-Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale, which has hitherto been the only one to make a rosé.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/01/the-war-of-the-roses-breaks-out-in-france

 

Here’s the wines on Trump’s inauguration lunch menu

US officials have risked re-opening old wounds with Champagne houses by picking a ‘California Champagne’ for president Donald Trump’s inauguration lunch. and it doesn’t include bottles from the Trump winery in Virginia.

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http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/trump-inauguration-menu-wines-353341/

Sam Adams Just ‘Significantly’ Changed One of Its Most Popular Beers

Samuel Adams is ready to unveil the results of “Project Lupulus,” a four-year experiment the Boston brewers undertook to entirely reimagine one of their most popular flagship beers.

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http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2017/01/19/sam-adams-just-significantly-changed-its-rebel-ipa-recipe/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=4d09b77d38-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+20%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-4d09b77d38-36686829

Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders Introduces New Orange Blossom Flavor

Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, the number one selling global cider brand, unveils its newest flavor, Strongbow Orange Blossom.

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/strongbow-hard-apple-ciders-introduces-new-orange-blossom-flavor?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=4d09b77d38-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+20%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-4d09b77d38-36686829

 

When an Empty Wine Bottle Is Worth $300

One man’s trash is another’s counterfeit gold.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-19/when-an-empty-wine-bottle-is-worth-300

California Drought: What a difference a year makes!

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New Narragansett Beer

Narragansett Beer has unveiled the latest brew in its Lovecraft series, The Unnamable Black Lager. Made with Chocolate Rye, Cara Red, Carafa Special 1 and Pilsner malts and Citra hops, The Unnamable is at 7.5% abv and retails at around $12 a six-pack of 16-ounce cans. The new entry is rolling out now across Narragansett’s distribution footprint, which includes New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Oregon and Tennessee.

5 Secrets for Buying Italian Wine

Italy has the most diversity of ideal grape growing terroir of any place in the world and also the most native grape varieties (700+). Even two winegrowers a few hundred meters from each other with the same grape variety make different wine.

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http://uncorkedinitaly.com/5-secrets-for-buying-italian-wine/?utm_source=Uncorked+in+Italy&utm_campaign=316fc5c25f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_884179c0bd-316fc5c25f-130695701

 

Tricks to Make a Bad Wine Better

Wine tricks every oenophile needs to know, from saving a corked wine with Saran wrap to using a spoon to preserve the bubbles in an unfinished bottle of Champagne

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/tricks-to-make-a-bad-wine-better-1484841139

 

Corsican Reds, a Case Study in Wine Terroir

What a difference a place makes. A single type of grape, planted in one region, may yield insipid, uninteresting wines. Grown somewhere else, however, the grapes can become wines that astonish and inspire.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/dining/review-red-wine-corsica-terroir.html?_r=0

 

Turn to Piedmont region’s fizzy brachetto for a Tasty, low-alcohol treat

Brachetto, a red grape from Italy’s Piedmont region, makes a middling red wine but really shines when it puts on some bubbles.

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http://the570.com/wine-jan-19-2017/

 

New Ballast Point

San Diego’s Ballast Point, part of the Constellation Brands portfolio, is introducing its first bottled nitro beer, Red Velvet Nitro Stout. Red Velvet (5.5% abv) is an oatmeal stout brewed with beets and chocolate, which pours a deep red color. According to Ballast Point, the addition of nitrogen to the brew results in a creamy mouthfeel reminiscent of icing. The limited edition beer is rolling out now in bottled six-packs across the country.

Sierra Nevada Brewery Issues 36-State Recall of Select Beers

The affected beer has a package date that falls between Dec. 5, 2016, and Jan. 13, 2017 and a brewery code of “M” — which stands of Mills River — printed directly on bottles and the packaging of cardboard cases.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/sierra-nevada-brewery-issues-36-state-recall-select-44973853

 

INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE PROSECCO

A Prosecco brand named Casanova has set a new level of bling-tastic ultra-luxury for the Italian sparkling wine with the launch of a Swarovski crystal-encrusted DOC Prosecco.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/introducing-the-worlds-most-expensive-prosecco/

 

WINES AND SIGNS: BIVB MATCHES APPELLATIONS TO CHINESE ZODIAC

From the playful Petit Chablis to the masculine Morey-Saint-Denis, we bring you BIBV’s appellation and Zodiac pairing guide so everyone knows which auspicious wines to drink this Chinese New Year…

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/wines-and-signs-bivb-matches-appellations-to-chinese-zodiac/

 

Wine experts are putting salt in their glasses to improve the flavor

It will instantly transform your cheap bottle of plonk

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/wine-experts-add-salt-critics-hyper-decanting-nathan-myhrvold-improve-flavour-fruit-tanin-alcohol-a7538001.html

 

 The Ever Expanding World of Wine Takes Your Palate to Unexpected Places

Never before have so many diverse wines, from so many places, been available to so many people around the globe

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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ever-expanding-world-wines-cultural-travel-180961654/

Behind a Wine Brand’s Arduous Journey to a Super Bowl Ad Buy

Bud’s exclusive category ad rights with Fox covered not just beer, but all of alcohol, shutting out wine brands.

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http://adage.com/article/special-report-super-bowl/a-wine-brand-s-arduous-journey-a-super-bowl-ad-buy/307626/

 

Grapes of wrath: French wine industry angry at plans for bigger pregnancy health warnings on bottles

A quarter of French mothers-to-be continue to drink alcohol, according to the National Institute for Health and Medical Research, and the government says the warning needs to be larger to increase awareness of the dangers.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/24/grapes-wrath-french-wine-industry-angry-plans-bigger-pregnancy/

 

Beyond Napa: The Lessor Known North Coast Wine Regions

Not only do these regions have true grit, they also produce incredible wines that can easily rival their star-studded neighbors.

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http://winefolly.com/review/beyond-napa-the-lessor-known-north-coast-wine-regions/

 

Tom Brady is world’s greatest beer chugger, former teammate Ross Tucker says

Tucker went on to say Brady put to shame a friend of his who he once thought to be the world’s greatest beer chugger.

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http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/tom-brady-ross-tucker-beer-chugger-patriots-falcons-super-bowl-51/7y1dvdv1t1gg19tzf15vrmmcy

 

Prosecco vs Franciacorta: Fizz Fight

We all know about the unfaltering grip Prosecco seems to have on the sparkling wine market, but how does it match up to the ambitions of Franciacorta – especially in their Italian home?

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/01/prosecco-vs-franciacorta-fizz-fight

 

Gruet: French Quality Bubbles From The American Desert

Last year Wine Spectator Magazine ranked their Brut as one of the year’s top 100 value wines.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2017/01/23/gruet-french-quality-bubbles-from-the-american-desert/#728480734fe1

 

Brotherhood is America’s oldest winery, thriving during Prohibition

Read about the winery in Washingtonville, N.Y.

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http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/travel/brotherhood-america-oldest-winery-thriving-during-prohibition/uhKIzIdgfl6RC3lvLu7GgK/

New Castle Rock Wine

California’s Castle Rock Winery has extended its lineup with the launch of a new Rosé of Pinot Noir. Sourced from Mendocino County, Castle Rock’s Rosé of Pinot Noir is rolling out across select U.S. markets, retailing at around $12 a 750-ml. The offering is limited to 12,000 cases. Rosé of Pinot Noir marks the 10th varietal in Castle Rock’s portfolio, joining the brand’s Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Pinot Grigio, among others. Castle Rock’s eponymous brand sells around 450,000 cases annually in the U.S. market, according to Impact Databank.

New Harpoon

Boston’s Harpoon Brewery is releasing Fresh Tracks, a new spring seasonal. A 6.2%-abv pale ale, Fresh Tracks is a single-hop brew made only with the Centennial hop variety, known for its piney, citrusy character. The newcomer is launching now in 12-ounce bottles and cans as well as on draft. Harpoon ranks as the nation’s 19th-largest craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association.

The everyday sparkle

As Prosecco continue to thrive, we investigate how it has managed to become a fixture on every supermarket shelf and wine list

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http://www.wineintelligence.com/the-everyday-sparkle/

Mass. Liquor Laws

Massachusetts’ liquor laws are some of the oldest on the books. Most date back to the end of prohibition. State Treasurer Deb Goldberg has announced a new task force to revisit the regulations

http://news.wgbh.org/2017/01/24/local-news/mass-liquor-laws

 

Understanding Napa Cabernet

By learning more about Napa’s great Cabernet wines, we can better understand what makes this varietal exceptional and learn to spot Napa Valley and California wines with great promise and potential.

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http://winefolly.com/review/understanding-napa-cabernet/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=387a9c767f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-387a9c767f-62472929&mc_cid=387a9c767f&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Franklin Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio

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Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same! http://www.franklinliquors.com

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.

https://thecreativesewingstudio.com/products/adult-art-workshops-knitting-beading-painting

 

Franklin Wine Club 

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Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 460 Club Members!

How To attend and join

http://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/

http://www.facebook.com/FranklinwineclubMA

 

February 7th 7pm

Valentine Wine Tasting

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At this tasting we will explore wines that will be great to pair on Valentines Day.

Mix of types and styles to get you in the ready for the big day.

Lets taste and explore.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/236822859/

Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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More Soon!

Medway Community Education Winter Programs

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Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Tri-County Adult Education  

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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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.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

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

February 16th 

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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Your Chocolate And Wine Events

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Italian Wine Specialist-IWS-North American Sommelier Association

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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-21-17

January 21, 2017

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Upcoming Medway Community Education Winter Programs

WINE TASTING 101

Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

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This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

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Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Time To Vote!

2017 Readers Choice Awards Ballots

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Week of January 16, 2017 through

week of February 6, 2017

Please Vote Us For Best Liquor Store

http://ballot.wickedlocalfavorites.com

 

GO PATS!

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Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

What those lines on Solo cups really mean

JACK DANIEL’S LAUNCHES WHISKEY-INFUSED COFFEE

Spain Bans Blue Wine for Being the Wrong Color

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

The Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017: A Month-By-Month Guide

If it’s true that travel planning and anticipation bring as much if not more joy as the trip itself, then the post-holiday wintry start of the year is a great time to boost your “happy hormones” with a wine travel porn.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/lmowery/2017/01/13/the-top-twelve-underrated-wine-regions-to-visit-in-2017-a-month-by-month-guide/#609c696c61fe

 

The top 10 things you need to make wine your new hobby

It’s 2017. Learning about wine is your new hobby.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2017/01/the-top-10-things-you-need-to-make-wine-new-hobby.html

 

Announcing the Chronicle’s 2017 wine competition winners

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest wine contest of solely American wines in the world.

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http://www.sfgate.com/chroniclewinecompetition/article/SF-Chronicle-Wine-Competition-Winners-2017-10856547.php

 

How One Red Grape Can Make Red, Rosé and White Wine

Let’s take a look at how different winemaking methods change the resulting wine–all with one grape: Pinot Noir!

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/how-one-red-grape-makes-red-rose-white-and-sparkling-wine/

Don’t fall for those declaring war on alcohol

Moderate wine consumption, with dinner or after, has proven health benefits; those who say alcohol causes cancer are trying to scare up money for studies.

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http://www.modbee.com/opinion/national-opinions/article126254144.html

Is some French wine really from Spain?

Spain’s bulk wine industry is the largest in the world. And guess where it sells the most bulk wine? That’s right, France. Spain sells twice as much bulk wine to France as it does to Germany, its second-biggest market.

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http://blog.wblakegray.com/2017/01/is-some-french-wine-really-from-spain.html

Chianti Classico Confusion Hits Sales

A stalwart of Italian restaurant wine lists worldwide, drinkers are going cold on a once-proud appellation.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/01/chianti-classico-confusion-hits-sales

 

Italian Wine Courses in a Tuscan Castle

Join a small group (max 12) in either May or September for a four-day, full immersion course on Italian wine, food and culture in Tuscan castle

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http://uncorkedinitaly.com/2017-italian-wine-courses-in-a-tuscan-castle/?utm_source=Uncorked+in+Italy&utm_campaign=7a0b291c4b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_884179c0bd-7a0b291c4b-130695701

 

How to Navigate Cruise-Ship Wine Lists

Whether you’re going for an all-inclusive drinks deal, buying wine by the bottle or bringing it on board with you, these tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your cruise

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-navigate-cruise-ship-wine-lists-1484239937

 

Wine: why it makes sense to pair what you drink with music as well as with food

Start to see wine as part of a broad cultural experience, and expand your drinking horizons

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jan/12/wine-pairing-with-music-not-just-with-food

 

What IS Minerality, Anyway?: An Evaluation of Consumer Understanding of Minerality Using Analysis of Language

The term “minerality” itself is relatively new, with most of the references to the term

http://www.academicwino.com/2017/01/minerality-evaluation-of-language.html/

 

9 GREAT GLUTEN-FREE BEERS THAT TASTE GLUTEN-FUL

Folks with gluten intolerances and Celiac have to deal with a lot of crap, not the least of which is explaining that they’re not one of the many people who think that going “gluten-free” is a fad diet rather than a serious medical issue. One thing they no longer have to deal with: shitty beer.

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https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-gluten-free-beer-list-breweries

 

What It’s Like To Work in Wine: 5 Stories

We interviewed 5 people in the wine trade to find out what it’s like and what it takes to get there. Surprisingly enough, you’ll see a theme that carries through and it’s really inspiring.

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http://winefolly.com/update/what-its-like-to-work-in-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=6bf8365515-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-6bf8365515-62472929&mc_cid=6bf8365515&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Spain Bans Blue Wine for Being the Wrong Color

Now they’ve been forced to stop calling their product wine, and now it’s marketed under the “other alcoholic drinks” category, and not shelved with wine in stores. They also had to change their labels to read: “99 percent wine and 1 percent grape must.”

http://www.thedailymeal.com/spain-bans-gik-blue-wine-for-being-wrong-color/11417

 

Nebbiolo’s Northern Lights: Alto Piemonte & Valtellina

There aren’t too many secrets left anymore in the world of wine. Alto Piemonte and Valtellina are two of them

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http://vinous.com/articles/nebbiolo-s-northern-lights-alto-piemonte-valtellina-apr-2016

 

UB40 LAUNCHES RED RED WINE

It’s finally happening. Brummie reggae hitmakers UB40 are launching their own brand of Red Red Wine.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/ub40-launches-red-red-wine/

 

JACK DANIEL’S LAUNCHES WHISKEY-INFUSED COFFEE

Caffeine-crazed Jack Daniel’s lovers can now have a taste of their favorite tipple in the morning with the launch of the brand’s new whiskey-infused Arabica coffee.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/01/jack-daniels-launches-whiskey-infused-coffee/

 

This startup is taking the mystery out of wine pricing—and making the good stuff cheaper

Tarlov clearly lists the input costs for his on Alit’s website, outlining just what customers are paying for when they fork over $27.45 for a bottle of his 2015 Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley:

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https://qz.com/884169/the-good-stuff-for-less-meet-alit-the-everlane-of-wine/

 

Four Napa Valley dessert wines will no longer be called ‘port’

In late October, Portuguese wine industry leaders officially recognized four NVV members for voluntarily discontinuing the use of the term “port” for their fortified dessert wines.

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http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/four-napa-valley-dessert-wines-will-no-longer-be-called/article_5a7094db-63ff-5ffc-9aed-9f171a8c3910.html

 

Five Italian microbrews you need to try now

Yes, the land of Peroni is actually home to a bustling microbrew scene.

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https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-16/five-italian-microbrews-you-need-try-now

Beer and soda cans found to have traces of bisphenol A in laquer coating

Scientists from the Danish Consumer Council, THINK Chemicals, have found eight out of 14 cans tested in a laboratory contain endocrine disrupting bisphenols in the lacquer on the inside of a can.