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MASS PACK APPEALS THE CUMBERLAND FARMS INITIATIVE

Massachusetts Package Stores Association (MPSA) member retailers of beer, wine and spirits from across the state have banded together to challenge the decision by Attorney General Maura Healey to certify Initiative Petition No. 19-14 (the “Cumberland Farms Initiative”) for a “Law Relative to the Sale of Beer and Wine by...
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SPANISH RED WINES

By Sandy Block, MW Spanish red wine is not an easy sell. The grape varieties and the denominations of origin remain mostly unfamiliar, but in a market where retailers and restaurateurs are looking to differentiate themselves, they are an obvious choice to feature because of the price value rapport and...
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LONG MEADOW RANCH ANDERSON VALLEY ESTATE

by HARVEY FINKEL The keystone of Long Meadow Ranch’s overarching complex began with a land grant by President U.S. Grant in the Mayacamas foothills near Rutherford in the Napa Valley. Productive of a variety of crops, especially grapes, it fell into disuse during Prohibition, until purchased by the Hall family...
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THE APEROL SPRITZ

by PINK LADY Counting down the days until a new decade begins has us thinking about how far the cocktail has come in the 21st century. A great, balanced libation made with fresh ingredients can be found on menus from world class fine dining restaurants to your local neighborhood pub....
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CRAFT BREWS FOR COOL WEATHER

by ANDY CROUCH The seasonal nature of beer has long been one of its great selling points. In the world of craft beer, it has been of singular value, allowing brewers to distinguish themselves from the standardized widgets of American macro beer producers. Recent years have seen differentiation and diversification...
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DRINKING TAMES PROSTATE CANCER

by HARVEY FINKEL, MD To find cancer and good news in the same sentence is a surprise to most, and to add alcohol to the mix is surely disconcerting, even enraging, to those busily engaged in warning of the falling sky whenever a dram is downed. Let’s see what medical...
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STOCK THIS STUFF

by KIRSTEN AMANN The holiday shopping season is upon us, a time for celebrating and relaxing with friends and loved ones . . . or is it? For many of your customers, this is a harried and hectic time of year that will be over before they know it. Why...
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CALIFORNIA FIRST GROWTHS THE 2O15 VINTAGE

by SANDY BLOCK, MW Any attempt to delineate California “First Growths” is by nature subjective, but there are a finite number of Cabernet-based wines that by reputation, track record, and the price they command should be in the discussion. Trying to narrow it down is a pointless exercise. Each of...
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MONTECUCCO SANGIOVESE – BIG REDS FROM CUCKOO MOUNTAIN

by HARVEY FINKEL What’s on offer today? How about big, juicy, multifaceted, ageable reds that you may never have heard of, that are less costly than their neighbors, that are bidding to imminently materialize in the American market? Montecucco, in the northeastern corner of Tuscany’s Maremma, immediately south of more...
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