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9O+ CELLARS LOT 172 LAMBRUSCO

The newest addition to the 9O+ Cellars portfolio is from the DOC Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro in southern Emilia-Romagna. Deep purple-red in color with aromas of fresh strawberries and violets. Light effervescence is accompanied by flavors of plum and wild berries. Suggested retail is $1O.99-$12.99. AVAILABLE FROM Hub Wine Corporation.

JOSE CUERVO DIA DE MUERTOS

To commemorate the traditional Mexican holiday Dia De Muertos (Day of the Dead), Cuervo Tradicional is releasing two limited edition bottles of Silver and Reposado that pay homage to the brand’s history with the day, featuring a classic skull motif backed with orange marigold flowers emerging from an agave plant....
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JINRO STRAWBERRY SOJU

This is the latest addition to the Jinro Soju fruit series. It has a sweet and refreshing taste derived from the Korean strawberries. 13% ABV. Suggested retail is $6.99. AVAILABLE FROM Abacus Distributing.

SAMUEL ADAMS

The brewer has released the 3Oth anniversary edition of its Octoberfest and the new Kosmic Sour for fall. The Octoberfest is a traditional märzen style that uses a proprietary blend of four different malts to create a rich, smooth almost creamy beer. Notes of toffee. Kosmic Sour is a tart...
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FIFTY TREES HARD CIDER

Wachusett Brewing Company is launching this new line of hard ciders with two styles, both featuring local apples from farms in North Central Massachusetts. The Original is blended with a touch of European Bittersweets for a semi-dry character that features a flavorful apple taste with a crisp, clean finish. The...
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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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REMEMBERING MICHAEL BRODY

By Kirsten Amann The Massachusetts beverage industry lost one of our brightest innovators and boldest leaders in June with the passing of Michael Brody, Executive Vice President, Spirits for M.S. Walker. Michael was a 46-year veteran of the industry who spent his career shaping the company and culture at M.S....
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A FRESH LOOK AT THE MANY STYLES OF PALE ALES

By Andy Crouch The journey of hops as mere preservative to dominant flavor and aromatic ingredient in beer has been a windy one. Once cast aside as purely offering unpleasant bitterness, American beer enthusiasts and brewers have embraced hops to all ends of the spectrum. Brewers now routinely work with...
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