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  Alexander N. Block, widely known as “Sandy,” died of cancer on November 21. He was a youthful 72 years old. He cut a wide swath in the wine trade, producing wine, selling wine wholesale and in restaurants, buying wine, teaching wine to employees and consumers, writing about wine, including...
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21ST CENTURY PUNCH

By Kirsten Amann Nothing says “let’s party” like a big bowl of punch! To the uninitiated, or if you came of age in the 7Os, 8Os, or 9Os, punch might be something you’d expect to find at a bridal shower or Tupperware party, involving a carton of sherbet spiked with...
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A LOOK AT EXHIBIT A FROM BREWER MATT STEINBERG

By Andy Crouch From the Boston metro area to Western Mass and the islands, Matt Steinberg has brewed all over the state. For nearly 2O years, Steinberg has plied his trade, brewing solid and delightful beers in a wide range of styles. He began his brewing work in the state...
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by LEW BRYSON In September, I took part in a blind tasting of three single malt whiskeys with another whiskey writer. We didn’t know the brand, type of barrel they were aged in, or where they came from. The first smelled cleanly of caramel, malt, and some crisp apple, without...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-EGGNOG

by PINK LADY Is there any drink we more deeply associate with the 25th of December here in the U.S. than eggnog? To the uninitiated, learning about the antique practice of making cocktails with eggs can seem a bit weird, and some among us will never adjust to the idea....
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STOCK This STUFF

by KIRSTEN AMANN As 2020 showed us, not even a global pandemic can deter the good people of Massachusetts from having a tipple. 2021 has seen a more hybrid period of socializing in and out of the home, but Bay State drinkers have not given up on the wine and...
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MIGHTY SQUIRREL BREWING

by ANDY CROUCH Massachusetts breweries have long pushed the envelope when it comes to ingredients, brewing practices, and marketing efforts. Some of these have been great successes (Boston Beer’s perennially popular Utopias on the positive side versus the company’s garlic beer on the not so positive side). When it comes...
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