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THE END OF AN ERA

by KIRSTEN AMANN Mark Fisher has been a fixture of the beverage alcohol business in New England for forty years. Since 2OO6 he has been President, Sales & Marketing of Martignetti Companies, the largest distributor in New England, and the 6th largest distributor of wine and spirits in the United...
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MOREY-SAINT-DENIS GRAND TOPONYMY II

by HARVEY FINKEL In this second installment on the origin of Burgundian place names, focusing on the grand crus of the Côte d’Or, we shall begin our march southward, entering Morey-Saint-Denis. We might recall that our journey began in Gevrey-Chambertin in this space of the August, 2O2O, issue of this...
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A TASTE OF NEWBURYPORT BREWING

by ANDY CROUCH The town of Newburyport on Boston’s far North Shore, bordering New Hampshire, has long been a popular tourist and vacation destination. With the bluffy beaches of nearby Plum Island on offer, the cozy and idyllic streets of Newburyport’s historic downtown district remain filled with bustling bars, restaurants,...
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TWO FACETS OF THE CHILEAN GEM

by HARVEY FINKEL Chile is hot. Chile is cool, and dry, and moist. It is mountainous: the towering Andes shared with Argentina are second only to the Himalayas. Chile contains the driest desert. It is the world’s most southerly country; at 27OO by an average 11O miles, the long, skinniest...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH – THE AVENUE COCKTAIL

by PINK LADY It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month! We’ve been raising a glass to endangered cocktails since 2OO7, the very same year Congress passed a bill calling for the celebration of bourbon as America’s “Native Spirit” with unanimous approval. We’ll drink to that! Bourbon is all the rage these days...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-THE PENICILLIN

by PINK LADY Start poking around in the annals of classic cocktail history and it won’t take long to recognize a theme: many of the greatest inventions in cocktails were originally medicinal. The Gimlet was born on the high seas to prevent scurvy. Gin and tonics proliferated to combat malaria....
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ALCOHOL’S CARDIOVASCULAR EFFECTS ON WOMEN

by HARVEY FINKEL, MD The health effects of drinking, intensively studied during the past 3O years, can be best summarized by the French paradox and the J-shaped curve. The former was named for the surprising low frequency of coronary disease among smoking, indolent Frenchmen, enjoying Camembert and foie gras, compared...
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BELL’S BREWERY – A LOOK AT A CLASSIC

by ANDY CROUCH Bell’s Brewery started from the humblest of origins, with a few hundred bucks provided by founder Larry Bell’s mother. With the money, he opened a homebrew supply store in 1983 called the Kalamazoo Brewing Supply Company. Two years later, he graduated to selling his own beer, starting...
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SANGIOVESE DI ROMAGNA

by HARVEY FINKEL Although Sangiovese is the signature wine of central Italy, and in its highest iterations almost thereto confined, it also makes its mark to the northeast in Emilia-Romagna: same grape variety, different clones, some similar wines. (Sangiovese also appears in respectable roles in the Marche and in Umbria.)...
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