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TWO SOULS AJAR: DOS ALMAS: ITALY IN CHILE

by HARVEY FINKEL The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. -EMILY DICKINSON In the 15th and 16th centuries, Europeans invaded and subjugated what is now called Latin America, not at all benefiting the residents by these trans-Atlantic attentions. Marching alongside the conquistadors were priests, who...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: THE RUSTY NAIL

by PINK LADY ‘Tis the season for warm sweaters and full-flavored drinks! It’s roughly ten years since we started penning this column and we can hardly believe we’ve not mentioned the Rusty Nail, the grandpa of all Scotch classic cocktails, and (for some among us) a total dad drink. The...
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CHANGING SEASONS, CHANGING FLAVORS

by ANDY CROUCH As fall slips into the early days of winter, beer drinkers slide from the maltiness of the Oktoberfest season into the arms of something more bracing. For some, this change in the seasons calls for whiskey or strong wine. For others, imperial stouts, barleywines, and double India...
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CABERNET THE GREATS of 2O13

by SANDY BLOCK, MW Before the wines even finished fermenting 2O13 was widely hailed as a legendary almost picture perfect vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon in California. In this, yet another in a succession of drought years, the Cabernet vines produced ultra-concentrated grapes that balanced richness with structure. It was a...
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BURGUNDY WEST?

by HARVEY FINKEL The answer to the query posed by the title of this piece is a clear “no,” despite Oregon’s most important grape variety being Pinot Noir. The wines are not the same, even if both regions, the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Côte d’Or of Burgundy, share...
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THE BAMBOO COCKTAIL

By Pink Lady Sherry and vermouth are two delightful types of fortified wine that became woefully misunderstood during the cocktail’s Dark Ages in the 197Os and ‘8Os. When we first stepped behind the bar sherry was understood as something sweet and cloying, associated with little old ladies and British people....
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UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERIOUS AND COMPLEX SAISON

By Andy Crouch Saison is one of those underrated styles that has the ability to impress everyone who drinks it without leaving a lasting impression on most consumers. It is an enigma wrapped in a sketchy back story with dashes of style confusion mixed in. At its core, saison should...
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WINE WON’T MAKE YOU FAT

By Harvey Finkel, MD A recently published scientific report on the influence of drinking upon weight stimulated a review of relevant medical literature and discussions by fellow members of the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research. I came away little the wiser. It is generally believed, including among physicians, that...
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