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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-THE EMERALD COCKTAIL

By PINK LADY Here in Massachusetts, where 21.5% of the population claim Irish ancestry, St. Patrick’s Day is a month-long holiday. It is a bibulous moment to be sure, with many revelers reaching for anything green to wear, Guinness by the gallon, and as many green-hued libations and sweet treats...
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RIESLING

By SANDY BLOCK, MW As recent years have seen a vast increase in people following a vegan discipline, the question often arises: Which wines taste best with this dietary alternative? Pairing vegan dishes is uncharted waters for many wine pro’s. In my experience though, it’s as inaccurate to suggest one...
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TRENTO SPUMANTE – BUBBLES FROM THE MOUNTAINS

By HARVEY FINKEL Everyone likes fizz. That’s clear from the hundreds of millions of bottles of bubbly wine made, sold, drunk, and splashed about in celebratory mania worldwide. Some is plonk, but here and there are pockets of production of high-quality Champagne-method (now usually called classical-method) sparkling wine, some that...
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DOMAINE NICOLAS-JAY PINOT NOIR-OREGON GRAND CRU

by HARVEY FINKEL Great Pinot Noir is probably the rarest of wines. Especially outside of Burgundy. So it was when my old friend Peary Spaght, grand sénéschal of the Massachusetts Tastevin, reported with unreserved enthusiasm from touring Oregon of Pinots new to me, I paid close attention, and quickly and...
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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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