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SYRAH

by SANDY BLOCK, MW Syrah occupies that hazy and crowded middle ground of red grape varieties somewhere between the grace and finesse Pinot Noir often flashes, and the powerhouse intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s no lesser of a grape variety than these two acknowledged superstars. Held back only by lack...
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ANOTHER HANGOVER CURE?

by HARVEY FINKEL, MD We are now greeted by a new report of a cure for hangover. We get one of these about once a year. This one, from the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland by Eriksson, et al., was published in the journal Alcohol and...
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BOURGOGNE 2O18

by HARVEY FINKEL Hot. Abundant. Splendid. Costly. Thus may be characterized conditions throughout the region for the Burgundy vintage of 2O18, from Chablis in the north to Beaujolais in the south. After 3O years of creeping advance, global warming may now have declared it’s staying for dinner. The preceding winter...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: WARD 8

by PINK LADY As we gather around for our Thanksgiving festivities this year, why not raise a glass of one of Massachusetts’ most iconic cocktails, the Ward 8? It’s been a wild ride of a year and an even more wild election season, and we think everyone could use a...
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VERMONT CRAFT BEER

by ANDY CROUCH Vermonters are notoriously supportive of their locally made products, be it cheese, maple syrup, or beer.  Craft brewers enjoy wide support in the Green Mountain State from locals who have helped create and sustain the state’s many breweries and brewpubs. For many decades, if you went into...
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ROSÉ

by SANDY BLOCK, MW There was a time, and not so long ago really, when wholesalers and retailers were adamantly against stocking Rosé in their warehouses or having much if any left on their shelves, after Labor Day weekend. “Rosé Season” ended abruptly in the fall, and perhaps it was...
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LADY MAY MOVES WAY SOUTH

MAY DE LENCQUESAING FOUNDS GLENELLY ESTATE AFTER LEADING CHÂTEAU PICHON LALANDE by HARVEY FINKEL May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, in 2OO3, followed the path of the French Huguenots upon the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, though with less urgency. They had been given two weeks by Louis XIV to...
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