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Today’s Bourbon Drinkers

Behold the Classic Bourbon Drinker (homo redlikkerus). He is white, middle-aged, Southern, and firmly clutches his large glass of bourbon and branch. He is simple and unadorned, much like his drink. His drink is whatever is on sale that month, pricelined to a razor-thin margin to move cases and beat...
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Tuscans Returning

Tuscany’s 2OO4 vintage now rests quietly in containers of steel, oak and concrete. In February 2OO5, at a series of tastings organized in Tuscany by the consortiums of Chianti Classico, Montepulciano and Montalcino, I sipped barrel and tank samples of 2OO4s. I sensed their future profiles. I can’t say that...
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Tom Schmeisser

TOM SCHEISSER • Chief Wine Buyer • Marty’s Liquors • Newton & Allston, MA Tom Schmeisser is a front-running candidate for best-known and best-liked wine professional in Massachusetts. Tom has been the chief wine buyer at Marty’s (Newton and Allston) for 35 years, and has been a strong factor in...
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Bonterra’s Bonvino

NICHOLEBIRDSALL, assistant winemaker at Bonterra Vineyards of Mendocino County in California, was part of the massive annual pilgrimage to the this year’s Boston Wine Expo, affording an opportunity to taste and discuss the wines she helps conceive and produce. Lovely wines and reasonably priced, they are worth sharing by means...
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Pinot Noir

In the current film Sideways, the personality of the principle character, Miles, is identified with that of his favorite varietal wine, Pinot Noir. Many say, though it is arguable, that Pinot Noir is enhanced by the presence of low-level wine faults. Because Miles gets roaring drunk whenever he gets angry,...
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Paul Delios

PAUL DELLIOS • 4$ • Owner/Chef • Meze Estiatorio, Charlestown PROFILE Paul Delios and Bill Galatis are upholding the Greek Revival in New England. The all-Greek menu at Meze Estiatorio – their stunning 24O seat dining room in City Square Charlestown overlooking the Zakim Bridge – is itself a symbol...
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Frank DePasquale

FRANK De PASQUALE • 53 • Restaurateur • Bricco, Umbria, Mare, News, Express, Trattoria Il Panino Since launching his first Trattoria Il Panino in 1989, Frank De Pasquale has opened a basketful of 21 diversely styled restaurants. Though the self-made restaurateur holds fast to the uncompromising ideal of serving authentic...
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Vodka

Steeped in vodkas. “At this point it’s next to impossible for me to put another vodka on the back bar. We have 26 vodkas now,” comments Stephen Clark, bartender at Cuffs, the bar at Jurys Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay. “Our main restriction is space. All 26 sell well.” Ketel...
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Angus O’Leary

PROFILE Angus O’Leary arrived on these shores from Dublin in 1979, in the heyday of Boston’s Irish bar scene, and a leg or two ahead of the meteoric rise of international Irish pubdom. Educated in the Irish language, O’Leary had studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, “but I couldn’t get...
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