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Quality Beverage Buys Williams Distributing

Quality Beverage of Taunton is buying 69-year-old Williams Distributing, the Budweiser and Yuengling distributor in Western Massachusetts. The deal, which needs the approval of Williams Distributing’s suppliers, will make Quality Beverage the state’s leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch InBev brand products. The transaction is expected to close in October, according to...
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FINE BUBBLES FROM SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS

By Harvey Finkel You’d think you were looking through Alice’s looking glass to view the labyrinthine history of Scharffenberger Cellars, though the wines have been on a straight line of good quality. In 1981, the young John Scharffenberger, having studied agricultural geography at Berkeley, founded a marginally capitalized eponymous sparkling...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH THE STONE FENCE

by PINK LADY The Fourth of July is one of the great drinking holidays of summer, and while it’s certainly fun to serve guests red, white, and blue-themed beverages, a drink with true Revolutionary Era roots is sure to intrigue the history buffs at your picnic. If their numbers are...
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BURGUNDY 2O16

by HARVEY FINKEL Seriously delicious. Short supply. Stable prices. These are the key phrases one took away from the early reviews of the 2016 vintage in Burgundy, now in distribution on our shores. Like an inverted phoenix, the splendor of the wines arose, not from fire, but from ice. We’ve...
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LEAN INTO SUMMER’S HEAT WITH BIGGER BEERS

by ANDY CROUCH A consumer’s beer fridge undergoes a number of seasonal changes throughout the year, transitioning from the lighter, crisper beers of summer into more full bodied offerings in the fall and through winter before returning full circle in the spring. As the seasons change, some beers can get...
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DRINKING UP THE EARTH

“A single bottle of Prosecco DOCG sparkling wine drinks 4.4 kg of soil every year.” By Harvey Finkel Among the inconvenient truths about humankind’s disturbances of the ecosystem is that thoughtless agricultural cultivation accelerates soil erosion, already losing 30 percent of the farm production on the half of the earth’s...
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THE TUXEDO NO.2

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH By Pink Lady After an interminable, dark winter, by the time June rolls around, it feels celebratory and refreshing to sip something light and bright for body and spirit. The Tuxedo No. 2 is a fun Martini variation that will surely impress your less-nerdy-than-you cocktail...
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M.S. WALKER & WINEBOW – A POSITIVE ACQUISITION

By Kirsten Amann Good salespeople are expert problem solvers. In the continuously evolving landscape of beverage alcohol distribution, with more brands in the market than ever, savvier consumers with sophisticated palates, and restaurants and retailers jockeying to offer them the next best thing, efficient problem-solving is essential at all levels...
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CHAMPAGNE BRUT NON-VINTAGE

By Sandy Block, MW The bread and butter of every Champagne house remains its Brut Non-Vintage blend. This is most often an alchemical assemblage of dozens of different wines from far flung villages within the Champagne viticole, as well as multiple vintages, including older “reserve” wines, and a varying proportion...
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