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MassPack To Appeal Cumberland Farms Ballot Petition Decision

The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Package Stores Association (MPSA) have by unanimous vote determined they will appeal the decision by Attorney General Maura Healey to certify the Cumberland Farms Ballot Petition. Despite strong opposition by all three tiers within the alcohol beverages industry, Attorney General Maura Healey has...
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ALICANTE BOUSCHET

By Harvey Finkel Alicante Bouschet, a blue-collar, red-fleshed grape variety of waning popularity in southern France, has achieved elite status in southern Portugal’s Alentejo region. Officially named Alicante Henri Bouschet, this cross of Garnacha (Grenache) with Petit Bouschet was developed by the eponymous Henri Bouschet in the Hérault in 1855,...
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ISRAEL RE-VISITED

By Sandy Block, MW Three years ago we reported on the state of Israel’s wine industry, and its commercial prospects in the U.S., based on a tour of the country’s vineyard regions. Not much has changed in the interim. Quality continues to rise, across the board, but it’s still a...
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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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