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ABCC ANNOUNCES COVID-19 PAYMENT PLAN FOR ON-PREMISE LICENCES

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has announced a payment plan developed to help on-premise licensees severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to climb on top of the piles of unpaid bills that threaten their near-term viability. The ABCC consulted with all tiers of the Massachusetts alcohol industry including...
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A LOOK AT THE SELTZER SENSATION

By ANDY CROUCH Hard seltzer has taken the beer world by force. Not spirit or wine based but also not beer like in character, these flavored malt beverage (FMB) products—ranging from colorless and near flavorless in nature to cloyingly sweet and neon hued—have long existed around the periphery of the...
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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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