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Boston is a Heineken Summer City

The city is a colorful and vibrant melting pot full of undiscovered adventures that is energized during the summer months with more freedom, vitality and possibilities. This summer, Heineken is taking ownership of cities through the revival of the brand’s 360-degree Cities program designed to inspire consumers to break from...
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Burke and Prohibition Distillery Introduces Bootlegger 21 Gin

The Prohibition Distillery, based in Roscoe New York, has partnered with Burke Distributing Corp. to bring their new Bootlegger 21 Gin to Massachusetts. Inspired by classic London Dry Gins, Bootlegger 21 Gin undergoes a traditional second, post maceration distillation of the classic botanicals using a 300 gallon pot still. This exceptional...
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A VISIT FROM MALBECISTAN

When I began writing about wine in the 197Os, few and odd were Argentine wines in this market. In recent years, however, Argentina, riding on the shoulders of Malbec, has become a world wine power. Many of its wines are very good, especially with famed Argentine or other beef, yet,...
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THE NEGRONI

As anyone who has spent much time in Europe can attest, drinking on the Continent just isn’t the same as cocktailing in the US.  In Italy, for example, if you order a “dry martini” at the bar, you’ll wind up with a glass of dry Martini & Rossi vermouth.  Sure,...
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WINES OF THE LANGUEDOC

The Languedoc seems to me a land of opposing extremes: ancient and ultramodern, enormous yet unimposing, placidly rural despite a roiled history. One finds rustic wines from obscure traditional grapes alongside state-of-the-art, high-tech, Parker-pleasing products of international varieties. The Languedoc was one of the earliest wine-producing regions in France: visited...
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A DRINK WITH . . . MAUREEN RUBINO

MAUREEN RUBINOCO-OWNER of CENTRAL BOTTLE WINE & PROVISIONS, CAMBRIDGE      Central Square and neighboring Kendall Square in Cambridge have become burgeoning biology and technology hubs, with MIT-spawned start-ups and notable companies like Google and Novartis setting up shop.  Not the only ones to miss the opportunity to be part of an...
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Notes on Cloning

This year the Boston Wine Expo made a concerted effort to address wine producers’ goal to connect directly with the Boston trade. As a part of that program, Davis Bynum presented a “Pinot Noir Clone Seminar”. In 2OO7, Tom Klein, a California farmer, purchased the Davis Bynum brand from founder...
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HOW RESVERATROL WORKS

Scientific evidence has been accruing for nearly half a century supporting the healthfulness of wine in moderate doses. Initially, population (epidemiologic) studies endorsed folk experience. Then ethyl alcohol, contained in common with other beverages, was deemed to supply a major share of the health benefits. But both strengthening some of...
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Zind-Humbrecht

It’s amazing how unknown the wines of Alsace remain throughout the United States.  Of all of France’s classic districts, these cool climate northern wines are among the most consistent in quality, especially in the context of their compatibility with seafood.  They’re also remarkably easy to understand because, unlike most French...
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