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MASS PACK APPEALS THE CUMBERLAND FARMS INITIATIVE

Massachusetts Package Stores Association (MPSA) member retailers of beer, wine and spirits from across the state have banded together to challenge the decision by Attorney General Maura Healey to certify Initiative Petition No. 19-14 (the “Cumberland Farms Initiative”) for a “Law Relative to the Sale of Beer and Wine by...
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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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GARNACHA from CARIÑENA

By Harvey Finkel When I was but a boy, I would be transported weekly to Victorian England by the Sherlock Holmes radio program. Almost as much as the adventure, I enjoyed the usual coda, in which Nigel Bruce, genial, stalwart, comfortable Dr. Watson to Basil Rathbone’s incisive Holmes, sitting before...
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SPRING HAS SPRUNG…BEERS FOR OUTDOOR ENJOYMENT

By Andy Crouch There’s something about a beer garden. The communality and conviviality, the open air, the slowing of time to allow for a beer or two surrounded by good friends and laughs. A familiar sight in many countries around the world, from Europe to Asia, beer gardens have been...
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