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AMARONE THE RIGHT WAY

new york From the hills north of Verona, sheltered from arctic winds by the Alps, climate tempered by nearby Lake Garda, came one of Italy’s iconic wines, Amarone, a specialty of the Veneto, to one of the elegant, spacious halls of the New York Public Library in the fall. Members...
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IRISH-STYLE BEER

As the global consolidation of the beverage alcohol industry continues, from mega-brewers to mega-distillers, there seems in recent years to be a bit less emphasis placed on the St. Patrick’s selling holiday. And that’s pretty understandable. When you’re run by a Belgo-Brazilian outfit, dressing up Bud Light bottles in green...
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Irish Whiskey

The madness is over. The shamrocks are falling off the walls. The green has been worn, Erin go bragh is Erin bragh gone. And the spike in Irish whiskey sales is over.  It’s March again, and we’ve got an Irish whiskey story for you . . . again. But what...
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Endangered Cocktail: The Mai Tai

Ever sampled a Zombie, Suffering Bastard, or anything served in a skull mug or Scorpion bowl?  With out-there names and kitschy vessels, Tiki drinks are apt to inspire a giggle among cocktail neophytes.  In their original incarnation these were balanced, palatable drinks built upon rum, fresh juices and flavorful syrups...
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Rum

Today, rum seems as ubiquitous as beer, as complicated and as broad sweeping as wine, as mixable as gin, and as sippable as a fine cognac.  That was sudden, some say.Not really!Let’s not forget the important role rum has played in international commerce for centuries, let alonein politics, especially locally. ...
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Trends That Are Taking Off

In the beverage alcohol industry, there is never a shortage of new products, flavors and ideas to grab the attention (and wallets) of ever-fickle consumers. While some have a short shelf life, others have staying power and can change the way we think and drink. Here’s a glimpse at emerging...
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The Tao of J

I was astonished just before Labor Day by the media’s rolling boil over John Cloud’s piece in time, “Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?”, which had been stimulated by the online pre-release of a paper, later published in November,  in alcoholism: clinical and experimental research. Even the main editorial cartoon...
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Argentina’s Icon Wines

Argentina remained the shining success story among exporters of wine to the US in 2O1O. Another year of substantial double digit growth has pushed the fashionable South American country’s export total here to 6.5 million 9 liter cases, representing a 2O% surge in volume over 2OO9. Even more impressive is...
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Local/Sustainable

I am a reasonably earth-conscious consumer. My family belongs to a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and gets boxes of great organic produce eight months a year. We drive advanced technology diesel cars that get better than 4Ompg. We compost yard trash. As they blow out, we’re replacing our incandescent bulbs...
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