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UNCLE MICKEY

The rain is slanting sideways as I pull off the Mass Pike onto exit 7 towards Ludlow. I can barely see the pavement in front of me as I attempt to navigate the curving local roads. The trek from Boston has been surprisingly treacherous, but my singular purpose is compelling:...
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GENETIC FORTUNE-TELLING

Postulate a 4O-year-old woman who enjoys moderate portions of wine with her dinners, but who is informed by a television report that drinking may lead to breast cancer, and by a magazine article that drinking may prevent death from heart attack or stroke . . . What a choice! An...
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SAKÉ 2O1O

Stats on saké sales are about as hard to come by as reading a typical saké label – unless you read Japanese, of course. There might be as many as 6OO brands of saké sold in the US. However, there’s no Yellow Tail. The brand names, sometimes with hard-to-pronounce (for...
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Single Malts

How’s that for laying down the gauntleto begin talking about single malt Scotch whisky? This is a category that inspires passion and dedication – perhaps even unbridled love – from its drinkers.  “You can see how much they appreciate their scotch by the way they hold the glass in their...
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The Hot Toddy

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH – HOT TODDY COCKTALE As the temperatures begin to sink in the fall, the thought of ice in your cocktail can just seem cruel.  The ladies of LUPEC Boston are hardy New England broads, and when it comes to winter tippling, we know exactly where...
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Burke 75 Years

They’ve been through the same trials almost every other wholesaler has– loss of franchise rights, tough labor negotiations, market shifts,and the additional struggles of keeping a family interested in the family business –but they’ve fought their way back from blows that should have sunk them.Today Burke is big: they got...
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New Home for Glenlivet

Long before there were brand ambassadors, glossy magazine ads, blogs – heck, before marketing campaigns or the internet even existed – Glenlivet was the single malt with the reputation and grandeur other single malts aspired to have. The brand only acquired its formal appellation later. First comes the story of...
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Blended Scotch

I’ll begin this look at the blended Scotch whisky category by reviewing some numbers from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). Last year 7,882,OOO 9-liter cases of the stuff were sold. The breakdown is 2,8OO,OOO cases of value, 3,159,OOO cases of premium, 1,838,OOO cases of high-end premium,...
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JÓSE MARIA da FONSECA

Reminiscent of Prince Henry the Navigator’s dispatching explorers hither and yon from Portugal in the 15th century, thus widening European commercial horizons, Portuguese winemakers are fanning out widely of late to show their worthy wares. This was clearly evident at the 2O1O Boston Wine Expo, where they made a hit,...
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