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THE HARVEY WALLBANGER

by PINK LADY VODKA has been the most popularly consumed spirit for the majority of our careers behind the bar.  Prior to Prohibition, however, vodka wasn’t on the radar of American imbibers, who preferred strong tasting home grown liquors and flavorful white spirits like gin.  John Martin, and his Connecticut-based...
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TENUTA LUCE DELLA VITE

  by HARVEY FINKEL THEIR NOBLE Tuscan family’s wine production dating back to 13O8, the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi own and operate a number of well-known wine estates.  The Frescobaldi in addition have been active in textiles, banking, the arts, agriculture, and the church.  Today, we shall focus on a property...
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OREGON Willamette Valley White Wine

by SANDY BLOCK, MW OREGON’S 725 mostly boutique wineries produce only about 1% of the US’s total wine volume, but the state enjoys an outsize reputation for quality.  Known to wine enthusiasts primarily for its internationally recognized Pinot Noir, which constitutes two-thirds of the state’s production, there are signs that...
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A PINDARIC ODE

by HARVEY FINKEL SING, O MUSE, of these nectars and ambrosias, and ponder that modern western civilization is informed by the oft-entangled legends and histories of the ancient Greeks.  We shall contemplate Pindar’s role in that heritage. Herodotus (fifth century BCE) is honored as the Father of History.  Our Greek...
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THE PINA COLADA

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH by PINK LADY WARMER WEATHER has us thrilled to be reaching for cocktails served over crushed ice or in a frozen format.  Among these, the Pina Colada is an icon, a national treasure in fact – the official drink of Puerto Rico celebrated...
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QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ASKED

by HARVEY FINKEL WINE MYTHS AND REALITY, 2ND EDITION by Benjamin Lewin, MW ONE OF MY favorite wine books now appears in a second revised, enlarged edition. Still handsomely mounted and strongly and clearly written, it weighs in at just over four and one-half pounds, having gained a half-pound since...
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THE CLOVER CLUB

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH WARMER MONTHS in New England are often heralded by gin drinks popping up on cocktail lists which delights gin-loving ladies like us! In the 11 years since LUPEC was founded, gin has most certainly arrived. Gone are the days when drinkers pushed “the...
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A Fresh Look at Craft Lager

by ANDY CROUCH IF INDIA PALE ALE is the undisputed heavyweight champ of the craft beer world, craft lager is the scrappy underdog just now starting to make a name for itself. Ranging from an afterthought to anathema for both craft brewers and consumers, lager seemed an unlikely up and...
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SANGRITA

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH by PINK LADY CINCO DE MAYO means many people will be sipping on tequila in some form or another this month, whether in the Margarita, the world’s most popular drink, or in shot form. (Drinkers take note: Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexican...
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