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TIGER BEER ‘THE UNCAGED’

Since 2013, Tiger Beer, has championed emerging talent. The latest campaign takes this idea of ‘uncaging’ local heroes and focuses it on a specific type of creative – those whose bold approach to their craft serves a good cause. Building on the brand’s rallying call to ‘uncage’ bravery in pursuit...
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CHILE

by SANDY BLOCK WHEN I BEGAN visiting Chile in the 199Os, familiarizing myself with its wines and regions, the country’s industry was just beginning to emerge as a player on the international scene. Chileans were starting to address the needs of the export markets, which required planting popular grape varieties...
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McManis Family Vineyards

by Harvey Finkel WE DON’T THINK about it much, but the family farmer has been historically, and even to some extent currently, the producer of our wines.  Over the last 2O years I had periodically noted in passing one of these, though larger that the postage-stamp properties of yore, producing...
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The Flowering of Irish Whiskey

by LEW BRYSON AFTER YEARS of being a two brand market, Irish whiskey’s growth has attracted other players to the game. First there was Cooley, with their TYRCONNELL and KILBEGGAN brands. Then TULLAMORE DEW returned, back in America after years away. When Cooley was sold to Beam, the sons of...
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IRISH WHISKEY WOMEN

by Pink Lady IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN, when everyone is Irish for at least an evening and your favorite pub will be likely overrun with happy strangers downing pints of Guinness, Irish car bombs, and shot after shot of Jameson.  Should you find yourself declaring “Erin Go Bragh”...
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THE VARIOUS STYLES OF STOUT

by Andy Crouch THIS TIME OF YEAR brings forth thoughts of deep, dark pints of rich, creamy pints of plain, as Irish poet Flann O’Brien wrote. The classic dry Irish stout category, best exemplified by Guinness, is known around the globe. In its earliest form, stout simply connoted a stronger...
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THE CLEOPATRA CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

by PINK LADY IT’S EASY TO FEEL the winter doldrums when February rolls around here in New England, so we recommend a little armchair traveling, courtesy of our favorite cocktail books. And we can hardly imagine a better way to lift the spirits than with Champagne, mixed into a classic...
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THE MERRY QUEEN’S GLORIOUS OBSESSION

by HARVEY FINKEL FROM THE HIGHLANDS section of her native Newton, Massachusetts, to California’s Russian River Valley, from infant commoner to dubbed reigning Queen of Pinot Noir, much-honored Meredith Edwards, widely called “Merry,”ù evinces growing confidence and competence through her bottled progeny. We can trace the steppingstones: a teenager cooking...
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CABERNET FRANC

by SANDY BLOCK, MW THE LEGENDARY 2O12 Joseph Phelps Insignia contains a mere 2% Cabernet Franc. At Far Niente the same vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 1% Cabernet Franc. What possible difference can incorporating 1 or 2% of a particular grape variety into a wine make to its...
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THE ESSENCE OF HEALTHY DRINKING

by HARVEY FINKEL, MD THE SEMINAL WORK of Serge Renaud, R. Curtis Ellison, and many others during the last 3O years has made the health effects of drinking a perennially hot topic, developing the iconic concepts of the French paradox and the J-shaped curve.  Of course, some of our wisest...
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