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02.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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BARBERA

Article by: Sandy Block, MW - It’s almost impossible to discuss Barbera without also considering Nebbiolo.Despite increasing recognition, it remains one of the least respected red grape varieties in the world, an image problem related largely to the relationship it has with its nobler cousin in their Piemontese homeland.  There is no question that Nebbiolo tends to have a more subtle and complex aroma, and that the wine it produces generally shows greater aging potential and more star power.  With over [...] Read More »

UPCOUNTRY ABBEY

Article by: Harvey Finkel - ANCIENT WISDOM teaches us that stressed vines make good wine.  Our focus today, Abbazia di Novacella, carries this advice about as far as anyone can, short of committing viticide, thereby achieving laudable elegance and longevity in its wines.  In fact, vines here live no more than 25 years, so stressful are their living conditions.The Alto Adige is the most northerly region of Italy, and Abbazia di Novacella cultivates its most northerly vineyards, set [...] Read More »

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH - PICON PUNCH

Article by: Pink Lady - The bibulous among us have so much more to thank France for than just wine: dry vermouth (also sometimes referenced as French vermouth), cognac, armagnac and calvados, as well as a whole host of other delightful proprietary liqueurs without which our cocktails would be simply too tart or too boozy. Since we began penning this column in 2OO8, we’ve had the good fortune of seeing many extinct ingredients come back to life – [...] Read More »

A DRINK WITH MICHEL BOISSY

Article by: Brandy Rand - MICHEL BOISSYChief Juice GuyFreshbev Craft JuiceryIF YOU’VE EVER tried a margarita with fresh squeezed juice and agave nectar instead of sour mix, you know what a difference it makes in taste.  So why don’t more bars and restaurants get serious about citrus?  That’s what Michel Boissy, CEO and Co-Founder and his childhood friend Ryan Guimond thought when they created RIPE Craft Bar Juice, a line of handcrafted mixers made from natural [...] Read More »

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