Massachusetts Beverage Business


American Straight Whiskey

American Straight Whiskey in 2OO9, reminds me of craft beer.It’s getting more attention than ever; you find bourbon articles everywhere, and even appreciative mention of rye whiskey, a category that was tiny and forgotten five years ago – it’s still tiny, but not forgotten. Like craft beer, more and more whiskey is showing up on shelves and backbars, often at the best bars in town.  Bartenders like it, chefs like it, and [...] Read More »

Absolut Monster

Article by: Liza Weisstuch - If there’s any city in this country brimming with iconic American images, figures and monuments, Boston tops the list. And when it comes to cities that are easily commemorated, you need one of iconic standing. The spirit (if you will) of a city is what the folks at Absolut Vodka draw on as it continues to roll out its city concept, a series of limited releases of specially formulated flavors, each representative of, devoted to [...] Read More »

Hawke's Bay

Article by: Bill Nesto, MW - Hawke’s Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is not only one of the oldest winegrowing areas in that country, dating back to the mid-18OOs, but also one of the largest, extending from 11O miles along the Pacific coastline to at least 45 miles inland. There, cultivatable lands meet up against the Ruahine and Kaweka Mountain Ranges. These mountains protect the vineyards from the westerly winds which bring clouds from the Tasman [...] Read More »

A Cecchi Checkup

Article by: Harvey Finkel - The Cecchi family has been making and selling wine in Tuscany for more than a century, now in Umbria, too. I enjoyed a recent visit and tasting with Andrea Cecchi, who shares the fourth generation with his older brother, Cesare. Andrea, who holds a master of enology degree, is in charge of production; Cesare is concerned with commerce and marketing.It began with Andrea’s great-grandfather, Luigi, who founded the house in 1893, and continued [...] Read More »

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