Massachusetts Beverage Business


2011 Cordials and Liqueurs

Article by: Aimsel Ponti - With any luck, 2O11 will see many umbrellas being stowed away as economic storm clouds start to give way to sunnier skies, and may these rays warm the world of cordials and liqueurs. One can only hope that the timeless classics and newly crafted concoctions will brush away the ashes of an off year.  But it doesn’t take hope to know that the category, in both domestics and imports, is as solid as a wall-ball [...] Read More »


Article by: Lew Bryson - Coatepec is in the mountainous part of Mexico’s state of Veracruz. Trucks rumble through the streets, there’s a market in the square where you can buy fresh-roasted ears of corn slathered with mayonnaise and sprinkled with powdered chiles, and the cantinas serve smoky mezcal and ice-cold beers to wiry, calloused harvesters. There are old churches, farm supply dealers and open-air hardware stores.But you’ll also see coffee shops on many streets, and people sip hot, [...] Read More »

Grow Old Along With Me!

Article by: Harvey Finkel, MD - It gets tiresome fighting the same battles all over again. To no one’s great surprise an outfit in the UK – calling itself the Institute of Alcohol Studies – is focusing its concern, and urging the rest of us to join in, on a problem that I, here in the US, and colleagues in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, are unaware exists: a virtual epidemic of alcohol abuse by the elderly. Picture the scene! [...] Read More »

Vintage Champagne

Article by: Sandy Block, MW - True or false: Champagne is a wine? Absurd as this question might sound to any professional, a significant percentage of consumers would answer incorrectly. Why? Because as a primarily blended product whose attributes are consistent from year to year, Champagne appears on the surface to share more with spirits, beer or other branded beverages than it does with the fine wine category. Image, packaging, name recognition, house style – these are the key factors driving [...] Read More »

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