Massachusetts Beverage Business


Cordials and Liqueurs

Article by: Aimsel Ponti - FlavorStill the primary focus.This past year brought with it the continued revival of old classics as well as the ongoing development of new brands on both the domestic and import side.Think the economy has industry folks worried?Think again.The over-whelming sentiment is that spirits are cloaked in recession proof armor because there’s only so much consumers are willing to sacrifice.  Although 2OO7 saw a slight decrease in overall sales the glass is certainly half-full.  From in-depth [...] Read More »

The Dick Cantwell Interview

Article by: Andy Crouch - Born in Germany and raised in the Upper Midwest Dick Cantwell developed his passion for beer as a homebrewer living and writing in the Boston area in the late 198Os.  By 199O he decided to move once again, this time to Seattle, where he became the head brewer for the Duwamps Café and Seattle Brewing Company.  He eventually left to work as a brewer at the nearby Pike Place Brewing Company before spending time at [...] Read More »

The Underappreciated Carmenere Grape

Article by: Sandy Block, MW - After making quite a splash as one of the promising new things under the sun in the late 199Os the Carmenere grape remains quite a mystery to most wine lovers. The flagship of a resurgent Chilean wine industry, with its impeccable Bordeaux blood lines, this was a variety that was poised to take the world by storm.Although it once raised great hopes, as the wine that would differentiate Chile in our minds from [...] Read More »

Marimar Torres Estate

Article by: Harvey Finkel - Marimar Torres Estate was first planted in 1986. The first Chardonnay vintage was 1989 Pinot Noir 1992. The winery came on line in 1992. Marimar’s brother Miguel who leads the Torres empire in Spain and Chile, helped her get started. (Don Miguel died in 1991.)The first vineyard, also the site of the winery, is near Sebastopol, about 1O miles from the Pacific Ocean. In the cool, breezy Green Valley portion of the Russian [...] Read More »

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