Massachusetts Beverage Business



Article by: Sandy Block, MW - 2O11 has been a challenging one for many Champagne purveyors on the local Massachusetts scene, reflecting larger issues nationally, but there remain areas of vibrancy, particularly in nightclubs, hotels and other luxury venues. Specialty Champagnes appear to be growing in popularity, as consumers begin to experience the diversity of Champagne more regularly. Capitalizing on these positive trends represents nothing but opportunity for the alert retailer or restaurateur. The most significant change, consistent with [...] Read More »


Article by: Liza Weisstuch - In his office above Huntington Wine & Spirits, Steve Rubin has vintage Coca Cola bottles displayed on a high shelf.  The walls are festooned with old rock and roll concert posters: Pink Floyd, Woodstock, Aerosmith.  Judging from these collectibles, you might say Rubin is a nostalgic type.  You wouldn’t be wrong.  “The store opened in 1936.  It has a lot of nostalgia,” he said matter-of-factly.  In this day and age, it goes without [...] Read More »

Boston Wine Expo at 21

Article by: Harvey Finkel - If the Boston Wine Expo were a person, it would be old enough to buy a drink at its forthcoming edition – its 21st. Let me take you back to the beginning and behind the scenes, and then peek ahead, to appreciate this greatest of America’s trade and consumer wine experiences. I’ve been an observer and participant since before its creation.François-Laurent Nivaud was, in 1991, the managing director of the Boston Harbor Hotel, [...] Read More »

Endangered Cocktail of the Month: SEELBACH

Article by: Pink Lady - “I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory.I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” -Lily BollingerShe’s a woman after our own hearts.  Lovely on its own, Champagne can make an otherwise mundane cocktail into a [...] Read More »

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