Massachusetts Beverage Business


Ready to Drink to Serve for Takeoff

Article by: Liza Weisstuch - “We live in a one-hour-photo, instant oatmeal, microwave popcorn society,” Lisa Simpson once remarked.  Of course, she couldn’t turn to her Duff Beer-glugging father to find out how cocktails fit into that schema, but the answer is clear to anyone in the industry.  Pre-mixed cocktails, both ready-to-drink (RTD), the smaller containers, and ready-to-serve (RTS), the larger bottles of simple alcohol mixers, though the phrases are used interchangeably by many) are a growing segment in the [...] Read More »

Berkshire Mountain Distillers

Article by: Fred Bouchard - We drive the Pike to Route 2O to Route 1O2 to Route 7, then head up again into the scrag southern end of the Berkshires. We see Connecticut off in the haze; then we get lost. No roadside building marks the spot, nor roadside stand; one small sign gives a misleading farm name. Are they hiding, or what? So we try a dirt road running by white cottages, up a hill, to a simple farmstead [...] Read More »

The Uber-Retailer

Article by: Liza Weisstuch - The email that arrived just before the July 4th weekend had an urgent command in the subject line: “Get It Before It’s Gone!” The personalized digital message announcing that several cases of Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2OO7 had just landed at BRIX Wine Shop went on to give a brief, accessible description of the wine and its pedigree, cite its praises, offer a few tasting notes, provide the price and web ordering instructions, and remind [...] Read More »


Article by: Harvey Finkel - When, 25 years ago, the wines of Tuscany’s Montepulciano were going through a slough of despond, fewer than a handful of producers continued to fly the flag of quality. Notable among them was, and still is, Poliziano. I was, therefore, most pleased to visit recently with the owner/winemaker of Azienda Agricola Poliziano, to give it its full name (“Poliziano Agricultural Firm”) and to taste his wines. I think they are better than ever.Federico [...] Read More »

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