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09.2010

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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Marsala

Article by: Bill Nesto, MW - In my fortified wine classes at Boston University, Marsala rarely gets more than a mention or a sip. Hardly any can be found in retail shops beyond the inexpensive Marsala Fine category usually purchased for cooking rather than drinking. Marsala wine was born in the port of Marsala on Sicily’s western coast, when, in 1773, a fierce storm forced a ship carrying Liverpool merchant John Woodhouse to seek shelter there. During his stay, [...] Read More »

Chianti Now

Article by: Harvey Finkel - Many are the forces pulling centrifugally to fragment the unity of Chianti, the wine. The soils, exposures, microclimates, grape varieties and clones, political boundaries, production methods and regulations, and fashion are all subject to tremendous, sometimes bewildering, variegation. What hold the center are an ancient tradition that connects back to the Etruscans and the informing grape – sangiovese, the soul of the wine. Here among the hills of Tuscany is where sangiovese can gain immortality. [...] Read More »

Craft Beer Concerns

Article by: Andy Crouch - As the beer industry settles into its prime time sales part of the calendar year, beer buyers from pubs to package stores remain focused on keeping the right balance of products on hand to meet a difficult-to-predict demand from consumers. Sales of bigger brands, including volume leaders Budweiser and Bud Light, continue to slide in 2O1O, while many craft brands have navigated the dicey economy in solid fashion. And while meeting demand remains on the [...] Read More »

Endangered Cocktail Of The Month: The Scoff Law

Article by: Pink Lady - The Scoff Law COCKTALE Prohibition beget some decidedly unsavory things in the United States: racketeering, a black market economy regulated with violence, the rise of organized crime, the death of a burgeoning wine industry.  Fortunately, it also spawned some delicious cocktails, such as the Scoff Law.The Scoff Law was invented in response to a prominent Beantown Prohibitionist’s effort to embarrass those who engaged in illicit tippling.  Anti-Saloon League [...] Read More »

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