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In The Hills Above St. Helena: Napa Valley's Mountain Wineries
February 17, 2015 in Wine
Beyond the glitz and decadent wine estates of Highway 29 in California’s Napa Valley, a mountainous landscape emerges on the horizon. You can’t miss it, really. Driving toward St. Helena, or even further up toward Calistoga; a landscape of beautiful rolling hillsides and rocky cliffs shoots up in the near distance. They’re the ranges of Mayacamas and Vaca, dotted with plush trees and hiding deep within them glorious mountain vineyards that are mostly invisible to the wandering eye. [...] Continue Reading
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Boston Wine Expo 2015 Countdown & Ticket Giveaway!

The holidays are over. The Super Bowl was last weekend (go Pats!). There’s not going to be a warm day in Boston for another three months. Yes, it’s that time of the year… again. Thankfully, there are a number of great … Continue reading


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Canadian Whisky: A Primer, Plus Five Whiskies Reviewed

As a Bostonian, the last place I wanted to go for vacation in January was Alberta, Canada. Going from cold to colder is not my idea of fun and relaxation. But, despite my trepidation and initial perceptions, I must admit … Continue reading


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Chasing The New California Wine Frontier (Part II: Scribe)

This is the second post in an ongoing series about wineries that are charting the new frontier of California wine. For Part I on Idlewild Wine, click here. If you were wondering where all the cool kids from SF and … Continue reading


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Chasing The New California Wine Frontier (Part I: Idlewild)

Just about five miles north of Healdsburg in a small industrial complex hidden amongst a picturesque landscape of vineyards and rolling hills, a winery is breaking down boundaries between what is and what is not California wine. 40 miles south of that, … Continue reading


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Year in Review: 10 Great Drink Moments From 2014

2014 was another year full of great travel, drinks and interviews here at DrinkInsider.com. As I do every year about this time, I’m retracing some of my favorite drink moments (and posts) from the past 12 months. So, without further ado, … Continue reading


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A New Era for Harpoon, and for Craft Beer Independence

As someone who has started and run several businesses, stories of entrepreneurship, stand up leadership and independence will always inspire me. What Harpoon did this year in turning the ownership over to their employees and passing the leadership torch was a bold move. My hat … Continue reading


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10 Great Gifts For People That Like To Drink

Welcome to DrinkInsider’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! For my fourth annual guide to giving during the holidays, I’m diversifying the lineup to include a variety of gifts—all under $100—for the drink lover in your life. Whether you’re looking for something … Continue reading


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Bourbon’s Virginia Home: A Visit To A. Smith Bowman Distillery

One of the most common misconceptions I hear about Bourbon is that it has to be produced in Kentucky. Bourbon doesn’t have to be produced in Kentucky—it just so happens that the vast majority of the best Bourbon is produced … Continue reading


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Bourbon County Black Friday: Because Beer Is Better Than Shopping

What are you doing the morning after Thanksgiving? Are you going shopping? Trying to find a killer deal on a new TV? May I make a recommendation? If you’re going to exert any energy at all on Black Friday it … Continue reading


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Talking Laphroaig’s 200th and Cairdeas Amontillado with Master Distiller John Campbell

Laphroaig’s Distillery Master, John Campbell, has had a pretty full plate as of late. In addition to the release of a number of new whiskies in the past few months — including this year’s Cairdeas and a new entry-level spirit … Continue reading


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