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On Craggy Range: Exploring The Diversity of New Zealand's Wines
June 16, 2015 in Wine
It’s important to remind ourselves from time to time that our perspectives of a region’s wine may be skewed by the realities of a local market. I realized I was guilty of this the other night when I spent an evening at Boston’s iconic L’Espalier restaurant with Craggy Range’s Chief Winemaker, Matt Stafford. It occurred to me throughout the dinner that for years I’ve been pigeonholing New Zealand’s wine into the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc bucket because that’s what’s mostly available in my local area. The reality, however, is that New Zealand is producing a diverse array of wines; and at least when it comes to Craggy Range—Wine Enthusiast’s 2014 New World Winery of the Year—these wines are absolutely worth seeking out. [...] Continue Reading

Brooklyn and Chicago Take Boston, and a Free Pair of Tickets!

Boston beer drinkers, you’re in luck. Next week Brooklyn Brewery and Goose Island are each taking over the Boston area and they’ve got a whole bunch of great events going on. Including one event that you can WIN A FREE … Continue reading

Ardbeg Perpetuum

Ardbeg’s 200th, and Perpetuum

There are thirteen working distilleries in Scotland that are part of the 200-year club. That’s like the mile high club of Scotch, just much rarer and a wee bit cooler. And it just so happens that the most recent inductees–both celebrating … Continue reading


Being Steve Heimoff (Part I): On Writing & Wine

Do you remember when you first got into wine… when the wine bug bit you? For Steve Heimoff, it happened in an instant. It was 1978 and he was with his cousin in a Safeway supermarket in California. Lightning struck in aisle … Continue reading


A New Batch of IPAs: Memorial Day 2015 Edition (Ratings & Reviews)

There’s been a flurry of new IPAs coming into the market lately, many of them new year-round additions to brewery lineups. Of course, this isn’t much of a surprise seeing that we’re coming into prime beer drinking season and India … Continue reading


Allagash, Russian River and Cantillon’s Wild Friendship Celebration

I’m not going to sugar coat this one, the Wild Friendship Celebration at Allagash this past weekend was easily one of the best beer events I’ve ever been to. Yes, partly because it featured some of the most exciting sour … Continue reading


New Holland’s Zeppelin Bend: When Brewers Get Distilling Right

I’ve written a lot about the convergence of craft beer and whiskey over the past few years. Brewers and distillers are, at an increasing rate, joining forces to create products that are a result of their collective efforts. And as an equal opportunity … Continue reading


Innovation and the Braggot

Like your best friend from college, the craft beer industry couldn’t stay young and carefree forever. You know at some point it had to grow up and get all businessy (how boring, right?).  Nevertheless, as much as we may want … Continue reading


East Meets West: Japan’s Nikka Whisky & Seattle’s Westland Distillery

This is part two of a two-part series. Check out Part I: ‘East Meets West (Whisky) At Craigie on Main here. It took a fortuitous dinner at the incomparable Craigie on Main to properly introduce me to Japan’s Nikka Whisky and Seattle’s … Continue reading


Extreme Beer Fest 2015: Guide to Sours and Wild Ales

If you’re going to Extreme Beer Fest this week, and you really like sour beer, there are a number of beers and brewers you won’t want to miss. Here’s my short list. The Rare Barrel I was really excited to … Continue reading


Extreme Beer Fest 2015: Guide to the Parties

For craft beer geeks, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) is the beer event in the Boston area. And this year’s fest is just a week away–taking place on March 20th and 21st. Here’s your guide to all of the … Continue reading

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