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9 Gifts For The Discerning Drinker

Admittedly, my writing has taken a bit of a back seat this fall. Posts have been few and far between… for the first time since I launched this website nearly six years ago. But, in my defense, I did take … Continue reading


Liquid Farm: The California Chardonnay You’ve Been Looking For

I have a love/hate relationship with California Chardonnay. For every handful of oaky, overly ripe and generally unexciting Chardonnays I try, there’s one beautiful wine that keeps me coming back for more. And, thankfully, the odds are starting to improve. More … Continue reading


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Red Cap, Killer Cabs & Instagramming with @thehowellmonk

I’ll admit, I have a slight addiction to Instagram. Maybe you do to? Of course, my Instagramming tends to focus on alcohol. My mother follows me (thanks, mom!) and once asked me why I just post about booze. I don’t know, mom, … Continue reading


From Stonestreet to Copain: Jackson Family Wines’ Impressive Portfolio

(Jump down below for six standout wines from Stonestreet and Copain) There is a lot of romanticism in wine. The grapes, the winemakers, the vineyards… what’s not to love? But wine is, at the end of the day, a business. … Continue reading


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Tasting Wind Gap and Agharta with Pax Mahle

If there are two things I’ve been really excited about lately, it’s “New California” winemakers and Syrah. And, when you put these two together you narrow in on a handful of producers up and down the Golden State that are elevating Syrah … Continue reading


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Wine Shorts: Idlewild Carignan 2013

Wine Shorts: For those times when wine is just too good not to write about. Ever since I was first introduced to Sam Bilbro of Idlewild Wines on a trip out to Sonoma a few years ago, I’ve been a huge fan … Continue reading


Finding Value in Bordeaux: Fine Wine On A Budget

Scroll down for 8 great Bordeaux wines under $25! There’s a common misconception that wine from Bordeaux has to be expensive to be good. I get it. Bordeaux is, after all, one of the greatest and most well-known wine regions in … Continue reading


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Wine Highlights From the 25th Anniversary Boston Wine Expo

This past weekend marked the 25th anniversary of one of America’s largest annual wine events, Boston Wine Expo. I was there, as usual, to explore, enjoy and taste my way through a global array of wine and food. Here’s my rundown of … Continue reading


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Massachusetts Retail Gets Even Better With New and Expanded Liquor Stores (Plus 10 of Our Favorite Retail Shops)

Looking for our 10 favorite Massachusetts liquors stores? Scroll down! Sometimes you realize just how lucky you are to live in a city like Boston that has such an amazing selection of beer, wine and spirits. It becomes even more apparent when … Continue reading


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Drinking New Orleans, Part I: Wine Hot Spots in the Big Easy

New Orleans is one of America’s great food and drink cities, and every time we visit we uncover more great places to indulge. In this installment of Drinking New Orleans, we’re taking a look at some of the best bars, restaurants and bottle shops … Continue reading


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