Wine, Beer & Spirits

The Best of the Northwest

In Wine Buzz By Story and Photography By JoAnn Actis-Grande / January 2018

The Willamette Valley, a premier wine growing region with over 20,000 acres of planted grape vineyards, starts less than an hour south of Portland, Oregon. The valley’s topography is over 100 miles long, spanning 60 miles at its widest point, sitting between the state’s breathtaking Cascade Mountains to the east, with outstanding views of Mount Hood and the Central Coast Range to the west.

New Brews on the Block

In On Tap By Rob Levey / September 2017

Ever-growing craft breweries show no sign of slowing down

On the Growl

In On Tap By Jim Cavan / September 2016

Hitting the road with Granite State Tours With all 14 passengers safely aboard Greta the Growler Getta—flagship of the North Hampton, New Hampshire–based Granite State Growler Tours—lead tour guide Mark Chag quickly sets the day’s whimsical tone. “Just your luck!” Chag brays in trademark New England brogue. “Getting on a bus where the blind guy’s driving and the deaf guy’s answering questions!”

Live Free & Vine

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / August 2016

New Hampshire is famous for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary held every four years. Beyond this, New Hampshire is annually recognized as one of the most livable states in the country. The Granite State is also famous for its abundance of natural resources and beauty: cherished ocean, large lakes, cascading rivers, and tall mountains. The farm-to-table movement and the growth of domestic wine production are adding to the state’s appeal.

The Art of Craft

In Spirited Tastes By Rachel Forrest / March 2016

Gather some grains, herbs, or potatoes, add water, and heat.

American Sparkling Wine

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / July 2015

Listen carefully - the sound at your next gathering may very well be a “pop” coming from a bottle of bubbly made right here.


In Spirited Tastes By Diane Blair and Pamela Wright / May 2015

In Mexico, premium tequilas have been produced and enjoyed for generations, but today their popularity reaches beyond the borders. "According to the Tequila Regulatory Council, tequila has seen the largest incremental rise in consumption among spirits, both in the U.S. and worldwide," says Sergio Ramos, business partner at Mixteca in Durham, New Hampshire, and Zapoteca in Portland, Maine.