Wine, Beer & Spirits

Thanksgiving – An American Family Tradition

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / November 2018

On the Central Coast of California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is where you will see the best views of the rugged Pacific coastline. This area is also home to the Paso Robles wine region. Once known primarily for cattle ranches and grain fields, the region also has a rich history of grape growing by true American farmers. Read more

Cider Sensation

In Spirited Tastes By Jessica Sacco / November 2018

It’s been more than five years since the latest rebirth of hard cider, and it should come as no surprise, especially to apple-loving New Englanders, that the industry continues to grow. Craft cideries are popping up throughout the country, with entrepreneurs putting their own twist on the gluten-free beverage, blending all kinds of apples to create a sip that’s crisp, light, and refreshing. Read more

A Wild White Summer

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / August 2018

Sauvignon Blanc, also referred to as just Sauvignon, is a dry white wine. Sauvignon means wild and blanc means white – appropriate names to define a fun summer wine. Read more

Return to Tiki Time

In Spirited Tastes By Rachel Forrest / May 2018

In ye olde New England, both taverns and homes often had bottles of rum on the shelves, a popular ingredient in Colonial cocktails. A “stone fence” mixed rum and hard cider and a “flip” contained rum, beer, molasses, and eggs, stirred with a poker glowing red from the hearth fire. Some of those old recipes are back, thanks to a resurgence in pre-Prohibition concoctions and our nerdy interest in sipping historical libations. Read more

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. Read more

New Brews on the Block

In On Tap By Rob Levey / September 2017

Ever-growing craft breweries show no sign of slowing down Read more

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!” Read more