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Thanksgiving is truly an all-American holiday and, naturally, the pairing of food and wine should be all-American too. At least that's what I used to think. Not anymore. We live in a melting pot of a nation, so why shouldn't the holiday dinner table feature a melting pot of wines?   Read More >>
Did Thanksgiving just sneak up on us this year? I don't know about you, but I'm off by a week. To me, Thanksgiving always seemed to fall on the last Thursday of November but this year it arrives a week early -- on Nov.   Read More >>
When you think of the world's great wine regions of the world, no one is going to jump up and shout "Umbria." It's neither No. 1 or for that matter No. 100. Yet it's a gem of an undiscovered place.   Read More >>
If star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet could have shared a final glass of wine, maybe they would have reached for Famiglia Pasqua's Passione e Sentimento Rosso. It's a red wine made from Corvina, Merlot and Croatina grapes grown in vineyards located not far from the Verona balcony where Juliet was serenaded by her lover in the courtyard below.   Read More >>
How big is the craft-beer business? While overall beer volume sales in the United States decreased by 1 percent in 2017, the Brewers Association notes that craft brewery sales continued to grow at a rate of 5 percent.   Read More >>
Beer can be the perfect complement to a delicious meal or an ideal beverage when unwinding in the backyard or watching a movie at home. The explosion of the craft-brewing industry, which the Brewers Association notes experienced a 5 percent growth in 2017, ensures that just about anyone can find a beer that suits his or her palate.   Read More >>
The craft-beer business is booming. According to the Brewers Association, small and independent American craft brewers contributed $55.7 billion to the United States economy in 2014, providing more than 424,000 jobs across the country.   Read More >>
Nesmith House was glamorous and full of life for the first class of "Vino Rosso: The Incomparable Red Wines of Northern Italy." Nineteen enthusiastic oenophiles met last Thursday in Lowell to learn about the four pillars of prestigious Italian wine -- Super Tuscan, Chianti, Barolo and Brunello -- from the Piemonte and Toscana regions.   Read More >>
The table is set for an evening of "The Incomparable Wines of Northern Italy," a two-hour learning and tasting seminar at the elegant Nesmith House in Lowell, presented by yours truly as part of Middlesex Community College's adult continuing-education program.   Read More >>
A fan of this column approached me over the weekend and asked, "Jim, what are you drinking now?'" I replied without hesitation. It's not what I am drinking now, it's what I am buying for later. Like saving for your retirement, there's something to be said for buying wines that will enrich your drinking and dining pleasure weeks, months and years from now.   Read More >>


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