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'Tis the season for miracles, but who'd expect they'd come in the shape of wine bottles? The four signed wine bottles I wrote about in last week's column brought in $6,000 at the WCAP Salvation Army Radiothon.   Read More >>
 
Let's cut to the chase. If you enjoy white wine, I've got a case of pleasurable drinking for you and your guests this holiday season. It's my "12 Whites of Christmas" package, tasted and tested by the Wine Goddess, Wine Butler, and yours truly during the course of a very fruitful and flavorful year.   Read More >>
 
It's about time... it's about time, Baxter! This double IPA and the newest release from our friends way up in Lewiston, Maine, is an amusingly named hop bomb, as the label loudly proclaims that this "isn't balanced" and contains a warning that the beer "produces thunderous eruptions of hoppiness"...   Read More >>
 
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift for that special wine connoisseur in your life, listen to the annual WCAP (980 AM) Salvation Army Radiothon on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. That's when I'll be on the show with Warren Shaw, Sam Poulten and the rest of the crew to raise money for the less fortunate in the Greater Lowell area.   Read More >>
 
As I continue to dive into holiday baking, I'm going to make this short and sweet -- pun intended.   Read More >>
 
It's been a while since I touched on White Birch, so here comes a new review for a "wheat IPA" made in collaboration with Schilling Beer Co. of Littleton, N.H. This is the beginning of a new series of beers for WB/Schilling, called the "Sticke" series (German for "secret") in which they will experiment with different styles but continuously collaborate in order for   Read More >>
 
There is only one red wine that delivers aromas and flavors of fresh banana and cranberries in the same bottle. It's called Beaujolais Nouveau and it's crafted in France.   Read More >>
 
Following the recent statewide election, I took a quick 4-day refresher trip to Charleston, S.C., to visit my daughter Jalyn. Now 30, the UMass Lowell graduate is enjoying southern living in what is one of America's most endearing cities.   Read More >>
 
Care for something stronger? Try an Apple Old Fashioned at Cobblestones Restaurant in downtown Lowell. This Old Fashioned combines the hard tastes of liquor and the soft flavors of the fall.   Read More >>
 
Trillium is a fairly new microbrewery operating out of a tiny location in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston (now you get the beer name!) which is within the Financial District. It's been making waves with limited and year-round releases for a few years now, and I've mentioned it once before on this blog for its eponymous farmhouse ale.   Read More >>
 
 

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