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Holiday Cocktails with Martini’s Rosso Pink Vermouth

Unquestionably, our favorite holiday cocktails last year were ones based on Martini’s Rosso Vermouth.  While Glenn enjoyed this pink Vermouth chilled, on the rocks during the summer months, I felt that the Rosso’s spicy aromas and flavors – particularly those of cinnamon and clove – make it a natural for festive Christmas-time libations. Chef Nigella […]

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A Touch of Bitterness – My Cynar Cocktails

The Italians do bitterness well. They create aperitivi and digestivi  utilizing unusual ingredients thought to have medicinal properties. These products strike a balance between the bitterness of the herbal and vegetal components and the sweeted base wine. Of these, Campari may be the most renowned. However, my favorite is Cynar, whose main ingredient is artichoke leaves(!). […]

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“Escape Your Winter Woes with a Mezcal Dinner at Saloon”

The invitation from Liz Green of All Heart PR was just perfect – “Escape your winter woes with a Mezcal dinner at Saloon” – perfect for several reasons. First, I’d never been to Saloon and it was on my “go-to” list. Secondly, aside from a single wonderful cocktail at Brick and Mortar, I didn’t know much about Mezcal – but […]

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A Twist on Nigella’s “Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail” with Pink Vermouth

The recipe for Nigella Lawson’s “Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail” that Glenn posted earlier in the week had me daydreaming about the light, festive drink and as soon as I had a chance, I dashed out and replenished my supply of Martini & Rossi’s Rosato Vermouth. I felt, though, that there was a way to take the […]

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Holiday Cheer with Rosato Vermouth

When Martini “Rosato” Vermouth debuted in America, we were early promoters. How could we not be? As founders of the Rosé Society whose mission is to promote the appreciation of “pink” wines and aficionados of Vermouth, this wine was made with us in mind. Blended from red and white wines with  flavors of pomegranate, raspberry, cinnamon […]

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Belly Redux

When  first visiting Belly Wine Bar,  I relized that I would have to bring the other three Wineaux here. However, rounding up the gang of four – Eleni, Katrin, Rodney and myself –  is not a simple task since we’ve all dispersed – with the exception of myself – from the Hub. Yet, the holidays […]

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Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen – When is a Wine Bar a Wine Bar?

There is this notion that the creative culinary locus of Greater Boston has shifted from the city proper across the river to the Republic and environs – Camberville, if you will. Of course, there is much buzz in Boston with new restaurant openings; yet, as evidenced by the popularity of the Seaport district – overblown Italian […]

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He Said, She Said – Brick & Mortar

GLENN – There is no website nor Facebook page, though there is a presence on Twitter. The entrance is unmarked, though not down some dim alley, yet the stairway leading to the bar is minimally lit. Just what sort of speakeasy evocation would we find – heavily pomaded hair, handlebar ‘staches, muttonchops? Vests and collarless shirts with […]

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Snapshot – backbar

Through a discreetly marked orange door and down a somewhat  unfinished hallway interspersed with steel-framed industrial doors – such is the passage to backbar, sister establishment of Journeyman. Visually, the bar is unlike any other in Boston. On one side, white washed brick walls; on the other, chalkboard walls; at one end of the room, a cozy […]

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“One Last Fleeting Taste of Summer” – Libations for Your Labor Day Celebration

Looking for beverage suggestions for the upcoming holiday weekend? Here are our recommendations to make your celebration more enjoyable – Glenn recommends- As this was the “Summer of Riesling”, I’ve included my current go-to Riesling, the “Girl” having supplanted the lovely “Eroica” which has become too dear for everyday imbibing. Herewith, the 2010 Kung Fu Girl […]

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