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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Anderson Valley boasts some great pinot

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Sep 18, 2018

The name Anderson Valley may be a little less familiar to you, but it is a full-fledged American Viticultural Area, a coastal region some 80 miles...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Oktoberfest offerings

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Sep 4, 2018

It isn't too early to start thinking about Oktoberfest, especially because the Germans start celebrating it in September.

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: End-of-summer beer, wine selections

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Aug 28, 2018

Has everybody had enough tequila? Good. I didn't want you to forget that I also write about beer and wine, so we are finishing the month off with...

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Tasting Notes With Jim Beauregard: Yes, we have more tequila

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Aug 21, 2018

In last week's Tasting Notes I suggested a selection of the lighter tequila blancos. This week I'm wrapping up our tequila talk with my list of...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: One tequila, two tequila

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Aug 14, 2018

National Tequila Month was in July and Cinco de Mayo was in May, but you shouldn't wait for a special day to enjoy tequila.

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Margarita, in a can, Italian-style

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Aug 7, 2018

In addition to making traditional Italian dessert drinks like limoncello, Fabrizia's Spirits of Salem (previously mentioned in this column Aug. 1)...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: A splash of lemon, bottled in Salem

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Jul 31, 2018

Today we are paying a visit to Fabrizia Spirits, the Salem company owned and operated by Phil and Nick Mastroianni, with some samples courtesy of...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: A do-it-yourself spirits tasting

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Jul 25, 2018

If you are someone who enjoys going to wine or beer tastings — both are fairly frequent events now in New Hampshire — you have a distinct...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: St-Estéphe, trade wars and Visigothic mayhem

BY JIM BEAUREGARD

Jul 17, 2018

Bordeaux is a world-class wine region close to the heart of virtually all wine lovers.

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Monterey Bay and Chardonnay

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Jul 10, 2018

Monterey may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about wine, but it is one of several American Viticultural Areas in California.

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Butter and oak aren't all there is to Chardonnay

Jun 26, 2018

I am a red wine drinker,for the most part, but that does not mean that I don’t like whites. I do have a few favorites among the whites,...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Belgium inspired brewers around the world

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Jun 19, 2018

Like the great wines of France, beer makers the world over looked to Belgium as one of the classic beer-making regions, and have long sought to...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Tasting starts with learning what to expect

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Jun 12, 2018

So, last week we began looking at Speyside scotch whisky, and this week we'll finish up that topic.

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: The malt matters in Speyside scotches

Jun 5, 2018

I know that some of you are scotch aficionados, and so today I wanted to say a little bit about a different kind of scotch. We have taken a look at...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Belgian tripel is brewed for summer

By JIM BEAUREGARD

May 29, 2018

Last week, I mentioned that since we still have some cold nights clinging to us and some fairly wild fluctuations in temperature, we didn't want to...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: A strong stout from the monks at Spencer

By JIM BEAUREGARD

May 22, 2018

I'm going to share with you today some info on a relatively new stout: Spencer Abbey Trappist Imperial Stout. First, though, let's talk about stout...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Exploring the fine wines of the Rhone valley

By JIM BEAUREGARD

May 1, 2018

It occurs to me that over the years, I have not written much about Rhone wines, and this is a gap I should take measures to correct. So, let me start...

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Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: The points system for wine is a crutch

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Apr 25, 2018

As most wine lovers know, the notion of providing a numerical score for a wine really began in earnest with Robert Parker.

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Tasting Notes With Jim Beauregard: This white wine from Portugal is not to be missed

By JIM BEAUREGARD

Apr 10, 2018

Last week, we looked at a Portuguese red wine. So it's only fair to look at a white wine this week.

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