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Cocktails for All, Not Just the Professionals

Entering the lobby of the august Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter—conference headquarters—I found myself sampling drinks even before I checked in. Dashing to a seat in my first seminar, I heard the promising rattle of ice behind me, and sure enough, there were several cocktails to be served during the hour.
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Good Vapors, or Finding the Hearts in Stumptown’s Distillery Row

Moving to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, I fully expected to be surrounded by heavenly coffee, fantastic food, killer microbrews, and world-class Pinot noir. Lots of Pinot noir. What I did not expect was to discover a thriving scene of locally produced spirits and liqueurs. A recent trip to Portland’s Distillery Row with some friends opened my eyes to a whole new world of hard drinking.
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Pennsylvania Uncorks Wine’s Worst Idea Ever (A Primer of PA State Politics for the Uninitiated)

The irony of PA state residents footing the bill for this type of program, which provides (at best) marginal benefit to the state’s wine consumers while helping to perpetuate the state’s monopoly position in wine distribution and therefore bolsters continuing higher prices, limited selection, and decreasing incentive to improve service, well, it’s not lost on all of us, is it?
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Pennsylvania Uncorks Wine’s Worst Idea Ever (A Primer of PA State Politics for the Uninitiated)

The irony of PA state residents footing the bill for this type of program, which provides (at best) marginal benefit to the state’s wine consumers while helping to perpetuate the state’s monopoly position in wine distribution and therefore bolsters continuing higher prices, limited selection, and decreasing incentive to improve service, well, it’s not lost on all of us, is it?