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Free the Grape! Wine shipments to MA Massachusetts

I don't believe the problem has been solved, if, as happened this week, I see online something I want in CA and the seller cannot ship it to me because I am in MA. As you note, there was a reprieve of sorts in 2010 - which is the date of the link you included - but that measure has expired.

"It wasn’t until 2010 that the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins that Massachusetts’s own law against the shipment of out-of-state wines was similarly unconstitutional.[3] Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley decided to abide by the First Circuit’s ruling rather than appeal.[4] The state legislature made a quick initial response, with Senator Robert O’Leary and Representative David Torrisi introducing legislation to bring the General Laws into conformity with the court’s decision.[5]
But, that was three years ago. The O’Leary-Torrisi bill expired...."
from:
http://wineandjurisprudence.org/wine-...

Nov 23, 2013
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Free the Grape! Wine shipments to MA Massachusetts

Yes, I also used to get things from a great place called Tinamou in CA, run by Frenchmen. "Tinamou is in the golden position of having ancient zoning in Sonoma which allows the importer and distributor to sell to the public. " Tinamou seems to be no longer in business...it really is confusing, and it just doesn't have to be.

Nov 22, 2013
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Free the Grape! Wine shipments to MA Massachusetts

Yes, I also know of people who have received wine etc through delivery services. Often the package is unmarked. One online place in CA abiding by the law asked me if I had an address for any other NE state - except NH. (I didn't and could not buy).
This is a good time to email your reps. The testimony has been heard, I think, and reps are deliberating.
http://www.capwiz.com/freegrapes/issu...

Nov 22, 2013
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Free the Grape! Wine shipments to MA Massachusetts

Please consider going to the site and emailing your reps - the freethegrapes site makes it very easy and can locate your reps by your address.
I wondered about the spirits issue too - but at least this would be some improvement.

http://www.capwiz.com/freegrapes/issu...

Nov 21, 2013
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area
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Free the Grape! Wine shipments to MA Massachusetts

Hello,

I hope this doesn't get moved, as it is an MA specific post.

I've been trying to order some wines, ports, etc as Xmas gifts, and am finding over and over that the seller is out of state and cannot ship to me. Galling to find exactly what I want at a good price - and not be able to purchase it!

I think this restriction is wrong. I think I have the right to purchase the wines I want, in the manner of my choosing - whether by telephone, newsletter or Internet. I believe that consumers, not wholesaler middlemen, should decide which wines I can purchase.

If you agree with me, you might want to look at
http://freethegrapes.org/
http://freethegrapes.org/massachusetts-2013/

MA is focal point of freethegrapes this year. "The legislature is now considering House Bill 294, a favorable bill that would replace an unconstitutional law with a proven solution."

Thank you
the freethegrapes site makes it very easy to contact your rep online, with a suggested and editable text, and can locate your reps by your address.
http://www.capwiz.com/freegrapes/issu...

Nov 21, 2013
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area
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Becherovka in Boston ???

PS I also found it today at Charles St Liquors in Beacon Hill - I bough the last bottle on shelves, may have more in back. They also had more bitters that I thought they would - Cynar, etc. And Tuaca for those with a sweet tooth.

Jun 01, 2013
angelaangel in Spirits

Tourist Weekend in Washington DC

Thank you for this, We're staying in Rockville MD, and coming in by metro.

May 25, 2013
angelaangel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tourist Weekend in Washington DC

thank you for this - scoping around on Chowhound, I ran across Hank's Oyster Bar, Lincoln, and Central M Richard, which might also be good. And Mintwood et al. definitely look like the kind of thing we'd like - thanks again for your suggestions!

May 24, 2013
angelaangel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tourist Weekend in Washington DC

Hello

For a weekend trip to Washington DC, we're looking for restaurant ideas, 2 adults, lunch and dinner. We'll be coming in by Metro to visit the main tourist areas - - the Smithsonian, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, etc.

Price range - under $150 for dinner for two (and less is always good). $50 or less at lunch.

Type of place - bistro / brasserie is favorite, both type of food and level of formality/informality. (In NYC we often go to Balthazar or Cafe Katya; in Boston, the Eastern Standard.) One is a "no" on Japanese food, the other a "no" on Ethiopian and vegetarian. For what I read here, Birch and Barley sounds like we would like it. A diner that's a bit Southern style would also appeal.

All suggestions and tips welcomed. Thank you!

May 24, 2013
angelaangel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Becherovka in Boston ???

Thank you!

Apr 27, 2013
angelaangel in Spirits

Becherovka in Boston ???

Hello
anyone know where I can find Becherovka in the Boston MA area? A Czech herbal bitters. Cirace in North End doesn't have it.
Thank you

Apr 26, 2013
angelaangel in Spirits

Bully Boy Wheat Whiskey ?? Sazerac 18, Thomas Handy? Crosspost to Spirits board

Thank you for this!Very helpful.
Buffalo Trace - very sparse indeed - Charles St Liquors which has had it past years does not expect to get any. Sazerac 18 they knew right away was never going to happen.
I'm not wedded to getting a local product.
If you knew someone was trying top get you Sazerac 18, or Handy, and could not find - what would be your designated runner up?
Thank you

Dec 12, 2012
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Bully Boy Wheat Whiskey ?? Sazerac 18, Thomas Handy? Crosspost to Spirits board

Thanks for this - this wheat whiskey is think a new product from them, but I've never been clear how good Bully Boy is, or if it gets traction in Boston by virtue of being local.

Dec 11, 2012
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Presidential Vintage Port 2000

Hi,

Has anyone tried this? What is it like?

Reason I ask: I am looking for port as gift, up to around $80, that's ready to drink now. He doesn't like drinking ports especially young; favors plumy and rich, over dry, and doesn’t like ruby port.

Thank you!

Dec 11, 2012
angelaangel in Wine

Bully Boy Wheat Whiskey ?? Sazerac 18, Thomas Handy? Crosspost to Spirits board

Hello
has anyone tried this? What did you think of it? I'm wondering about it for a gift, reference point - giftee does like Laphroaig; can handle strong flavor, chooses to avoid rough (doesn't always take to cask strength).
Have been trying also to get Buffalo Trace Antique esp. Sazerac 18, or Thomas Handy but hard to find. (I know there's price difference between them and Bully Boy). Cirace in the North End of Boston MA got one of each a few weeks ago...they sold immediately. Grrrr!) Any hint of where to find in Boston much appreciated.
Thank you!

Dec 11, 2012
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Brown Bettty Teapots in Boston???

Great! Thank you.

Dec 11, 2012
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Bully Boy Wheat Whiskey ?? Sazerac, Thomas Handy? Crosspost to Boston Board

Hello
has anyone tried this? What did you think of it? I'm wondering about it for a gift, reference point - giftee does like Laphroaig.
Have been trying also to get Buffalo Trace Antique esp. Sazerac 18, or Thomas Handy but hard to find. (I know there's price difference between them and Bully Boy). Cirace in the North End of Boston MA got one of each a few weeks ago...they sold immediately. Grrrr!) Any hint of where to find in Boston much appreciated.
Thank you!

Dec 11, 2012
angelaangel in Spirits

Brown Bettty Teapots in Boston???

Hello
does anyone know where I could find a Brown Betty teapot in Boston area?
Alternatively, kitschy "Battle of Waterloo" type pots?
also, tea cosies / cozies are of interest.
For a gift for an anglophile.
Thank you!

Dec 06, 2012
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Best "mid" priced French?

Third La Voile. We had steak frites for lunch (choice of garlic butter, or red wine shallot sauce) at lunch and it came with a portion of good green salad on the side. I have never been to the other places mentioned.

Nov 27, 2012
angelaangel in Greater Boston Area

Chrysalis Vineyards, Norton grape wine

Thank you everybody for setting the record straight, and your own insights!

Nov 26, 2012
angelaangel in Wine

Chrysalis Vineyards, Norton grape wine

Ah, thank you for this. As well being very difficult to find, this probably won't work as well for them as I hoped - one is borderline vegetarian, and this red sounds like it would totally overpower them. The interest in Nortons often seems to be, at least in part, the history and novelty of it rather necessarily than the out and out taste of it. One of the visitors to the vineyard online said (I think in 2011) that only white wine grapes are grown there, and that red grape concentrate is brought in for the red wines?
Thank you again for your help with this.

Nov 21, 2012
angelaangel in Wine

Chrysalis Vineyards, Norton grape wine

Hello
For a gift, has anybody tried the Norton grape wines from Chrysalis Vineyards? What are they like, and would you recommend them? Do they stand as wine in terms of taste or are they more a novelty?
Also, if you know if anywhere in Boston MA that carries them?
Thank you
PS The vineyard was featured in a book called "The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine."

Nov 21, 2012
angelaangel in Wine

Dinners in Naples?

This was very useful info, proximity of the eateries to metro - thank you! Metro looks to be a doable option after all. much happier to spend euros on food/wine rather than cab fare!

Aug 16, 2011
angelaangel in Italy

Naples - bars and pastry shops?

Terrific, thank you!

Aug 16, 2011
angelaangel in Italy

Naples - bars and pastry shops?

Hello
I’m looking for suggestions for bars and pastry places open in the evenings in Naples.
Because of where are likely to be dropped off for dinner, the most convenient areas would be Vomero, and the Spanish Quarter, although if the walk is safe and a reasonable distance from those areas, or is an especially great place, we could go further afield.
My husband loves Italian bitter liqueurs (Fernet etc), so a pleasant bar well stocked with such would be great, for aperitif or nightcap.
We were also looking for places to get dessert and coffee after dinner - Pasticceria Agrillo (Via Giordano Bruno, 81. (thank you, FI!) is one name we have.
Thank you!

Aug 15, 2011
angelaangel in Italy

Going to Naples

ok, F.I. it is!
Thank you everyone for your help with this. You have been a great help. I'm posting a new thread question re: bars and pastry in Naples, as it strikes me a different subject.

Aug 15, 2011
angelaangel in Italy

Coq au vin - Seeking Best recipe

I've run across these two with a marinade-
The Balthazar I made and it was very good:
Balthazar's Coq au Vin
publication date: Nov 5, 2010
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author/source: Keith McNally, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson
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Though currently synonymous with chicken, Coq au Vin was originally made by braising the meat from a sinewy old rooster in cheap red wine for a long period of time.

Serves 4

4 large stewing hen legs
1 large yellow onion, cut into 1cm dice
1 large carrot, cut into 1cm dice
2 celery stalks, cut into medium dice
1 head of garlic, halved horizontally
1 bottle of red wine
1 bouquet garni
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons plain flour
750ml veal stock (for which there is a recipe in the book)
250g pearl onions, peeled
225g smoked streaky bacon in one piece, diced
450g small button mushrooms
3 tablespoons chopped
flat-leaf parsley

In a large bowl, combine the legs, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, wine and bouquet garni. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.

Strain the legs and the vegetables from the marinade, reserving the liquid and separating the legs and vegetables. Season the legs with salt and pepper.

Heat the olive oil in a large casserole. When it begins to smoke, add the legs, in batches if necessary, being sure not to crowd the pan. Brown evenly and deeply on all sides, about 8 minutes per side. Set the finished legs to the side and discard the oil; replenish it between batches.

When finished browning the legs, reduce the heat to medium and add the reserved vegetables to the pot. Cook until they soften and begin to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes, then add the flour, stirring again for about 2 minutes. Add the reserved wine marinade and, as it bubbles up, use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot and incorporate any flavourful bits into the broth. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about 20 to 25 minutes, then add the stock. As it reaches the boil, reduce the heat to low and maintain a slow and gentle simmer for 1 hour, at which point the meat should be meltingly tender.

Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients: blanch the pearl onions in boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside. Cook the bacon in a dry frying pan over a medium heat until brown, about 10 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. Add the mushrooms to the pan and the now very hot rendered bacon fat, cook until brown, about 5 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. Add the blanched pearl onions to the pan, sautéing until they too are brown, about 5 minutes.

Remove the legs from the braising liquid and strain the contents of the pot, reserving the liquid and discarding the vegetables. Bring to a strong simmer and skim the surface of the sauce as it bubbles, removing any visible fat. When the sauce has reduced by half, return the legs to the pot along with the bacon, onions and mushrooms and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Just prior to serving, add the chopped parsley.

From The Balthazar Cookbook by Keith McNally, Riad Nasr & Lee Hanson, published in the UK by Absolute Press, price £25.

and
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This is another recipe - sound good, but I've never tried it.:
http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Aug 14, 2011
angelaangel in Home Cooking

Going to Naples

should I refer to you as "florenceinsider"?
given my sense of direction, could you give any tips on how to find it in relation to some major nearby landmark?
thank you!

Aug 14, 2011
angelaangel in Italy

Dinners in Naples?

Thank you everybody for the replies - I did run across one place, La Notizia in the Fuorigrotta neighborhood, but looks to be mostly pizza. The hotel in Agnano Terme makes sense for work reasons, so a taxi will most likely be in order!

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La Notizia
via Caravaggio,94a, Naples, Campania , IT

Aug 14, 2011
angelaangel in Italy

Dinners in Naples?

Thank you - fueled by renewed hope in the possibilty of Donna Teresa, I found this via timeout naples.I hope it's accurate - it says is closed Sundays.

http://www.timeout.com/naples/restaur...

Osteria Donna Teresa details
Address
Via Kerbaker 58
Area Naples
Transport Funicular Chiaia to Via Cimarosa or Centrale to Piazza Fuga/bus C28, C31, C32, V1
Telephone 081 556 7070
Open 1-3pm, 8-11pm Mon-Sat. Closed 3wks Aug.

PS Thank you for the transport advice too
Average €12.
Thank you!

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Osteria Donna Teresa
Via Kerbaker 58, Naples, Campania 80129, IT

Aug 13, 2011
angelaangel in Italy