Thirsty? Check out the breweries, wineries, cideries and more across the happy valley.

Cocktail of the Month Club: Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour at Osteria Vespa, Amherst
Sep19

Cocktail of the Month Club: Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour at Osteria Vespa, Amherst

September marks the end of the summer and evenings are starting to bring with them a subtle autumn chill. Chase it away with this month’s cocktail, a cranberry-cinnamon whiskey sour that’s sure to warm you up, brought to you by Josh Draghe, head bartender at Osteria Vespa in Amherst. — Peter Vancini, pvancini@valleyadvocate.com Cranberry-Cinnamon Whiskey Sour Courtesy of Josh Draghe, Head Bartender at Osteria Vespa. 1.5 ounces...

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Hot Damn! Sunderland’s ChiliFest is Coming
Sep12

Hot Damn! Sunderland’s ChiliFest is Coming

Hot Diggity Could it be that the lingering heat wave of the past week was due to the potency of the peppers newly ripening at Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland? Probably not, but we hear these little devils are hotter than ever — and just in time for ChiliFest. Kitchen Garden hosts its annual giant farmer party Sept. 17-18 at Mike’s Maze in the center of Sunderland, with bands, brews and spicy food all weekend long. Musical acts...

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Pour Man: Finally, A Sweet Wine That Delights
Sep12

Pour Man: Finally, A Sweet Wine That Delights

When someone suggested that I try MAN Family Wines’ Chenin Blanc, my first reaction was that I don’t like sweet wines. Although Chenin Blanc grapes are often used to make excellent sweet wines in France and elsewhere, I was assured I’d find this South African offering to be well-made, crisp, and refreshing — a dry white wine perfect for drinking in the warmer months. And I was told it’s a great buy. I respected the recommendation,...

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Staff picks: Get out there and hang with the Dude
Sep07

Staff picks: Get out there and hang with the Dude

Retrofaire 2016 Open Air Market • Saturday Fan of vintage fashion, jewelry, hard-to-find music gear, vinyl records and live jazz? The Northampton Arts Council presents the third annual RETROFAIRE, held in the space between Thornes Marketplace and the Northampton parking garage. Sidewalk chalk art, yo-yo shows, outdoor wine café and oyster bar as well! 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  — Jennifer Levesque   BrewFest in Holyoke • Sept. 9-10 The...

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Review: Not My Mother’s Kitchen, a cookbook by Rob Chirico
Sep06

Review: Not My Mother’s Kitchen, a cookbook by Rob Chirico

In the world of food, there is nothing more contentious than “traditional” Italian cooking — everyone with an ounce of olive oil in their veins thinks their family recipes are Old World classics. This is, in part, because Italian nonni rarely write down how to prepare their dishes — as if it is assumed Italians are born with an innate ability to make a proper risotto. There is no definitive way to make a particular Italian dish — or...

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The Lush Garden: Cocktail Recipes
Aug29

The Lush Garden: Cocktail Recipes

A guide to summer cocktails from the garden It’s hard to imagine a better way to top off an afternoon in the garden than by settling into a lawn chair with a refreshing summer cocktail and admiring your work. Even better if you can actually harvest a few ingredients from that garden to add a satisfying twist to that beverage of choice. With that in mind, we asked a few area cocktail aficionados to suggest their favorite recipes. What...

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