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Local wine wholesaler looks to Italy

“Wine is Sunlight, held ­together by water” — this is the e-mail signature used by Judith F. McDonough, a Boston wine wholesaler who last year founded Mariposa Fine Wine and Spirits.

Specializing in Italian wines, McDonough is one of the few female wine wholesalers in the state. “With the state’s byzantine regulations, it hasn’t been an easy road, but I’ve persevered,” said ­McDonough, a former national sales rep for gourmet food products who decided to expand her portfolio to include wine.

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