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Nothing Says Christmas Like Candy Canes

December 3, 2017 -- Peppermint flavored candy canes are an indispensable   Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Fact Sheet   part of Holiday Season trimmings and our friends at Smirnoff Vodka have done a wonderful job wrapping their Peppermint Twist – peppermint flavored vodka – in scratch and sniff candy cane stripes.  It looks like fun...
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Absinthe – Gifting the Green Fairy

November 28, 2017 – In the summer of 1905, Jean Lanfray, a farm worker in the French-speaking Swiss canton of Vaud, started the day with “copious amounts of wine and brandy”. Later he had more wine and brandy for lunch rounding off with a couple of crème de menthes and...
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New Seasonal Beer Releases

November 20, 2017 – America’s craft brewers just never take a break, or so it seems with their seasonal releases that keep on coming.  The winter months get their own special brews and below is a list of recent releases.         Stone Brewing of Escondido, CA: is...
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Wine Was Trending 8,000 Years Ago

November 17, 2017 – Thoroughly modern man has something in common with Neolithic man who lived in the Near East around 6,000 B.C.  Pottery shards found in Georgia bear the residue of Eurasian grapes, the grapes that we use today to make our favorite wines.  Known as vitis vinifera, there...
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Beer – Seeking Elusive Frothy Sales

October 16, 2017 – Major breweries, think Budweiser, Coors et al, have been bedeviled by sluggish sales for a while but now, even craft beer is slowing down. Craft beer sales are actually up but the accelerated growth the category was enjoying is definitely declining.  The numbers prove it.  In...
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October is Dedicated to Merlot Celebrations

October 9, 2017 - October 2017 marks the fifth year of international celebration of the noble grape, merlot.  Why?  What does “noble” mean?  Lots of questions. Merlot is one of the five “noble” grapes of Bordeaux, its royal cousins being Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  The “noble”...
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Vodka Drinkers Celebrate October 4

October 3, 2017 – It’s vodka’s turn to have its day, Wednesday, October 4 to be precise.  Vodka is one third of all spirits volume amounting to $6 billion – that’s billion with a B – in sales and just shy of 70 million cases in 2016.  Someone out there...
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Coffee Cocktails for National Coffee Day September 29

September 26, 2017 – Morning Joe slips happily into Evening Joe when coffee enters the equation.  Coffee and spirits are made for each other but the trick to a great cocktail is getting the proportions right. We’ve three new recipes below, one is bourbon based, one features gin and the...
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A Bourbon Lover’s Bourbon

September 19, 2017 – September is Bourbon Heritage month so we looked around for something special and we found Trail’s End.  It was like finding the prize in a treasure hunt. This bourbon pays homage to the heritage of the Old West and the end of the trail for the...
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Wine Flour Cleverly Recycles Wine Pomace

September 19, 2017 – Let’s applaud the lonely entrepreneur taking recycling to the extreme.  Making flour out of wine pomace surely qualifies and that’s the mission of Finger Lakes Wine Flour of Hector, N.Y. Armed with an environmental science degree from SUNY ESF, Hilary Niver-Johnson founded Sustainable Viticulture Systems in...
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Captain Morgan Gets New Threads

September 9, 2017 – The handsome fellow who stands with his left foot defiantly on a barrel has a new look, just in time for Fall.  His redesigned bottle features updated embossing and a new cap and label with plenty of gold, - very appropriate for a pirate.   After a...
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Is Drinking Rosé After Labor Day Okay?

September 9, 2017 – If not wearing white after Labor Day is lore (and semi-law) where you live, where does that leave drinking rosé?  After all rosé is summer’s sip and never more so than for the summer of 2017. According to Wine Market Council, Nielsen data show that sales...
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India Pale Ale (IPA) Has Its National Day

July 26, 2017 – IPA stalwarts will be delighted to know that Thursday, July 27 is National IPA Day.  For those who don’t know or love IPAs, a brief history is in order as its creation shows that there’s always a way to overcome adversity and serve the Empire as...
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National Vanilla Ice Cream Day for Grown Ups

July 21, 2017 – Calorie counting is banned this Sunday, July 23 as we observe  National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.  And, of course, the celebration of America’s most popular ice cream flavor calls for a boozy twist. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream month and...
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Put a Cork in it, but Don’t Sniff it

July 20, 2017 – Wine drinkers in the U.S. like their wine bottle to sport a cork according to a recent poll of 1,549 wine consumers by the Portuguese Cork Association and the California-based Cork Quality Council. Unsurprisingly, nearly all respondents viewed cork as an indicator of wine quality and...
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Time to Stop and Smell the Hops

June 23, 2017 – There’s a crisis in America!  No, not that crisis de jour.  We’re talking about a real crisis of people not using all their vacation time.  Last year more than half of workers surveyed by Samuel Adams and Project:  Time Off admitted to leaving vacation time on...
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Olive Me a Martini

June 18, 2017 – Would the world be a better place if everyone observed World Martini Day on Monday?  We can all do our patriotic duty to honor this great American invention and turn it into Mellow Monday, one martini at a time (remember you have to work on Tuesday.)...
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For National Gin Day Consider the Tonic

June 8, 2017 – June 10 is National Gin Day and fortunately it falls on a Saturday this year.  There are dozens of excellent gins available, both imported and domestic and at all price points.  But since it is summer and long, cool drinks are in demand, we thought we’d...
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Negroni Week June 5-11 Raising Money for a Good Cause

June 2, 2017 – Next week could be called Guilt-free Negroni Week because for every Negroni ordered at participating bars or restaurants. donations are made to worthwhile causes around the world.  Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and as an effort...
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Memorial Day Drinks & BBQ Recipes

    May 21, 2017 – Break out the punch bowl, barbecue and seersucker.  We can help you with the first two but the seersucker is up to you. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day a punch bowl can save a whole lot of work for the stressed out host. ...
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Is Blue the New Pink? Blue Wine Trending

May 16, 2017 – Rosé has been roaring and is set to reach new records this summer but nipping at its heels is blue wine, acclaimed the next big thing by several popular publications in the U.S. The blue wine causing such excitement in the U.S. is Blumond made of...
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Bombay Sapphire Gin Recalled in Canada

May 4. 2017 – There’s a round up going on in Canada to find bottles of Bombay Sapphire Gin that are 77 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) instead of 40 percent as marked on the label. Before anyone gets hysterical, let’s just establish that the product won’t kill you unless...
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Something More for Mother’s Day

May 4, 2017 – Mother’s Day and your significant other’s birthday are two days that call for extra effort.  Next weekend, Sunday, May 14 is the date to keep in mind for anyone having a hard time keeping track of the calendar.  If you are old enough to drink cocktails...
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Is Marijuana a Threat to Alcohol Sales?

April 24, 2017 – According to recently released research in California, when it comes to recreational drugs, marijuana is quite popular as a substitute for alcohol among millennials.  Last November, California voted to legalize marijuana meaning that adults over the age of 21 can now use, possess and share cannabis,...
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At Last A Drip-Free Wine Bottle!

April 13, 2017 -- A biophysicist at Brandeis University has finally figured out a way to stop wine bottles from dripping.  Daniel Perlman is an inventor of considerable renown with over 100 patents to his name.  He is also a wine-lover who was tired of red wine dripping down the...
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Rye Whiskey from New York State the Ultimate Winner

April 13, 2017 – When thinking about New York’s Hudson Valley, rye whiskey isn’t the first thing to come to mind but that may change with the recently announced results of the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.  The Chairman’s Trophy, the most prestigious award, went to Hudson Manhattan Rye from craft...
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Order the Cheapest Wine – Expert Advice

April 13, 2017 -- In a new book, “How to Drink Like a Billionaire”, author and wine expert Mark Oldman divulges a secret of sommeliers and explains why the cheapest wine on the list is the best. The sommelier or the restaurant’s wine buyer knows that most people feel embarrassed...
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Red Wine Compound May Slow Aging

April 6, 2017 -- The health benefits of red wine continue to make news.  The latest finding suggests that resveratrol, the antioxidant found in grape skins, may slow the ageing process. The study conducted at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, shows resveratrol preserves muscle fibers...
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Captain Morgan LocoNut a Summer Winner

April 5, 2017 – Dreams of cool, breezy summer evenings on your mind?  That’s what we’re all looking forward to as the days get longer and warmer, but you can get in the mood right now with Captain Morgan LocoNut. We love this new blend of Caribbean rum, coconut liqueur,...
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Captain Morgan’s LocoNut for Summer

April 5, 2017 – If you loved Captain Morgan Cannon Blast last fall, get ready for Captain Morgan LocoNut – an explosively delicious coconut shot for summer. Using the same round bottle that cleverly resembled a pumpkin, LocoNut sports a coconut wrap that releases a sweet coconut aroma when you...
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How the Very Rich Taste Wine

March 27, 2017 – If your net worth is more than $30 million you qualify for a rarified group of approximately 211,000 people in the world who account for 19 percent of luxury market spending according to research firm Wealth-X.  In a recent article by Matthew Dalton in The Wall...
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Utah Says It’s Ok to Mix Drinks in Public

March 27, 2017 – It’s known as the Zion Curtain by the citizens of Utah who drink in public places like bars and restaurants.  A rule dating back to 2009 prohibiting bars and restaurants from mixing or pouring drinks in view of their patrons has been rescinded.  It has been...
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St. Patrick’s Day Means Green Cocktails

March 17, 2017 – It’s the day to drink green.  Today everyone is Irish and green abounds, even for cocktails. Potatoes are a part of traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare so using potato-based vodka is one way to get yours.  Blue Ice Vodka is made from Idaho Russet potatoes, is...
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Death’s Door Gin Revives the Spirit

March 10, 2017 – It’s Friday evening and after a ferocious week, you crawl home feeling like you’re at death’s door and thinking of resuscitation.   In this case, reaching Death’s Door is a good thing because it’s the name of one of the most acclaimed domestic gins that will revive...
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Wine Handbags Are All The Rage

February 27, 2017 – Anyone who is slightly serious about wine is sure to have all kinds of totes and bags for getting the essential bottle or wine gift to its final destination – Enjoyment!  But we’ve moved well beyond schlepping a bottle that is really hard to disguise if...
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Guinness Maryland Brewery Issues Coming to a Head

February 27, 2017 – It’s never simple when it comes to alcoholic beverages. As we reported on February 17, Diageo, which owns Guinness, plans to convert the old Calvert distillery in Relay, (Baltimore County) Maryland, into a bre wery with a U.S. version of its famous Open Gate visitor center...
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Beer is the Secret Sauce in Fall Recipes

October 28, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment October 28, 2016 –- Beer is a wonderful addition to many dishes and we’ve used it often so we were intrigued when we heard that Samuel Adams had teamed up with the guys from Carnal, a Brooklyn-based union of Kentucky slow cooking...
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Valentine’s Day Calls for Pink Bubbles

February 9, 2017 – In keeping with the whole pink and red theme, we’ve come up with a selection of winning drinks for February 14 and better yet, most of them include bubbles. Sparkling pink or red wine is becoming more and more popular and there are plenty of choices....
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Drinking Beer is Patriotic!

We need jobs in America and the beer industry is doing its bit.  An economic study commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association shows that the beer industry is responsible for two million jobs and contributes $246.6 billion – with a “b” – to the economy. ...
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Guinness Goes Blonde

The dark ale from Ireland has a blonde sister brew.  Guinness Blonde American Lager is now available nationwide.  Made in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Guinness Blonde American Lager uses American hops and Guinness’ world famous 125-year-old Guinness yeast. As lagers continue to gain favor among beer drinkers in the U.S., Guinness Master...
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UC Davis Will No Longer Pour Wine Down the Drain

February 17, 2017 – The University of California Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology is one of the most highly regarded institutions in its field in the world.  As a part of the winemaking curriculum, the students make wine but until recently, the wine, some made from grapes grown in...
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Guinness to Build New Brewery in Maryland

February 17, 2017 – Autumn this year will mark the 200th anniversary of Guinness first being imported in the United States and to celebrate the occasion, Diageo, owners of Guinness, have announced they will be building a new micro-brewery and visitor center at the existing plant in Relay, Maryland.  ...
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Trump Wine Selling Out

February 17, 2017 – Wine shops in the Washington area are selling out of Trump wine reports Judy Kurtz writing in The Hill.  The winery, located in Charlottesville, Va., is owned by Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC.  The Trump name is featured prominently on the label. Ms Kurtz interviewed several...
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Lady Gaga Wine on the Horizon

February 10, 2017 – The word is out that Lady Gaga’s latest project is to build a wine empire.  The wine will be named “Grigio Girls” which was a bonus track on the album Joanne.  The brand will include winecoolers, wine cocktails and punches according to TMZ, and her company...
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A Puppy, a Little Girl and a Vineyard Come Together

February 9, 2017 – Stories about puppies and little girls are always heartwarming, this one especially so. Honig Vineyard and Winery in the Napa Valley’s Rutherford has a new employee with four legs and a wagging tail.  Honey, a golden lab, is being trained for two important tasks.  She will...
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Valentine’s Day: Real Men Drink Pink

February 9, 2017 – There’s nothing sissy about toasting the love of your life with pink bubbles.  One could even say it is the smart thing to do, if you know what I mean. We’ve color coordinated seven different recipes so whichever one you choose, you’ll be on message.  And...
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Super Bowl 51 Drink Recipes

February 1, 2017 – You’ve been to Costco and loaded up on all the great stuff that is your tradition for Super Bowl Sunday and now you’re thinking about what to serve to friends who prefer something besides beer. Just about anything poured over rocks will get you by and,...
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Super Bowl Drink Recipes

February 1, 2017 – We’re just days away from Super Bowl 51 and deciding what to eat and drink is a big part of the annual tradition, whether your party is two people or 20.  Beer is the featured beverage, both in the ad lineup and around the TV screen,...
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Aussie Wine Ad Will Charm Super Bowl Viewers

January 27, 2017 – Wondering why wineries never advertise during the Super Bowl?  It’s because Anheuser-Busch has tied up exclusive rights excluding participation by any other alcohol brand since 1989.  It’s also darned expensive.  But where there’s a will there’s a way. Yellow Tail, Australia’s number one selling wine in...
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Wine Sales Increased in 2016

January 27, 2017 – Sacramento, CA is hosting the USA’s biggest wine industry trade show and conference for about 1,000 attendees.  The good news for everyone is that the wine sales continue to grow.  In 2016, wine shipments increased by 2.8 percent while revenue from domestic wine sales jumped 4...
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When Life Hands You Lemons, Make……Soap?

January 27, 2017 – A New Zealand vodka, 42BELOW, is saving the planet one cocktail garnish at a time.  Rather than chucking the uneaten fruit garnishes adorning a glorious  cocktail into the garbage, they collect them from bars in New Zealand and Australia and turn them into soap. 42BELOW, claiming...
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Valentine’s Day Cocktails

January 28, 2016 – If your significant other prefers cocktails to bubbly, or if you just want to show off your prowess with a cocktail shaker, here is a selection of nine cocktails for your Valentine’s Day celebration. They are not difficult to make, look and taste amazing and won’t...
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California Wines Served at Inaugural Luncheon

January 20, 2017 – When 200 guests join the newly inaugurated President Trump and Vice President Pence for lunch after the swearing-in ceremony, they will enjoy three California wines paired with each course. The first course of Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp with saffron sauce and a peanut crumble will...
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Valentine’s Day for Rum & Chocolate Lovers

January 20, 2017 – Looking for a different idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year but still bow to the chocolate tradition?  We turned to David Cid, Global Brand Master, Rum & Cane Spirits for Bacardi’s Facundo Rum Collection for a sophisticated solution. As with chocolate and red wine pairings,...
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Robin Williams Wine Name Honored by French Buyer

January 13, 2017 – The Tesseron family, owners of Château Pontet-Canet in Bordeaux, purchased Robert Williams vineyard estate on Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley.  A particular vineyard on the estate was called Pym-Rae, a combination of the middle names of his first two children. The Tesserons announced they will...
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Starbucks Discontinues Wine & Beer Sales

January 13, 2017 – The sun has set on Starbucks “Evenings” concept.  Introduced in 2014 in Seattle, Starbucks sought to increase evening business by offering wine and beer along with small plates of comfort foods like flatbread pizza and truffle mac and cheese. Since 70 percent of Starbucks customers drink...
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Red Wine Repelling Shirt Coming Soon

January 6, 2017 – A company in the Netherlands claims their technology can produce a shirt that is stain resistant, including red wine.  It is also odor free, 2-way stretch, eco-friendly, machine washable, wrinkle resistant, fast-drying and breathable.  And you can be an investor via Kickstarter. The creators say the...
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The Big Trend for 2017: Black Cocktails!

January 6, 2017 – If Santa left coal in your stocking, don’t worry.  As the saying goes, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”.  In the case of coal in your stocking, you can be totally fashion forward and make black cocktails. Way back in 2015, black cocktails were trending...
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A Great Year for Ice Wine

December 30, 2016 – Thank the polar vortex and generally miserable conditions for an excellent ice wine harvest.  Wines & Vines, an industry publication, reports that growers in British Columbia, Michigan and Ontario reported excellent conditions for an early 2016 ice wine harvest.  The season kicked off on December 6...
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Arizona the Next Hot Spot For U.S. Winemaking?

December 22, 2016 – It isn’t meant to be a pun but it turned out that way!  We came across an article on JamesSuckling.com that is quite fascinating and since we have respected and admired James Suckling’s writing for years, we think you’ll like it too. Years ago we read...
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The Old Fashioned is Still Fashionable

December 22, 2016 – According to Google, The Old Fashioned is still one of America’s most popular cocktails so being always ready to oblige, we found six recipes to get you through the Holidays.  There’s a certain nostalgia to sipping on an Old Fashioned before Christmas dinner and it is...
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An Old Fashioned New Year’s Eve

December 22, 2016 – Some traditions never die.  For many of us, saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new just wouldn’t be the same without a cocktail of America’s finest whiskey.  We weren’t too surprised to find out via Google that the Old Fashioned remains one of our...
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New Year’s Eve Cocktails

December 16, 2016 – The bubbles will be flowing but we’ve got a few suggestions for the witching hour as the ball descends in Time Square.  It’s a tough choice.  We might settle on our favorite cocktail Bacardi Old Cuban but Golden Hour, a cocktail garnished with edible gold leaf,...
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Patrón Tequila Announces Winner of Art Contest

December 9, 2016 – Patrón’s third annual “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Contest was won by Scott Innes of Philadelphia, PA. He was one of 10 finalists chosen from hundreds of entries, which the public was invited to vote on. “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Contest, is an initiative encouraging...
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The Perfect Gift for the Sweet Wine Lover

December 9, 2016 – Anyone who prefers sweet wine knows what it feels like to hear “Oh?” with a raised eyebrow when confronted by a serious oenophile.  As a wine connoisseur, said oenophile almost certainly has contempt and pity for the poor person who dares to voice a preference for...
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An $845 Wine Book That’s Sold Out!

December 2, 2016 – If Assouline’s Impossible Collection of Wine is on your shopping list for your favorite wino, you’re outta luck. The magnificent book that weighs 10.5 lbs or 15 lbs in its wooden box, chronicles in great detail, accompanied by gorgeous photography, the outstanding vintages of the 20th...
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Join Crown Royal in Supporting the Troops

December 2, 2016 – This has got to be the easiest way to support our troops and it doesn’t cost a dime. All you have to do is register with GoodWorld.me and Crown Royal will donate $1 to their longstanding partners at Packages From Home. Between now and the end...
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Craft Beer Deserves Craft Chips

November 18, 2016 – Forget the dip.  All you need is Neal Brothers chips. The Brothers, two of them, hail from Toronto where their life’s mission is to create “better for you” snacks.  Their all-natural, non-GMO, kettle cooked chips are now available in the U.S. at Whole Foods. The four...
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Thanksgiving Cocktails

November 18, 2016 – Inviting friends to share Thanksgiving or volunteering to be the bartender at an ever expanding family get-together seemed like a good idea at the time, but now reality is just days away.  Panic sets in. We’ve got you covered with a selection of 24 cocktails that...
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Free Label App for Home Brewers & Winemakers

November 18, 2016 – We’ve just come across a great tool for home brewers and winemakers who would like to make their products look more professional.  It’s a free app called Labeley and it allows users to design unique, professionally looking beer, wine, holiday and other labels without any design...
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Bourbon’s Bad Girl Has a New Book

November 18, 2016 – If you live in Bourbon country, you know the name Joy Perrine.  She’s so respected in Blue Grass country that this year she was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Joy Perrine comes from a colorful background.  Her parents and grandmother were rum runners...
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Patrón Tequila Invites You to Vote One More Time

November 8, 2016 — The Patrón Spirits Companywants you to vote one more time!  But this time it will fun.  The company has just announced the top 10 finalists in the third “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Contest.  The iconic Patrón bottle screams “save me” and we’re betting a whole...
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Leonardo da Vinci’s Vineyard Reopened in Milan

November 4, 2016 – In the late 15th Century, the Duke of Milan was so pleased with Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of The Last Supper in hall of the Dominican monastery adjacent to Santa Maria delle Grazie church, that he gave the artist a small vineyard nearby.  When Leonardo died,...
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Jordan Winery Celebrates Chardonnay Harvest With a Fun Video

November 4, 2016 – The talented employees at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in California’s  beautiful Alexander Valley have done it again.  Drawing on talent from cellar workers to winemakers they have put together an entertaining video based on Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” and dubbed it “Grape Thrills” celebrating the 2016 chardonnay...
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Warm up with Pumpkin Spiced Moonshine

November 4, 2016 – It’s hard to resist the lure and romance of Moonshine, even the legal kind with all the taxes paid.  A company to watch is Sugarlands Distilling based in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee that offers a plethora of flavored moonshine, cream liqueurs and coming soon, small batch Tennessee Whiskey....
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Bacardi Goes to Bat for Bats

  October 28, 2016 —  If you’ve ever looked closely at a Bacardi label you’ll notice it incorporates a bat.  The company’s association with bats dates back to its founding in 1862 when Doña Amalia Bacardí, the founder’s wife, spotted a colony of fruit bats in the rafters of the...
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A Cocktail for the Day of the Dead

October 28, 2016 — The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a lively and joyful celebration in Mexico, where it originated, and other parts of Latin America on November 1 and 2. It combines the Catholic Church’s celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day...
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Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast a Must Have for Fall

October 20, 2016 – The latest offering from Captain Morgan, pumpkin spiced rum, captures the spirit of fall and Halloween in every way possible. Let’s start with the eye-catching packaging.  The familiar Cannon Blast bottle returns wrapped in bright orange, ribbed like a pumpkin with a gray-green neck and cap....
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Beer is Better for Bones According to PETA

October 20, 2016 – Those rabble-rousers, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are running billboards near the University of Wisconsin—Madison, with the message that beer is better for bone and heart health than milk. We’re all for treating animals with respect and kindness but frequently, animals are better...
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Starbucks’ New Cocktail – Beer and Espresso

October 14, 2016 – Can’t quite imagine how it tastes, but Starbucks’ Espresso Cloud IPA looks like something anyone with an ounce of sophistication ought to be drinking. If there’s a Starbucks Evening store near you, you can try it and tell your friends. And tell us too! According to...
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Marilyn Monroe Merlot Makes 30

October 14, 2016 – Marilyn Wines has just released the 30th vintage of Marilyn Monroe Merlot, a Napa Valley classic collectible.  The sought after wine is made by Bob Pepi who himself is something of a legend in Napa’s winemaking world. Bob Pepi worked closely with great Napa Valley vineyards,...
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Hello Kitty Wine the Cat’s Meow

October 6, 2016 – Turns out that cute little cat is really a lush and she’s produced a whole litter of rosy, sparkling wines for adults that can’t get over their childhood. Made by Torti, a winery in Northern Italy, the line has Hello Kitty Sparkling Sweet Pink, Cupido Sparkling...
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Old Victorian Pub Found Under Street in Manchester, U.K.

September 29, 2016 – A 200-year-old Victorian pub, complete with bottles of brandy, was found buried under a busy street in Manchester, England as excavators cleared the way for a 13-story apartment building.  Archaeologists were summoned and they discovered the pub belonged to Thomas Evans, who was the landlord of...
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Drinking Game Proving Popular

September 22, 2016 – When a Kickstarter project gets funded in 14 days, you know you are on to something.  That’s the good news Screech Dragon Studios shared about their Loaded Dice game. Loaded Dice reinvents the concept of a drinking game with its specialty tabletop game drinkware, from a...
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Coffee Cocktails for National Coffee Day

September 22, 2016 – There’s a day for everything or so it seems, and coffee gets to bask in the national glow of importance next Thursday, September 29.  If the rest of the country is unaware of National Coffee Day, you will be ahead of the pack, armed with five...
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National Coffee Day Gets Spirited Help

September 22, 2016 – Coffee drinkers deserve a reward on National Coffee Day next Thursday, September 29 and there are any number of spirits that pair beautifully with coffee making that cup of Joe deliciously different.  You could just splash a bit of Frangelico or just about any liqueur in...
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Sniffing Wine May Save Your Brain

September 16, 2016 – It turns out that all that sniffing and swirling that wine geeks love to indulge in is not just an affectation after all.  New research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows it might just be a very healthy habit. People with acute or heightened olfactory...
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Wine in a Box. A New Wedding Ritual.

September 16, 2016 – We’re not talking about three liter boxes with plastic taps.  It’s a trendy idea in the wedding industry that involves ceremoniously placing a bottle of wine in a special box, with or without love letters to each other, sealed and enjoyed at some future date while...
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Jim Beam’s Apple Watch A Genius Joke

September 16, 2016 – While geeks camped out in front of Apple stores awaiting the release of the Apple iPhone 7, we have to think the creative marketing geniuses at Jim Beam were laughing their heads off with the coinciding release of Jim Beam’s Apple watch. It doesn’t tell the...
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PETA Says Beer is Healthier Than Milk

September 9, 2016 – There’s good news for beer drinkers or for anyone with aspirations of building strong bones.  PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released a report claiming that beer is healthier for our bodies than milk. The PETA report was based on a study from Harvard’s...
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How to Spot a Psychopath by Their Drinks

September 9, 2016 – If you prefer black coffee or gin, you’re a psychopath according to a study at Innsbruck University in Austria psychology researchers. Preference for bitter tasting food apparently breeds folks with Machiavellian, narcissistic and sadistic traits.  So let’s see:  Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother died in 2002...
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Serious Drinks for Serious TV Watching

September 9, 2016 – The motto is never let a hot event on TV go to waste, or something like that.  Spirits makers and marketers have fertile brains and we have to admire them for turning couch potato pastimes into events. Take the U.S. Open, now in full swing.  Swigging...
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Baileys Pumpkin Spice is Ready for Fall

September 9, 2016 – Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur that we all know and love has a new release combining favorite fall flavors such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar, maple, sugar, vanilla and coffee. We haven’t sampled it yet but we’re betting it will be the go to drink...
Wine

New TV Show Based on Wine Crime Stars John Cho

August 26, 2016 – Variety, the authority on all things Tinsel Town, says that Star Trek’s John Cho has been lined up to play the lead character in a new series named “Connoisseur” for USA Network.  The hour-long drama is about a clever con man who dupes wealthy wine collectors...
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Easy Cocktails for Labor Day Parties

August 25, 2016 – You’ve got beer on your list.  You’ve got wine.  But you’d really like something special to get things rolling.  Here’s a choice of six simple but delicious, and pretty, cocktails that don’t require a PhD in mixology or an enormous outlay on a haul of expensive...
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Recipes to Celebrate Labor Day

August 24, 2016 – It’s Labor Day in less than two weeks and it always seems like the last gasp for a cookout.  It isn’t, of course, but for those of us who feel compelled to make the most of the last long weekend of summer, we wanted to share...
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Boxed Wine Finally Getting Some Respect

August 19, 2016 – Boxed wine has been the stepchild of the U.S. wine industry for decades.  The system for putting wine in an airtight bladder with a spigot for pouring, and stashing it all in a box, originated in Australia.  Australian winemakers used very respectable wines and it was...
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Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide Now Online

August 19, 2016 – We all need this!  Whether you are capable of mixing of a decent drink or your repertoire is limited to “something and tonic”, your life will be made easier and far more enjoyable by Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide. The famous “Little Red Book of America’s...
Beer

Victory Brewing Company Brings Back Favorites

August 12, 2016 – Victory Brewing will take fans from summer to fall with the release of Sour Monkey and Moonglow Weizenbock. Sour Monkey is a sharp twist on Golden Monkey their Belgian-style Tripel, while Moonglow Weizenbock is a spicy and fruity dark amber wheat.  Sour Monkey was a new...
Wine

Canadian Scientists Research DNA of World’s Wine Regions

August 5, 2016 — Researchers at the University of British Columbia/Okanagan Campus are one step closer to identifying the biological personalities of the world’s greatest wines. In a recent study, UBC researchers Dan Durall and Mansak (Ben) Tantikachornkiat developed a technique that combines a process to identify the full spectrum...
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Traveler’s Guide to the Best Drinks

August 5, 2016 – A web site called TogetherWeek.com, that puts together vacation packages to places where they can guarantee lots of partying and fun, sent us a super illustrated guide to drinks in 20 locations you might just want to put in your bucket list of “must visit” sooner...
In the News

Happy Birthday Champagne!

August 4, 2016 – On this day in 1693 it is reputed that Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk, discovered Champagne, a sparkling wine, and cried, “Come quickly!  I am tasting the stars!”.  It almost certainly didn’t happen like that and the “tasting the stars bit” more than likely was used...
Wine

How To Build a Wine Cellar

July 29, 2016 – Anyone serious about collecting wine is eventually faced with a major dilemma:  Where-To-Store-It.  Unless you maintain your home at a constant 55 degrees, a closet in your house or under the bed really isn’t going to cut it.  Nor will suggestions we’ve seen for shelving above...
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Compound in Red Wine Effective Against Alzheimer’s

July 29, 2016  –  A daily dose of resveratrol, a substance that occurs naturally in red wine, dark chocolate, blueberries and raspberries, has been found to decrease swelling that results from inflammation in the Alzheimer’s brain.  According to Medical News Today, resveratrol was given to patients in a trial and...
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Tattoo Monitors Alcohol Intake

July 29, 2016 – Tattoos and technology have come together to rat you out via your sweaty arm and send results to your Smartphone. An electronic board, which clings to the skin, can measure the amount of alcohol imbibed by measuring sweat. A “temporary tattoo” is applied to the skin...
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National Scotch Day is Tomorrow!

July 26, 2016 – July 27 is National Scotch Day not to be confused with World Whisky Day, which is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May, or International Whisk(e)y Day that is held on March 27 each year. July 27 falls on a Wednesday this year which...
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The Couple That Drinks Together Stays Together

July 22, 2016 — The University of Michigan interviewed 2,767 couples between 2006 and 2016 as part of a study of drinking habits and marital quality.  They found that couples that have similar drinking habits have more harmonious relationships “Similar drinking habits” also applies to neither partner drinking. Couples in the study...
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National Tequila Day Sunday, July 24

July 22, 2016 – We’ve had International Negroni Week back in June.  That was a good one as it raised money for charity.  This past week it was National Daiquiri Day, a delightful classic cocktail to celebrate every day.  Now we move on to National Tequila Day on Sunday, July...
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National Daiquiri Day July 19

July 15, 2016 – Mark you calendar!  Next Tuesday, July 19 is the day to take a Daiquiri Time Out. It’s a simple cocktail with a long history and celebratory trappings.  Hemingway was most famously associated with the cocktail but did you know that President Kennedy was also a big...
Wine

Veraison Starts in California Vineyards. What Does it Mean?

July 15, 2016 — According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially underway. Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in fruit development. They not only...
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Rosé Gummy Bears Sell Out in Two Hours

July 15, 2016 – We knew rosé was incredibly popular but we were slightly awed to read in Decanter, a British wine publication, that gummy bears infused with Whispering Angel rosé wine sold out within two hours of going on sale and there is now a waiting list of more...
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A Bunch of Grapes Sells for $11,000 in Japan

July 8, 2016 – A single bunch of a prized variety of grape brought 1.1 million yen, or just shy of $11,000, at an auction in Japan.  Ah, wine lovers, imagine the wine such grapes could produce!  Not happening.  These grapes called Ruby Roman are sold as fresh fruit. Fresh...
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Wine Slushies Get Vogue’s Blessing

July 8, 2016 — Whew!  We were worried that our friends would think we were déclassé but lowbrow has been blessed by Vogue in a recent article titled “The Summer of F’rosé? Why It’s All About the Wine Slushie”.  Their recipe included prickly-pear juice and darn, wouldn’t you know it,...
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Is Synthetic Wine the Future?

July 8, 2016 – Nothing is sacred it seems.  A San Francisco company, cheekily called Ava Winery, is busy replicating wine with nary a grape in sight. According to “New Scientist”, Mardonn Chua and Alec Lee, the founders of Ava Winery, came up with the idea of a hack after...
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USA Top Market for Champagne

July 1, 2016 – We’ve done our bit and now the numbers are in:  the U.S.A. overtook the U.K. as the number one market for Champagne by value in 2015. According to Shanken News Daily, shipments of lovely French bubbles increased 28 per cent in 2015 representing shipments valued at...
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Flying With Wine and Spirits

July 1, 2016 – Recent visitors from overseas who wanted to take some California wines home with them, prompted the search for rules and regulations for flying with alcohol.  We found a very informative and helpful site from Europe that covers 12 countries, including the United States, and the EU....
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Bacardi’s New Shades – A Fashion Must-have

June 24, 2016 – Remember the Johnnie Walker Booze-in-the-Shoe gambit? http://www.wineandspirits.com/these-shoes-are-made-for-boozing/ Well Bacardi Rum has gone one better.  Way better. They are recycling the wood from retired oak rum barrels as eyeware!  Certified craftsmen from Puerto Rico-based RAW Eyewear manually perform the painstaking process of assembling, sanding and finishing the frames...
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Axes and Alcohol Offer an Interesting Prospect

June 24, 2016 – The Backyard Axe-Throwing League in Toronto, Canada appears to be a sober but fun group.  They’ve been in business since 2006, have six locations in the Province of Ontario and one in Calgary, Alberta. Devotees, which can number from 10 to 15 thousand a month at...
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Native American Tribe Sues Anheuser-Busch Over Logo

June 24, 2016 – The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina filed a federal lawsuit over unauthorized use of its trademarked logo and slogan in several convenience stores promoting Bud Light. The Tribe’s slogan “Heritage, Pride & Strength” was plastered strategically under the Bud Light logo as a part of a...
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New Release of The Macallan Sells for $35,000 a Bottle

June 16, 2016 — You’d have to be crazy to pay $35,000 for a single bottle of Scotch whisky, right?  Not really.  Apart from being wealthy, you would also be a smart investor. The Macallan, one of Scotland’s premier distilleries, will be offering just 450 numbered decanters of a 65-year-old...
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Pop Champagne Cork With a Golf Shot

June 10, 2016 – Here’s another way to get that bottle of bubbly open when you don’t have a corkscrew handy:  Hit it with a tricky golf shot.  Pretty impressive.  And we certainly admire the sangfroid of the woman holding the bottle.    ...
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It’s Negroni Week! Drink for a Good Cause.

June 6, 2016 – It’s official.  June 6 thru 12 is Negroni Week worldwide. Before we get into the who, why and where details, let’s answer the question “What is a Negroni?”  It’s a drink with three ingredients Campari/Gin/Vermouth.  Of course creative mixologists always riff on a classic so there...
Wine

eBay Moves Into Wine Sales

June 3, 2016 – All you wine geeks out there now have another avenue to find and buy wine.  At the end of April, eBay launched its wine platform in partnership with Drync, a successful mobile app for wine recommendations that has expanded into wine sales with retail partners and...
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Jim Beam Releases First Rye Whiskey

June 3, 2016 – Booker Noe, the Beam family’s sixth generation master distiller died in 2014 but his legend lives on with the release of Booker’s Rye “Big Time Batch” produced from barrels he laid down in 2003.  It has received rave reviews for “packing dense layers of sweet and...
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Havana Club Unveils Añejo Clásico

June 3, 2016 – Havana Club’s Añejo Blanco has a new sibling – a dark rum variant Añejo Clásico.  Both bottles feature new packaging and are being rolled out this month in Florida with Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas beginning in July and August....
Wine

Who to Thank for Rosé, the Sip of Summer

July 1, 2016 – Walk into any wine shop or grocery store with a wine section and you will almost certainly see a display of rosé wines.  At least that’s the story in California and we’re betting plenty of other places in the U.S. too, otherwise, sales would not be...
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A Personalized Father’s Day Gift Idea

May 27, 2016 – Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19.  You’ve have three weeks but they’ll go fast.  We’ve got a couple of suggestions that are a bit more imaginative than a new tie. We found a service called ReserveBar www.reservebar.com that ships wine and spirits to various parts of...
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What Would John Wayne Drink on his Birthday?

May 27, 2016 – Yesterday was John Wayne’s birthday.  He would have been 109.  We know he loved Wild Turkey Bourbon but it was revealed in an interview with his son, Ethan by Noah Rothbaum of The Daily Beast, that he also enjoyed tequila and cases of tequila as well...
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Meet Martin Cate, Pioneer of the Tiki Revival

May 27, 2016 – The amiable Martin Cate is one of those people who make lemonade when life hands out lemons.  In his case, the lemonade involved drinks with little umbrellas. About 25 years ago, when Martin was a student in the Washington D.C. area, he had his first Tiki...
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Bacardi Releases Two New Flavors for Summer

May 26, 2016 — Bacardi Grapefruit and Bacardi Raspberry flavored rums are now available in markets nationally, just in time for summer entertaining. Both new flavors are available in 750ML size for a suggested retail price of $12.99, in addition to 50ML, 200ML, 375ML, 1L and 1.75L sizes. Bacardi Grapefruit...
Entertaining

Memorial Day Cocktail Recipes

May 24, 2016 – It marks the unofficial beginning of summer so the Memorial Day weekend is always exciting.  As friends gather for the first cookout of the season or just to clink glasses and enjoy the long weekend, we rounded up a selection of easy, breezy cocktails that will...
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Millennials Love Wine

May 20, 2016 – The Wine Market Council’s recent report continues to fascinate anyone involved in wine production and marketing.  As they drill down, what comes to light should gladden their hearts about the future. The Millennial demographic starts with anyone born in 1980 so we’re looking at 20 to...
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Americans Spend More and Drink Better

May 15, 2015 – We’re not drinking more, just better and spending more money to do so.  According to Bloomberg News, Americans go out less frequently, order fewer drinks when they do, but the bar tab is getting bigger.  That’s because consumers have turned to craft beers, exotic cocktails and...
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Study Says Alcoholics Have a Prayer

May 13, 2016 – Research by a team at New York University has found that prayer does help alcoholics minimize the effect of alcohol triggers.  The subjects of the study were a group of long-term members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Study leader Marc Galanter, Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug...
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Dogs Become Bartenders for a Day

May 13, 2016 — PR stunts are going to the dogs, literally.  In London recently, Kronenbourg 1664 beer created a pop up bar tended by a team of two trained Alsatian dogs, or “bark-tenders”.  The bar was dubbed Bar d’Alsace-tian. The dogs delivered chilled beer via a custom dog harness...
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Major Lazer Stars Talk to Renowned New York Bartenders

May 13, 2016 – After the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition featuring 36 bartenders from around the world was over, Bacardi hosted their third “Fuel the Hustle” roundtable discussion, which brings together movers and shakers in music and art to discuss what fuels their hustle in their respective industries and...
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Appellation Wines in Cans Launched

May 13, 2016 – Yes, we can! is the motto of Seattle-based Precept Wine.  The company has just released a new line of two popular varietal wines in sleek cans through Whole Food stores and at select airport restaurants operated by global restaurateur HMSHost. Named West Side Wine Co., the...
Wine

The Wine Squirrel Way of Saving Wine

May 6, 2016 – Finding the solution to preserving an open bottle of wine has become a national pastime it seems.  A Kickstarter program started in April for the Wine Squirrel is already over-subscribed, suggesting there’s a booming business opportunity for anyone with the smarts to come up with a...
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Intoxicating Insights

May 6, 2016 – Field Agent, a research company that marshals an army of 700,000 “agents” armed with smart phones, decided to look into America’s drinking habits.  They zeroed in on just 500 agents who self-identified as qualified drinkers and posed 10 questions.  The 500 were evenly divided between men...
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Barefoot Launches Refresh Spritzers in Cans

April 6, 2016 – With summer and fun on everybody’s mind, Barefoot’s launch of spritzers in a can gives consumers the freedom to enjoy wine any place any time. Barefoot Refresh Spritzers, made in the classic spritzer style, are a refreshing wine-based beverage with a signature spritz.  The 8.4 ounce...
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World Whisky Day May 21

May 20, 2016 – Saturday, May 21 is World Whisky Day.  Since it is only the fourth year of World Whisky Day, you can be forgiven for never having heard of it.  Or you might ask, “Isn’t every day whisky day?”  You’d be right about that, too. There’s a web...
Entertaining

Mother’s Day Coffee Cocktails

April 28, 2016 – Mother’s Day is Sunday May 8 so show the love with something different and creative for Mom this year.  Mimosas, Champagne and pretty pink cocktails are always great but in 2016 Mom deserves the buzz of a trendy caffeinated cocktail.  Mixologists have discovered Caliche Rum with...
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Napa Wine Auction Raises $14.3 Million for Charities

April 16, 2016 –Once again, Napa Valley wineries came through to produce Auction Napa Valley, an event that realized $14.3 million that will be donated to non-profits serving children’s education and community health services.  The event was held June 2-5. The wineries donated thousands of bottles of expensive wine, elegant...
Wine

Red Wine, White Wine, Sparkling Wine All Growing in USA

January 29, 2016 – The good news is wine sales continued their 20 years of growth in the USA in 2015.  With the explosion of the cocktail culture, craft beers plus cider, there were gloomy mutterings about wine losing its market share, especially among millennials who are the future of...
Beer

Cuba is Running Out of Beer

April 12, 2016 – Cuba is running out of beer as a result of an influx of tourists from America.  This could be considered good news for Anheuser-Busch InBev since they have a joint venture with the Cuban government to produce Bucanero at the state-owned plant.  At least they are...
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Anheuser-Busch InBev Sued Again Over Beer Label

April 12, 2016 – Yet another claim against misleading labeling has been filed in Florida, this time citing Leffe beer, owned by Anheuser-Busch.  Henry Vazquez, an optometrist filed the class action lawsuit. He claimed the deceptive packaging had caused him to overpay for Leffe beer. The plaintiff is looking for compensatory and...
Wine

Spanish Wine: Good News and Bad News

April 12, 2016 – Spain just became the world’s biggest exporter of wine overtaking Italy and France.  Exports in 2014 came to 22.8 million hectoliters, about 602 million gallons but because most of it was bulk wine, their profits were down. Somewhat surprisingly, France is the biggest importer of Spanish...
Wine

Unique New “Business of Wine” Course Offered Online

April 8, 2016 – An exciting new online course covering virtually every facet of the wine industry in the US, from vineyard to sales, will be available starting April 27.  Master of Wine Tim Hanni created the new online Business of Wine course in collaboration with the Napa Valley Wine...
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New Cold-Hardy Wine Grape Developed

April 6, 2016 – Wine grape development isn’t what springs to mind when you think about the University of Minnesota, but their horticultural science department has just released the fifth in series of grapes designed to withstand Zone 4 sub zero temperatures, diseases prevalent in grape vines, and short seasons...
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Sparkling Wine From UK Wows Texas Judges

April 5, 2016 – A winery from England, Ridgeview Estate, took an impressive haul of Gold, Silver and three Bronze medals for their sparkling wines at TEXSOM 2016. Ridgeview Estate, founded in 1995 was the first UK winery to export sparkling wine to the United States and it is also...
Beer

Goose Island Five Years Later

March 31, 2016 – Is it possible for behemoth Anheuser-Busch to mass-produce a craft beer?  And what goes into converting 50-barrel batches into 1,000-barrel batches?  Is Goose Island anything like its former self? Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune has written a very thoughtful article on what it has taken...
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Arsenic in Wine Lawsuit Dismissed

March 25, 2016 – A California judge dismissed the lawsuit filed one year ago claiming 83 California wines contained arsenic at levels higher than approved for state water.  Judge John Shepard Wiley noted that the wine producers correctly argued that they were in compliance with the Prop. 65 regulatory program....
Beer

How High Are Beer Taxes in Your State?

March 22, 2016 — Tax treatment of beer varies widely across the U.S., ranging from a low of $0.02 per gallon in Wyoming to a high of $1.29 per gallon in Tennessee. Scott Drenkard of the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that has monitored tax and spending policy...
Entertaining

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Cocktail

March 18, 2016 — On March 25 with the release of “Batman v Superman:  Dawn of Justice” you may need a drink either to celebrate your favorite comic book superhero’s victory or commiserate with his loss.  On the other hand, if the heroes set aside their differences to defeat the...
In the News

Tweeting While Inebriated is Hazardous to Your Privacy

March 18, 2016 — The game’s up, friends.  An uber-smart group at the University of Rochester, led by Nabil Hossain, has developed a machine to spot alcohol-related tweets.  They claim it could have a significant impact on responding and understanding alcohol’s role in public health issues. The algorithm will spot...
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Survey Finds Beer and Winemaking Are Dream Jobs

March 18, 2016 – A survey conducted by The Balvenie Scotch Whisky brand found that nearly 10 percent of 2,000 people surveyed in the U.K. think brewing or winemaking would be their ideal job.  Surprisingly, these weren’t the most popular choice of dream job being beaten out by illustrator/artist, landscaper,...
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Dos Equis Man Sent to Mars

March 11, 2016 – The Dos Equis man is no longer “The Most Interesting Man in the World”.  He is being dispatched to Mars on a one-way trip where presumably he will stay very thirsty. Heineken, owners of Dos Equis, have decided to use a new persona as the campaign...
Wine

Another Way Wine May Benefit Us

March 11, 2016 – We all love to read about the health benefits of wine but here’s one you probably haven’t heard about. It comes from Australia where the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is experimenting with feeding grape pomace to livestock to reduce methane emissions.  Pomace is what’s left...
Entertaining

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style

February 4, 2016 – March 17 is the day when everyone is Irish.  Besides corn beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread, it’s a great day for a drink or two to celebrate all the delightful things and people in our lives from the Emerald Isle. We checked our sources...
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A Day (and a Reason) to Celebrate Absinthe

March 4, 2016 – Did you know that March 5 is National Absinthe Day?  We didn’t either but it is, so obviously one is obliged to drink some absinthe.  And no, it won’t make you go crazy.  The story that absinthe drives drinkers mad was a rumor started by the...
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Beer Losing Out to Cocktails

February 19, 2016 – Beer, America’s favorite gulp since Prohibition ended, is losing its dominance to the upstart cocktail culture.  The Wall Street Journal reports that for the sixth consecutive year, in 2015 beer lost a portion of its share of alcohol revenue in the U.S.  While beer has fallen...
Wine

Wine Drinkers Can Have Their Say

February 19, 2016 — The wine industry has a habit of telling consumers what they should like and why, because there are rules and standards that everyone in the industry knows are correct because that’s the way it’s always been.  For example, it is a given that you should drink...
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Rare 1947 Gin World’s Most Expensive

February 17, 2016 – Only one bottle ever existed of Gilbey’s 1947 Orange Gin and for £1,000 you can taste it.  That equates to approximately $1,430, plus airfare unless you are already in the UK, and for that you get 25 ml or less than one ounce. The gin belongs...
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Wine-by-the-Glass Club Starts Shipping

February 17, 2016 —  Vinebox, a wine-by-the-glass club that was launched last fall is now they are starting to ship.  It’s an interesting idea albeit an expensive one. Each month their “curators” who are sommeliers select three wines from premium vineyards in Europe, currently from France.  Three 10cl glass vials...
Wine

Who is Drinking the Most Wine?

February 12, 2016 – Anyone over 38 knows Millennials rule.  Or at the very least, that they are very different from the generations that preceded them – Generation X, Boomers and everyone over 69 who we will label Seasoned Citizens. We reported on January 29 that the wine category was...
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Wild Turkey Gets a Facelift

February 5, 2016 – It’s time to restock the bar after the Holiday debauchery and if you and your friends gobbled up all the Old Turkey bourbon and rye, you’ll appreciate the new look now becoming available across the country. Gruppo Campari acquired the brand in 2009 and after spending...
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Valentine’s Day Cocktails are Coming up Rosy Red

January 29, 2016 – For Valentine’s Day, traditionally everything comes up roses, or chocolate, but we have cocktails that are both. On our Entertaining page, we have selected nine cocktails to impress the love of your life.  They are easy to make and don’t require a second mortgage to buy...
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Diageo’s DRINKIQ Offers Useful Information

January 22, 2016 – Diageo, which is the biggest alcohol beverage company in the world, has a web site that is really useful if you want to compare the alcohol levels in different drinks, say beer vs. spirits, nutritional content, the number of calories, and find out just how long...
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Is Going “Dry” Beneficial to Health?

January 22, 2016 – Every January web sites that cover anything related to alcohol or food or health or none of the above feature stories and recommendations about cutting back on alcohol.  Did everyone get drunk over the holidays?  Gee, what did we miss out on! Recommendations for a “dry”...
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High End Wine Thief Wanted in Several States Arrested

January 15, 2016 – Scott Deluca, dubbed the “Bordeaux Bandit” was arrested last week in Smithfield, R.I. He is wanted in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for stealing very expensive bottles of wine. According to Lettie Teague’s report in The Wall Street Journal, his loot included a 1990 Château...
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Southern Comfort Sold in $543 Million Deal

January 15, 2016 – The headline on Yahoo! was somewhat misleading and we bet we’re not the only people to gasp. It said, “The Owner’s of Jack Daniels Selling Off This Iconic Brand”. Frank Sinatra must be spinning in his grave. Jack Daniel’s remains safely at Brown-Forman but Southern Comfort...
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Shipping Wine Gets Slightly Easier

January 15, 2016 – For decades wineries have been battling State laws that make it difficult, even impossible, to ship wine direct to consumers. Some good things happened in 2015. Forty-three states now allow some kind of direct shipping to their citizens. Massachusetts opened up in January of 2015 and...
Wine

Will California Wine Prices Increase Due to Drought?

By Jonathan Newman The following article appears in the current issue of Beverage Dynamicswww.beveragedynamics.comand is reprinted with permission. January 8, 2015 — The 2015 vintage on California’s North Coast (which includes Napa and Sonoma Valleys) is quite beautiful, but extremely tiny. And what was so surprising about the crop is...
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Wine in the Sky. Emirates Boasts the Best.

January 6, 2016 – There’s been a plethora of articles alerting travelers what to expect when flying in the New Year, much of it not very encouraging.  So it was a pleasant change of pace to read about Emirates, the Dubai-based airline’s commitment to offer the best wine possible on...
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Champagne Cocktails to Ring in 2016

December 30, 2015 – Nothing says celebration like a glass of bubbly.  These four easy and delicious cocktail recipes use interesting spirits that we’ve featured and recommended.  Combined with sparkling wine, celebrating will be sensational and festive all year long! To learn more about the special flavors of Beach Whiskey,...
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Champagne Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

December 30, 2015 – We think any day and every day is a good time for Champagne or sparkling wine.  But it is especially appropriate for New Year’s Eve so we’ve found four recipes which simple folks like us can actually make with a good chance of success!  We’ve noticed...
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How Many Glasses in a Champagne Bottle?

December 30, 2015 — A 750 ml bottle of anything, including Bubbly, is roughly 25 ounces.  Depending on the size of a Champagne flute, a bottle serves five glasses quite generously.  There are some rare souls that will have just one glass but usually one glass leads to another, and...
Beer

“Wild Ginger” is a Winner in Alcoholic Ginger Beer

November 22, 2015 – Did you know that alcoholic ginger beer was a victim of Prohibition?  According to Jamey Grosser, founder of Wild Ginger, alcoholic ginger beer has been around as long as the art of brewing but Prohibition turned it into soda. Because he couldn’t find an alcoholic ginger...
Spirits

The Cutest Wine and Spirits Gift Ever!

December 22, 2015 – We had to share this one! Ungava Gin, one of our favorites which we reviewed July 22, 2014 http://www.wineandspirits.com/?s=ungava+gin is a super premium gin imported from Quebec, Canada. The rare tundra botanicals that are used to create Ungava gin are handpicked by the Inuit tribe in...
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Flavored Whiskey. White Whiskey. What’s Going On?

December 18, 2015 – Move over vodka.  Our mixologist friends assure us that whiskey is the next big thing cutting into vodka’s popularity.  Whiskey falls into the category known in the trade as “brown spirits” and more and more brown spirits are being used creatively in cocktails.  Savvy marketers have...
Wine

Maven Wine and Vodka Cocktail is Intriguing

December 9, 2015 – Wine and vodka?  Together?  It sounds a little weird, doesn’t it, so we were interested and a tad apprehensive when samples of Maven Chardonnay Vodka Cocktail and Maven Pinot Noir and Vodka Cocktail turned up on our doorstop. For no particular reason, we decided to crack...
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Red Wine and Headaches

December 4, 2015 – It’s the most frequently voiced complaint – “Red wine gives me a headache.”  Some ask why.  Others declare it is the tannins or the sulfites.  Either way, it is a shame not to enjoy a glass of red, especially during the Holiday season when so much...
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Diet Soda and Alcohol a Potentially Dangerous Mix

December 4, 2015 – Using diet soda instead of regular soda as the mixer in an alcoholic drink may get you drunker and affect breathalyzer test readings. A study was conducted of 16 casual drinkers who were given three different drinks:  vodka mixed with regular soda, vodka mixed with diet...
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Pau Maui Pineapple Vodka the Spirit of Hawaii

Premium vodka truly handcrafted by a micro-distiller December 2, 2015 – As the days get shorter, darker and colder, the Hawaiian Islands become even more magical in our reveries.  The thought of pineapple vodka lures us to imagine swaying palms, island music, warm breezes – all the images of Hawaii...
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Red Wine Grape Turns 21 in Chile

November 27, 2015 — It is rare when a wine grape actually has a birthday!  The ancient grape from Bordeaux known as Carmenère (car-men-yair) turned 21 on November 24.  For 150 years it flourished in the Colchagua Valley of Chile, and was confused with Merlot. Thought to be extinct, the...
Wine

Carmenère Red Wine Grape Turns 21 in Chile

November 27, 2015 – Exactly 21 years ago, on November 24, the Carmenère (car-men-yair) wine grape was discovered in Chile.  Thought to be extinct, the grape had actually been growing in Chile for about 150 years but it was confused with Merlot and used in the production of Chilean Merlot...
Wine

Wine for Your Zodiac Sign

November 19, 2015 – Want to have some fun at the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table?  Or deflate a pompous oenophile’s dissertation on wine?  Wine by the zodiac sign is the answer. We found it at http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/travel-dining/g6014/best-wine-for-your-sign-horoscopes/ and, of course, had to look up our signs.  It’s good for a...
Entertaining

Cocktails for Thanksgiving and the Holidays

Andrew Leonardo’s Signature Holiday Drinks November 18, 2015 – About this time every year anxiety sets in about what to pour with the Thanksgiving meal.  Since cocktails are so popular we decided to ask Andrew Leonardo for suggestions, not just for Thanksgiving but also for recipes that will work for...
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Thanksgiving Cocktails and Other Drink Recipes

November 18, 2015 – Cider is truly the traditional drink for Thanksgiving.  We can’t say with any certainty that it was served at the first Thanksgiving feast but it is highly probable since it was the drink of choice in England and the Pilgrims certainly brought the practice with them....
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Champagne is Good for the Brain!

November 11, 2015 – A study at Reading University in the U.K. has found that Champagne can help with dementia and Alzheimer’s.  The research suggests three glasses a week can improve spatial memory.  Spatial memory refers to recognizing your surroundings, which will help you find your way home, for example....
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Captain Morgan Challenged by Bacardi

November 10, 2015 – Captain Morgan dominates the spiced rum category, Cannon Blast being a huge seller for them but Bacardi is on the attack with Oakheart.  Their new campaign, targeting millennial males urges “bench the captain” and join the “Brotherhood of Oakheart”.  The catch phrase is “All In, All...
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Cocktail Recipes for Holiday Entertaining

November 10, 2015 – Entertaining can be pretty stressful any time of the year but Thanksgiving and Christmas just seem to take it to a whole new level for some reason. Fixing cocktails for a crowd can be overwhelming but not if you check out the recipes we’re featuring on...
Beer

Great Gift Idea for Beer Lovers

November 6, 2015 – Tired of trying to figure out what to give that big lug whose life’s passion is beer?  We’ve discovered the solution. A company called What on Earth has come up with a series of professional logos for use on apparel such as sweat shirts and hoodies...
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Does Dark Liquor Cause Worse Hangovers?

November 6, 2015 – With the party season about to get into full swing, this question falls into the Useful Information department.  Depending on how much you drink, the answer is “yes”.  Dark liquor can result in a bad hangover.  One cocktail made with a brown spirit such as rum...
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Guinness Gets Rid of Fish Bladders

November 6, 2015 – A lot of strange things go into our food and drink behind the scenes.  Who knew that the venerable Guinness has been using fish bladders for over 250 years to settle the yeast in its famous porters and stouts.  This puts the lovely beverage out of...
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Beck’s Beer $20 Million Settlement

October 23, 2015 – A judge in Miami agreed with plaintiffs that the labeling of Beck’s Beer made it appear the beer was made in Germany when it is actually made in St. Louis, Missouri. Beck’s has been made in Bremen, Germany for more than 100 years.  In 2002 it...
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#ChampagneDay Tomorrow Calls for Celebration!

October 22, 2015 – Tomorrow, Friday October 23, is #ChampagneDay and the Champagne Bureau would like you to celebrate by opening a bottle of the real stuff – from France.  This is the sixth annual call to celebration and as Champagne-o-philes, we’re wondering what happened to the previous five since...
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Luxury Liquor Returns Slowly to China

October 20, 2015 – In 2012 China’s President Xi Jinping made it clear that the good life was over. No more lavish expense account entertaining and no more bottles of Cognac at $150 a pop. Gloom set in, not only for the deprived Chinese executives and bureaucrats, but also for...
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Hangovers Cost US $249 Billion a Year. Why?

October 20, 2015 – The Centers for Disease Control claims that excessive drinking costs the U.S. economy $249 billion in lost productivity, health care costs, absenteeism, car crashes and so on per year up from $224 billion in 2006. How do they come up with these figures? Does CDC employ...
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Craft Brewers Fear Merger of Beer Giants

October 16, 2015 – Big Beer’s sales have been slipping, in no small part as a result of the American beer consumer discovering and preferring craft beers. With 3,464 craft breweries now operating in the United States, how does the merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev with SABMiller affect the thriving craft...
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Red Wine May Benefit Type 2 Diabetes

October 15, 2015 – The latest research released by Ben-Gurion University in Israel shows that cardiac health and cholesterol improve when people with Type 2 diabetes consumed five ounces (150 ml) of red wine with dinner every evening. The study of 224 people was conducted over two years. Divided into...
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Rare Whiskey Being Auctioned in New York

October 15, 2015 – Whiskey lovers and collectors, listen up. On October 24 rare Pre-Prohibition whiskey will go under the hammer at Christie’s at Rockefeller Plaza, New York. The Old Overholt rye collection is from 1905, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, and 1912 in their original wooden cases, estimated to be...
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A Bong for Champagne

October 13, 2015 – If at first you don’t succeed  . .  . turn your marijuana bong into the newest way to drink Champagne and sell it for $25. The creators got their idea for a super sized bong around Super Bowl.  Get the connection?  But the super sized bong...
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Wine Caves Being Developed Under Rock of Gibraltar

October 13, 2015 – The famous Rock of Gibraltar will soon become an international site for wine storage according to The Guardian, a British newspaper.  The Royal Engineers prior to the Second World War carved miles and miles of tunnels out of the limestone.  The developer, Tracy Lee, heard about...
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Light Beer Going Flat

October 13, 2015 – Light beer sales have cratered 12% since their high point in 2007.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the market loss is so serious that it is a factor in the merger mania going on in the beer industry, including the potential merger of the world’s...
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Silly Liquor Laws Are Still on the Books

October 8, 2015 – Prohibition ended 82 years ago but sometimes it feels like a time warp when it comes to buying a drink.  Take Happy Hour.  Massachusetts is an unhappy place being the first state to enact a law in 1984 banning Happy Hour.  Others followed including Vermont, Maine,...
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Coravin Wine Opener Launches Model Two

October 8, 2015 – The clever wine opener that allows wine to be extracted from a bottle without pulling the cork, has launched a new sleek model with some improvements gleaned from home users, as well as professionals, around the world. We first wrote about Coravin when it was introduced...
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Hummus Craft Beer. Seriously.

October 8, 2015 – Srigim Brewery in Israel is brewing beer using chickpeas, dates and buckwheat, reports The Daily Meal.  The unfiltered, unpasteurized, gluten-free beer was very popular at the recent Jerusalem Beer Fest. The local craft beer movement is new to Israel, getting its start less than 20 years...
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Major Winery Moves from Glass to Plastic

October 2, 2015 – The fourth largest winery in the U.S., Bronco Wine Co., Ceres, CA, is testing two leading brands, Green Fin and Hacienda, in 750 ml PET bottles.  PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, but we all knew that.  It is lightweight, and shatter resistant and recyclable.   Plastic bottles...
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Number of Breweries Reaches New Record

October 2, 2015 – The Brewers Association reports that the number of breweries in the United States is now 4,000.  That’s just shy of 4,131 recorded in 1873 but way better than the less than 100 in 1970. The majority of these new breweries are small, local businesses brewing beer...
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Pope Francis Made Honorary Sommelier

September 30, 2015 — When the most famous man in the world says he enjoys wine, it is something to celebrate.  That’s how Franco Maria Ricci, the president of the Italian Sommelier Association felt when Pope Francis hosted a group of 180 wine producers, vintners, sommeliers and wine writers at...
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Whopper Wine from Burger King

September 30, 2015 – Burger King has created Whopper Wine to celebrate its 40th anniversary of operations in Spain.  They advertise that the barrels used in winemaking have been “flame grilled” to complement their flame grilled burger.  Most wine barrels are “charred” to specifications of the winemaker. Burger King has...
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Wines for Pope Francis’ Visit

September 25, 2015 – The wines that will be used during Pope Francis’ two-day visit to New York City will be supplied by O-Neh-Da Vineyard from the Finger Lakes region of New York state. The winery was founded in 1872 by the Bishop of Rochester, NY, Bernard J. McQuaid.  Seneca...
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Master of Wine Degree Something to Consider

September 22, 2015 – Earlier this month, the Institute of Masters of Wine graduated 19 new Masters, a record for this organization whose first examination was held in 1953.  It doesn’t sound like many but only 391 have qualified for the title over the past 62 years. It’s a course...
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Most Lake County Grapes Survive Fire

September 22, 2015 – Winegrape growers in Lake County are testing their grapes for smoke taint from the Valley Fire and so far the results indicate that about 85 percent of the county’s grapes have not been affected.  There are no elevated levels of 4-methylguaiacol and guaiacol, which relate to...
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Size Matters When it Comes to Tasting Wine

September 22, 2015 – When tasting wine, the size of the sip matters according to new research from the University of Naples.  Just another esotericism to confound the novice who is gamely trying to learn about wine.  But it is interesting, so stay with me. We all know that smell...
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Wine in a Can Catching On

September 18, 2015 – Juice, beer, soda.  They all come in cans and nobody thinks twice.  So why not wine? It’s happening, albeit slowly.  Francis Ford Coppola pioneered wine-in-a-can with his single serve Sofia Blanc de Blancs in the pretty pink can with a straw.  It’s been around since at...
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Japanese Whisky Brings Record Price at Auction

September 18, 2015 – Move over Scotland.  A whiskey made in 1960 by Japanese distiller Karuizawa just set a new record as the most expensive 700 ml bottle ever auctioned. The Bonhams auction in Hong Kong fetched $96,774 (HK$750,000) for a single bottle.  Only 41 bottles were released when the...
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Whiskey-Scented After-Shave Makes a Splash

September 10, 2015 – Maine’s Portland General Store knows how to cash in on a craze.  Not to be left out of the surging popularity of whiskey, this manufacturer of grooming products for men has introduced a line of after-shave and shaving soaps that combine strange things from the sea...
Spirits

The Ups and Downs of Moonshine

September 4, 2015 – When you put “mainstream” next to “moonshine”, the renegade spirit loses some of its cachet.  However, since most of us can’t access a local moonshiner but would like to experience white whiskey, mainstream is the way to go.  It is also safer.  No risk of ingesting...
Hot New Products

New Release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

September 4, 2015 – Every year for the past 14 years Old Forester releases a limited edition of a special bourbon to celebrate the birthday of George Garvin Brown, the founder of Brown-Forman.  His birthday was September 2. This collector’s item comes from the June 13, 2003 vintage.  The barrels...