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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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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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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Wine on Tap – A Sensible Solution

September 3, 2015 – Wine by the glass can be a risky business both for the restaurant/bar offering the wine and the consumer purchasing it.  Once opened, wine begins to oxidize and the longer it is open, the more oxidation occurs and the worse it tastes.   Because of spoilage costs,...
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Cocktails at Target?

September 3, 2015 – Imagine calling your girlfriends to meet you at Target for a cocktail.  It might happen in Chicago because the word is that a new Target store in Chicago, scheduled to open this fall, has applied for two liquor licenses.  One is to sell beer, wine and...
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Thieves Steal Beer Caps, Leave Beer

August 27, 2015 – Busy thieves broke into a store in Muelheim an der Ruhr in the west of Germany and stole the caps off 1,200 bottles of Koenig Pilsner.  They didn’t drink or take any beer and they were selective about which caps they took.  Only ones with points...
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The King of Beers Does Not Want a Queen

August 24, 2015 – The Associated Press reports that Budweiser, “The King of Beers” is not amused by She Beverage Co. of Lancaster, California attempting to trademark “The Queen of Beer”.  She Beverage uses the phrase “Queen of Beer” in marketing on social media and its web site. She Beverage...
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Hard Root Beer Market Exploding

August 24, 2015 – You know a trend is serious when The Wall Street Journal has a big article on the front page of its Business & Finance section.  The most amazing bit of news is that Small Town Brewery, maker of Not Your Father’s Root Beer has catapulted to...
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Beer Jelly for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

August 21, 2015 – The independent, creative entrepreneur is as American as apple pie and we love to celebrate their success.  We saw a review of beer jelly on Bloomberg and decided to investigate.  We were especially interested because last October we found Birra Spalmabile, an Italian spread combining chocolate...
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New World Record for “Beer Mile”

August 21, 2015 – The “Beer Mile” competition has a new world champion, Lewis Kent of Canada. Don’t know what the “Beer Mile” is?  Don’t feel bad.  Neither did we.  In as few words as possible it is a race in which the participants have to drink a beer then...
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Grape Waste Potential as Biofuel

August 21, 2015 – The leftovers from winemaking could make competitive biofuel according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. Global wine production results in an estimated (and astounding) 13 million tons of grape pomace or marc per annum.  Pomace or marc is the leftover skins, stalks and seeds of...
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Bootleggers’ Island For Sale

August 19, 2015 – A piece of Prohibition history can be yours for $3 million.  Whiskey Island, a part of Thousand Islands located in the St. Lawrence River, was a drop off point for alcohol being smuggled into the States from Canada during Prohibition.  The 18th Amendment went into effect...
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Grapes Safe From Raging California Fires

August 19, 2015 – So far so good.  The fires raging in Lake County and on the northern border of Napa County are not threatening the grape crop.  As you can see from the nearby map, the inferno known as the Jerusalem fire is quite north of the grape growing...
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Starbucks Adding Beer & Wine at 24 Locations

August 19, 2015  — Since 2010 Starbucks has been cautiously testing offering wine and beer at various stores in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Florida, Oregon and Washington.  The program known as “Evenings” is designed to attract customers after 4:00 p.m. when most people avoid a caffeine jolt. The new locations...
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Captain Morgan Goes After Captain Amsterdam

August 14, 2015 – Diageo North America, owner of the Captain Morgan brand, has filed a lawsuit against Prep Enterprises LLC, in New York, for infringement of their trademark by use of Captain Amsterdam on their products. Captain Amsterdam sports a large red hat, long black hair, mustache and a...
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Western Michigan University Offers Craft Brewing Degree

August 14, 2015 – Located in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University (WMU) prides itself on offering its students education and degrees that are relevant to the current and predicted employment market.  The fantastic growth of craft beer caught their attention, especially since “south west Michigan is a craft brewing Mecca” in...
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Brewery Worker’s Tom Brady Prank Revealed

August 14, 2015 – Someone called Biscuit vented his frustration with Tom Brady and DeflateGate by stamping the bottom of 20,000 cans of beer with “Tom Brady Sux”. At Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis, which sells its beer at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, there’s a practice of...
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World’s Most Expensive Wine a Non-Story?

August 12, 2015 – Over the last week, a story has gone around the globe about the world’s most expensive wine documented by UK web site Wine-Searcher.com. We first spotted it in Time but decided we’d do a little research of our own. The story of Burgundy’s 1985 Richebourg Grand...
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Roll Out the Rye Whiskey

August 7, 2015 – Rye has had a bad rap for the longest time but its fortunes are rising. It was the quintessential American drink prior to Prohibibition but like so many cultural icons, 13 long, dry years saw tastes change and the market moved on to something else. Rye’s...
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Drinking Beer is Patriotic Part II

August 7, 2015 – A year ago, September 1 to be precise, we declared that drinking beer is patriotic because of the industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy. It is still a patriotic pastime when the numbers are analyzed. Fortune magazine offered a great perspective showing that this $252.6 billion...
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Search for Hangover Cure No Longer Fruitless

August 7, 2015 – Pre-pear yourself, literally. Researchers at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) in Australia have discovered that the Asian pear, also known as the Korean or Japanese or Chinese pear has benefits beyond lowering cholesterol, relieving constipation and having anti-inflammatory effects. Drinking Asian pear juice...
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The Saga of American Whiskey in Label Art

August 5, 2015 — Long before art directors and focus groups, packaging has always been a science, an endeavor to attract buyers and tell a story, even if it was nothing more than a pretty label. In his latest book “The Art of American Whiskey”, spirits and wine writer Noah...
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Red Stripe Gets Sued

August 5, 2015 – What took them so long? Red Stripe was on our list of beers from elsewhere brewed in the good old U.S. of A. But not to worry, the fearless legal profession in San Diego, home of lawsuits against the alcohol industry, has now filed a suit...
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Update on Liquor Lawsuits – Winners and Losers

July 31, 2015 – You may recall that Maker’s Mark was sued in California for using the term “handmade” on its label. We reported on it last January. The class action suit was dismissed by Federal Court Judge John Houston. He said that no reasonable consumer could have been misled...
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Craft Beer Has Plenty to Celebrate

July 31, 2015 – The craft beer craze shows no sign of slowing down. The Brewers Association, a craft beer trade organization, reports that volume rose a healthy 16% in the first half of 2015. That’s about 12.2 million barrels of beer. The number of breweries is not diminishing either....
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More News About Bronze Age Wine

July 31, 2015 – The palace of Tel Kabri in northwestern Israel is an amazing find and a window into life in the Bronze Age. In November 2013 we reported on an announcement by archaeologists that they had found 40 jars that appeared to hold red wine in the ruins...
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Aging Beer is a Serious Hobby

July 24, 2015 – Everyone knows most wine improves with age. But so does beer. We first heard about it via NPR and more recently saw more about it in the Denver Post. It’s not a new thing. Back in 1970, beer enthusiast Bill Sysak was stashing beer in his...
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Sulfite Filter Will Help Sufferers Enjoy Wine

July 24, 2015 – It is estimated that three million Americans are sensitive to sulfites, a necessary additive to wine. For most people, sulfites are undetectable but for some they are blamed for headaches, itching and difficulty breathing. All wine has some naturally occurring sulfites. However, adding sulfites is a...
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Will Congress Vote for Booze-by-Mail?

July 23, 2015 – Almost two years ago to the day, we wrote about the Postmaster General’s high hopes that the struggling US Postal Service would be allowed to deliver beer, wine and spirits. The Senate had passed a postal reform bill in 2012 but it died on the vine...
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Arsenic in Wine Lawsuit Disappoints Lawyers

July 22, 2015 — Back in March we reported on a lawsuit filed against 28 California wineries for the levels of arsenic in their wines.  The class action suit was brought by Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. in Los Angeles.   None of the wines named in the suit...
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Root Beer Beer: Summer’s Latest Craze

July 22, 2015 – Root beer is the flavor of the month this summer and aptly named “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” is flying off the shelves according to retailers.  Created by specialty brewer, Small Town Brewery of Wauconda, Illinois, it has been around for a couple of years but...
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Wine Ice Cream Really Does Exist

July 22, 2015 – Saw a rave review for wine ice cream on Spoon University, which appears to be a site for recipes and tips for college students.  It’s actually pretty good and interesting. Further research about wine ice cream unearthed a good review from Food & Wine magazine.  Now...
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Hacker Gets Customer Data From 70 Wineries

July 18, 2015 — No business is safe.  A hacker who understands that people of substance buy expensive wine and join wine clubs, has stolen names, addresses, birth dates, debit and credit card numbers of about 250,000 customers of wineries in Napa, plus two in Sonoma and one in Santa...
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Smoking Weed Contributes to California’s Drought

July 18, 2015 – It’s true.  If you’re using marijuana from California, you are contributing to the water shortage.  John Kelvey writing on the web site Nautilus, compares water use by California’s three intoxicants – wine, beer and pot. I’m offended that wine is lumped in with pot, but we’ll...
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Bud Makes Fun of Craft Beer – Again

July 18, 2015 – Remember the furor among craft beer fanciers over A-B’s shot at Pumpkin Peach ale in their Super Bowl ad?  Maybe the marketing team at Budweiser thinks any publicity is good publicity so they’re at it again this time taking a shot at 21st Amendment Brewery and...
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Johnnie Walker’s Latest Wacky Invention: Mustache Wax

July 10, 2015 – We’ve told you about the shoes with hidden miniatures in the heels http://www.wineandspirits.com/these-shoes-are-made-for-boozing/and the glass that produces music when it touches your teeth http://www.wineandspirits.com/johnnie-walkers-revolutionary-glass/, now the creative team at Johnnie Walker has come up with yet another gimmick — a mustache wax flavored specifically to enhance...
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Chivas Takes the Clink Outta Your Drink

July 10, 2015 – What sound is sweeter than the clink of ice cubes in your drink after a hard day?  Or any day. We like Chivas but no clink in your drink is like banning bubbles in Champagne. We are impressed, however, that Chivas Regal 18 teamed up with...
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Champagne and Burgundy Celebrate World Heritage Status

July 8, 2015 —  The Champagne flowed as more than a thousand people gathered in the streets of Hautvillers, the birthplace of Dom Perignon, on Sunday to celebrate the announcement by UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, that Champagne and Burgundy had been selected for “world heritage status”. ...
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Root Beer Whiskey is Perfect for Fourth of July

June 22, 2015 – Looking for something different and special for your Fourth of July cookout?  How about serving Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey.  What could be more American than Root Beer and American whiskey? Uncle Bob’s was launched earlier this year and is taking the college crowd by...
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Pub Owner Kills Customer With Ironing Board

July 3, 2015 – It could only happen in the U.K.  Rostam Notarki, owner of the Cardinal Wolsey pub close to Hampton Court palace, followed his customer, Charles Hickox, an American, down the street and hit him with an ironing board knocking him into the path of an oncoming van. ...
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How Trader Joe’s Sells Cheap Wine

July 3, 2015 – Some time ago, when Trader Joe’s Two  Buck Chuck was a $1.99, I used to run into a gentleman at a group I belonged to who would buttonhole me every time with the same question:  “How can Trader Joe’s make and sell wine for $1.99 a...
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Court Rules for Beck’s Beer Drinkers

June 29, 2015 – A settlement has been reached between Anheuser-Busch and three plaintiffs concerning Beck’s German beer being brewed in St. Louis, Missouri, not Bremen, Germany.   Since it was a class action suit, anyone who has purchased Beck’s since May 2011 is entitled to a refund.  If you have...
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Bourbon Heist Finally Solved. Nine Indicted.

June 29, 2015 – The on-going investigation into missing cases of Pappy Van Winkle and other high-end bourbon has come to an end with the indictment of nine people, two of whom were employees of the distilleries involved in the theft – Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey.  The Franklin County...
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Hitler’s Stash of Cognac and Champagne Found

June 10, 2015 — The U.K. Telegraph is reporting that a stash of Cognac and Champagne has been found hidden in cellars under a part of the Moritzburg Water Palace near Dresden. Along with the good stuff, Hitler’s staff also hid cheese, salami, chocolate, coffee and cigarettes to protect them...
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Auction Napa Valley Rakes in $15.8 Million

June 10, 2015 – Once again, wealthy wine lovers – very wealthy wine lovers – came through last weekend raising $15.8 million at the gala wine auction held every June since 1981. Amazing wines flowed accompanied by amazing food for 850 guests who were amazingly generous. It didn’t set a...
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Take me out to the Ballpark for a Glass of Wine

June 10, 2015 – Major League Baseball isn’t about beer and peanuts anymore. Craft beers, maybe, but wine is the hot new trend. We happened to see something about the Washington Nationals new Cabernet Sauvignon. Clicking on the where-to-buy information, we were surprised to find ourselves on The Bounty Hunter...
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World’s Oldest Barmaid Dies at 100

March 6, 2015 – As far as anyone knows, Dolly Saville was the oldest working barmaid in the world.  She died February 26 less than a year after she celebrated her centenary. Dolly started at the Red Lion Hotel in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, U.K. in 1940 and held the job for...
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The Lawsuits Keep Coming

June 5, 2015 – Another lawsuit filed in San Diego this time against Diageo, owners of Bulleit Bourbon.  The lawsuit claims false advertising over the phrase  “Distilled, Aged & Bottled by the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky,” which implies it was distilled in Lawrenceburg, KY but Diageo does not...
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Fishing While Drunk Leads to Arrest

May 29, 2015 – It’s a little unusual to go fishing after a night on the town but a Massachusetts man did just that and landed in a world of trouble because he caught 122 fish.  And he did it while drunk. Fish tales are often exaggerated but in this...
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Research Confirms Millennials Abandoning Beer

May 29, 2015 – Craft beers are on fire so it was somewhat surprising that research by MorganStanley revealed that 24 percent of consumers across all age groups say they will decrease their beer consumption next year.  Only eight percent thought they would drink more.  Millennials in particular said they...
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Technology Ages Bourbon in Eight Hours

May 21, 2015 – We all know that the age of a whiskey denotes quality and price.  It means the whiskey has matured in a barrel and the longer it is left there, the smoother and mellower it becomes and the flavor is more nuanced.  Aging in barrels is expensive,...
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Hip Flasks for Hip Women

May 21, 2015 – We saw an article in The Wall Street Journal recently about the growing popularity of hip flasks used by women.   So we decided to do a bit of research of our own. We have one in a drawer somewhere that was handed down by a male...
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Big Wine Event Cancelled by California’s ABC

May 19, 2015 – For the past 14 years, Sacramento has hosted “Grape Escape”, a very popular event held outdoors in downtown Sacramento, organized by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Last year more than 4,000 attendees enjoyed samples from 40 plus wineries and a dozen breweries.  This year’s event...
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Is There a Bourbon Shortage or Not?

May 15, 2015 – There’s been quite a flurry of reports recently regarding a looming shortage of bourbon, or maybe not.  In a long article on May 12, the Wall Street Journal looked behind the production of bourbon to its maturation and storage  — in white oak barrels. Yes, there...
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Vodka as a Bug Repellent and Other Uses

May 15, 2015 – Vodka has other uses besides as a cocktail concoction.  We’ve covered this before http://wineandspirits.com/more-crazy-uses-for-vodka/ but Yahoo has come up with a list of 13 different ways to use vodka, several of which are new to us. If making flaky pastry has you flummoxed, substitute a tablespoon...
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Maker’s Mark Wins Florida Lawsuit

May 8, 2015 – A Florida Judge ruled in favor of Beam Suntory, owners of Maker’s Mark bourbon, in a lawsuit brought by two consumers over Maker’s Mark being labeled “handmade”.  The Florida lawsuit followed a suit filed in San Diego by two consumers who filed class action suits over...
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New Gadget Guarantees Better Beer Pour

May 8, 2015 – Would you spend $199 to enhance your glass of beer?  As of writing 339 people would, and between them they have pledged $45,590 of the $50,000 goal to fund the manufacture of Fizzics on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.  This is a neat, countertop machine that will make...
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Justin Timberlake’s Sauza Tequila Ad

May 5, 2015 – Happy Cinco de Mayo from Justin Timberlake dressed as a lime. If you like tequila or Justin Timberlake or enjoy the absurd, check the commercial for Sauza tequila on YouTube Timberlake dressed up as a giant lime, Rick “Sour” Vane, mourns the end of lime’s popularity...
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Free Drinks Offered by Cruise Line

April 28, 2015 – Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line will be offering passengers beer, wine and spirits for free as a part of cruise packages from Miami to the Bahamas.  The all-inclusive offer starts January 2016 on the Norwegian Sky. The cruise line is testing the concept on three- and four-day...
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Johnnie Walker’s Revolutionary Glass

April 28, 2015 – Imagine sipping Johnnie Walker Red Label mixed with ginger in a glass that produces music when it touches your teeth!  Johnnie Walker, the brand that brought you ugly brogues with concealed mini bottles in the heels http://wineandspirits.com/these-shoes-are-made-for-boozing/ is testing the concept in the U.K. The glass has an...
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Pour Your Own Beer in a Bar

April 24, 2015 – Next time you are waiting in line and feeling frustrated, don’t get mad.  Get creative like Josh Goodman did. Josh and his friends were at a Baltimore sports bar in 2008 waiting to get a beer before an Orioles game.  It occurred to Josh there had...
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Booze and Blubber. Guides to Staying Trim.

April 24, 2015 – Sometimes it is just plain exhausting. With few exceptions, we’re all obsessed with weight, calories, carbs, blah, blah, blah. How much can we drink and still fit into our clothes?  How many push ups to repair damage from one beer?  You know the drill. So we see...
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Beer Made With Sewer Water or Bread.

April 21, 2015 – Two developments in the brewing industry involve treated sewage in one case and leftover bread in another.  The second sounds more palatable, for sure. Oregon, home to a vibrant craft beer industry, has given the green light to beer brewed using recycled wastewater, also called sewage....
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Shedding Light on Black Cocktails

April 21, 2015 – Creating black cocktails by adding charcoal is the latest trend at some of London’s famous bars. It doesn’t seem to have caught on in the U.S. as yet although there are a few bars in Washington, D.C. and New York that have developed creations beyond Halloween...
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Minnesota Bar Owner Busted Over Wisconsin Beer

April 21, 2015 — Wisconsin is home to New Glarus Brewing, which produces “Spotted Cow” beer much coveted in neighboring states like Minnesota and Illinois.  But it’s only available in Wisconsin. The manager at the Maple Tavern in Maple Grove, MN drove over the state line to a liquor store...
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Nine Arrests in Huge Bourbon Theft

 April 21, 2015 – Franklin County, KY Sheriff Pat Melton announced the indictment of nine suspects in the theft of Kentucky bourbon.  Among the nine were two employees of Buffalo Trace Distillery and one from Wild Turkey. The investigation has been going on since 2008 and included the headline grabbing...
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Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium Brewery Team Up

April 17, 2015 – Collaboration between these two well-known companies has the beer world agog with excitement.  Will it be an ice cream flavored beer or a beer flavored ice cream?  Judging from the press release, this is a marriage based on their common B Corporation status, the “B” standing...
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Bottle Boys, Sushi and Kirin Beer. Enjoy!

April 17, 2015 – It’s the weekend and what’s not to like about watching the Bottle Boys, the group from Copenhagen, play the toe tapping Radetzky March using Kirin beer bottles while chefs make sushi.  Kirin beer flew the fivesome to Tokyo to make this commercial.  The Japanese sure make...
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Mezcal: Is it Really a Worm in the Bottle?

April 16, 2015 – Cinco de Mayo is around the corner and tequila will be flowing.  But what about mezcal and that pesky worm?  What’s the difference in the two? The term “mezcal”, an Aztec word, refers to any alcohol made from agave.  So all tequila is mezcal but not...
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Wine Reality Show Invites You to Join In

April 15, 2015 – Reality shows are hot stuff!  Everything from renovating the bathroom to saving failing bars has a TV show.  One very popular pastime that doesn’t have a show is wine, but that is about to change. Our good buddy in the Napa Valley, Jason Elkin is ready...
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Wine Judge for a Day: Fun and Interesting

April 14, 2015 – Five hundred wines, 160 “evaluators”, over 4,000 glasses, an entertaining seminar and 75 helpful volunteers added up to a great day at the Ninth Annual Consumer Wine Awards held on Saturday, April 11 in Sacramento. The emphasis is on the consumer.  The program’s founder, Tim Hanni,...
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Jack Daniel’s Scores Again

April 14, 2015 – There’s been “a storm in a still” going on for a couple of years now and it’s all about who can use the term “Tennessee whiskey”.  Jack Daniel’s has been using it for a long time and they want to keep the term exclusively theirs. It...
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House Built with 12,000 Champagne Bottles

April 10, 2015 – This story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Champagne House”.  It really is a house, not an estate producing Champagne. Located in Chelyabinsk, Russia, the house is 99 square meters, about 1,000 sq. ft., and has been dubbed by locals, rather appropriately, as “Palace...
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Kumquat Beer. Why Not?

April 10, 2015 – There are plenty of weirdly flavored beers out there.  Pizza.  Key Lime Pie.  Coconut Curry.  Maple Bacon Coffee.  Coffee turns up more than a few times.  We just read about Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company in Boston.  If you like bitter, burnt coffee flavors...
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Suntory Whisky’s Amazing Ice Cubes

April 10, 2015 – Kudos to Japanese whisky maker Suntory and their ad agency TBWAHakuhodo for creating an award-winning ad featuring amazingly carved ice cubes.  Forget the current fascination with spherical ice cubes.  These are teeny tiny sculptures of famous landmarks, characters or just interesting items such as the Statue...
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Bourbon Causing a Headache for Scotch

April 6, 2015 — The Wall Street Journal reports that Scotch whisky sales to the U.S. fell nine percent last year due to a shift to bourbon and other American whiskeys. Scotch whisky exports have dropped worldwide, not just to the USA.  China, once a promising market, has declined since...
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WINE APPS FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE

They are legion and they keep getting better. Here are three that we like: Wine Dictionary This is really useful, especially if you are beginning to explore wine but are still overwhelmed. It is available for both iPhone and Android, and it’s free. With this app you can learn the...
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Bacardi Rum’s New Look

April 1, 2015 – When you are 153 years old, it’s time for a facelift!  Returning to its youth, Bacardi has revamped the packaging for its world-famous rum borrowing details from El Edificio Bacardi, the brand’s former sales office and iconic bar in Havana, Cuba. Heavily influenced by Art Deco...
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Fakes, Fraud & Foolishness

April 1, 2015 – Reading about alcohol is never dull!  Take the following news stories, which we found all in one day: A company in Australia was flogging beer in a package that included a map of Australia, and the wording “100% owned” and “made from Australia’s finest malt” on...
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Top Craft Breweries for 2014

April 1, 2015 – The Brewers Association, a trade group for the craft beer industry, has just published its list of the top 50 breweries for 2014 based on sales volume.  They also published a list of the top 50 overall brewing companies of which 42 are craft brewers. In...
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WINEGROWING IS MORE WORK THAN GLAMOR

It happens all the time, perhaps while enjoying a lovely glass of wine, or especially when visiting wine country, wherever it may be.  The romance of the wine industry inspires heady visions of owning a vineyard.  When you come right down to it, winegrowing is farming and it is fraught...
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Craft Brewing Trendy in the South

March 30, 2015 – Craft beer stories emanate from both coasts, the mid-west and Texas.  Now the southern states are catching up.  Fifteen years ago Diamond Bear brewery opened in Arkansas and it was a struggle.  It won awards but failed to break even most of those years.  After all,...
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Cleveland Cavaliers and Brewery Collaborate

March 30, 2015 – In a professional sports team first, The Brew Kettle brewery of Strongsville, Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers have come together with a special beer named for the team’s tagline “All For One”.  The beer is a session IPA or India Pale Ale.  “Sessionable” beer typically refers...
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Drinking and Liver Cancer: Good News and Bad News

March 30, 2015 –The bad news first:  Three or more alcoholic drinks a day significantly increase the risk of liver cancer according to research published by the London-based World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).  The good news:  Drinking coffee daily helps to reduce the incidence of liver cancer for daily drinkers...
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No-Hangover Wine Made Possible by Exciting Development in Yeast

March 27, 2015 — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign scientists have engineered a yeast that could greatly increase the health benefits of wine while reducing the toxic byproducts that cause your morning-after headache.  They dubbed it “Jailbreaking” yeast. “Fermented foods–such as beer, wine, and bread–are made with polyploid strains of yeast,...
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Craft Beer News And A Crazy Video

March 27, 2015 – It isn’t just the domestic market that is seeing soaring sales for craft beer. Browsing around the Internet we came across a report on CNBC about the growth of craft beer exports. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer export volume rose 35.7 percent in 2014,...
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Winery Web Site Hacked by ISIS

March 25, 2015 — Latah Creek Winery near Spokane, WA seems an unlikely target for terrorists but the bizarre and unthinkable happened last Friday afternoon when their Home page was taken over by a hacker proclaiming “I am Muslin & I love jihad”. Written in poor English, the hacker(s) “Team...
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Ingenious Way to Store Beer

March 23, 2015 – This idea for storing beer in the fridge is so clever you have to wonder why someone didn’t think of it before!   Fortunately, someone did and you can buy it. BottleLoft – even the name is clever – is a system for hanging beer bottles above...
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Lawsuit Filed Over Arsenic in California Wines

March 23, 2015 – A number of popular inexpensive wines were found to contain quite high levels of arsenic when tested recently.  The news has lead to hyperbole by some news organizations. Suggesting something like “a glass of wine may not be healthy; it may kill you” grabs attention but...
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Craft Beer Sales Soar

March 20, 2015 — The week of St. Patrick’s Day seems like an appropriate time to report that craft beer in 2014 rose a whopping 42 percent and for the first time, reached double digits as a percentage of beer sales.  Eleven percent, to be exact.  In 2013, craft’s share...
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Ocean-Aged Wine Torpedoed by Feds

March 20, 2015 — Remember we told you about Mira Winery of Napa aging its wines in Charleston Harbor last year? You can read all about the experiment and the subsequent tasting here. The wine named “Aquaoir” turned out well, as we reported, and the 12 bottles that were released...
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A Beer Worth Fighting For

March 16, 2015 – Budweiser should hire this guy if he’s not in jail. It all went down in New Orleans.  Clarence Sturdivant, 64 and his neighbor Walter Merrick, 66 were hanging out in the parking lot of their apartment building, reportedly discussing which beer was the better.  Studivant asked...
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Feds Approve Powdered Alcohol

March 16, 2015 — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved the production and sale of powdered alcohol.  The approval was actually given last April but withdrawn because of issues with the labeling.  It caused a lot of angst then and even more now.  We wrote about...
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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

March 16, 2015 – St. Patrick’s Day calls for something special so we turned to our friend mixologist Robert Newhouse at Fat’s Asia Bistro in Folsom.  His customers will be drinking some very creative and delicious concoctions that look so good you might want to repeat them at your summer...
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How to Open a Beer Bottle with a Sheet of Paper

March 16, 2015 – Imagine having a nice cold one but no opener.  It seems there is no end to creative solutions.  Some improvised openers we’ve seen include keys, a spoon, knife, bullet, gun (preferably unloaded!), table edge, another bottle of beer, a lighter, teeth, even a cell phone.  We’re...
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Another Huge Bourbon Heist

March 13, 2015 – It would have been a hell of a party, but unfortunately for Gilbert Curtsinger, someone tipped off the Franklin County Sheriff in Frankfort, Kentucky and he was arrested Wednesday evening. When Deputies searched Curtsinger’s home they found five barrels of stolen Wild Turkey bourbon stashed behind...
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These Shoes are Made for.…..Boozing

March 13. 2015 –Johnnie Walker and a London shoemaker have collaborated to make a pair of shoes, Oxford brogues to be exact, that conceal a bottle of Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky in each heel.  (We couldn’t resist borrowing from Nancy Sinatra’s hit song “These Shoes are Made for Walkin’”) They’re...
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Beer Guts Have Gotta Go!

March 12, 2015 – Spring starts in just one week – March 20 – which means summer and swimsuits are not far behind.  So, if your goal – you know, the one you set every year – is to look trim, taut, terrific, you’d better get started. We found a...
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Civil War Era Wine Voted a Loser

March 9, 2015 – An intact bottle of wine that was found on a shipwreck off Bermuda dating back to 1864 was opened and tasted recently as a part of the Charleston, S.C. Wine and Food Festival.  But sadly, unlike the Champagne from1839 found on a wreck in the Baltic...
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One Drink = Looking Good. Two? Not so Much

March 9, 2015 – Message to party animals:  One drink and you look good.  Make it two and you are an unattractive mess.  That’s according to experiments conducted by the University of Bristol in the U.K. and reported in the Alcohol and Alcoholism journal. Forty noble students volunteered to get...
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National Archives Opens “Spirited Republic” Exhibit

March 9, 2015 – America’s turbulent relationship with alcoholic beverages is now on view at the National Archives Museum’s “Spirited Republic” exhibit, which opened March 6, 2015. The exhibit tracks the history of alcohol from the early settlers to the present day.  Beer, hard cider, spirits and wine were consumed...
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A Wine That Helps Dogs Find A Home

March 6, 2015 – Chateau La Paws is a brand dedicated to helping shelter dogs find their forever homes.  No bow wow, the wines are made by Rosenblum Cellars of Sonoma.  The labels of the three wines that have just been introduced to the marketplace feature the faces of a...
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Wine Academy Offers Valuable Certification

March 6, 2015 – Are you in the wine business and would like to be more knowledgeable?  Are you a wine enthusiast who would like to improve your knowledge?  If the answer is “yes” to either question, you might want to consider a course at the Napa Valley Wine Academy....
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Will Craft Beer’s Bubble Burst?

March 2, 2015 – The growth of the craft beer industry is one of those stories that fuel our proclivity to root for the little guy.  We enjoy the idea of David taking on a Goliath like Anheuser-Busch and even better, winning.  In 2013, the latest year for data, craft...
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Amazing Madeira

March 2, 2015 – We’re familiar with Madeira and even visited the Portuguese island many moons ago but Lettie Teague’s article in The Wall Street Journal this past weekend taught us a thing or two. Madeira never deteriorates.  Even a bottle that has been opened will last for years, even...
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Whisky Could Replace Petroleum

March 2, 2015 – The Highway Patrol pulls you over and the officer asks if you’ve been drinking.  “No sir.  My car has.” That’s not quite as ridiculous as it sounds.  A company in Scotland, Celtic Renewables, has found a way to convert waste from whisky distilleries into fuel for...
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Is This Scotch Bottle Tracking You?

Feb. 27, 2015 –Smart phones, smart houses, smart just about everything. How much more “smart” do we need?  Apparently we need a smart Scotch bottle. Diageo, the biggest beverage alcohol company in the world has teamed up with Norway-based Thin Film Electronics to create a bottle label that communicates with...
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Brandy & Cognac See A Resurgence

Feb. 27, 2015 – For many of us, the image conjured up by the mention of Cognac is a brandy snifter, cigar, a fireplace, or at least candles, and possibly a handsome dude in a silk smoking jacket.  It’s not a bad image but it’s about to change big time....
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Glassware Can Enhance Your Wine

Feb. 27, 2015 — Here’s a fun test for yourself and/or your friends.  No one has to be a knowledgeable wine lover, or even drink wine for that matter.  It’s all about how glassware changes the taste of the wine.  It works with just two different glasses but can also...
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IPA — The Fastest Growing Beer Style

Feb. 23, 2015 – The craft beer segment grew about 18 percent last year but IPA style beer grew an amazing 50 percent making up about a quarter of all craft beer sales.  The information comes from IRI, a respected market research firm. Lovers of hoppy suds will be pleased...
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Smuggling Beer Requires Better Planning

Feb. 20, 2015 – Here’s a good laugh.  In case you missed it, The Huffington Post has a video of a man trying to sneak beer into a stadium in Turkey.  What gave him away?  Could it be his big coat and scarf when everyone else was dressed in T-shirts? ...
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Be a Wine Judge For a Day

Feb. 20, 2015 — Judging at the Consumer Wine Awards is a unique opportunity for average wine consumers to have their say, and in the words of Tim Hanni, co-founder of CWA “to break the tyranny of wine critics”. Becoming an Evaluator at the next Consumer Wine Awards scheduled for...
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Who Drinks What

Feb. 16, 2015 – The Wine Market Council, a non-profit trade group for growers, winemakers, wholesalers – anyone seriously involved in the wine industry – recently held a seminar in Napa, CA.  The market research was intense and unless you like to read and digest statistics for fun, we’ll spare...
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California Craft Beer Summit Schedule for September

Feb. 16, 2015 – The California Craft Brewers Association has announced an exciting event for craft beer brewers and enthusiasts to rub shoulders with the beer brotherhood September 11-12, 2015 in Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Craft Beer Summit will be a part of the third annual Farm-to-Fork...
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Original Apple for Original Sin Cider

Feb. 13, 2015 – Listen up, cider fans, Original Sin Hard Cider has just shipped a limited release of their latest hard cider made with Northern Spy apples.  The cider will be available in selected markets in kegs.  Northern Spy Dry Cider is the latest addition to their line of...
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Anheuser-Busch Continues Craft Brewery Quest

Feb. 12, 2015 – Despite their Super Bowl ad putdown of craft beer, which caused a huge brouhaha, there are reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev is still sniffing around the industry looking for breweries to acquire.  The latest report comes from Florida where Cigar City Brewing of Tampa confirmed A-B InBev...
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Could Beer be Good for Alzheimer’s?

Feb. 9, 2015 – It’s too early to say whether beer offers protection against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s but research at Lanzhou University in China found that xanthohumol (Xn), a compound found in hops, protected brain cells in rats from oxidative stress.  Rats.  It’s a long way...
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More Good News for Drinkers

Feb. 9, 2015 – The good news just keeps coming for beer and other types of alcohol.  We’ve covered the possible positive effects of xanthohumol, a compound found in hops, on the brain http://www.wineandspirits.com/could-beer-be-good-for-alzheimers/ but there’s the heart, diabetes, bones and more. An Italian study showed that moderate beer drinkers had 42...
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That Bud Ad Still Getting Attention

Feb. 6, 2015 – We’re not talking about the lost-puppy-rescued-by-Clydesdales ad but the one that was sort of anti craft brewed beers.  We thought it was just us, but it turns out a lot of other people found it curious, too. The ad talks about Budweiser as “not brewed to...
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Vines Being Replaced as Wine Market Changes

Feb. 6, 2015 – About 22,000 acres of vines have been bulldozed in California’s Central Valley.  Also known as the San Joaquin Valley, the area produces two thirds of the State’s wine production.  Nut trees, primarily almonds, walnuts and pistachios, which yield higher returns to the farmers, are replacing them....
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Valentine’s Day Martini

Jan. 30, 2015 – Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away so it’s time to shop for the fixings for a special martini to surprise your loved one.  We spoke to mixologist Michael Skinkle-Hill of Charlie’s Café in Elmira, N.Y.  He’s been creating a special drink for Valentine’s Day for...
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Beers Gone Wild

Jan. 30, 2015 – Unless you’ve been living in Siberia, everyone knows the craft brewing industry is exploding in this country.  We reported just a few days ago there’s an average of 1.5 new breweries opening every day.  There’s lots of competition and more to come. In order to keep...
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New Specialized Bars Coming Soon

Jan. 30, 2015 – We came across an interesting post on Yahoo that we want to share.  Bars are going niche and there’s an exciting trend across the country you need to know about.  You never know when you’ll be overcome with a desire to explore a huge gin selection...
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Craft Brewing Phenomenon

Jan 26, 2015 — The stats tell the story.  According to the Brewers Association, a trade group for the craft brewing industry, overall beer sales are down 1.9% but craft brewing is up 17.2%.  Imports lost a bit at -0.6% but U.S. craft beer exports rose a healthy 49%.  These...