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It’s National Daiquiri Day!

Note: Last Friday was National Diquiri day and we apologize we missed the post date due to a minor technical issue. July 19, 2019 – It’s hot, you’re tired, but TGI Friday.  Not only that, it’s National Daiquiri Day.  Here’s a recipe (below) from Bacardi that’s so simple you don’t...
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June 27, 2019 – The past week has been a very interesting and lively one for changes to long-standing laws concerning the sale and distribution of alcohol both in the U.S.A. and Canada.   Wisconsin   June 26, 2019 -- Did you know that in Wisconsin certain retailers were not...
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Things That Happen

May 23, 2019 – Things that happen It was a jolly good wine, old chap Hawksmoor, a steakhouse in Manchester, England is in the news for a very costly mistake. Seems a diner ordered a bottle of 2001 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, which the wine menu lists at ...
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Happy Hour on Mars Written in the Stars

January 17, 2019 – The small country of Georgia, bounded on the north by Russia, on the south by Turkey and on the west by the Black Sea, is the cradle of wine.  Justifiably proud of their 8,000-year wine history, the country is now embarking on research to find a...
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Guinness Brewery Opens in Maryland

July 30, 2018 – Guinness, the iconic Irish brewer, will open a new brewery in Relay, Maryland this Friday, August 3.  It’s 64 years ago that Guinness closed its brewery in New York. The new facility known as the Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House is located in a...
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Yellow Tail Owner Facing Jail Time

July 27, 2018 – A member of the family that owns the famous Australian wine brand, Yellow Tail, will be spending a couple of years in the Big House, according to the Brisbane Times.   Marcello Casella, described as a winemaker and businessman, changed his not guilty plea to guilty...
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Jägermeister Releases Mini Meisters

July 10, 2018 – Jägermeister has just released Mini Meisters nationwide.  The 20 ml minis chill quickly and are perfect single shot serves that can be taken anywhere.  The 10-pack fits in the fridge and the serving size works well for cocktails or alongside a beer. Jägermeister Price: Jägermeister Mini...
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U.K. Running out of Beer

July 6, 2018  - U.K. Running out of Beer There’s a heatwave, it’s the World Cup soccer quarter finals starting today, and the U.K. is running out of beer.  It’s unthinkable but true. The reason sounds even more preposterous:  There’s a shortage of carbon dioxide, you know the stuff that...
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Augmented Reality Sells Wine

June 6, 2018 – Augmented Reality Sells Wine Are you one of the 1.3 million wine lovers who have downloaded the Living Wine Labels app from Treasury Wine Estates on your smartphone? If so, we can guess that you enjoy a glass of 19 Crimes Australian wine from time to...
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Mezcal Cocktail Honors the Mexican Gray Wolf

April 1, 2018 – Montelobos Mezcal Cocktail celebrates the Mexican gray wolf.  The Mexican gray wolf needs friends as there aren’t many of them roaming around the Southwest of the U.S. and Mexico these days.  So it is appropriate that Montelobos Mezcal has partnered with the @WolfConservationCenter to bring awareness...
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Kona Beer Has Good News

March 21, 2018 – Kona Brewing fans, and there are plenty of you, will be delighted to hear that Kanaha Blonde Ale is being distributed nationally.  Previously, if you didn’t live or travel in California and Hawaii, you were out of luck and that’s a real shame as it is...
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Wine Wars in Two Hemispheres

February 21, 2018 – There’s quite a brawl going on between two western Canadian provinces involving wine.  Down in New Zealand, consumers are up in arms over Australian Sauvignon Blanc. Wine and Oil Don’t Mix The province of Alberta has banned the sale of wine from British Columbia.  The ban...
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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum & Harley-Davidson Art Contest

January 18, 2018 – Call it Hog Heaven.  Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Harley-Davidson are teaming up again, this time with a first-of-its-kind design competition open to the public.  Dubbed the “My Works Speaks for Itself” contest, details on how to enter can be found at www.SailorJerry.com/MyWorkSpeaksForItself. The model selected...
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The Macallan and Chinese New Year

January 14, 2018 – Paying homage to Chinese New Year which starts February 16, The Macallan is issuing a limited edition gift box featuring the Year of the Dog. The handsome box contains two bottles of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  For collectors,...
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Winery Gives $1000 Bonus to Employees

January 8, 2018 – Joining the Fortune 500 companies that have announced $1,000 bonuses, Jordan Winery in Sonoma County is sharing the bounty of the new tax cut bill with its 85 eligible employees.  And its owner, John Jordan is challenging fellow business owners to do the same.  Bravo! Created...
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Drink Your Dessert!

December 18, 2017 – We can’t guarantee it, but this just might be the way to save on calories!  Skip the pies and indulge yourself with a delicious cocktail. The following recipes are easy to make and any one of them will be a perfect alternative to offer guests at...
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Wine Squirrel Now Available on Amazon

December 18, 2017 – Gift Alert!  Wine Squirrel, the wine preserver that really works is now available on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XB9YVFL   Check out our review http://www.wineandspirits.com/2017/11/23/wine-squirrel-perfect-wine-preserver-perfect-gift/...
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Nothing Says Christmas Like Candy Canes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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