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Star Wars Creator Sues Beer Company Over Copyright
The company behind Star Wars has filed a trademark dispute with a small brewery in Syracuse, New, York.
New Irish Whiskey
M.S. Walker is launching the West Cork Irish whiskey range in the U.S. The new offering is produced in Skibbereen by West Cork Distillers, a family-owned distillery specializing in artisanal whiskies made with local ingredients. The brand’s U.S. lineup will include West Cork Original Classic Blend ($26.99 a 750-ml.), which is made with locally-grown grains and aged in Bourbon casks, and West Cork 10 Year Single Malt ($39.99 a 750-ml.), which is aged in first-fill, flame-charred Bourbon barrels. West Cork joins the Kennedy Irish whiskey and malt, Newfoundland Screech Caribbean rum and Grand Macnish Scotch whisky brands in M.S. Walker’s imported spirits portfolio.
AUSTRIA STEPS UP SPARKLING AMBITIONS
The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced a new three-tier quality hierarchy for the country’s sparkling wines as it seek to raise the profile of this style.
GUINNESS LAUNCHES ‘ULTRA-PREMIUM’ ALE
A limited-edition amber ale brewed with both beer and whisky malt has become the first in a new Signature Series line launched by Guinness.
TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT WINE
Here are ten surprising facts from the world of wine, making you quite the conversation starter next tasting time around.
5 Must-Drink Oatmeal Stouts
Which oatmeal stouts should you seek out?
Why Mark Cuban Invested $1 Million In This Boxed Wine Company On ‘Shark Tank’
Mark Cuban, who says he actually likes the neon-coloured fruit wines, is so quick to lay down $US1 million for a third of the company, an investment that’s unusually large for the show.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WINE CORKSCREW
The earliest reference to a corkscrew was noted in the 1680s.
The where and why of wine bottle shapes
The most basic aspect of wine packaging – the bottle shape – can tell you a great deal about the wine before the cork is even popped.
SF Wine School offers CSW online program
San Francisco Wine School announces the debut of CSW Online
2014 California wine grape crop an excellent vintage
California vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage
Three Things You Didn’t Know About Alsace Wine
Think you know Alsatian wine? Try your hand at some of these little known facts about the region.
OREGON CATTLE DEVELOP A TASTE FOR PINOT
Van Duzer Vineyards in Oregon has found a novel use for its leftover Pinot Noir grape pomace – feeding it to calves on a neighbouring farm.
14 Hands Wine News
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ 14 Hands Winery has become the official partner of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and sponsor of the $2 million 14 Hands Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at this year’s championships. The international thoroughbred racing event, which consists of 13 races and takes place this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, will be televised on NBC and NBCSN. 14 Hands will collaborate with the Breeders’ Cup to develop media and entertainment programs to support the event at the local and national level and will be served at sanctioned events at Santa Anita Park and surrounding areas. 14 Hands, an Impact “Hot Brand,” grew 34% last year to reach 1.44 million nine-liter cases in the U.S.
THE WORLD’S 10 MOST HAUNTED BARS
The world’s most haunted bars full of ghoulish spectres, malevolent ghosts and downright terrifying occurrences.
Martini Vermouth Infused with Sustainably Sourced Botanicals
The signature, vibrant taste of MARTINI vermouth originates from a blend of some of the world’s finest botanicals.
Barossa and Clare Valley split vineyards to create geological sub-regions
Winemakers in Barossa and Clare Valley are splitting their vineyards into new sub-regions as part of a stronger focus on soil and climate in Australia’s wine sector.
California AVAs: Too Much of a Good Thing
There are 130 official American Viticultural Areas in California, and W. Blake Gray says only about a quarter have any real meaning.
Facing up to alcoholism with new photo tool
A rehab clinic has come up with a distinctly disturbing tool to show you the impact of alcohol on your appearance. Interesting if you try it!
How Do You Say Sangiovese In Chinese? The Language Of Wine, Translated
One of the most off-putting things for new wine drinkers is the language that experienced drinkers use to describe wine.
Top 10 biggest wine myths
New world wine myths
Cernilli Launches New Italian Wine Guide
Gambero Rosso co-founder Daniele Cernilli has just published a new guide to the best wines in Italy, in direct competition to his former publication.
Chile-infused wine in New Mexico gets $50,000 taxpayer-funded grant
Should U.S. taxpayers help fund the making and marketing of that locally produced product? Even if it’s a chile-infused wine from southern New Mexico?
Villa Bellangelo produces French-style fortified wine
Villa Bellangelo has produced what its owner believes to be the Finger Lakes’ only French-style fortified muscat wine.
How to host a wine tasting
BOOK REVEALS US PRESIDENTS’ DRINKING HABITS
America’s first president, George Washington, loved to drink beer and had a particular penchant for a Philadelphia brew called “Porter beer”, according to a new book exploring the role of alcohol in US politics.
FIREBALL HITS BACK AT ‘ANTIFREEZE’ CHEMICAL CLAIMS
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has hit back at claims the product is not safe for consumption due to the high levels of propylene glycol it contains – a chemical found in antifreeze.
WHISKY ADVENT CALENDAR 2014 GOES ON SALE
The Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is back for another year and now available to pre-order from Maverick Drinks.
How hops grow: A time-lapse video
Cool hops growing time-lapse video
Discovering your own taste in wine beyond 100-point scores
Expert” reviews are almost always based upon just one person’s taste or opinion.
Another reason we believe in Quini!
Strippers know Champagne
Some interesting facts about Champagne
The 12 New Rules Of Wine
The best Rieslings? Not necessarily from Germany. Chablis? Unfairly maligned. Want to stay current? Keep reading.
What twisted mind came up with these beer gadgets?
10 beer things you never knew existed:
Valar Morghulis is an ale to die for
Game of Thrones Beer Review. IN STOCK!
JIM BEAM TO RELEASE BOURBON ‘INFUSED’ WITH SCOTCH WHISKY
Beam Suntory has blended Bourbon with Scotch whisky to create a new hybrid whisky offer named Jim Beam Kentucky Dram.
32 Must Mix Halloween Cocktails
Forget the candy! Let’s make some cocktails!
A Seriously Useful Guide on Biodynamic Wine
Why we believe in scheduling your serious wine tastings on either flower days or fruit days.
How Wine is Made: From Grapes to Glass
A picture guide of how wine is made, from picking grapes to bottling wine.
New Jeremiah Weed Flavors
Diageo has officially launched a range of new flavored whiskies under the Jeremiah Weed brand. The line includes Jeremiah Weed Spiced (70.6 proof), Cinnamon (71.2 proof) and Sarsaparilla (70.4 proof) flavored American whiskies, all retailing at $19 a 750-ml. bottle and suggested to be consumed as shots or mixed with cola. The Jeremiah Weed brand also includes Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka and Blended Bourbon Whiskey offerings.
Anchor Christmas Spirit
San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co. has partnered with sister company Anchor Brewing to release Christmas Spirit, a new holiday entry. Featuring winter spice notes, Christmas Spirit is distilled using Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale, an annual beer release typically available from November through mid-January. The 45%-abv clear spirit will be sold throughout the holiday season, priced at $49.99 a 750-ml. Christmas Spirit marks the latest “beer-meets-spirit” collaboration from Anchor Distilling and Anchor Brewing, following their December 2012 launch of Hophead vodka ($29.95), made with hops from Washington state’s Yakima Valley.
The Weird World of Wine and Spirits Vaping
As the multi-billion-dollar e-cigarette business continues to come of age, a subculture of “vaping” flavors and production methods are taking cues from both wine and spirits. Jennifer Cacicio on everything from vape and wine pairing websites to “aged” e-liquids.
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