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Weekly DrinkDown: A $1B Buyout, "Bomb-Ass Pinot," and Oude Geuze
November 22, 2015 in Friday Roundup
In this week's DrinkDown... The first $1 billion craft beer buyout, Jim Murray's $30 World Whisky of the Year, Guy Fieri's "bomb-ass Pinot," a handful of new whisk(e)y releases, and an Oude Geuze that will blow your mind. [...] Continue Reading

Discovering Armagnac: Tariquet 1993 & Delord 25

When it comes to the brandies of southern France, Cognac is the behemoth on the global stage. Case sales of the three top brands alone (Hennessy, Rémy Martin and Martell) add up to nearly 10 million annually. Yet, despite its … Continue reading


Weekly DrinkDown: Friendsgiving, Whiskey Shortages & Stoneface IPA

Craft Beer Is More Global Than You May Think Turns out the whole world is on a craft beer rampage. This new infographic from Forbes and Statista shows just how extensive the global craft takeover has become. 561 craft breweries in Russia, … Continue reading

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The Arran Distillery: A Coming of Age (Plus, 4 Arran Whiskies Reviewed)

The Isle of Arran, sometimes referred to as “Scotland in miniature,” was once home to more than 50 whisky distilleries. But that was the 19th century and times changed; distilleries disappeared. When The Arran Distillery opened in 1995, it bookended a … Continue reading


Weekly DrinkDown: New Drink Books, Cool Homebrew Tech & The Substance!

Cool Gadgets: Brewing at home gets a new look PicoBrew’s The Pico, a new fully automatic countertop craft beer brewing appliance, surpassed its $200,000 crowdfunding campaign goal in less than nine hours this week. The Kickstarter campaign has shot past … Continue reading


Exploring The Rhône Valley: 6 Rhône Wines That Rock

In two of the last three Wine Spectator Top 100 lists, Rhône wines took the top French honors. In fact, in the last five years Rhône has produced over 15% of the wines in Spectator’s annual top ten. That’s 8 out of … Continue reading


The Infinite Monkey Theorem: Wine in a Can… From Space/Colorado

Admittedly, I am a space geek. I have a NASA t-shirt. I have all of Star Trek The Next Generation on Blu-Ray. I listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s podcast and Brian Cox’s podcast religiously. I almost finished a book about … Continue reading


Drink This: The Sparkling Wines of Italy’s Ferrari Trento

The best sparkling wines in the world are made using what is known as the traditional, or classic, method. It’s a method of sparkling wine production that requires a secondary fermentation in bottle. In 1936, Champagne became the first designated wine … Continue reading


Weekly DrinkDown: Booze Health Facts, Russell’s 1998 & Duet IPA

The Health Facts on Booze Diageo announced this past week that Crown Royal will now start including macro-nutritional information on the product. This is the first alcohol beverage brand to include a serving facts panel on its packaging. The panel details … Continue reading


California Cabs and Luxe Wines at the 10th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food

It had been a few years since my last visit to the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. But I decided to head back for their 10th annual event this year, held the weekend of September 22nd at three of Newport’s most extravagant mansions on Bellevue … Continue reading


Weekly DrinkDown: More Craft Beer M&A, Love That Dirty Water and Sukkah for Sukkot

In this Weekly DrinkDown: More craft beer mergers and acquisitions, Sam Adams unveils their new Brewing the American Dream winner, Harpoon brews a beer with “dirty water” and our drink of the week is perfect for gin cocktails and Sukkot. … Continue reading

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