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glass half full: 6/28/2017

A roundup of the most interesting food, wine and spirits stories on the web (because even Al Gore, who invented it, doesn't have time to read them all).

The Billion-Dollar Tequila

The week’s most important story was the billion-dollar buyout by Diageo of Casamigos, a tequila brand founded four years ago by George Clooney and friends. The implications of this deal will be simmering for some time, and I explore the ramifications of it here:


Cabernet Franc, meet Cabernet Sauvignon

In other beverage M & A news, Clos Rougeard, the cult Loire Valley wine most sommeliers would kill for, has been purchased by Chateau Montrose:


The best new restaurants in America

According to someone:


Is Vladimir Putin hacking the luxury vodka market?

When elections simply aren’t enough:


In case you’ve forgotten, it’s rosé season

America’s wine critics give their recommendations:



Would you pay $700 for a bottle of Wild Turkey?

Apparently a lot of people are doing so, as Wild Turkey “funk” has become the latest obsessive collectible. This is inside baseball, but a fascinating read for spirits geeks: