An Insider's guide to restaurants, wine, spirits and culinary travel
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
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
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
Is Vladimir Putin hacking the luxury
simply aren’t enough:
In case you’ve forgotten, it’s rosé
wine critics give their recommendations:
Would you pay $700 for a bottle of
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
great wine for under $15?
It’s not a
typo, oxymoron or stupid question. There’s a lot of very good wine at very low
prices, but discovering it is a challenge---particularly when you’re strolling
the wine aisle of your local supermarket or beverage superstore, staring at a
tsunami of unfamiliar labels.
is Mark Spivak’s Affordable Wine Guide to
California and the Pacific Northwest, available as an e-book for $7.99. The
book profiles 43 producers and contains hundreds of wine reviews, and gives you
a clear-cut view of the good and the bad. The criteria are simple: What does
the wine taste like? What kind of food does it go with? Is it worth the money?
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