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Glass half full: 8/16/2017

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)

More than 1 in 8 Americans are now alcoholics.

And the rise among women is particularly disturbing:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/alcoholism-epidemic-more-1-8-americans-are-now-alcoholics-1634315

Chipoltle closes store overrun by mice.

When it rains, it pours (rodents, in this case):

http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/08/chipotle-dallas-store-closing-mice-infestation.html

A master craftsman looks back on 50 years in the wine industry.

Pierre Seilan, winemaker for Chateau Lassegue in St.-Emilion and Sonoma’s Verité:

http://robbreport.com/food-drink/wine/master-winemaker-pierre-seillan-verite-sonoma-interview-2725923-eg17-2725923/

We all aspire to be goldfish.

The fish survive in freezing conditions by turning their body’s lactic acid into alcohol:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/08/goldfish-under-the-influence-during-winter/

A Chinese tourist paid $10,000 for a shot of 1878 Macallan at a Swiss Hotel.

Only problem was, the whisky turned out to be fake:

https://www.thedailymeal.com/tourist-pays-10000-fake-macallan-scotch-whisky/81217

Fair is fair.

Speaking of China: A restaurant is offering customer discounts based on bra size.

https://www.thedailymeal.com/trendy-shrimp-restaurant-china-bra-size-discount/81417

                     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.

The answer 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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