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The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Boots Brounstein (Wine Spectator)

The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Boots Brounstein (Wine Spectator)

Diamond Creek's owner shares the story of how her husband pioneered single-vineyard Cabernet in California

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The 2016 New York Wine Experience: The Miracle of Montalcino (Wine Spectator)

The 2016 New York Wine Experience: The Miracle of Montalcino (Wine Spectator)

In 2010, something special happened to Sangiovese for Italy's famed Brunello di Montalcino; a tasting showed four paths to excellence

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Delve Into the Colors of the Season with Tart & Funky Orange Wine

Delve Into the Colors of the Season with Tart & Funky Orange Wine
2014 Keuka Lake Vineyards Dry Amber Vignoles - Orange wines
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2005 Radikon Jakot Friulano - Orange wines

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Skip that pumpkin-spiced latte and discover orange wines this fall.

It may be a bit of a surprise to some, but the trees in New York’s Finger Lakes aren’t the only thing with an orange hue this fall. This wine region is actually at the forefront of orange wine production, with grapes including Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay being vinified into stunning examples of this somewhat niche-y category. And it’s not the only place in the world where bottles, made using white grapes whose skins are left on to macerate with the juice, extracting color and tannins typically only found in red wines, are turning on wine lovers looking for the next. best. thing.

Orange wines, says Katey Harwood, winemaker at Keuka Lake Vineyards in the Finger Lakes, are akin to the second cousin of a red wine; even if they are not very close, they are still family. “The wines do not have oak, dark fruit and earthiness, so the tannin will be very intense and prominent when coupled with bright fruit flavors and a higher acidity,” she adds. Their extended skin contact and more oxidative environment tend to “turn ‘typical’ flavors and expectations on their head,” notes Vinny Aliperti, co-owner and winemaker at Billsboro Winery, and winemaker at Atwater Estate Vineyards, both also in the Finger Lakes region. “So, instead of gleaning notes of apples and pears in your more conventional Chardonnay, an orange version will develop secondary and tertiary flavors and aromas of oolong tea, salted nuts and marzipan,” he says.

Of course, increased oxidation and high levels of volatile acidity (which can cause vinegar-like aromas and flavors) in orange wine can be considered by some to be faults, admits Joe Quinn, wine director of Proof in Washington, DC. Still, despite this controversial notion, one person’s flaw can be another’s intrigue, meaning orange wine is often a matter of taste and opinion. “Ultimately, regardless of the complex chemical cocktail of a wine, it presents itself to us as an aesthetic object, and who’s to argue with what someone likes?” he asks.

The heightened acidity and fun and funky flavors can definitely appeal first and foremost to fans of sour beers. And, Aliperti says, they are also a great way to deftly highlight a totally different side to a grape. “The appeal is to discover the secret life of Malvasia, Sauvignon Blanc, etc., from an entirely different viewpoint - one totally foreign from its more typical expression.” Harwood agrees, adding orange wine showcases the color, tannin and character that are found in the skins and seeds, which are all generally lost for white grapes during fermentation.

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The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga of Marqués de Murrieta (Wine Spectator)

The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga of Marqués de Murrieta (Wine Spectator)

Leading a legacy at one of Rioja's oldest bodegas

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Funky Buddha Undefeated Saison returns for third year, starting November 1st

Funky Buddha Undefeated Saison returns for third year, starting November 1st

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(Oakland Park, FL) – Perfection stands another year: After the final undefeated pro football team of the 2016 season lost this weekend, Funky Buddha is proud to announce the release of its annual salute greatness, Undefeated Saison.

For the third year now, Funky Buddha Brewery will release Undefeated Saison. The beer is a tribute to the 1972 Miami squad, still professional football’s only undefeated and unmatched team. It is packaged in Champagne-style 750ml bottles capped in silver foil, and will be sold on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm at Funky Buddha Brewery only. Bottles cost $14 each with a limit of four per person.

Undefeated Saison is a beer that drinks like Champagne. A Saison – French for “season” – is a provincial style of beer that’s characterized by a light body, peppery flavor, and dry finish. Funky Buddha’s version is brewed with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape must, then conditioned in bottle to a high level of carbonation with Champagne yeast. The result is a bubbly brew fit for celebration — as in toasting the still unmatched reign of our 1972 champs.

“There’s long been a South Florida urban legend that after the last undefeated pro football team loses each year, members of the 1972 ‘Fins all raise a glass of Champagne in unison,” says Ryan Sentz, co-owner and head brewer at Funky Buddha Brewery. “We made Undefeated Saison thinking how awesome it would be if, instead of Champagne, those teammates could toast their victory with this beer instead.”

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The Lost Abbey Veritas 018 Blonde Sour with Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots coming soon

The Lost Abbey Veritas 018 Blonde Sour with Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots coming soon

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(San Marcos, CA) – The Lost Abbey is set to release the 18th edition in its Veritas line of beers, with the on-sale beginning on Thursday, October 27th at Noon (PST).

Veritas has been an ongoing experiment of the relationship between fruit, Brettanomyces and barrel aging.

Veritas 018 will be a redux of Veritas 015, which took home gold medals from the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (Wood and Barrel Aged Beer), The 2015 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FOBAB – Wild Beers w/ Fruit), and The 2015 San Diego International Beer Festival (other sour beer category).

Veritas 018 was aged in French oak with Peaches and Nectarines from Masumoto Farms as well as Apricots. Delicate notes of apricots and peaches, oaky wood, and a balanced tartness come through with a lively character from the Brett present throughout the experience.

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The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Head of the Champagne Class (Wine Spectator)

The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Head of the Champagne Class (Wine Spectator)

The Wine Experience seminars kick off with têtes de cuvées from four of Champagne's grandes marques

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Miller Lite: Back in the Original Steinie Bottle

Miller Lite: Back in the Original Steinie Bottle

In 1975, Miller Lite made history by proving we could brew a great tasting light beer, and we’re marking the occasion by bringing back our original Steinie bottle this holiday season, here for a limited time only.

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Summit Brewing’s Straight-Shooter Mark Stutrud on 30 Years as a Craft Brewery

Summit Brewing’s Straight-Shooter Mark Stutrud on 30 Years as a Craft Brewery
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In the current climate of brewery growth, it’s easy to forget how difficult it was to open a brewery in the United States 30 years ago. Yet, Mark Stutrud, founder of St. Paul’s Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this fall, nostalgically recounts the struggles he went through, starting with securing his initial funding.

“Everybody likes to talk about starting a brewery over a beer, but when I showed up with my hand out asking for money, they scattered,” recalls Stutrud. Compare that to today’s climate where almost everyone seems to have a friend invested in a local brewery.

(MORE: 5 Reasons Independence Matters to Brewers)

In his realist and jovial manner, Stutrud justifies their reaction back then. “I was just a knucklehead from North Dakota with a background in family psychology, dealing with chemically dependent adults … Starting a brewery in close-knit St. Paul was a tough sell.”

Yet, Stutrud rolled up his sleeves to get started.

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Yumix

Yumix

Yumix LLC debuted its lineup of self-titled premium cocktails. Yumix cocktails are packaged in 10.7-ounce dual-chamber bottles that allow the consumer to mix the cocktail immediately before serving. The top chamber contains a premixed juice cocktail, while the bottom chamber contains 50-ml of premium spirits. Consumers twist off the bottom chamber, pour the spirit into the top chamber for a quick-and-easy cocktail. Yumix is offered in three flavors — Cosmopolitan, Strawberry Lemonade and Pink Grapefruit — that retail in select markets for a suggested retail price of $3.99-$4.99.

Yumix LLC, Austin, Texas
Telephone: 512/574-7544
Internet: www.drinkyumix.com
Distribution: Select markets

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GLEN GRANT’S NEW AGED RANGE HAULS IN AWARDS – Scotch Whisky News

GLEN GRANT’S NEW AGED RANGE HAULS IN AWARDS – Scotch Whisky News

GLEN GRANT’S NEW AGED RANGE HAULS IN AWARDS

Glen Grant 18 Year Old wins multiple accolades by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017, including top honour, Scotch Whisky of the Year

Glen Grant 10 Year Old wins Best Single Malt Scotch (10 Years and Younger) for the fifth year in a row

Glen Grant 12 Year Old wins Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition

 

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 200 Year of Lagavulin – Scotch Whisky News

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 200 Year of Lagavulin – Scotch Whisky News
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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – 200 Years of Lagavulin

Diageo’s Dr Nick Morgan has spoken about Lagavulin many times this year, with the distillery celebrating its 200th anniversary. But what really came through at The Whisky Show’s 200 Years of Lagavulin masterclass was how much he is in love with the place. He took us through five Lagavulin bottlings, as well as an extremely old and rare White Horse, of which Lagavulin is a key component.

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s head of whisky outreach

Dr Nick Morgan – In His Own Words

‘Lagavulin is one of the most special places in the world. There is something magical about it’

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Remembering “Half-hung Archie” at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Remembering “Half-hung Archie” at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

October 24th, 2016

The Macphunn 16 Year Old

The Story Behind The Dram:

Years and years ago, the story goes, Archibald Macphunn of Drip – a local rogue – was hanged ’till deid’ for sheep-stealing. On the way back across the water with the corpse, his wife, who was nursing an infant bairn, noticed her husband’s body twitch. Putting the baby aside, she raised the man up, and plied him with mother’s milk laced with a wee dram of whisky she had on board. The colour began to return to his cheeks, and Macphunn of Drip revived. Since, by law, he could not be hanged twice for the same crime, Macphunn lived on to a ripe old age.

Sir Fitzroy Maclean handpicked a whisky good enough to commemorate ‘Half-hung Archie’ (as he was known locally) and his son Sir Charles continues the tradition to this day. A 16 year old Speyside Single Malt at cask strength, The Macphunn trumpets taste and excellence in a manner that would surely wake the dead. Sir Charles takes his dram with a little burn water, he says, “to loosen the noose and set the spirit free.”

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The Virginia Distillery Company “Vote For Whisky! ” – American Whiskey News

The Virginia Distillery Company “Vote For Whisky! ” – American Whiskey News
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October 24th, 2016

Vote For Whisky! 

Make an easy decision this election year and vote for Virginia Distillery Company as your favorite distillery in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Voting only takes a few seconds and you can vote daily until October 31st.

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Orphan Barrel “Rhetoric” 22 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News

Orphan Barrel “Rhetoric” 22 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News
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October 24th, 2016

Orphan Barrel “Rhetoric” 22 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml – ships like 1.5L due to bottle shape) ($119.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: “Amber-hued and bright in the glass, this delivers big caramel and toffee, interwoven with drier leather, espresso, cigar wrapper and cocoa. It’s best with a little dilution, which coaxes out rounded almond notes on this pleasing sipper. (KN)” (09/2016)

K&L Notes: Maxim called the Rhetoric 22-Year-Old a “top-shelf triumph,” saying, “The mash bill for Rhetoric Whiskey is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye. Beginning with hints of toasted grains, cherries and oak wood, Rhetoric 22-Year-Old tastes of toasted oak and dark chocolate with ripe banana and baking spices of clove and anise, while the finish is long and woody ending with dark chocolate notes. In other words, you’ll want to sip this one slowly….” (JPS, 5/2016)

 

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Whisky Wednesday Bonus Video Review – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Wednesday Bonus Video Review – Scotch Whisky News
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October 24th, 2016

Whisky Wednesday publishes a Haig Club Clubman Review

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Pyramid Breweries launches third installment of 1977 Lager

Pyramid Breweries launches third installment of 1977 Lager

Portland, Ore.-based Pyramid Breweries announced the launch of its 1977 Lager in commemoration of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers’ 1977 title run. As the third edition of the brew partnership with the Trail Blazers, raising a pint with this distinctly Portland beer celebrates the 40th anniversary of the team's victorious season, the company says. 

1977 is a crisp, bright golden lager with sweet malt notes of bread and toast, and a spicy, herbal hop finish. Kettle-hopped with three hop varieties — Nugget, Mt. Hood and Crystal — 1977 delivers a delicious flavor, it adds.

"We are extremely proud of our team's history, and no season brings back better memories than the Championship run in 1977," Trail Blazers Senior Vice President of Revenue Steve Scott said in a statement. "We're thrilled to continue our partnership with Pyramid Breweries with a special brew in honor of a truly special time for our city."

Pyramid Head Brewer Ryan Pappe used iconic numbers from that team and the 1977 season to help guide the creation of the unique recipe, the company says. In determining color of the lager, he used seven standard reference methods for winning the championship in its seventh year as a team. Pappe also chose 32 international bitterness units as that was the number worn by NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Bill Walton. Finally, the five malts included in the recipe — 2-Row Pale Barley, Goldpils Vienna, Munich 20, Wheat and Carapils — represent Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, Dave Twardzik, Bob Gross and Larry Steele running Dr. Jack Ramsey's offense, it adds.

"As proud sponsors of the Portland Trail Blazers, Pyramid Breweries is extremely happy to announce this special release," said Robert Rentsch, general manager of Pyramid Breweries. "The strategic combination of crisp, sweet and hoppy flavors in this fest-style lager truly embodies Portland and one of the most exciting NBA seasons in the city's history." 

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Heineken announces winners of 1864 Award for Responsibility, Sustainability

Heineken announces winners of 1864 Award for Responsibility, Sustainability

White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA announced that Harbor Distributing LLC of California and High Country Beverage of Colorado have been selected as this year’s recipients of the company’s 1864 Award for Responsibility and Sustainability. For the first time, the 2016 selection process considers environmental sustainability efforts, as well as best-in-class practices promoting responsible consumption and moderation, the company says. The award was presented to the winners on Oct. 20 at the Heineken USA annual National Distributor Conference in Chicago.

Heineken USA has a long history of working with its distributor partners to elevate responsible consumption around the globe, it says. To be considered for the annual award, distributors submitted initiatives including safe ride partnerships; carbon emissions reduction; glass recycling education and awareness; Alcohoot, the world’s first smartphone breathalyzer promoting smart decisions based on blood alcohol content; and Health Alliance on Alcohol, a national public responsibility initiative developed in partnership with Heineken USA, New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and White Plains Hospital.

“At Heineken we truly care about the impact we make in this world so sustainability and responsibility efforts are now included in our global strategy as a key business priority,” said Tara Rush, senior vice president and chief corporate relations officer of Heineken USA, in a statement. “We are committed to working side-by-side with our distributor partners to encourage responsible consumption of our products, and protect the environments in which we live, work and play. We are proud to work with partners who embrace these values and actively strive to put them into action.”

Harbor Distributing LLC partnered with the Health Alliance on Alcohol to engage its community on underage drinking through Project Access; with Uber and Curb to provide safe rides during holidays and at Heineken USA-sponsored events; with education groups and community organizations to prevent alcohol access to minors; and with the Anaheim Police Department to promote alcoholic awareness at the annual National Night Out event at Stoddard Park in Anaheim, Calif. Effective environmental sustainability efforts include the use of all electric handling equipment, warehouse energy-efficient LED lighting, waste recycling and reducing fleet emissions through the use of hybrid trucks.

High Country Beverage, through its Take Care Responsibility Program, creates awareness of responsible alcohol consumption through billboard and radio advertising, and by distributing thousands of Take Care cards on area college campuses during orientation and at sporting events. The distributor also partners with Team Fort Collins, a non-profit group that provides drug and alcohol prevention and education services to parents and youths. Its environmental sustainability initiatives include fleet carbon emissions reduction, the use of all electric warehouse equipment, and the laying of a conduit for electric vehicle charging stations.

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Saltwater Brewery Welcomes New Head of Brewing, Launches Third Canned Beer

Saltwater Brewery Welcomes New Head of Brewing, Launches Third Canned Beer

A crisp, refreshing, golden ale with 3.7 percent ALC/VOL, LocAle is the ideal all-day drinking beer to enjoy at your favorite local event or activity.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Saltwater Brewery, a Florida-based microbrewery known for the Edible Six Pack Rings, announced an extension to their brewing team with the hiring of Justin Rick, previous Senior Brewer at Brooklyn Brewery.

Justin graduated from the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis in 2008, and over the past eight years has held top brewing positions at Stone BrewingLeinenkugel and Brooklyn Brewery. Following the success of theEdible Can Ring viral video, Justin will continue the momentum as Saltwater’s new Head of Brewing. Since the beginning of June, he has helped to standardize procedures, improve safety, streamline operations, grow the Beer Lab, and just brewed the brewery’s 250th batch of beer. Dustin Jeffers will continue to manage recipe formulation and serves as Saltwater’s Director of Operations.

“We’re excited to have such a seasoned and talented Brewer,” said Jeffers. “His hands-on, senior-level experience with large breweries is unmatched and will be instrumental to helping Saltwater grow and improve.”

Justin’s hiring ushers in a third canned beer for the company, LocAle. A crisp, refreshing, golden ale with 3.7 percent ALC/VOL, LocAle is the ideal all-day drinking beer to enjoy at your favorite local event or activity. Cans have been available in the Tasting Room since the beginning of September, and are now available throughout Saltwater’s Florida-only distribution territory. The brewery’s canned beer offerings now include Screamin’ Reels IPA, Sea Cow Milk Stout, and LocAle Golden Ale.

 

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA marks final Encore Series release

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA marks final Encore Series release

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA brewed decidedly British

(Escondido, CA) – In 2009, Stone Brewing Co. President & co-founder Steve Wagner made a research trip to England to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history of IPAs. That epic trip resulted in an epic ale that years later makes its encore reign – the last in the series of Stone’s 20th Anniversary celebratory re-brews. 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA will begin arriving in bars and restaurants where Stone beers are sold this week.

British brewers in the 1800s made their IPAs big and as light in color and as dry as possible. That became Stone’s inspiration for this royally Emperial IPA. It’s brewed using all British malt, hops and yeast. Even the water was adjusted with mineral salts to more accurately reflect the renowned brewing water chemistry of Burton-on-Trent. The famed town of East Staffordshire, England, is known as the birthplace of the IPA. The water from the River Trent is fabled for its healing powers and, coincidentally, is known as the best brewing water in the world. It boasts the highest sulfate, calcium and magnesium contents of any other major brewing center in the world, and low levels of sodium and bicarbonate.

“That trip to England was inspiring to say the least,” said Stone Brewing President & co-founder, Steve Wagner. “At the time, we were researching IPAs and we poured over 150-year-old brewer’s logs handwritten in ink. We were inspired to come home and try our hand at the most authentic British IPA we could possibly brew in the US. To re-release this beer is a trip back in time to one of the most inspiring times in my brewing history.”

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