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OBITUARY: Anthony Dias Blue

Legendary wine, spirits and food critic Anthony Dias Blue passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, December 25th. His love affair with wine began in 1978 when he moved his family to San Francisco. He would go on to be the founder and Executive Director of The Tasting...
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DE KUYPER

Mark de Witte will retire as CEO of De Kuyper Royal Distillers in April when Heineken veteran LEO EVERS will take over the position on May 1. During De Witte’s nine-year tenure as CEO the Dutch distiller nearly tripled its turnover. Dutch national Evers started his career at Bols International...
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BEAM SUNTORY

JAMEY MARTIN has joined the drinks group as its chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer. In her new role, Martin will look to make an impact across the company’s three-pillar DEI strategy of workplace, workforce, and marketplace. She joins Beam Suntory following a 15-year career at Mondelēz International, serving...
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CORE WINE TERMS DITCHED

It’s out with the old and out with the new. The US arm of the Court of Master Sommeliers has decided that wine-producing countries will no longer be referred to as “Old World” or “New World” in materials, the body announced in its December newsletter. The decision was driven by...
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ANCIENT DISCOVERY IN THE RHÔNE

A historic wine find has been unearthed as a group of French archaeologists have discovered an ancient 2,000 year-old winery on a plot of land set to become a parking lot in the Rhône Valley’s Drôme department. The Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Preventives (INRAP), overseen by France’s Ministry of Culture,...
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HAS FINE WINE LOST ITS LUSTER?

It wasn’t exactly a banner year for luxury wines. The market for top-end Burgundies, vintage Champagnes and other fine wines declined significantly in 2023, as higher interest rates and a slowdown in the Chinese economy catch up with the once-booming asset class. The price of Burgundy dropped 15.7 percent over...
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CRAFT BREWERS CONFERENCE SPEAKER LIST

This year’s lineup of featured speakers for the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Las Vegas April 21-24, has been announced. They are: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Fawn Weaver, business entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Featured speakers and topics: BART WATSON, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association —...
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Czech glass is world class

There are beer glasses and then there are Czech beer glasses. Any true enthusiast appreciates the difference. Made famous by its brewing industry, Czech glassware has been added to the World Heritage list by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In mid-December, the Czech Republic’s nomination was approved...
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The 2023 Year in Craft Beer

The craft brewing industry had its share of challenges in 2023. The Brewers Association has recapped a year that proved difficult for many small and independent brewers facing a mature, competitive marketplace. Its midyear survey indicated a production dip, with all signs pointing to production being down in 2023, the...
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