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OLD FORESTER KENTUCKY STRAIGHT RYE WHISKY

        This is the distillery’s first new grain recipe in nearly 15O years. The whisky was made with a recipe inspired by Normandy Rye, a brand which Brown-Forman acquired in 194O. The mash bill consists of 65% rye, 2O% malted barley and 15% corn. Suggested retail for...
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SVEDKA ROSÉ

          This new release from Svedka has flavors of strawberry and pineapple with notes of hibiscus and blended with rosé wine. This is the first flavor that Svedka will introduce in clear glass bottle packaging. Suggested retail for a 75Oml is $13. Also packaged in 5Oml,...
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WHEN SABERING GOES WRONG

This falls in the category of downright embarrassing. When done right, sabering a bottle of bubbly is nothing short of impressive. Done wrong and well, it’s quite the opposite. On New Year’s Eve, the General Manager at Napa Valley’s famed French Laundry restaurant unsuccessfully sabered a Nebuchadnazeer (15-liter bottle) of...
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SOTHEBY’S WINE SALES BOOM

2018 was quite a year for wine sales at Sotheby’s. The auction house recently announced that its wine and spirit sales for the year crossed US$100 million for the first time. After a bumper series of results which included a bottle of 1945 Romanée-Conti selling for $558,000, another seven Methuselahs...
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THE PERILS OF TOO MUCH SUGAR IN PROSECCO

In the end, the sugar sacks gave them away. Two Prosecco producers based in Valdobbiadene and Refrontolo, in the province of Treviso, were raided this past fall when officials grew suspicious after finding two tons of sugar in sacks. Italian police seized 750,000 liters of Prosecco from the two producers...
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MORE RED WINE BENEFITS

Well, it’s certainly tastier than an apple a day! A recent Harvard study has found that a glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away. Those who enjoy a libation, but not too much, are less likely to be admitted to hospital than teetotalers. The study looked at...
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ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE and LONG LIFE . . .

Are wine and coffee the keys to longevity? It’s just possible! A new study released by the University of California-Irvine reveals that consuming moderate amounts of coffee and alcohol is linked to living a longer life. As always, the key word here is moderate. The 9O+ Study began in 2OO3...
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TOP 1O BEST SELLING COCKTAILS

When it comes to cocktails, everything old is new again. DRINKS INTERNATIONAL (DI) has released its annual list of the world’s best-selling classic cocktails in its January issue and the list is dominated by classics. DI asked bartenders from 127 of the best bars in 38 countries around the world...
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BOGUS BOURBON BARRELS

As if fake Scotch wasn’t bad enough, the recent holiday season saw an online company scamming customers out of bourbon barrels from Lexington, Kentucky. The state’s Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert in December for the website OakWoodBarrels.com. The website claimed that The Oak Wood Barrel Co. sold...
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