Booze News: Diageo Names Bartender of the Year; Starbucks to Serve Booze

Wondering what Marco Pierre White has been up to since The Chopping Block? For starters, he got his drink on as the host of spirits brand Diageo's Bartender of the Year 2009 awards in London. Aristotelis Papadopoulos from Thessaloniki beat 18 finalists from as far as Korean and the Cayman Islands. [Caterer Search]

Casa Lapostolle, which owns three biodynamic vineyards in Chile, has secured carbon neutral status, as certified by the CarbonNeutral Company. The winery says it achieved the status through energy saving and carbon emission offsetting projects. Its bottles contain 60% to 70% recycled glass, and grape picking is done at night to eliminate the need for cooling tanks. [Just-Drinks]

Starbucks will add beer and wine to the menu at one of its Seattle locations, and has plans to serve alcohol at two more stores in the coming months. Baristas had to complete a certification program to serve the boozy drinks. [BizJournals]

Studies show that red wine has more nutrients than white, such as more resveratrol, the heart-healthy substance derived from grape skins, as well as flavonoids, antioxidants, and the bitter-tasting tannins that are also linked to cardiovascular health. [NY Times]

The Queen of England loves her Dubonnet, although she nearly had to watch a recent cricket match without her favorite drink. Apparently, the only bottle in the cellar was off, and a local liquor store said that no one had asked for it in 30 years. Luckily for Her Majesty, a bottle was found at a supermarket, but it raises the question, who else drinks the stuff? [BBC]

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