In China, a Fortune Spent on Wine; Japan to Bring its Award-Winning Whiskey to the U.S.

Where can you find hot cocktails in the city? Try Pegu Club for a Sleeping Monk (chamomile-infused Scotch, lemon, honey, yellow Chartreuse, and Benedictine), PDT for a Hot Buttered Pisco (Irish coffee meets hot buttered rum made with Pisco), or Clover Club's Glogg (spiced-wine punch with aquavit and port, steeped with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg). [NY Magazine]

Naomi Brilliant, maker of Roshambo wines in Sonoma, who is best known for her annual Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament, is shutting down her winery to grow vegetables. [NY Times]

Aside from the leading chateaus' wines, most Bordeaux are ignored. But offerings from St.-Emilion, Pomerol, and Pessac-Leognan are a great value at $10-$20 per bottle. [NY Times]

In 1994, Ruth Reichl declared tiki dead. Soon, two neo-Polynesian bars -- Hurricane Club on Park Avenue and Painkiller from the team behind Dutch Kills -- will confirm its revival. [NY Times]

A record-breaking Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong brought in $6.8 million in a single day. Highlights included two magnums of Chateau Petrus 1982, which sold for $56,000. [Decanter]

Three years after Japan's Taketsuru Pure Malt was named the world's best blended whiskey at the Whisky Magazine awards, it will finally be available in the U.S. by year end. [Wall Street Journal]

Cocktails at home? There's an app for that. Actually, there are several, including Flip 'N Drink ($3.99), Cocktails+ ($2.99), and Tiki+: Exotic Drinks & Tiki Cocktails ($3.99). [SF Chronicle]


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