Mezcal Still the Next Big Thing; Pinot Grigio Makes a Comeback Among Snobs

Officials are moving forward with plans to replace the dated bar cars on Metro-North Railroad's Connecticut trains with new cars that look more like a sit-down pubs on wheels. [Wall Street Journal]

VinPerfect, a new type of screw cap that regulates air into the wine bottle, joins the synthetic wine cork wars. [Fast Company]

Craft breweries continue to be bought by bigger companies: Anchor Brewing by Fritz Maytag, the maker of Magic Hat by North American Breweries, and Butte Creek Brewing by Mendocino Brewing Co. [Chow]

For the last few years, mezcal has been touted as the Next Big Thing. Eric Asimov enlists Mayahuel's Philip Ward for a tasting of 20 of them. [NY Times]

It might be time to take another look at Pinot Grigio despite its continued mainstream success and common mediocrity. [Wall Street Journal]

There are literally hundreds of wineries in a 150-mile radius of New York City. A roundup of wine trails includes wineries in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. [Wall Street Journal]

A new study links beer consumption to psoriasis in women. Apparently, drinking beer, excluding light beer, may increase women's risk of developing the disease. [WebMD]

Champagne should be poured like beer, in a tilted glass, scientists say, as it maintains the concentration of bubbles, which makes for better drinking. [NY Times]

The world's most expensive wines, like Bordeaux's Chateaux Lafite Rothschild, Margaux, and Latour, and Burgundy's Romanee-Conti, are selling at or above high 2007 prices. [Reuters]

A new iPhone app available on iTunes called Mad Men Cocktail Culture tests users' mixology skills. [Appolicious]

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