New York Drinkers Mourn Two Booze Pioneers; Arkansas Now Distilling, Too

Eric Asimov remembers Ray Deter of d.b.a., who died Sunday following a bike accident on June 27, calling Deter's bar "groundbreaking." [Diner's Journal]

Debra Whiting of Red Newt Cellars and Bistro on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes, a food and wine pioneer in the region, has died in a car crash. [Decanter]

Maybe you should trade in your 401(k) for a vodka distillery. At least that's what Don Poffenroth of Dry Fly vodka in Spokane, Washington, did. [CNNMoney]

Arkansas now has its own "first distillery since Prohibition." Rock Town Distillery has just released Arkansas Young Bourbon Whiskey. [PR Newswire]

India has decided to allow the Scotch Whisky Association to use a geographical designation on bottles to counter local distillers' fake Scotch. [Wall Street Journal]

Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter movies, has admitted to GQ that he has an alcohol problem and has since given up drinking. [People]

Biodynamic wines made a splash at Vinexpo this year, with a small group of producers presenting their wines under the "Return to Terroir" banner. [Reuters]

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