Wine Box Inventor Dies; Hello Kitty Sells Wine

Forget the soda tax. Now, lawmakers are aiming to get their grubby little hands on our beer! A tax increase on mass-market beer -- microbrews would be exempt -- is one of the first new revenue-raising ideas Democrats have come up with in weeks. [AP]

The Castello Plan in Ditmas Park, The Bodega in Bushwick, and La Casita in Cobble Hill are three new Brooklyn wine bars with an accent on affordability and accessibility. [Brooklyn Paper]

Australian winemaker Thomas Angove, who invented the wine box some 45 years ago, has died at the age of 92. [Consumerist]

The 2008 pinot noirs from California's Anderson Valley are now in stores, many suffering from stinky "smoke taint," a result of the forest fires that plagued the region. [Wall Street Journal]

Is Hello Kitty the Joe Camel of wine? The company has released four different wines, each sporting the cutesy label. [NBC LA]

A billionaire wine collector has accused Christie's of knowingly selling dozens of counterfeit bottles of high-priced wine, including a $4,200 bottle of allegedly corked Lafite. [Wall Street Journal]

A boozy Team USA, including Sean Hoard from PDT, took first place at the 42Below Vodka Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand. [Washington Post]

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