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.

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.

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.

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]