New Aperitifs to Hit the U.S. Market; Wine Grapes Warn That the Planet is Heating Up


If you agree that red wine glasses have big, flat bowls to maximize exposure to air and white wine glasses are narrower to keep the wine cold longer, then you know you don’t have to be a snob to buy into fancy glassware.

Bonal from France and Cocchi Aperitivo Americano from Italy are two aperitifs previously unavailable in the U.S. that will soon be imported by Haus Alpenz.
[Washington Post]

Author Daniel Okrent’s forthcoming book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, reveals that the speakeasy gave us modern New York nightlife.
[NY Magazine]

Milk & Honey, Franny’s, and Fort Defiance are among a new breed of bar and restaurant using housemade sodas in their signature cocktails.

The best bitters include Angostura, Peychaud’s, Regan’s, The Bitter Truth’s Celery, and Xocolatl Mole bitters, and Fee Brothers: non-alcoholic so they’re great for mocktails.
[The Atlantic Food Channel]

Max Brenner’s Tiramisu cocktail, made with Courvoisier, Kahlúa, espresso, milk chocolate, and a ladyfinger garnish, is one of the chocolatier’s new Dessert Concoctions.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

The Queens County Farm Museum is gearing up to uncork the first bottles of its own wine, believed to be the first made with city-grown grapes, next month.
[NY Daily News]

Because wine grapes are so sensitive to temperature, the wine industry acts as an early-warning system for problems that all food crops will face as global warming worsens.
[The Atlantic Food Channel]

Anchor Brewing Co., which makes Anchor Steam beer and Junipero Gin, has been sold to Griffin Group, the company that helped create Skyy Vodka.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, maker of Budweiser, is banking on the World Cup to boost the global beer market, with help from big beer-drinking markets like Brazil and Argentina.
[ABC News]

Asahi Breweries may buy food and alcohol companies in India, Indonesia, and Russia in order to boost sales 33 percent to some 2 trillion yen ($22 billion) by 2015.