One of the country’s top cocktail writers, Jason Wilson, rounded up the most significant drinking trends of 2010: pisco, mezcal, tequila as the new vodka, and beer cocktails. Also, white whiskey, Benedictine, American microdistilleries, and Italian aperitivi.
And the top wine stories of last year? The Chilean earthquake that rocked the country’s wine country, a study that approved some wine during pregnancy, and a possible end to direct wine shipping. [Wine Spectator]
A thoughtful piece on the nature of the martini posits that, after the Appletini and other variations, the martini no longer exists. At this point, it’s only an abstract idea.
[LA Times Magazine]
Yes, there’s a World Series of Beer Pong. And, yes, it’s held in Vegas. The winning team will receive a $50,000 prize.
Researchers have found that even slight nuances in the art on wine glasses can indicate social, cultural, and economic changes in ancient Greece.
A new breed of ultra-premium California wines are sold through word of mouth at Bordeaux prices, like Harlan Estate’s 1997 vintage, six bottles of which sold for $7,170.
A new law in Tennessee will give Jack Daniel’s a run for its money. It allows more distilleries to set up shop in the region, with 40 more counties now eligible for distilleries.