President Obama Makes White House Beer; Mad Men Has Helped Boost Whiskey Sales


Making the case for beer at breakfast: Forget mimosas; start your day with a coffee beer or even a maple brew.
[Wall Street Journal]

A case of 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy sold for $297,400 in Hong Kong, setting a world record for that vintage.

President Obama is said to be the first president to make a home-crafted beer, called White House Honey Ale. What about that George Washington beer?
[Miami New Times]

Terroir is such a big deal in Burgundy that two wines made from grapes grown just a five-minute walk apart can differ vastly in flavor and color.
[NY Times]

Yet another candidate for world’s most expensive whisky: Dalmore 62, which recently sold for more than $196,000, the highest price ever paid for a standard bottle of Scotch.

Apparently, all the delicious drinking scenes on AMC’s Mad Men have helped boost whiskey sales. It’s being called “The Mad Men Effect.”
[Marie Claire UK]

The wine-grape supply in California is shrinking, according to new research. A sluggish economy and unusually cool weather are to blame.