Women Drinking More Whiskey; New York Hop Farming Returns


Heavy promotion is planned this holiday season to showcase New York wineries. [USA Today]

China is now one of the top five growers of grapevines in the world. And the local wines, it turns out, are improving each year. [Baltimore Sun]

The French wine harvest concluded last week, with output rising to a five-year high thanks to clement weather. [Bloomberg]

Call it the Don Draper effect: More women are drinking whiskey. With notes of vanilla, honey, and caramel, the flavors in whiskey are actually rather feminine. [Today]

Rye whiskey is so hot these days that distilleries are struggling to keep up with the ever-growing demand. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Shopping for that hard-to-buy-for loved one? Get that person what he or she surely doesn’t have: a barrel of whiskey. [Forbes]

Drum roll, please: Here are the five most expensive vodkas in the world. And, yes, a vodka called Diva for $1 million makes the cut. [One India Living]

Farmers and craft brewers are trying to revive New York’s hop-growing culture. Statewide hop acreage could double by next year. [NY Times]

Big trouble could be in store for the makers of a product being marketed as “alcohol free whiskey.” [Drinks Business]