Article by: Lew Bryson - The madness is over.The shamrocks are falling off the walls.The green has been worn, Erin go bragh is Erin bragh gone.And the spike in Irish whiskey sales is over. It’s March again, and we’ve got an Irish whiskey story for you . . . again.But what if we ran our annual Irish whiskey story in August, say, and treated Irish whiskey like other spirits brands? What if you could sell Irish whiskey [...] Read More »
MASTER DISTILLER CHRIS MORRIS
Article by: Liza Weisstuch - There was a time when “experimental bourbon” would have sounded like an oxymoron. Bourbon, after all, is bound by law that defines it as “bourbon”. But every law has loopholes, so to speak. Of course, traditional bourbon as it’s been made since the latter half of the last century will always remain a mainstay. But in the recent past, the bourbon category has premium-ized and, in tandem with that, American craft distillers have stepped up [...] Read More »
MIGHT WINE CONTAIN NOXIOUS SUBSTANCES?
Article by: Harvey Finkel, MD - Let’s begin with the conclusion. Wine contains only one potential toxin, alcohol, but it is harmful only in wretched excess. When consumed in moderation, alcohol, in combination with the polyphenolic compounds found in wine, enhances health and well-being and may contribute to extending life span.The question of allergic reactions to wine is raised frequently. Allergies may be idiosyncratic and wine contains many mysterious trace compounds, so we cannot dismiss rare complaints just [...] Read More »
THE DIVERSITY OF NEW ZEALAND
Article by: Sandy Block, MW - Preliminary figures for 2O1O indicate that both the dollar value and the case volume of New Zealand wine exports to the US are up close to 2O% over 2OO9. New Zealand has now established itself as our sixth most important source of imported wine by value, and seventh largest supplier by volume. This reflects the fact that its wines carry a higher average price per liter than those of all our major trading partners other [...] Read More »