Unearthing Portugal’s Wine of the Dead, a Relic From the Napoleonic Wars

BY RAFAELA FERRAZ – atlasobscura.com In the small Town of Boticas, Portugal, a centuries-old tradition of making “wine of the dead” lives on. Despite its macabre name, this libation has less to do with death than it does with burial. In 19th-century Portugal, during a time of French invasions, people interred scores of bottles. The move, done out of fear that the wine would... read more

The 2016 Port Vintage Declared

The majority of the great old Port houses of the Douro have spoken and 2016 is indeed a vintage. The declaration of a vintage year in the world of Port is still a marking of an achievement and by extension cause for celebration. Rightly so the collective Port producers have been judicious with their declarations naming it a vintage year three to four times... read more

Gin couple mix it up with launch of malt Whiskey

Fearghal O’Connor Independent.ie Rademon Estate Distillery is shrugging off the threat of Brexit and preparing to take a whole new direction later this year with the launch of a single malt Irish whiskey. The Crossgar, Co Down-based team, led by wife and husband Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong, has already made a big splash in just four years with Shortcross Gin, Northern Ireland’s first modern... read more

Irish Distillers acquires Eight Degrees in multimillion euro deal

Charlie Taylor – The Irish Times Primary objective of the purchase is to ensure a long-term beer supply for Caskmates. Irish Distillers, the owner of Jameson Whiskey, has acquired the Co Cork-based craft beer producer Eight Degrees Brewing for an undisclosed sum. No financial details have been disclosed but industry insiders described it as a “multimillion euro deal.” The primary objective of the purchase... read more

Gamay could be Oregon wine’s next great grape

By Sophia Bennett For The Register-Guard Oregon grape growers have had a penchant for pinot noir since the wine industry started in the 1970s. Fast forward 40 years and another French grape is finding firm footing in local soils. Gamay, the principle grape of the Beaujolais region, is becoming a more prominent part of Oregon’s wine scene. “It’s a personal favorite for a lot... read more

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