Scotch Whisky Association launch legal challenge against German whiskey over ‘Glen’ Name

Source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/ by Peter Swindon February 18, 2018 The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a legal challenge against a German distillery’s use of the word ‘glen’ in the name of its signature single malt. The European Court of Justice will rule this week on a dispute between the Association and Waldhorn, the maker of Glen Buchenbach. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) works to prevent...

Groundhog Day – Six More Weeks of Winter (not so fast)

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most pampered rodent, will soon be pulled from his lair to determine if we will have a speedy spring or more grey winter. Not so fast I say. This vermin has seen his shadow on 103 occasions and failed to see a shadow just 17 times. I smell a rat… Who is this Punxsutawney Phil anyway and why should anyone...

The Game – 52nd Super Bowl

It’s here! No typical Sunday Funday this week, no way, it’s Super Sunday. Just two years ago we celebrated the milestone 50th Super Bowl. While the viewers did not break a record, it was the third most watched Super Bowl in history. One’s 52nd birthday may not get quite the attention of the 50th but this year the movement is growing for the day following the...

Thieves steal 1,000 Brunello wines from Col D’Orcia

Chris Mercer Decanter January 26 Thieves operating in the dead of night have stolen 1,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino from high profile estate Col d’Orcia, including ‘irreplaceable’ library vintages. Around 100,000 euros-worth of Brunello di Montalcino wines were stolen from the Col d’Orcia wine shop, situated on the winery estate, last weekend, according to the winery. Thieves broke into the shop overnight and...

Sky Ranch Foundation Awards Grants To East Bay Children’s Law Offices And Urban Initiatives

January 2018 Grants were awarded to Oakland, CA-based East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. (EBCLO.org) and Chicago-based Urban Initiatives. EBCLO is a nonprofit child advocacy organization which provides legal representation to children and youth who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings, delinquency proceedings and probate guardianship proceedings in Alameda County Courts. Should a child return to live with his parent or be...

Legendary Italian winemaker Bruno Giacosa dead

Source – thelocal.it Famed Italian winemaker Bruno Giacosa, whose classic Piedmontese wines include Barolo and Barbaresco, has died aged 88, Italian media reported on Tuesday. Born in the northern Langhe region, Giacosa was born in a family of winemakers and in 1967 founded the Falletto house, famed for its red wines as well as its Roero Arneis, a dry white Piedmontese wine. He died...

Bacardi Buying Patrón Tequila In Deal Valuing Brand at $5.1 Billion

Global rum giant will pay a premium price to get into increasingly crowded premium tequila market Source: WSJ By Cara Lombardo Jan. 22, 2018 Bacardi Ltd. is buying the maker of Patrón tequila in a deal that values the premium brand at $5.1 billion, said people familiar with the matter, one of the biggest liquor deals in years as rivals scramble to own more...

MADD backs scientists’ goals for reducing drunken driving but doesn’t endorse lowering 0.08 blood-alcohol limit

Source: https://www.dallasnews.com/ Dana Branham, Breaking news reporter January 19th Mothers Against Drunk Driving largely supports recommendations from a group of scientists urging states to adopt laws that they say would reduce drunken driving, but MADD maintains its support for the current 0.08 drunken-driving threshold. The scientists, commissioned by the U.S. government, recommended that states lower the blood alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05....

Chapel Gate calls for transparency in blended Whisk(e)y

Source: The Spirits Business by Owen Bellwood 16th January, 2018 Louise McGuane, founder of Ireland’s first modern whiskey bonder, The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company, has called for the EU to amend laws stating what information can be printed on blended whisk(e)y labels. According to EU law, blenders can only disclose the youngest component whisk(e)y making up a blend, or nothing at all. Whisk(e)y...

Alcohol Spending Hit $241.8 Billion in 2017

Source: Wine & Spirits Daily JANUARY 11, 2018 The numbers are starting to come in for 2017, and thus far, beverage alcohol trends seem to have been lukewarm, depending on who you ask. Consumer spending on alcohol was up 2.7% to $241.8 billion for the year, according to research from BW166 and Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. Although, total alcohol volumes were down 0.4%, wine...

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