Whole towns evacuated as Northern California firestorm grows; at least 23 people are dead, 285 missing

Over 160,000 acres have been destroyed in northern California fires. Source: LA Times Phil Willon, Paige St. John, Louis Sahagun, Chris Megerian and Alene Tchekmedyian October 11, 2017 The death toll rose to 23 on Wednesday night from the rapidly spreading firestorm in California wine country as firefighters were battling the return of dangerous winds that sparked new evacuations. All residents of Calistoga and...

New Reviews for October 4, 2017

Below is a quick look at our latest reviews published at BevX October 4, 2017. Click the links to get the score and the full analysis of each beverage. Every Wednesday we release new stories, introduce our latest reviews, and send our subscribers their weekly, free digital newsletter. (Subscribe here.) We had another busy week at BevX with new, tasty beverage reviews to share....

A Fortified Wine Primer

With autumn creeping in, and winter not far behind, we wanted to address the topic of fortified wines. We offer this fortified wine primer to get you started on your fortified wine journey. This is an introduction to the category, so naturally many generalizations are made. We hope that this kickstarts your exploration of fortified wines. What are fortified wines? Sometimes the name tells...

Sky Ranch Foundation Awards Grant to ‘sacred’ Organization

The statistics are staggering—and they’re growing: 1 of every 4 girls and 1 of every 6 boys is sexually abused and more than 2/3 of those incidents occur to children aged 17 and under. Given those facts and the fact that their own grandchild was so abused, Carol and John D’Attoma of Overland Park, KS decided to do something about it and in 2009...

Oktoberfest – No Airfare Required

Oktoberfest, one of the world’s greatest annual events, is underway (the 184th Munich Oktoberfest started on September 16). Oktoberfest is an event worthy of your attendance and one that you would likely feel the urge to return (as opposed to Mardi Gras, Carnival in Brazil, and your last family reunion). The event takes place 15 days before the first Sunday in October and the...

Beer Still Down Low-Singles in On-premise, as Wine & Spirits trend up

Source: Beer Business Daily SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 Nielsen CGA released some on-premise numbers yesterday, covering the latest 52 weeks ending ended July 15. They mainly focused on spirits and wine trends, but that just underscored the fact that beer is still lagging bev alc growth trends. “Spirits continue to grow and remain the top-performing mega category, up 3.0% in dollar sales and 1.8% in...

New Reviews for September 13, 2017

Below is a quick look at our latest reviews published at BevX September 13, 2017. Click the links to get the score and the full analysis of each beverage. Every Wednesday we release new stories, introduce our latest reviews, and send our subscribers their weekly, free digital newsletter. (Subscribe here.) We had another busy week at BevX with new, tasty beverage reviews to share....

Versatile and Spectacular Garnacha

Garnacha, or Grenache as they say in France and much of the New World, is an interesting and versatile grape of Spanish origin. It’s absolutely one of my favorite red wine grapes as it shines in so many applications. For the sake of brevity I will simply refer to the grape as Garnacha now that we have established that the varietal has more than...

States Raise Revenue Without Raising Taxes By Repealing Arcane Alcohol Restrictions

Patrick Gleason, Forbes September 10, 2017 As a new football season commences in America, fans in many cities and towns will find it easier to prepare for tailgate parties and other fall weekend festivities thanks to moves taken by a number of states this year to remove antiquated restrictions on alcohol sales. In excess of 30 states reported budget shortfalls at the beginning of...

Why we should drink wine at breakfast

Kashmira Gander September 6, 2017 For millions of people, the rich aroma of ground coffee beans blended with hot water and frothy milk is what mornings smell like, while the fruity notes of a glass of wine are a welcome sign of evenings. But what would happen if we ditched the paper cup of arabica for a glug of merlot at 8am? It might...

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