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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