Hailstones ‘the size of pigeon eggs’ devastate Bordeaux vineyards

telegraph.co.uk/ – David Chazan 27 MAY 2018 Hailstorms have devastated thousands of acres of prime Bordeaux vineyards, prompting the French government to promise support for winegrowers, some of whom have lost their entire crop. Cyril Giresse, a winegrower, said hailstones “the size of pigeons’ eggs” destroyed grape buds and left vines bare on Saturday. “The storm lasted only about 15 minutes, but in some...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Rum Legend Felix Juan Serrallés Nevares Passes

Felix Juan Serrallés Nevares, the fifth-generation of the Rum dynasty and longtime chairman of Puerto Rico’s Destilería Serrallés, has passed away at 83. He was known to family and friends as Don Fao, and served as president and CEO from 1981 until 2017. Under his reign Destilería Serrallés and their cornerstone brand Don Q Rums have been innovators and a driving force in the...

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