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Wine country in the Champagne-Ardenne region, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO Declares Two French Wine Regions As World Heritage Sites

Champagne and Burgundy vineyards were granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status on July 4, 2015. France is now home to 41 such sites.

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Lorenzo Trefethen, third generation Napa Valley winemaker, gets his first win in auto racing

Two Generations of Trefethen Family Auto Racers

Lorenzo Trefethen, third-generation vintner and vice president of Trefethen Family Vineyards, took first place at the prestigious Pirelli World Challenge Porsche GT Club Class, with his No. 13 Trefethen Vineyards Porsche 911 GT Cup race car. He follows in the footsteps of his father, John Trefethen who races in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Platinum Masters class.

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New inductees in The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas

The Court of Master Sommeliers Inductees

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas welcomed seven new members in May 2015. The three-part Master Sommelier Diploma Examination includes a blind tasting of six wines in 25 minutes. The resulting certificate is the highest distinction given to a professional in the beverage service industry.

Learn about the new Master Sommeliers

Macchu Pisco; Avant La Nuit cocktail with pisco; Prunier Family Reserve Cognac

Top 10 Spirits

This lineup includes a bourbon from Colorado, a mezcal made according to ancient Mexican methods and a gin that is blended with pure Icelandic water. On-trend but not trendy, GAYOT's list is in a class of its own.

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Watermill Winery is one of 19 wineries in the newly designated Oregon AVA of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

The Walla Walla Valley has New Viticultural Areas

Oregon has a new American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced this February. The appellation of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater lies in the Walla Walla Valley in northeastern Oregon, near the Washington border. The AVA includes 19 vineyards, like TERO Estates and Watermill Winery.

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Justin Winery in Paso Robles, California
Paso Robles Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas

On October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a final ruling establishing 11 new viticultural sub-areas nested within the greater Paso Robles American Viticultural Area.

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Tasting Mira Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon at A.O.C.
A Taste of Aquaoir
Mira Winery in Napa Valley recently experimented with aging their wines underwater. We got a chance to sample the "Aquaoir-aged" Cabernet Sauvignon at A.O.C. wine bar in Los Angeles as part of a tasting tour.

Stone Summit Vineyards new tasting room, The Wine Room at Wolf Creek Resort in Big Bear, Calif.
Big Bear Claims Highest Altitude Vineyard in Northern Hemisphere
Fans of southern California vacation destination Big Bear can now end a day of skiing with wine tasting. Learn more about Stone Summit Vineyard and its new tasting room.

Mama Walker's Glazed Donut is a 70-proof liqueur that can be sipped straight or on the rocks
Mama Walker's Breakfast-Inspired Liqueurs
Want some bacon in your cocktail? How about a donut? Learn more about Mama Walker's three new liqueurs from Pernod Ricard: Maple Bacon, Glazed Donut and Blueberry Pancake.


Iron Horse Chinese Cuvée Served at US-China Summit
Bourbon Shortage
Is Aquaoir the New Terroir?
Yao Ming Launches Eponymous Wine Label
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Launch Own Rosé
George Clooney and Rande Gerber Launch Casamigos Tequila
Champagne House Sponsors Critics' Choice Movie Awards
The Balvenie Fifty
The Birth of a New Wine Label
Champagne Perrier-Jouet Unveils 2004 Belle Epoque Florale Edition
A Sneak Prévu of a New Liqueur
Hennessy Unveils Futura-Designed Cognac Bottle


India Pale Ale was first developed for British soldiers in South Asia; however, the style has since gained popularity with civilian beer fans.

Although sipping fine Scotch can be an expensive habit, GAYOT's Top 10 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies start at a reasonable $50 a bottle.