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2016 New Releases
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Wine, Beer & Spirits News

Absolut Vodka's launch of their newest flavor, Oak, at Estrella in Hollywood

The Launch of Oak by Absolut
Absolut Vodka unveiled its newest flavor, Oak, at a private launch event in Los Angeles. GAYOT was among the first to try the spirit — a smoky and smooth vodka with notes of vanilla and caramel. That's right, vodka. This unique take on whiskey flavors can be enjoyed straight or mixed in cocktails.

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Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag holds a bottle of G. H. Mumm Champagne to celebrate the new partnership

Maison Mumm Sponsors Formula E
G.H. Mumm Champagne is moving on from its relationship with the Formula 1 Championship to sponsor a new age of racing. The world's first all-electric racing championship — Formula E — will have showers of G. H. Mumm Champagne at the winner's podium. The prestigious champagne company, headed by Pernod Ricard, is inspired by electric cars and environmentally sustainable technology, making this the ideal partnership.

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Five new Masters of Wine joined the Institute in February 2016

Five New Masters of Wine Join the Club
The Institute of Masters of Wine welcomed five new masters to its prestigious community in February 2016. The Master of Wine Examination, similar to the Master of Sommelier exam as portrayed in SOMM, is a grueling multiple-stage assessment on all things vino. In the nearly 30 years since the program opened to applicants outside of the United Kingdom, only 338 have gone on to become masters.

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Champagne Piper-Heidsieck celebrates the Academy Awards with a limited edition magnum of the Cuvee Brut

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Unveils "Red Carpet Ready" Limited Edition Bottle Exclusively for the 88th Annual Oscars
Only 1000 bottles of the limited edition "Red Carpet Ready" magnum have been produced in celebration of the 88th Academy Awards and Governors Ball, the official post-Oscars celebration. The magnum bottle was specifically designed for the occasion, with the golden tiara around the bottle echoing the word "Oscars" and the number "88." The Cuvée Brut is a full-bodied Champagne composed of more than 1000 crus, boasting flavors of pear, citrus and grapefruit.

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In 2016, Chateau Montelena celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris, which put California at the forefront of the wine world

Chateau Montelena Celebrates 40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris
In 2016, Chateau Montelena will celebrate 40 years since the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris, when its 1973 Chardonnay beat French and American competitors in a blind tasting. Our own Henri Gault, the late, great food journalist was at that momentous occasion, which forever changed the way the world would view American wines and put California at the forefront. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Bo Barrett and winemaker Matt Crafton will be touring the United States for various tastings and auctioning off a once-in-a-lifetime lot at the Auction Napa Valley 2016.

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The all-women distilling team at Spirits Works Distillery releases two grain-to-glass whiskies

All-Women Distilling Team Releases Two New Grain-To-Glass Whiskies
Spirit Works Distillery, located in Northern California is the first all-women distilling team led by master distiller, Ashby Marshall. They produce all organic Vodka, Gin, Sloe Gin and Barrel Gin and now, Whiskey. Starting on December 1st, the highly anticipated grain-to-glass whiskies, the Straight Wheat Whiskey and the Straight Rye Whiskey, from Spirit Works Distillery will be on selves and in bars throughout California.

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New belgium Brown Ale Ice Cream benefits the enviornmenatl group "Protect our Winter"

New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry's Partner to make Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale
Earlier this year, New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry's collaborated to release Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale (ABV: 6.3%). Now, they have come out with a limited edition ice cream to coincide with the seasonal ale. This creamy treat, which combines New Belgium Brown Ale Ice Cream with salted caramel swirls and fudge brownies, will be on shelves around the country in November. Both collaborations help benefit "Protect our Winter," an environmental group that strives to fight the effects of climate change. Look for the ice cream in your local grocery store soon!

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 2007 Limited Edition Belle Époqu bottle is designed by Austrian artists Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler

Champagne Perrier-Jouët Releases 2007 Limited Edition Belle Époque
Following the 1902 Emile Gallé Art Nouveau bottle design, Champagne Perrier-Jouët has encouraged young artists by creating limited edition bottles with emerging artists' designs. This year's Belle Époque has been designed by Austrian duo Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler to cap a year-long design partnership telling the story between nature and mankind. Only 6,000 of the 2007 limited edition Belle Époque hand-made bottles have been made and are available for $225.

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Virtual viewers get an up-close look at the barrel charring process

Scotch Making Comes to Life with DEWAR'S Virtual Tour
Dewar's unveils a 360 degree virtual reality tour of the making of their newest product, Dewar's Scratched Cask. In the virtual tour, viewers are transported to the Scottish Highlands and shown the various aspects of making scotch from start to finish.

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The Orphan Barrel Project 2015 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift

The Orphan Barrel Project 2015 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift Set
Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co. created the ultimate collector's item fantasy gift for the 2015 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift Collection. It consists of two parts: a whiskey cabinet stocked with the entire Orphan Barrel collection and a VIP trip to Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky for a bourbon tasting and hands-on creation of two Orpahn Barrel bourbon variants.

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Champagne Bollinger releases a limited edition for the James Bond film release of SPECTRE

Champagne Bollinger Launches Limited Edition Bottle for James Bond Film SPECTRE
Bollinger has been the exclusive Champagne partner, featured in 14 007 films, since 1979. The Bollinger SPECTRE Limited Edition contains a 2009 vintage Bollinger cuvée and is encased in a limited edition chill box.

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Mounton Cadet is announced as the official wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup

Mouton Cadet to Serve as Official Wine for the 2016 Ryder Cup

Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA and the PGA of America announced that Mouton Cadet will be the official wine for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Mouton Cadet began its relationship with the Ryder Cup Europe in 2014 and is now growing that relationship across the Atlantic.

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Hunt Country Vineyards, one of four Finger Lakes wineries working togehter on solar installations

Four Finger Lakes Wineries Team Up for Large-Scale Solar Installations

Four wineries in New York's Finger Lakes Wine Country, Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Hunt Country Vineyards, O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyards, and Wagner Vineyards, are working together to launch the first large-scale solar power systems that will add half a mega-watt of solar energy power, enough to power hundreds of homes.

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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.

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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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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


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