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2016 New Releases
Every month we review dozens of different wines produced around the world, from inexpensive Malbecs to pricey Pinot Noirs. Get tasting notes, ratings and prices.

Wine, Beer & Spirits News

La Cite du Vin is located in Bordeaux, France

The Guggenheim of Wine
Proclaimed by Bordeaux mayor, Alain Juppé, as just that, La Cité du Vin is a wine museum and theme park opened on June 1st. Constructed over a period of ten years at the price of $103 million, this eight-story wine glass-shaped building houses the ultimate wine experience with over 20 exhibits and installations, 800 wines from 70 countries, tasting rooms and restaurants.

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Saucey, the alcohol delivery app visited GAYOT for an unveiling of their promotional deals

Saucey: The Uber of Drinks
Saucey, the on-demand alcohol delivery app, visited GAYOT to offer a sneak peek at their current products and promotional deals. With plans to expand further in the U.S., Saucey is reshaping the trajectory of the traditional late-night booze run.

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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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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

Hennessy Unveils Futura-Designed Cognac Bottle


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