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One day science says drinking will make you live forever. The next day science says it will kill you tomorrow. Good Booze, Bad Booze is an Alcademics category where I put all these stories together. Read more →

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These are seven newish drink books that have arrived at Alcademics HQ for your consideration. Most of the below descriptions come from the book blurbs and are not reviews, as I'm about 30 books behind on my reading list. Nicholas Faith's Guide to Cognac by Nicholas Faith (Not sure why this book is so expensive on Amazon; it's only 132 pages. The Kindle version appears to be free.) Nicholas Faith’s Guide to Cognac is a directory supplement to Nicholas’s best-selling book Cognac: The story of the world’s greatest brandy. Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes... Read more →

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I'm not exactly sure what brought on this trend, but over the past year multiple brands have begun combining their spirits with wine. Here's what I know about so far. Absolut Tune Is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand and Absolut vodka. It's 14 percent alcohol. Courvoisier Gold Courvoisier Gold is a blend of Moscato wine from the South of France and Courvoisier cognac. The product is 18 percent alcohol. Courvoisier Rose This is a blend of Courvoisier cognac and French red wine grapes. It's 18 percent alcohol. Exclusiv Rose Exclusiv Rosé Vodka merges... Read more →

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In the June/July issue of Fine Cooking magazine I have a story about sangria. We kind of rewrote it a bunch of times and now it's mostly a list of tips on how to make a good sangria, but here is the intro. Traditional sangria is delicious, but it can also be a bit predictable: a pitcher of red wine with orange liqueur or brandy, slices of citrus, and sometimes a splash of soda for fizz. Recently, though, sangria has been showing up to the party dressed in new shades—pink, white, and even yellow—thanks to a base of rosé, white,... Read more →

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My First Wine Fraud Email

Hooray! Fishing comes to the world of wine and spirits. I got this email the other day. It's obvious fishing/wire fund/money order spam to me, but might not be if you happen to sell wine in Texas. Be on the lookout, and God Bless America Gerrard Silver reply-to salest9@gmail.com to salest9@gmail.com date Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 9:06 PM subject Thailand Wine Inquiry !!!! hide details 9:06 PM (13 hours ago) Hello, My name is Gerrard Silver , an American .I live and work here in Thailand . Actually when I was home last time in Texas, I got... Read more →

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Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 30th: What are you doing to celebrate? You could run out and plant a tree but that would be messy and dirt would be involved. Gross. Luckily several booze brands make it easy for you to do almost nothing while getting the full bragging rights of eco-activism. That's so American! Here are some ways you can help the earth while harming your liver: VeeV acai liqueur hosts the Treetini website, where you can learn locations of bars in which to order a Treetini- made with Veev, natch. For every drink... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Glossy Booze is a regular Alcademics round-up of booze stories in magazines. Details (November) has a story on underappreciated red wines. Imbibe (Nov/Dec) has recipes for homemade eggnog, drinks with figs, and party drink recipes, a comparison of witbiers, a story on Greg Boehm of CocktailKingdom.com, one on barleywine, another on bargain sparkling wine, fancy hot chocolate, and a travel piece on drinking in Hawaii. Malt Advocate (Fall 2009) has stories on Japanese Whisky, Australian whisky, water in whisky, GlenDronach, and drinking in Bardstown, KY. Men's Journal (November) has stories on California blended wines and good Canadian Whisky. Food &... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.