Drink

Want new wine choices? Look back to the Old World

Want new wine choices? Look back to the Old World

“There are so many new wines coming from around the world, Americans’ choices have increased exponentially,” says wine expert Mike DeSimone, co-author with Jeff Jenssen of “Wines of California: The Comprehensive Guide,” scheduled for release in September.

Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

Bourbon production reaches high point since ’70s

“People keep asking us, ‘When will the bubble burst?’” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Living roofs take root in wine country

Living roofs take root in wine country

“It’s really cool working underneath something you know is helping the environment and not impacting it in a negative way,” says Christian Oggenfuss, director of marketing for Odette Estate.

Gin shakes things up with aged, new products

Gin shakes things up with aged, new products

“It’s written and that’s how you play it.”

Making the case for a simple well-stocked home bar

Making the case for a simple well-stocked home bar

Convinced there had to be a better way to stock a bar, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson and husband David Solmonson set out to cull the cocktail herd and home in on only the most essential ingredients for great drinking.

New high-end products distill essence of vodka

New high-end products distill essence of vodka

“Vodka distilleries are saying, ‘Listen, let’s get back to our basics. Let’s make these products and represent ourselves in a way that holds true to mixing a very clean cocktail,” says Jeff Leanheart, beverage director of The Smith Lincoln Center in New York City.

Thirst for US craft beer grows overseas

Thirst for US craft beer grows overseas

“The idea that we’re going to go across the pond as it were to brew our style of beers fresh in Europe is an exciting prospect for us,” said Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, who announced the overseas expansion plans over the weekend.

Kicking Grass: Now in its 10th year, Hops for Habitat at Aurora conservation center keeps growing

Kicking Grass: Now in its 10th year, Hops for Habitat at Aurora conservation center keeps growing

“We’ve doubled our attendance in the last two years, and we’re hoping to have a big jump again this year,” she said. The brewfest attracted about 850 people in 2013, with anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 attendees expected this year, Zeitler said.

How strong is that drink? Calculator helps figure

“Most people don’t realize how much alcohol is actually in a drink,” said Dr. George Koob, director of the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Cider, calvados stoke apple beverage trend

Cider, calvados stoke apple beverage trend

Hard cider already has taken a slice of the adult beverage market in recent years, and now apple spirits of all kinds are showing their appeal as Americans rediscover classics like calvados and increasingly embrace products like apple gins and vodkas.