Lady Gaga’s Grigio Girls; Whiskey Flavored Coffee; A Wine Glass That’s a Mask & More News

Also, the most expensive cup of coffee in the United States, how to age liquor two years in just three days plus Pinot Noir ping pong. This week in news.
Photo by proacguy1 via Flickr

How do you top a Super Bowl halftime performance? With your own wine line, naturally. TMZ reports Lady Gaga will debut “Grigio Girls.” That name comes from a bonus track on her “Joanne” album from last year. It comes as no surprise that TMZ says, “We’re guessing Pinot Grigio will be the flagship product.”

A coffee and whiskey combo that’s O.K. to enjoy in the morning.

If you can’t put whiskey in your coffee, your cup of joe can at least have the taste of it. Jack Daniel’s whiskey-flavored coffee, though infused with the iconic spirit, is non-alcoholic. It’s even available in decaf. Bless This Stuff has the details.

The most expensive cup of coffee in the United States is…how much?!?

Speaking of coffee, what’s the most you’ve ever paid for a cup? Brooklyn’s Extraction lab has a “steampunk” machine, described by Bedford and Bowery:

“The device, which looks like a cross between a French press and a draft beer tap, is so ultra modern it’s operated by an iPad app and designed to combine all the elements of drip, French press, and espresso brewing”

The price? A cup of coffee starts at $3 and goes up to $18.

“The first wine glass contoured to fit your face.”

So says the Kickstarter for the Wine Glass Mask. Do you see this glass having a place among your stemware?

Wine Glass Mask
Photo courtesy James Piatt

How to age liquor two years in just three days

When it comes to aging spirits, patience is a virtue. But thanks to science, the impatient can get the flavor and color that liquor gets from years years in an oak barrel in just a matter of days. Nova Next explains how it’s done:

“The accelerated aging is brought about thanks to ultrasound-induced cavitation in the oak chips, where small bubbles formed by the sound waves ‘explosively collapse,’ blasting the wood’s tissues and releasing compounds that add distinctive flavors to the liquor.”

Thanks, science! And stay tuned: the next alcoholic beverage to get the ultrasound treatment is wine.

In the Trade

ProWein is Coming Soon

Last year, more than 55,000 people attended this wine and spirits trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, and in a little over a month, it will be time for the 2017 industry gathering. You can start your day exploring a wide variety of exhibitions and seminars, and take a break in the Champagne Lounge. If you’re looking for tickets for this year’s ProWein, held from March 19–21, or to learn more about the various events and exhibitions, check out the website.

Wine Market Council and Nielsen Reveals 9 Trends in Wine

In conjunction with Wine Enthusiast’s 17th annual Wine Star Awards, the Wine Market Council and The Nielsen Co. presented their findings on what, where and why Americans are drinking. Find out the results (and a few surprises).

Out and About

Wine Star Awards Take Miami

Perfect weather marked the evening, as evidenced by an ocean-adjacent pre-awards cocktail reception.

Behind the Scenes of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2017

Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink stopped by Roberta’s in Brooklyn to tape an episode of the podcast Snacky Tunes and talk all things wine travel. Listen to the show.

Coolest Ping Pong Table Ever?

Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski was in New Zealand and was able to stay focused on wine, specifically Pinot Noir.

Published on February 13, 2017
Topics: Wine News + Trends


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