Drink Local Wine and TasteCamp Announce New Partnership

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Drink Local Wine, an organization whose goal is to bring greater attention to regional wines, recently announced a partnership with TasteCamp, an annual event immersing writers and bloggers in emerging wine regions. TasteCamp 2014 will take place in the Hudson River Valley October 10-12, 2014 and be the kickoff event for Drink Local Wine Week 2014, which will include winery and distillery tours alongside local wine and food pairings. Hudson Valley Wine Country is the title sponsor for the event. 

On July 1, The Society of Wine Educators announced the appointment of Edward Korry as the organization’s new President. Korry is currently the Chair of the Beverage and Dining Service Department at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Korry joined the faculty in 1983, and created its beverage programs, as well as teaching wine courses. Korry holds the titles of Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS), Certified Wine Educator (CWE) through SWE, and Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE).  He has served on the Board of Directors of SWE for eight years, contributing to the creation and development of the Beverage Specialist Program.

According to Michigan news Web site Mlive.com, Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. announced a new $25 million expansion project, slated for completion in May 2015. The latest expansion—just last year, the company completed a $26 million overhaul of its brewery, taproom and cellar—will double Founders’s production capacity to 600,000 barrels, as well as boost the number of employees from 250 to 300.

American regional wine groups last week announced their opposition to plans by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as ICANN, to add new Web hosting designations. Representing more than 1,900 American wineries, the groups—the Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Vintners, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association, the Oregon Winegrowers Association, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, Walla Walla Wine Alliance and the Long Island Wine Council—claim that popular Web names for high-quality wine regions would be targeted by Internet squatters under proposed .wine and .vin domains, essentially hosting them hostage until purchased by the highest bidder. Many groups in prominent wine regions in France also oppose the new domains, which are set to roll out next year.

Truffle-infused beer, produced by Chicago-based Moody Tongue Brewery, is finding its way to New York City’s high-end restaurants. The Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner, brainchild of chef-turned-brewmaster Jared Rouben, is made using Australian black truffles, Pilsen malt and German hops, and is sold in restaurants like Per Se for $120 for 22 ounces. While the brewery’s first batch was only 40 barrels, or 80 kegs, plans to increase production are in the works.

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