In anticipation of Mad Men’s final season (airing April 5), New York City restaurants are celebrating the show in true 1960s style. During the week of March 23–29, television network AMC and tourism organization NYC & Company have organized Mad Men Dining Week, with 30 restaurants including Maloney & Porcelli, 21 Club, Brasserie and Delmonico’s offering a lunch special with a choice of a two-course meal or two cocktails $19.69, which is the year of the show’s final season. Channel your inner Don Draper or Joan Holloway and book your reservations here. For a list of other Mad Men-inspired events throughout the country, visit AMC’s blog.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved powdered alcohol product Palcohol for sale on March 11, after a 2014 setback over its labeling. Available in four flavors (cosmopolitan, margarita, vodka and rum), Palcohol has yet to determine its pricing and distribution strategy, though the company hopes to sell products by the summer.
In the Trade
As reported by The Huffington Post, 24 breweries from across the country have banded together to address climate change, each committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs while also calling for stronger national action on the issue. Leading the charge is sustainable business group Ceres, which organized the Climate Declaration pledge to support political action on the national level, advocate for lower emissions, use less energy and invest in new technology. Smuttynose Brewing Company, Guinness, The Alchemist and Allagash Brewing Company number among the participating brewers.
As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) announced Mike Wolf, longtime Napa grape grower, as the 2015 recipient of the Napa Valley Grower of the Year award. Wolf has been involved in the community for 35 years, working with leading growers and wineries, For his commitment to sustainable vineyard planning, development and maintenance—among other contributions to Napa farming and the community—Wolf will be honored on May 15 at the 40th NVG Annual Dinner.
According to New Zealand Winegrowers, the country’s wine marketing body, New Zealand’s wine exports hit a record high $1.37 billion (N.Z.), or roughly $1 billion (U.S.) in 2014, showing an increase of 8.2 percent. Wine is the country’s sixth-largest export commodity, more than doubling in volume since 2008. Australia, U.S. and the U.K. are the foreign markets scooping up most of the country’s wines but the Netherlands and Germany have increased their import volume over the past few years.
On the Scene
Contributing Editor Sean Sullivan attended the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium on March 14. Sullivan offered Twitter-users a front-row seat, as he reported advocates for the grape making a case to spread the Chardonnay gospel throughout the state.
— Sean P. Sullivan (@wawinereport) March 14, 2015
Meanwhile, Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann attended the Wine Industry Symposium’s Central Coast Insights event. Kettmann moderated a panel on the region’s grape diversity alongside panelists from Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, Fess Parker Winery, Scheid Vineyards and Sinor-LaVallee. He also shared industry findings from throughout the event via Twitter.
Yahoo! Food tapped Senior Editor and Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo for her suds expertise, asking for her picks on the best under-the-radar stouts to try. Check out her favorite bottles here and visit the Buying Guide for even more excellent brews.