Former Secretary of State and current presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a stop at the New Hampshire cult brewery Smuttynose Brewing Company. According to Grubstreet, she chatted with Founder Peter Egelston, a crowd of politicos and beer nerds about small businesses, sustainability and economic resurgence at a special round table.
Are you as big a fan of the antics of Breaking Bad’s Walter White and Jesse Pinkman as we are? Well, you’re in luck. Should you find yourself across the pond this summer, make sure to stop by the Breaking Bad-themed pop-up bar, ABQ, so named for the show’s Albuquerque, New Mexico setting. According to the London Evening Standard, ABQ draws its inspiration from White’s story as a teacher-turned-drug dealer, but don’t worry, there will not be drugs involved. Instead, the converted RV housing the bar will allow guests to “cook” their cocktails with the help of expert mixologists using accouterments typical of chemistry sets.
In the Trade
On May 20, the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, inducted seven new members into its ranks. Brahm Callahan, William Costello, Elyse Lambert, Jack Mason, Michael Meagher, Kevin Reilly and June Rodil have all successfully completed the rigorous Master Sommelier Diploma Examination, which includes a verbal theory exam, a blind tasting of six wines in 25 minutes and a practical service component focused on restaurant service and salesmanship. Held at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, from May 17–20, the invitation-only examination was attempted by 63 individuals from 14 states and Canada.
If you ask Lorenzo Trefethen, Napa’s not all about growing grapes. Sometimes, it’s about thrills. The vice president and third generation vintner of Trefethen Family Vineyards took first place at the prestigious Pirelli World Challenge Porsche GT Cup class in the No. 13 Trefethen Vineyards Porsche 911 GT Cup race car, his first in professional racing. Trefethen dedicated this win to his good friend, Dan Fredinburg, who died while climbing Mt. Everest the day of the terrible Nepal earthquake. “I know he’d be proud of what was accomplished here today,” he said in a statement.
Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 15 at its annual dinner held at Round Pond Estate. More than 250 grape growers and associated business leaders attended the event, which not only marked the group’s 40-year milestone but also grape grower Mike Wolf as 2015’s Napa Valley Grower of the Year.
On the Scene
While our stateside editors enjoyed a long Memorial Day weekend, Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl spent her day blind-tasting a series of wines. Nice work, if you can get it!
Meanwhile, Contributing Editor Christina Pellegrini traveled out of New York City for a weekend in Long Island wine country. Here, she’s at Sparkling Pointe Winery, amongst the barely-budding vines.