New York is the latest state to ban the sales of Palchohol, a powdered alcohol brand, joining 20 others that have outlawed the product and others like it. In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen. I am proud to sign this legislation that will keep powdered alcohol off the shelves and out of the wrong hands.”
Pieter and Paulus Langerock of Belgium, the world’s oldest living twins, have cited drinking quality wine as a reason for their longevity. The brothers recently celebrated their 102nd birthday with a glass of Bordeaux, according to Reuters. “Don’t waste your time fooling around, don’t eat too much and don’t run after women,” Paulus told the publication. The brothers have lived together almost their entire lives and neither chose to marry.
According to officials, the Jerusalem fire—named for the Jerusalem Valley, where it started—in California’s Lake County is predicted to be contained by Friday, August 21, 2015. As of Sunday, the fire has burned more the 25,000 acres and spread into nearby Napa. The last of 150 evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes on Saturday.
In the Trade
Representing more than 135 distillers of all sizes, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), announced the appointment of Kelley McDonough as its new Director of Public Relations. In her new role, McDonough will be based in New York and manage digital and social media activities, while also highlighting spirits trends, industry heritage and cocktail culture through media relations, special events and media tours.
The 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC)—which drew bloggers to the Finger Lakes region of New York from August 13 through 16—announced that the 2016 event will take place August 11–14 in Lodi, California. Hundreds of wine writers and social media professionals from around the world are expected to gather at WBC’s ninth annual conference. This is the first time the conference will be held in Lodi, which boasts more than 750 growers and 85 wineries.
On the Scene
Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis and Frangelico®, the Italian hazelnut liqueur, teamed up to host a tasty dinner at Frankie’s 457 in Brooklyn, NY. De Laurentiis served four of her famous dishes (including her lemon spaghetti with shrimp and Roman-style chicken), each paired with a Frangelico cocktail, created by Distilled’s Micaela Piccolo. The goal of the partnership is to help bring Italian-inspired food and drinks to the at-home entertainer as part of Frangelico’s new ‘Live La Bella Vita’ campaign. WE’s Digital Editorial Manager Marina Vataj attended the Italian dinner and caught up with the chef between courses.
It’s not always about wine at Wine Enthusiast. Just ask Assistant Tasting Director and resident cider reviewer Alex Peartree, who popped the cork on these unique French ciders.
Photo Director Meg Baggott snapped this colorful shot on Friday at WE headquarters, when our editorial team decided to indulge in a pre-weekend rosé sangria. Check out our ultimate guide to the sangria and whip up your own batch >>>
California Reviewer Matt Kettmann headed up a retrospective of Syrah with Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, ranging from the 2009 vintage to 2014. Yum!
— Matt Kettmann (@mattkettmann) August 16, 2015