The numbers are in, and they’re not pretty. According to the Center for Disease Control, which studied the economic impact of excessive drinking in the US, the country spends upwards of $250 billion after factoring in work productivity, alcohol-related crime and healthcare. The researchers found that hangovers alone cost the country $50 billion annually, thanks to missed work and low productivity.
Globetrotting wine lovers, rejoice: Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet released its first ever wine travel guide. Dedicated to helping readers “taste their way around the world,” the book Wine Trails offers 52 suggestions for weekend trips through wine country. Boasting 327 wineries in 20 countries, the book explores not only classic regions but also regions like Lebanon and Georgia.
Craft beer pioneer and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione has been tapped by foodie culture site First We Feast for a new online Web series dubbed That’s Odd, Let’s Drink It. The six-part series will follow Calagione teams up with “special guests at the forefront of their respective fields” to create an experimental beer. Guests slated to appear on the show are rapper Mac Miller, NBA all-star Chris Bosh, world-class DJ Z-Trip, and actors Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio.
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To celebrate the end of the 2015 harvest season, California’s Jordan Winery released a parody video of the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. On Jordan’s blog, Cab Wars: The Force of Harvest Awakens is an amusing look at a harvest far, far away. Watch the video below:
If you’re an aspiring young winemaker, there’s an industry scholarship just for you. The Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship, named after an American-born winemaker at Craggy Range Winery who passed away in New Zealand following a tragic kite surfing accident, intends to send promising winemaking talent to New Zealand to intern with the iconic winery for a full harvest. Providing transportation, a salary and housing for the duration of harvest (March until May 2016), the scholarship is open to applicants until October 30. The American Australian Association, who administers the prize, provides all of the rules for the application here.
As reported by Eater last week, New York restaurateur Danny Meyer is eliminating all tipping at his restaurants starting in November. The first Union Square Hospitality Group location to implement a “no-tip” policy is The Modern, located in the Museum of Modern Art. Hoping to change the hospitality industry—ultimately increasing wages for his staff—Meyer will raise prices to make up lost wages from tips.