You have to have an eye for detail while working in a whisky warehouse. So it’s no surprise that Ian Bremner, an amateur photographer in his free time, was able to capture what may be the most compelling image of the Scotland’s fabled Loch Ness Monster. The Express has the story and the photo. Pour yourself a single malt and decide if you find the photo convincing.
How to live well past 100 yeas of age?
Speaking of whisky, a 110 year-old British woman claims her secret to a long life is…a nightcap. Grace Jones tells Metro, “Whisky is very good for you. I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50 so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now.”
How to fend off a bear attack? Try wine.
A Canadian man suffered only minor injuries after being attacked by a bear in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. The victim’s sister told CBC News her brother, whom the bear attacked after sneaking up behind, used a nearby wine bottle to fend off the bear and suffered only minor injuries. Just in case you needed another reason to bring wine on your next camping trip.
Matilda, Willy Wonka, and Bordeaux
Beloved illustrator and author Roald Dahl not only created some of the world’s most iconic literary characters, he also was a serious wine lover. According to Wine Searcher, he amassed a 1000-case collection of top Bordeaux from one of the all-time great vintages, 1982. Dahl said, “There is a mystique about good claret, a kind of magic aura that no other wine in the world possesses.”
Bees, Birds, Baseball: Dusty Baker on Wine
Though he may be coach of the Washington Nationals on the East Coast, Dusty Baker is often thinking about grapes on the West Coast. Dave Mcintyre, in The Washington Post, has an interview rich in comparisons between wine and baseball: “You start by pruning the vines and getting them ready for the season. That’s what spring training is.” Baker Family Wines produces California Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc; the winemaker is Chik Brenneman, the Department of Viticulture and Enology Winemaker at University of California Davis.
In the Trade
The wine collection of Aubrey McClendon, the late co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. sold for nearly 8.5 million dollars. The largest price for a single lot went to a trio of 1989 Chateau Petrous double magnums, going for over 65,000 dollars. Bloomberg has more details on the auction.
Out and About
Spirits Editor Kara Newman was featured in the New York Times for her new book, Shake. Stir. Sip., about equal-parts cocktails. Read the Times’ preview here.
Meanwhile, Contributing Editor Virginie Boone could be found at the Emmys earlier this week.
Drinking Champagne in Champagne? Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink lived the dream in France.