Unlimited Cuban Rum; Free Wine Fountain; Action Bronson Goes Natural & More News

Also, exploring the lack of women winemakers in Washington State, Constellation Brands acquires Charles Smith, and W.E. leads a Saint-Chinian Masterclass.
A selection of Havana Club rums / Photo by Meg Baggott

Planning a visit to Cuba? You might want to clear extra room in your suitcase, as the Obama administration has lifted the restrictions on Cuban rum (as well as cigars). USA Today looks at whether this might be a first step of completely abolishing a decades-long economic embargo.

Prior to this news, we explored the the newly-accessible Cuban capital in this feature.

Viva Havana: Wine Enthusiast Explores the Cuban Capital

Three Words: Free Wine Fountain

If you find yourself in in Abruzzo, Italy, head to the Caldari di Ortona for, yes, a fountain providing free red wine. The winery that built the fountain, Dora Sarchese Vini, explains on its Facebook page that it was constructed for those along the Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage route and not a place for “drunkards” and “rogues,” nor was it done for “marketing hype.”

Action Bronson: Rap Meets Natural Wine

Maybe its not just fizz when it comes to hip hop and wine. WineSearcher notes on a recent episode of his food show for VICE, filmed at an Italian restaurant in Sydney, chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson could not control his excitement when a bottle of Frank Cornelissen’s wines from Mount Etna made its way to his table. “You saw my face when they brought the Sususcaru out,” Action Bronson says. “I was like a little [expletive] kid, like my mom just bought the NBA Jam Tournament Edition. I been waiting for this Susucaru all my life. I love this one.”

Why the lack of women winemakers in Washington State?

Walla Walla Winemaker Ashely Trout writes a commentary for Great Northwest Wine and gives two reasons.

In the Trade

Constellation Brands Buys Charles Smith Wines

The latest industry acquisition comes out of Washington State for a price tag of around $120 million, reports Yahoo Finance. Constellation’s purchase of Charles Smith includes Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Velvet Devil Merlot, Boom Boom! Syrah, Eve Chardonnay and Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon. Smith will keep his brands K Vintners, Wines of Substance, ViNO, Casa Smith, SIXTO, B. Leighton and Charles & Charles.

Out and About

Senior Editor and Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo led a Saint-Chinian Masterclass as well as a blind tasting of wines from the region in New York City.

What pairs with grilled octopus? Contributing Editor Jim Gordon opted for bubbles.

Food Editor Nils Bernstein enjoyed a coconut milk carrot soup. Here’s the recipe.

Published on October 19, 2016
Topics: Wine News + Trends



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