Meet Toru Takamatsu, the Youngest Master Sommelier in the World
February 18, 2020

Aged 24, Takamatsu passed the toughest exam in the wine industry; not bad for a Sydney barista who decided to become a sommelier just three years ago.


Could Oregon’s Chardonnays Upstage Its Award-Winning Pinot Noirs?
February 18, 2020

The annual Pinot Noir Auction in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is an event designed to highlight the exceptional quality and uniqueness of Oregon’s most popular wine. But at last year’s showcase, something unexpected happened.

For the first time, four Oregon Chardonnays were on the auction block. While the average price for a five-case lot of Pinot Noir was just over $10,000, and the mean price was $8,500, the white wines sold for $9,000, $10,000, $13,000, and $15,000. In other words, the Chardonnays bested the establishment reds by several measures.


The Price of Wine is Dropping Fast
February 18, 2020

Let's raise our glasses and toast to cheaper wine.

The price of wine is expected to drop to its lowest levels in five years thanks, in part, to a surplus of California grapes.


Todd English’s Olives Returns to Las Vegas This Fall
February 18, 2020

Todd English apparently can’t get enough of Las Vegas. Not only does the bad boy celebrity chef plan to open a food hall inside Area15, the entertainment complex opening in May, but now he plans to revive Todd English’s Olives at at the Virgin Hotel, opening in the former Hard Rock Hotel space this fall.


The Dramatic New True Bar Practically Floats on a Reflecting Pool on the Strip
February 16, 2020

The bar from True Food Kitchen marks a first for the brand.


Oktoberfest in Georgia: In 1969, a Dying Mining Town Revived Itself as a Fake German Village
February 16, 2020

Booking your next trip to Munich for Oktoberfest? Drop your credit card and refill that liter “Das Boot,” because there’s a much closer option for enjoying German brews and bratwurst while immersed in Bavarian charm, and it doesn’t even require a passport.


Wine Train Wants Napa County to OK Winery Stops
February 16, 2020

Napa Valley Wine Train, which wines and dines passengers on trips between the city of Napa and St. Helena, wants to make several winery stops legal in the eyes of Napa County.

An application filed with the county Planning Division asks for stops at Robert Mondavi, Louis M. Martini and V. Sattui wineries. In addition, the Wine Train wants recognized evening stops at Grgich Hills Estate.


How the Coronavirus is Affecting the Drinks Industry
February 16, 2020

The drinks sector is one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus (Covid-19), with China accounting for some 35% of global luxury goods sales. db analyses the impact of the outbreak.


Six Great Wine Tour Ideas for 2020
February 13, 2020

Not booked your holidays yet? Here are some great ideas for wine regions to visit this year, from the Prosecco road in northern Italy to California beyond Napa.


This Mexican Spirit Is Sweeping America’s Whiskey Scene
February 13, 2020

While Texas will forever be a land of bourbon and beer, a South-of-the-border spirit is thriving in the Lone Star State.

No, not mezcal (though the agave spirit has thrived in America over the last few years). It’s sotol, a spirit akin to mezcal, but distilled from the Desert Spoon plant.


Downtown Summerlin Debuts a New Sociable Japanese Restaurant Jing
February 13, 2020

Joseph Elevado returns to Las Vegas to helm the kitchen.


Hennessy is Now the Official Spirit of the NBA
February 13, 2020

Citing their “long-standing shared values and a passion for pushing the limits of potential,” Hennessy today announced it was partnering with the NBA to become its official spirits sponsor.


The Palms’ Mr. Coco wins New Bar Concept of the Year Award
February 10, 2020

Congratulations, Mr. Coco. The venue at the Palms took home Nevada’s lone 2020 Nightclub & Bar Award win—for New Bar Concept of the Year—awarded by the Nightclub & Bar Media Group.


Huey Lewis and the Crus
February 10, 2020

From Burgundy to Napa, the venerated rocker has experienced the power of wine all his life


Seven New Whiskeys To Watch For in 2020
February 10, 2020

While most of the rare annual releases come out in the fall, we here at The Bourbon Review believe that bourbon hunting is a year-round sport. There are special releases hitting shelves as we speak, and plenty that are only a few months away. Don’t let winter weather keep you down – here are seven new whiskeys to watch for in 2020!


Beijing to Get Vast Wine Museum With Help From Bordeaux
February 10, 2020

Chinese officials plan to spend €60m to build a huge wine museum that resembles a modern take on the St-Emilion skyline, in partnership with Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin.


INAO backs down from ‘Bourgogne’ decision
February 10, 2020

The INAO has reportedly backed down from its decision to exclude 64 Burgundian communes from being able to use the AOC ‘Bourgogne’.


Swanky Supper Club Delilah Arrives at Wynn in May
February 7, 2020

The new supper club features Art Deco touches, table-side presentations, and entertainment


Drunk Yoga: Gimmick or Good For You?
February 7, 2020

There’s Tantrum Yoga—a guided release of our inner child with temper tantrums (yes, you read that right) alongside other outside-the-box practices like Goat Yoga, Yoga Raves, and Drunk Yoga.


Hop Take: Super Bowl Draft Beer Sales Declined as ABI Dominated Air Time
February 7, 2020

On Feb. 2, 2020, better known to Americans as Super Bowl Sunday, draft beer sales at major chain restaurants declined 1.3 percent compared to 2019, according to food and beverage technology company BeerBoard.


Rachel Lowe of Chicago’s Spiaggia on Italian Reference Points and Pairings Expected and Unexpected
February 7, 2020

Rachael Lowe began working in restaurants as an undergraduate student, and fell into an assistant sommelier position at NYC’s Café Gray while attending the graduate food studies program at NYU. She moved out west and worked for Thomas Keller before returning to her native Chicago in 2010. She took over as beverage director at Spiaggia in 2014, and now oversees a 700-bottle list focused on Italian wines.


'A Crime Against History': Why Burgundy Winegrowers Are Protesting in Paris
February 7, 2020

Plans to revise the historic Burgundy wine-growing label have been met with fury by French vineyard owners - and promises of a protest in Paris on Thursday.


The Best and Worst Beer (and Hard Seltzer) Ads of the 2020 Super Bowl, Ranked
February 5, 2020

Another year, another round of over-the-top Super Bowl booze commercials to talk about with your friends and coworkers — if you showed up to work, that is.


Vegas Uncork’d Will Not Return to the Strip in 2020
February 5, 2020

Vegas Uncork’d, the culinary festival from Bon Appétit, will not return in 2020 after typically taking over Mother’s Day weekend for the past 13 years.


Pitt and Jolie-Owned Miraval to Make Rosé Champagne
February 5, 2020

A new rosé Champagne is set to be launched via a partnership between one of the region’s leading growers and the co-owners of Château Miraval in Provence - Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Perrin family.


Epic Wines & Spirits Expands with Acquisition of Pacific Wine Distributors
February 5, 2020

The new company will DBA as Convoy Beverage Alliance


Wolfgang Puck Players Lockers Creates a Haven for Vegas Golden Knights Fans
February 3, 2020

Look inside at the transformed space and liquor lockers


The Historical Roots of Britain’s Pub Signs
February 3, 2020

Public houses have played a significant role in British culture for centuries. These days, there are nearly 40,000 pubs scattered across the cities and villages of the U.K., many of them boasting unique names and decorative signs with hand-painted illustrations.


Sushi Stalwart Nobu to Make Surprise Pop-Up Move from Hard Rock to Bally’s
February 3, 2020

First word on the new, temporary location on the Strip.


Pizza Joints Have Become Hotbeds for Cutting-Edge Wine
February 3, 2020

Scarr’s has all the trappings of a low-brow New York slice joint: glistening pepperoni cups, jars of red pepper flakes on the counter and doubled-up paper plates. But it also has a tight, organic wine list with just 11 or so selections that range from Austrian frizzante rosé to a Carignan-Merlot blend from Costières de Nȋmes.


Everything You Need to Know About Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas
February 3, 2020

For the past 35 years, Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas has been the nation’s largest expo for bar and restaurant professionals to gain insight into trends, attend talks and workshops, develop relationships with suppliers, and discover industry-disrupting products.


Wine Scores a Touchdown
January 29, 2020

15 NFL teams are fielding official wines, while a few pros have launched their own labels.


Circa Resort Reveals Five New Dining Options Headed Downtown in December
January 29, 2020

A classic steakhouse from Barry Dakake, a famed deli, and local talent including Le Thai’s Dan Coughlin are behind the new restaurants.


Jameson Cold Brew Whiskey Drink Heads Stateside
January 29, 2020

Having had a few successful trial runs in Ireland and Australia, Irish whiskey brand Jameson is now launching its coffee-flavoured spirit drink in the US.


Moët Alters the Balance in Champagne
January 29, 2020

The luxury goods giant's moves in Champagne are having wider repercussions for growers and producers in the region.


Top 7 Cocktail Bars to Visit in Chicago
January 29, 2020

The Windy City is home to a variety of fantastic cocktail bars with tons of options to choose from no matter what you’re into.


Michelin France 2020: Oldest Three-Star Restaurant Loses Title
January 27, 2020

Michelin inspectors have called time on France’s longest-standing three-star restaurant, run by chef Paul Bocuse until his death in 2018, but other venues saw an upturn in fortunes, including the Le Taillevent in Paris.


Dry January Is Misguided at Best
January 27, 2020

Dry January has gone from a dieters’ trend to a misguided attempt at proving one’s willpower.


The Mirage Loses 1 OAK Nightclub in March
January 27, 2020

1 OAK calls it quits


Make It So: How a Not-So-French Vineyard Got Cast as Star Trek's 'Château Picard'
January 27, 2020

We discovered the winery that plays Captain Picard's "Burgundy" retreat—and went behind the scenes.


Napa Valley Already Commands the American Wine Market. Now What?
January 27, 2020

The Napa Valley accounts for more than a fourth of wine shipped directly to consumers nationwide – and this from a region producing just 4 percent of California wine.


In the Quiet Las Vegas Arts District, a Craft Beer Scene is Brewing. Cheers!
January 21, 2020

The Arts District, a low-frills buffer between the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street, attracts tourists and locals looking for fun in a place devoid of pedestrian congestion, flashing lights and slot machine cacophony.

The rapidly evolving mile-long stretch of Main Street is dotted with cocktail bars, most notably quirky neighborhood trailblazer Velveteen Rabbit, but beer is the headliner here. With multiple suds-specific spots within walking distance, there’s no better place to experience the Vegas craft beer scene.


Tito’s Is Now Officially America’s Best Selling Vodka
January 21, 2020

In a recent report shared by the IWSR, figures reveal that Tito’s Handmade Vodka has overtaken Smirnoff as the best selling vodka brand in the U.S. Following volume growth of more than 20 percent in 2019, Tito’s is now also the best selling distilled spirit in the country.


The Year Bourbon Went Ballistic
January 21, 2020

When it comes to the top-performing category for 2019 there is only one winner.


White House Holds Off on French Sparkling Wine Tariffs for Now, French Officials Say
January 21, 2020

Trade dispute stems from France's tax on tech firms; larger fight over airplane subsidies continues.


Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Owners Buy Napa’s Flora Springs Winery
January 21, 2020

Bordeaux's Cathiard family plans to launch a new venture; the Komes and Garvey families will keep the Flora Springs brand and their other vineyards.


This Retailer Ordered 35,000 Cases of French Wine to Brace for Possible Tariffs
January 16, 2020

Moore Brothers Wine Co, which operates in three states, ordered 35,000 cases, or a year’s supply, to try to get ahead of the possible duties.


Jaleo Introduces Brunch With a Spanish Flair and Bottomless Sangria in February
January 16, 2020

Huevos al plato and arroz a la Cubana with a carmelized banana make the menu along with bottomless sangria


Tao Beach Plans a Huge Pool Party Remodel
January 16, 2020

Tao Beach Club at the Venetian will not open for the 2020 pool season. The 18,000-quare-foot daylife club since 2007 on the pool deck plans to go through a massive renovation and expansion before reopening in 2021.


Lyme Bay Winery Launches Canned Sparkling Mead
January 16, 2020

Lyme Bay Winery in Devon has launched a pair of canned sparkling meads in the UK on-trade with the aim of introducing younger consumers to the fermented honey drink.


Japanese Distilleries Discontinue Premium Whiskies Due to Overwhelming Demand
January 16, 2020

Nikka and Suntory have both put a hold on some of their aged expressions.


The Cosmopolitan Revamps Vesper Bar
January 8, 2020

Luxury resort and casino The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas reintroduced the newly designed Vesper Bar on Dec. 20. Named after the Vesper cocktail in the James Bond novel Casino Royale, Vesper Bar has long been staple of The Cosmopolitan’s mixology program, and has served more than 2 million patrons.


The Rise of the Food Hall Bar
January 8, 2020

It’s no secret that food hall dining is a hot culinary trend, but what about food hall drinking?


How a Craft Distillery Captured the Flavor of Texas
January 8, 2020

Texas is truly at the heart of Firestone & Robertson Distillery.

From eye-catching branding to single-farm mash bills to a proprietary wild yeast strain and more, The Lone Star State is woven into the company’s DNA.


Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina Debut a Barbecue Restaurant on the Strip
January 8, 2020

Smoked meats and cocktails make the menu at International Smoke.


Events
BROOKLYN CHOCOLATE, WINE & WHISKEY FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Brooklyn, NY
https://chocolatewinewhiskey.com/city-events/brooklyn-chocolate-wine-whiskey-festival/


PHILLY CHOCOLATE, WINE & WHISKEY FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
https://chocolatewinewhiskey.com/city-events/philly-chocolate-wine-whiskey-festival-2-2/