Daily News: From Wine Country to Weed Country, Translating Chicago Into Cocktail Form

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Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:

– America’s largest wine distributor is also the largest donor to California’s lawmakers.

– The Chicago Tribune has challenged local bartenders to translate the essence of the city into cocktail form.

– Winemaker Vassilis Papagiannakos is exploring new expressions of the savatiano grape.

– Finally, The Sacramento Bee on the transformation of California’s wine country into weed country.

[Photo: Flickr/Naotake Murayama]