Daily News: Criminal Use of Pesticides, the Highest Proof Spirit Ever, Guy Fieri Takes Sonoma

Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-osphere.

– In an unprecedented move, a French criminal court has begun to investigate the death of winemaker James-Bernard Murat—which has been linked to the use of pesticides—as an “involuntary homicide.”

– A vodka distillery in Brooklyn is being recognized for producing what is apparently the highest proof spirit possible to manufacture, and being lauded by some as the must-have secret cocktail ingredient of the summer.

– Based on five years worth of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a new study is claiming that for many young adults, marijuana use is being replaced by alcohol consumption at the age of 21.

Winemakers in Sonoma County are finally speaking out in response to local residents who claim recent wine industry expansion is ruining the environment and their quality of life. Perhaps it was Guy Fieri’s proposal to build an Italian-style winery in Santa Rosa that finally pushed the locals over the edge.

[Photo: Flickr/Viña Caliterra]