Daily News: eBay Gets into Wine Retail, Becoming the Best Sommelier in the World

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

Robert J. Cooper, the creator of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, has died at age 39.

– In Bordeaux, a number of women are stepping into the wine business and helping to modernize the region.

– Hundreds of 1970s-era liquor bottles were found unopened amid renovations of a shuttered Los Angeles music venue.

– The latest company to get into the online wine retail business is eBay, following a partnership with Drync.

– A recent report shows that crowdfunding might have a growing place in the wine industry.

– Passing a theory exam, recognizing counterfeit wines and mixing the perfect dry Martini are all part of the test to become the Best Sommelier in the World.

– Though Nebraska became a dry state more than a year before the start of Prohibition, the alcohol industry in Omaha remained profitable throughout the temperance movement.

– Finally, a beer made from belly button “fluff” is regrettably being made in Australia.

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