Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:
– The U.S. government has sold wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan’s stakes in several Burgundy vineyards.
– Donald Trump’s claims that his son’s winery is the “largest winery on the East Coast” and located next to the “Thomas Jefferson Memorial” are false.
– A reflection on the changing tastes of drinkers in the U.K., gin sales are expected to surpass the £1billion sales mark for the first time.
– Spezi, a German cola with citrus flavors, hopes to expand in Europe, despite new drinkers’ claims that it tastes like “carbonated swamp juice.”
– Constellation brands recalls some Corona Extra bottles for fears that “less than one-tenth of one percent” of the new batch may contain small pieces of glass.
– A capital of early cocktail culture, New Orleans has a thriving drinks scene and several generations of creative bars.
– Since the move to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S. in 2014, customs has been rigorous about enforcing a $100 limit on rum and cigars returning from the island nation.
– Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery claims that a law passed in 2015 intended to stop new immigrants from selling beer at restaurants is discriminatory and unconstitutional.
– Finally, at Seattle’s Whisky Bar, Justin Bieber dipped on a $130 tab to avoid a fight with upset fans.
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