Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:
– Campari has agreed to buy Grand Marnier Group—the first acquisition for the Italian spirits brand since 2014—for nearly $760 million.
– Premium U.K. tonic water brand Fever-Tree reports “exceptional” profits in 2015, citing a boom in overseas sales.
– High prices and notoriously small pours are reasons to consider skipping the restaurant wine-pairing menu.
– Kvass, a 1,000-year-old drink made from fermented bread, is more popular than beer in Russia.
– It seems that the ancient Egyptians invented the wine label and paid close attention to vintages.
– Finally, the James Beard Foundation has announced its finalists for the 2016 awards—among them, PUNCH’s “Let Us Now Retire the Whiskey Woman,” nominated for a Journalism Award in the beverage category.
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