Daily News: Peter Mondavi Dies at 101, Tea Sommelier with $1.5 Million Taste Buds

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

– California wine pioneer and former Charles Krug executive Peter Mondavi died this weekend at the age of 101.

– Starbucks has promised to reduce the sugar content in its drinks after a British charity found that an extra large serving of the chain’s Hot Mulled Fruit contains 99 grams of sugar per serving.

– Anheuser-Busch InBev is opening a brewpub in San Diego’s East Village and local brewers are putting up a fight.

Australian-style coffee shops are beginning to take root in America by encouraging customers to think of coffee drinking as a leisurely and social activity—without Wi-Fi.

– Spurred by the growing interest in craft beer, entrepreneurs are borrowing from the traditional franchising model and creating craft beer chains, despite protests from skeptics.

– London-based tea sommelier Sebastian Michaelis, who tastes about 500 teas per day, has his taste buds insured for $1.5 million.

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