Daily News: Snail-Eating Ducks, Kabul’s Moonshiners


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

Virginia has become one of the top 5 viticultural states in the U.S. with sales approaching $1 billion.

– In Food & Wine, sommeliers share their tips for getting guests to try sherry.

– Runner ducks, which have long been employed in Asia to keep rice paddies pest free, have recently been deployed by a South African vineyard to eat snails that damage vines.

– The perceived curative properties of certain species have led to the illegal production of rare animal booze, including tiger-bone wine, snake wine and lizard tonic.

Budweiser will debut new temporary patriotic labels this summer replacing “Budweiser” with “America” and “King of Beers” with “E Pluribus Unum” in the lead up to the presidential election.

– By year’s end Boston will lift its long-standing BYOB ban.

Craft beer is the latest political prop on the campaign trail as presidential candidates opt to showcase local, independent breweries over Big Beer.

– Finally, Roads & Kingdoms explores the world of Kabul’s illegal moonshiners.

[Photo: Flickr/Jun]