Daily News: The World’s Greatest Wine Library, Rye Whiskey’s Staggering Growth

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

– With books written in over 50 languages and rare curios of wine history, the Peter J Shields Library at UC Davis is considered the greatest wine library in the world.

– At an early hearing in bankruptcy court, Premier Cru owner John Fox invoked the Fifth Amendment.

Forbes sits down with Michael Mondavi to talk family history, demographic shifts among drinkers and the use of drones in wine production.

– In the past six years, rye whiskey volume grew an incredible 662 percent, mostly thanks to the spirit’s involvement in the cocktail revival.

– Singapore-based artists Li Jun Pek and Jenn Perng use coffee stains as a medium to create adorable illustrations.

– The Environmental Institute in Munich found traces of the Monsanto-produced pesticide Glyphosate in 14 of Germany’s most popular beers.

– Invented in 1941 by German doctor Peter Schlumbohm, the Chemex coffee maker is revered as much for its design as it is for the flavor of its pour-over brew.

– Finally, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has denied approval for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $108 billion takeover of SABMiller, citing AB InBev’s reputation for cutting jobs after mergers in a country where one in four people are unemployed.

[Photo: Flickr/Kevin O’Mara]