Glendronach goes to Benriach


Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits, has today announced the sale of the Glendronach distillery to The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd.

Christian Porta, Chairman and Chief Executive of Chivas Brothers, comments:

“We are pleased to be selling this distillery to The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd, who will be able to give it the attention and commitment it deserves. We currently have 13 operational malt distilleries, including the recently re-opened Braeval distillery and we have also started significant expansion plans for The Glenlivet Distillery, which is one of the top 15 priority brands of Pernod Ricard. Therefore, our focus is to continue to develop and improve these distilleries.”

I Frickin' LOVE this: Made-up restaurant wins Wine Spectator award

Taking a veering left turn from our usual take on the world of whisky, and beating up, (once again) on the concept of ratings – especially in the wine world – I submit for your approval a fantastic piece (courtesy of Dr. Vino)*.

The piece, entitled What does it take to get a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence? details how Robin Goldstein,  (author of a new book called The Wine Trials)  submitted his restaurant Osteria L’Intrepido for a Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” – which he was granted.

Despite the fact that the menu was average, the wine list consisted of wines which were given low ratings by Wine Spectator AND the restaurant doesn’t exist.

I submitted the fee ($250), a cover letter, a copy of the restaurant’s menu (a fun amalgamation of somewhat bumbling nouvelle-Italian recipes), and a wine list.Osteria L’Intrepido won the Award of Excellence, as published in print in the August 2008 issue of Wine Spectator.

It’s troubling, of course, that a restaurant that doesn’t exist could win an Award of Excellence. But it’s also troubling that the award doesn’t seem to be particularly tied to the quality of the wine list, even by Wine Spectator’s own standards. Although the main wine list that I submitted was made up of fairly standard

Italian-focused selections, Osteria L’Intrepido’s “reserve wine list” was largely chosen from among the lowest-scoring Italian wines in Wine Spectator over the past 20 years.

The “reserve list” that submitted appears in its entirety on the site.

For other rants on ratings and wine magazines:

*And Dr. Vino, Tyler Coleman, has his own book out: Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink

A Beginners Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

I was interviewed by a site called Ploomy which is an online magazine with the tagline: “What Men need to know”.

Hot girls, sports, you know…the usual.

They wanted to talk to me about the basics of Scotch – something I’m always happy to do (get more sheep in the fold), the result was a pretty decent article that you can feel comfortable sending on to your novice friends. Of course, buying a copy of my book is a better idea…but this is a start…

Of course, some over-zealous editor put that blasted “e” in whisky…

Manducation: A Beginners Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

On the continuum of alcoholic drinks, with girly drinks1
on one side and manly drinks on the other, single malt scotch is
without question the manliest alcoholic beverage of them all.While once
a linchpin of every man’s collection, occupying prime real estate in
liquor cabinets across America, the popularity of scotch declined
during the ‘80s and ‘90s as men got in touch with their sensitive sides.

Thankfully, those days are over; men are rediscovering their manly sides and the popularity of scotch is on the rise once again.

Considering the innate manliness of scotch, and Ploomy’s
never-ending quest to bring men what they need to know, please read the
following primer carefully. Not only will it help you achieve your full
man potential, but it will also keep you from looking like an idiot
when all your buddies go through their inevitable “scotch phase.”

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