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Stellar booze lineup at Independent Spirits Expo in New York City

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The New York edition of the Independent Spirits Expo, a tasting showcase of craft and specialty imported spirits, is tomorrow, May 24 and the lineup is looking pretty epic.

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Updated book cover for The Drinkable Globe worldwide booze book

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Just a quick tweak to the cover of my upcoming book coming this fall from Turner Publishing. It’s now called “The Drinkable Globe: The Indispensable Guide to the World Wide of BoozePre-order it now and! Amazon is selling it, at least temporarily, for the extremely low price of $11.85! Get it before the price climbs back up.

WSWA: Blend including 150-year-old Cognac in artistic masterpiece of a bottle

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If you like Cognac and you’ve got $8,500 burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to buy one of only 300 of these gorgeous, horn-like bottles from Chapters of Ampersand. (No, they didn’t let me try any at the WSWA Convention).

WSWA: Get to know Kalikia, a brandy that’s Armenia’s answer to Cognac

I chat with Henrik Sargsyan of Prowood Wine & Spirits, importer of the Armenian Cognac-like brandy, Kalikia, at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention in Orlando.

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Video Updates from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

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I’m at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) convention in Orlando, updating with frequent interviews, images and other goings-on at this week’s three-day convention and expo.

The most wonderful time of the year (for drinking)!

Each year, the cocktail bar Mace, in Manhattan’s East Village, transforms into a winter wonderland known as Miracle on 9th St. In the past couple of years, the concept has expanded to other cities (and countries), including Miracle on 7th St. in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. The D.C. version takes over three bars, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill. Eat the Rich is particularly noteworthy, as its decor takes more than a few cues from a certain retro Netflix series that became a pop cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2016.