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The Family Coppola launches Great Women Spirits line

The Family Coppola—yep, the film- and wine-making one— has announced the launch of Great Women Spirits, which will be available this October in select restaurants and retailers. Great Women Spirits, which the Coppolas describe as “small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits,” will begin production with its brand of vodka, gin, and brandy, and has plans to expand the collection in the near future.

Indie Spirits Expo Returns to Chicago

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For the seventh year, the world largest gathering of small, independent & artisanal brands will converge on Chicago, much to the delight of spirits enthusiasts everywhere. The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel.
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Tales of the Cocktail: Bacardi portfolio party

Tales of the Cocktail 2017 attendees ride the Neon Tide at Bacardi’s portfolio party, featuring Grey Goose vodka, Dewar’s blended Scotch whisky, Bombay Sapphire gin, Leblon cachaça and many more iconic brands.

The Drinkable Globe countdown begins: Polish vodka

 

My next book, The Drinkable Globe arrives in just a few short months. (Pre-order it 20. ShotnPickle-Polandtoday!) I see it largely as an extension of this site, celebrating drinking cultures around the world. It features insights on what, where, how, when and why folks drink on every continent. As a sort of countdown to its fall release, I’m going to offer small teases from now until November. Those teases will be in the form of photos, videos and even a few book excerpts here and there detailing the wide world of booze.

The first is a vodka-soaked video I shot in Poland last summer (when I was still calling the video series “The Drinkable Week”). Enjoy! And don’t forget to Pre-order The Drinkable Globe!

 

WSWA: Taste of the Industry

Taste of the Industry is always a highlight of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention. It’s a chance for marketers to showcase emerging brands in front of key decision makers at the major distribution outfits across the country. It’s impossible to even come close to trying everything in the hall in two hours—it’d be tough to do so if they dedicated an entire day to the event. But among the beverages I did manage to try, there were quite a few standouts. Here’s my shortlist, in no particular order.

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WSWA: Chat w/ David Solomon of Brod Irish Whiskey & Golia Mongolian vodka

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A few words with David Solomon, importer of Brod Irish Whiskey and Golia Mongolian vodka.