DIAGEO, the company that owns Guinness, has set its sites on toppling Jameson's as the world number one selling Irish whiskey. The company has acquired Bushmills Irish Whiskey for £300 million (about $550 million USD), and has announced plans to market the liquor head-to-head against its rival.
Jameson, which is owned by Pernod-Richard, is currently the fastest-selling whiskey brand in the US. Pernod-Richard formerly owned Bushmills, but was forced to sell it on acquiring Jameson.
All I can say is that a price war is never a bad thing, especially when the commodity involved is whiskey, and Irish whiskey at that. It'll be interesting to see how this shakes out.
Read the full article at IrishExaminer.com.
September 3, 2005
Matt Hopkins at washingtonpost.com has hit on a combination I can really get behind with his article Pick Wine for Fast Food. He recommends the pairing of the grape and the french fry (among other things) and offers suggestions for perfect combinations.
Even though I'm an avid reader of wine magazines, a veteran of wine club tastings and known among my friends for my improper thoughts, it still took time for me to concoct the odd idea to combine my two vices: A wonderfully deep fruity zinfandel would be just about perfect with my new favorite mushroom Swiss burger (I'm a sucker for those "limited time" sandwiches, too). The wine's peppery plums, hints of herb and a strong currant nose fit so well with the rich mushroom reduction, subtle creamy Swiss paste and firm sesame bun that for a moment I could not remember the reason they weren't delivered through the window of my car as a packaged meal deal.
A couple of his recommended pairings include:
Meal: HARDEE'S MUSHROOM 'N' SWISS BURGER
Wine: 2000 Ravenswood Zinfandel Vintners Blend
Why it works: This fruity wine is good at cutting through the fat and adding a little punch to the sandwich. Another option: A simple bordeaux, which would serve the same function with a bit more herb and a lot less fruit.
Meal:TACO BELL BURRITO SUPREME
Wine: 2003 Vina MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Reserva
Why it works: This blend, which would go nicely with just about any food with a bit of kick, seems especially designed for the spicy grilled smack-in-the-taste-buds that this wrap's hot sauce provides.
Meal: WENDY'S SPICY CHICKEN SANDWICH
Wine: 2003 Domaine Puech Cocut Merlot, Vin de Pays d'Oc
Why it works: The acerbic, earthy table wine is a perfect pair for the dry spice on the chicken. Most syrahs and some Italian wines would also partner well, but the Puech Cocut tends to be a better bargain.
Maybe it's time for us here at Liquor Snob to team up with the folks over at Fast Food Fever and find some great combinations of our own.
According to a study published by Sweden's Karolina Institutet back in April of 2005, moderate alcohol consumption can help create new brain cells. From the study:
Moderate alcohol consumption over a relatively long period of time can enhance the formation of new nerve cells in the adult brain. The new cells could prove important in the development of alcohol dependency and other long-term effects of alcohol on the brain.
This happens from moderate booze intake? Pardon me while I go join Mensa.
No Alcohol Online Casinos
September 2, 2005
You really have to hand it to Boston for loosening some of their puritanical liquor laws lately. First, they let liquor stores sell beer on (shocker!) Sunday. Now the state is thinking of passing a new law allowing restaurant patrons to bring opened wine bottles home with them, instead of being forced to finish drinking them with dinner or leave partial bottles behind. Mass. would join about 30 other states which have implemented similar laws. Proponents of the proposal claim that this could lower drunk driving rates because people won't feel that they have to drink everything in front of them, and could even increase alcohol sales in restaurants. One concern raised by opponents is that some patrons could end up drinking the wine in the car on the way home, but some states force restaurants to makr bottles at the level of the remaining wine, and companies like WineDoggyBag.com are offering sealable solutions to keep you out of your bottle until you're safely home.