Rose wine has become a summer staple but it doesn't have to simply provide a sweet burst of fruit, Eric Asimov writes. Winemakers from around the world offer roses with savory notes, such Horse & Plow's 2016 North Coast vintage.
Casamigos, the tequila brand launched by actor George Clooney and two friends, has been sold to Diageo for up to $1 billion; that figure includes $300 million in potential incentives if the company meets certain goals over the next 10 years. Clooney said he and his partners will continue to be involved with the brand, which projects a 42% increase in sales this year.
Simple and naturally carbonated pet-nat wines are selling strong in Chicago bars and restaurants this summer, finding fans among those who like both bubbles and more natural wines. Because of the way the wines are produced, pet-nats don't provide uniformity from one bottle to the next, meaning that consumers get a different experience every time they pop a cork.
Champagne can be a flexible partner to a variety of foods, and more chefs are embracing its pairing potential with red meat. The complex flavors of Champagne can stand up to a rich steak or burger, and the bubbles help cut the fat and prepare the palate for the next bite, chefs and wine experts say.
Bartenders have become increasingly interested in selecting the right ice for cocktails, even working to get clearer ice because it melts more slowly. Cracked ice aids in properly diluting stirred cocktails, whereas large cubes are helpful for drinks that taste better undiluted.
News that Lidl is opening its first US stores topped a most-clicked list this week that was dominated by grocery news. The Amazon-Whole Foods purchase was the subject of many of SmartBrief's most-viewed articles, along with stories on Nestle's potential plan to sell its US confectionery unit, Campbell Soup's new leadership staff and acquisitions talk at Hormel.
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