Drinkhacker Reads – 01.29.2013 – Wine, Lawsuits and the Perils of Stealing Pinnacle Vodka

In a sign of the times that all is not well in Europe, the French city of Dijon was forced to auction off 3,500 bottles of wine to pay for emergency social services.  With some wines being exceptionally rare, the town pulled in roughly $203,929 to help cover costs in a time when budgets are being slashed. [Bloomberg]

In other wine news, USA Today profiles Casa Larga vineyards in upstate New York, one of the many vineyards in the region responsible for the laborious task of making ice wine. Reuters reports that the demand for Australian wines in China is growing steadily, but questions how long this demand will last. [USA Today, Reuters]

CELEBRITY SPIRITS-BASED LAWSUIT OF THE WEEK: Last week we reported on a suit featuring hip-hop producer Pharell and Diageo over the discontinuation of his liqueur. This week it’s the Ying Yang Twins taking Oregon distiller Side Pocket to court over their commissioned premium vodka. We’ve unearthed a YouTube video for the brand’s promotional campaign. If you can handle the 9 minutes of local cable access quality production values and have time to kill in your cubicle, go for it. [WWeek]

Beam has announced it will be moving its bottling facilities from Maine to Kentucky by 2014, and will add roughly 45 new jobs to the local economy, according to a press release issued by Beam. Per the company, this will help to centralize and strengthen the company’s logistics and provide a distribution plan for the newly acquired Pinnacle vodka line.  As always, scribe Chuck Cowdery provides analysis of the move. [PRNewswire]

John Hansell and his band of writers have been selecting their favorites from 2012 all this week over at the Whisky Advocate blog. Today’s selection covers the 21-year-old Special Release from Lagavulin, and the entire selection of winners has been equally engaging. Well worth checking out and discussing over a dram with equally passionate drinkers. [Whisky Advocate]

And finally today, while actor Clive Owen is off starring in a $20 million ad for Three Olives Vodka, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that several teenagers were arrested on robbery and DWI charges this past weekend. Their crime? Allegedly stealing a bottle of Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka. [Shanken Daily and Santa Fe New Mexican]

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