The Cubs Get Their Own Bubbly; Which Portland is the Craft Beer Capital; Turning a Wine Bottle into a Book & More News

Fans waited more than 100 years for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series. Surely there is room in their hearts, and their glasses, for one more momento? Wrigley Field fans and bubbly devotees can unite by picking up a bottle of sparkling wine commemorating the Cubs historic and dramatic Game 7 victory. Rack & Riddle and Wine by Design have created a California Championship Brut” sparkler for reliving that final out again and again.

Which Portland is America’s craft beer capital?

Is it Oregon or Maine? Forbes reveals that if you’re looking at the number of microbreweries per capita, you may want to head to the Portland on the East Coast.

America Craft Beer Capitals

A Wine to Read or A Book to Taste?”

Nothing beats curling up with a book and some wine, but what if the two were packaged together? Italian company Librottiglia is wrapping short stories around bottles of wine. In a partnership with Italian winery Matteo Correggio, Reverse Innovation has created something for both bookworms and oenophiles to savor. Read the story on Bustle. The only downside is for now you need to be able to read Italian to enjoy the stories but there’s always hope English versions are forthcoming.

Image via Reverse Innovation

Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Awards Winners Announced

Introducing the winners, in all 15 categories, of Wine Enthusiast‘s 2016 #WineStar Awards!!! #wineenthusiast

— Wine Enthusiast (@WineEnthusiast) November 10, 2016

“A Cocktail Comeback Story”

The Napa Valley Film Festival wrapped up yesterday and part of the final day was the premier of Pisco Punch,” directed by Alan Kropf and produced by Kropf and Matthew Noel. Contributing Editor Virginie Boone caught up with Kropf before the preview and spoke with him about the Peruvian spirit and Pisco’s place in the current cocktail scene. The fundamental premise of the film is that Pisco disappeared for reasons far beyond the liquid itself. It’s a story that shook the country to its core,” Kroft said. And regarding Pisco’s spot behind the bar? It has everything a bartender could want: story, history… complexity, authenticity and it’s in the midst of a glorious comeback.” Watch the trailer:

Pisco Punch Teaser Trailer from Anchor Distilling Co. on Vimeo.

In the Trade

Three Reasons to be Optimistic About Burgundy

Though weather over the past few vintages has been grim, Andrew Jefford, in his post-harvest visits to the region, details in Decanter why he’s hopeful about developments in Burgundy.

Debating a Wine Region’s Identity: British Columbia

Better for a wine region to be known for a wide variety of grapes or a select few flagships? Jamie Goode looks at the case of British Columbia, as seen through prominent winemakers there.

Out and About

In The New York Times, Eric Asimov discusses Barolo, specifically a dinner featuring bottles from the 1964 vintage. Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe is quoted regarding Barolo’s place in Piedmont, 40 or 50 years ago, in relation to Dolcetto and Barbera.

Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink attended RAW Wine NYC and here are a few bottles that caught his attention. Read our interview with the founder of the fest, Isabelle Legeron, MW.

Natural Wine in Focus with Isabelle Legeron, MW, Founder of RAW Wine

Early highlights at @rawwineworld include a Xarel-lo petnat, carbonic Cab Franc/Merlot from Bordeaux, a fantastic Valpolicella, and a Cali Carignan made with 1/3 rosé.

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Rosé in November, and every other month, too. Social Media Coordinator Elyse Estrella enjoyed a glass of Greek wine.

Closing time. 2015 Zoe Agiorgitiko-Moschofilero #rosé #we100bestrestos

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Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa has a vintage moment at La Fête du Champagne.

Closing time. 2015 Zoe Agiorgitiko-Moschofilero #rosé #we100bestrestos

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