Ever wonder why Massachusetts has some of the most anti-consumer liquor laws in the country? A recent article in the Boston Globe helps tell the story. “In his biggest one-time haul of political cash since he took office, state Treasurer Steve Grossman accepted $45,000 at a fund-raiser earlier this month from package store proprietors, bar owners, and liquor distributors, industries his office heavily controls and regulates.”
In the New York Times, Eric Pfanner spills the beans on the “Secret to Buying Bordeaux.” Looks like September is a good month to visit supermarkets in Paris.
Jay McInerney checks in on a number of 1996 Champagnes.
This weekend’s New York Times magazine features an in-depth drinks spread, with Eric Asimov and Alice Feiring contributing some entertaining content. My favorite part? Asimov compares Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite to see if there’s “any palatable difference between them.”
Alder Yarrow highlights a salary survey of the wine industry conducted by Winebusiness.Com, which finds that the average winemaker earns $95,263 annually. Not bad!