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Hello and welcome to Larry’s Choice, the platform giving you a regular roundup of what’s happening in the world of drinks.

Bihari “Larry” B. Modi, CEO of Les Anciens Établissements Fratacci — B.B. Modi in Djibouti, offers you a “best-of” selection of drinks news every month.

Bihari “Larry” B. Modi

Could it be true that the Anglo-Saxons are more expert than the French or the Italians when it comes to critiquing wine? It is quite clear: the greatest and best critics of the produce of the vine are to be found outside of continental Europe, the wine world’s top producer... An expertise that is natural, when we look more...
From the nuclear tests in the desert of New Mexico to the Fukushima disaster, every year, artificial radioactivity is being uniformly deposited all over the planet. In most cases, these radioactive particles have no effect on our health. This anthropogenic singularity is mostly, and very scientifically, used to date a vintage without extracting it. It’s a technique often used...
There are indicators worth their weight in distress. “Everyone’s morning friend and pick-me-up” will soon be out of reach for those Lebanese who currently still have the means to buy it. In July 2020, it was still around 15 euros (approximately 26,000 Lebanese pounds); its price has roughly tripled in less than a year. This is much more than...

A Cordial Death

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A British woman killed her husband with a boiling, sticky solution: a few litres of simmering water mixed with three kilos of sugar. Mrs “Smith” wanted to punish her husband after hearing claims he had committed numerous child abuse offences. Her son, who was himself among the many victims, had told his mother before killing himself. She could not...
Is drinking several cups of coffee every time you stop at a service station an outmoded “cliché” or is it really a good idea? A recent study has shown that a cup of coffee prevents sleepiness and microsleep for two hours... two hours is the suggested interval between breaks on a long journey; staying alert doesn’t mean you have...

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Hats On for the Germans

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Who isn’t ready to enjoy a fine day sitting on the terrace of a café, even if there are some restrictions? Are you longing to savour a hot chocolate, sip a coffee, quaff a...

Can Hangovers Be Avoided?

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There seem to be a fair few “miracle” remedies for avoiding a “pounding head” in the early hours, or at least to ease the effects of one ... According to this study, it seems...

When Soft Drink Makers Were Inspired by Bordeaux Wine

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Last month, we talked about prohibition. It was the famous US ban on importing, selling, buying, and, ultimately, drinking alcohol that was behind the creation of the most famous of fizzy drinks. Let's not...

World’s Oldest Whiskey to Be Auctioned

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Carbon dating shows the bottle to date back to the US War of Independence. The record achieved by an “old whiskey” was just under 2 million dollars for a 1926 Macallan “Fine & Rare”....

Orange Juice: 100% Fruit Juice, with No Added Sugar…

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...and Halloween Isn't a Pumpkin Stuffed with Smoking Wax Orange juice sales are growing fast worldwide and especially in France where sales have practically rocketed. The French people, who used to have only the revolting...