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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

1976, a date that coincided with the bicentenary of American independence and that left a lasting mark on the world of wine. At the invitation of wine merchant Steven Spurrier, nine judges, all French, were to carry out a blind test in which several unknown and “good value” Californian wines would come out ahead of the finest Bordeaux vintages....
An apple based alcoholic drink, produced in the infamous region of Chernobyl, has been seized by the Ukranian authorities... and not really for the reasons suggested by the provenance or the label of the said beverage. https://www.heidi.news/sciences/de-l-alcool-produit-a-tchernobyl-saisi-par-les-services-secrets https://www.heidi.news/sciences/de-l-alcool-produit-a-tchernobyl-saisi-par-les-services-secrets https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57011695
We talked about this before, on 18 March, but the American giant’s determination to get the better of the Corsican firm is undaunted; as owner Christophe Mariani (no relation to the original inventor of Vin Mariani) puts it: “We didn’t get up one morning and decide to plagiarize Coca-Cola. I hoped they would back down, but they won’t drop...
This wine “blessed by the gods”, the neck of which has touched the celestial vault, has been valued at almost a million dollars... If the bids reach this sum, this Petrus Pomerol will become the most expensive 75 cl bottle of wine in the world. https://www.rtbf.be/info/insolites/detail_mise-en-vente-d-une-bouteille-de-vin-bordelais-ayant-fait-un-voyage-dans-l-espace-estimee-un-million-de-dollars?id=10755175 https://www.lepoint.fr/economie/revenue-de-l-espace-une-bouteille-de-petrus-pourrait-battre-un-record-de-vente-05-05-2021-2425078_28.php Le vin de l’espace – 20 minutes https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/08/christies-selling-a-space-aged-wine-that-could-fetch-1-million.html
Does the idea of a beer produced by Her Gracious Majesty tempt you? CNN has revealed that you can now choose between an India pale ale or a bitter both produced on one of Queen Elizabeth II’s estates. Is Buckingham Palace to be a drinks retailer? There’s nothing new in that, as the royal palace is already a specialist...

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