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The weird and the wonderful, scandals, human interest stories… while good drinking and good living go hand in hand, overindulgence sometimes has unforeseen, untoward, or even tragic consequences … Welcome to the dark side of the drinks world.

A new version of the Corsican Vin Mariani will probably be banned from using the name “Coca” on its bottles by the Atlantan giant. Is that entirely justified? Not really... To understand the ongoing lawsuit and what might seem like wrongful use of a duly patented name, you need to go back in time to the point where the...
This is the story of a Colorado lady who, one Christmas Eve, has a coffee in the “Gaylord” restaurant, pays with her credit card... and finds herself a few days later with $5,700 less in her bank account. No fraud, no theft... just a “transaction” error that, after three months of legal wrangling, she still hasn’t managed to rectify. https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/22/woman-charged-5700-for-coffee-pkg-vpx.kmgh https://www.wral.com/incorrect-5-700-charge-still-on-woman-s-credit-card-after-christmas-eve-coffee-order/19588239/ https://kstp.com/national/colorado-woman-seeking-refund-after-being-charged-5700-dollars-for-cup-of-coffee/6049124/
That’s the job vacancy that’s been posted by a Californian family wine estate, the “Murphy-Goode” cellar, located in the county of Sonoma. There are no prerequisites, apart from needing to be legally resident in the US and over 21. The lucky candidate “catapulted into the wine stratosphere” will get fast-track training from “shadowing winemaker Dave...” and “from exploring all...
Donald Trump can’t be taxed with lacking audacity or political courage... although the most media-obsessed, highly controversial, and now former president of the United States might be charged with a certain “folly”. Pardoning those who risked their careers for him and mistreating, right to the end, those whose lives or lands meant nothing to him, Donald Trump will have...
Following the indications of a vague rumour doing the rounds about a former inhabitant, the new owners of a New York abode have managed to get their hands on a true treasure of urban archaeology: 66 bottles of one-hundred-year-old whisky. It seems likely it was a bootlegger’s “stash” from the US Prohibition era. Every non-oxidized bottle of “Gaelic Old...

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