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America’s Oldest Veteran Drinks Whiskey and Smokes Cigars Every Day

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Veteran’s Day is once again upon us and as a combat veteran of Iraq, this holiday certainly hits close to home for me. And, as a journalist covering the wide world of beverage, I love when these two worlds collide; and collide they do with a multitude of veterans now working in the beverage industry. And while that’s a great story in itself, that’s not what this is about. This is about one veteran in particular and one who is the oldest known veteran still alive.

How old? 107 years old. You can’t live that old without medicine and Richard Overton isn’t shy about it either, but it’s not the medicine you’d think. His medicine you ask? Whiskey. Just whiskey.

Overton takes whiskey with his morning coffee as well as the occasional pour of whiskey in the evening with some soda water. Daily cigars, of course, are thrown in there as well for prosperity.

When asked by Fox News about whiskey, Overton told them “Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender.”

At 107 years old and still driving a car and walking without a cane, who can argue with that?

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So what is a “Super Tuscan” anyway?


No one really knows who coined the term “Super Tuscan,” although many believe — including former Wine Spectator editor and Italian wine authority James Suckling — that the designation was first used by writer Burton Anderson, who covered Italy for Wine Spectator in the 1980s (Anderson’s landmark book Vino: The Wines and Winemakers of Italy, first published in 1982, was perhaps the first comprehensive English-language overview of Italian wine.)

Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana IGT

Although today the expression is used to denote a wide variety of red wines from Tuscany, the moniker Super Tuscan was originally adopted by English-language wine writers as an unofficial descriptor to describe fine wines that had been classified by the Italian government as vino da tavola (table wine).

International grape varieties — like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot — have been cultivated in Italy for centuries. But when the Italian appellation system was created in the 1960s, it did not account for many wines made with these grapes. As a result, some of the greatest wines of Italy were classified simply as table wines when, in fact, they were world-class wines that often commanded high prices and the attention of the world’s top wine writers.

In the 1980s, Italian officials created the IGT classification (Indicazione Geografica Tipica or Typical Geographic Indication) so that these wines would no longer be referred to as mere table wines in official documentation.

Made from Merlot (an international grape variety) and Sangiovese (a native Tuscan grape variety), Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana is officially classified as an IGT wine. But we like to call it “Italy’s best dressed Super Tuscan”…

For more than three years, Mazzoni — a renowned producer of some of Tuscany’s most acclaimed wines, including its flagship “Super Tuscan,” Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana IGT — has blogged about the Italian way of life on LiveLikeAnItalian.com, sharing invaluable insights into how to live, love, eat, drink, cook, travel, speak, and celebrate like an Italian.

So we invite you to ‘Drink’ like an Italian by entering our sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of six Riedel wine glasses. Please visit Facebook.com/LiveLikeAnItalian to enter now!

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Vanberg & DeWulf’s Coast to Coast Toast 3, November 14th, 2013


Vanberg & DeWulf Coast to Coast Toast

Love Belgian beer? Well, who doesn’t. Your love of Belgian beer, however, could win you a trip for two to Belgium. See the full post »

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Black Button Distilling Community Supported Whiskey Campaign


Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to capture our attention is from Black Button Distilling out of Rochester, NY.

Founder Jason Barrett is looking to bring bourbon, gin, vodka and shine to your glass, but due to cost overruns on building the distillery he is having a little difficulty and needs Kickstarter contributors to get involved. Jason is halfway to his $20,000 goal and has 16 days left. Check out the project and help bring a little more fine beverage into the world.

New Product Spotlight: Tequila Herradura Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2013


Coleccion de la Casa Cognac Cask Package2

Tequila Herradura has just announced the release of its second in a series of small-batch tequilas, Tequila Herradura Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado.

The tequila gets it start using traditional production methods and a proprietary fermentation from naturally occurring wild yeast before being aged in American oak barrels for 11 months. It is then transferred to French oak casks sourced from the historic Cognac region for an additional three months. See the full post »

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New Product Spotlight: Plantation Original Dark Rum


Plantation Original Dark Rum

Created by Alexandre Gabriel, the same guy who brought you Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, Citadelle Gin, and more comes the newest addition to their Plantation Rum range with Plantation Original Dark Rum.

Plantation Original Dark Rum is a blend of rums from Trinidad and Tobago and that is then double aged. It is first aged in its country of origin in heavily charred American oak barrels and then aged for a second time in medium-toasted Cognac Ferrand French oak barrels for 12 to 18 months. See the full post »

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Hospitality Happy Hour with Laura Arbios of Bardessono


Wine country concierges step out of the shadows and into the spotlight with Drink Careers 101 in a new Hospitality Happy Hour series on YouTube. The first round of interviews and videos will be hosted at the private hospitality center at Trinchero Napa Valley, in partnership with the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS). Series host and fellow concierge, Harris Oranges, will explore with his guests the behind-the-scenes details of how the best hospitality recommendations get made. The seven-episode Hospitality Happy Hour video series will feature interviews with some of the region’s most well connected and influential recommenders.

This week Harris met with Laura Arbios, Concierge at Bardessono.

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Coffee Braised Beef Shanks


Coffee Balsamic Vinegar

The weather here in Northern Virginia has finally begun to cool off, which means that I finally get to dust off my cast iron pots and get to braising. A short while back The Roasterie out of Kansas City sent me a bottle of an intriguing new ingredient (which I was under no obligation to write about), Coffee Balsamic Vinegar, made with their Super Tuscan Blend coffee. I was both intrigued and skeptical by this combination, and like a jittery squirrel I sniffed at the intensely fragranced liquid trying to discover what I could possibly use it for. See the full post »

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