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Mark Spivak - author of Iconic Spirits and Global Gourmet blogMARK SPIVAK

 

Mark Spivak has been the Food and Wine Editor of Palm Beach Illustrated, educating our readers on the finer points of wine and spirits as well as reviewing the top culinary spots of South Florida since 2001. Visiting wine regions, distilleries and culinary meccas around the globe, Mark’s voice, an authoritative pen of the epicurean scene, can also be read on his blog Global Gourmet, where he writes about his experiences and insights, exclusively on palmbeachillustrated.com.
Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History - Mark Spivak   Mark is also the author of The Affordable Wine Guide to California and the Pacific Northwest (also available as an e-book), and his newest tome, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History [Lyons Press], which hit bookstands November 2012.
  Iconic Spirits is a must read for any and all interested in the world of the high-proofed. The book chronicles twelve unique spirits and categories that helped forge the cocktail culture of today, telling the untold stories and the hidden tales of each, followed with cocktail recipes, many of which are classics and genre originators.

Blog Articles

Cune Rioja

Date: May 18, 2015

Cune, or C.V.N.E. (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana) produces a crisp white and a remarkable rosé to complement their red wines.

Trouble at the Boomer Canteen

Date: May 11, 2015

Faced with slumping sales and plummeting stock prices, Whole Foods is revamping its image.

Lunch with Monet

Date: May 4, 2015

The recently published Monet's Palate Cookbook reveals a glimpse into the gardening and cooking practices of one of the world's greatest painters.

The Rites of Spring

Date: April 27, 2015

Wine drinker tend to reach for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc when the weater heats up, and they most frequently reach for Nobilo.

Homaro Cantu

Date: April 20, 2015

Homaro Cantu, the brilliant chef of Chicago's Michelin-starred Moto, committed suicide last week at the age of 38.

Squid Ink Cocktails

Date: April 13, 2015

Squid ink cocktails are a hot trend in some of the country's cutting-edge craft cocktail bars.

Money and Death in Napa

Date: April 6, 2015

Robert Dahl's dream of becoming a gentleman vintner ended with him chasing his primary investor through the grapevines with a semiautomatic pistol and shooting him in the back.

Arsenic and Cheap Wine

Date: March 30, 2015

According to independent reserach, over 80 popular wine brands have high levels of arsenic.

Teeling Single Grain

Date: March 23, 2015

Dubllin's new Teeling Distillery has released their latest expression, a Single Grain Whiskey ($45).

The Bone Broth Craze

Date: March 16, 2015

Bone broth is suddenly all the rage, due to the popularity of the Paleo Diet.

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