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.
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.
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The recently released Moët et Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2008 has excellent palate persistence and a long finish.
The dried noodles well-known to college students and struggling artists have replaced cigarettes as the unit of currency in U.S. prisons.
Housed in a building dating to 1897, Bodega Antigal is producing memorable Argentine Malbec.
Le volte, a Super Tuscan blend made by the producers of Ornellaia, is both delicious and affordable.
Gamble Family Vineyards is a third-generation Napa farming family that has made the transition from grower to vintner.
Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the flagship of the Taittinger brand, a sumptuous Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay.
Domaine du Tariquet is a wines estate that enjoys breaking all the rules.
Pike Road, the newest project from Elk Cove Vineyards in the Willamette Valley, offers high-quality Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir at a reasonable price.