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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

The Last Drop

Date: June 29, 2015

The Last Drop has released 592 bottles of their newest expression, a 48 Year-Old blended Scotch at $4,000 per bottle.

Spirit of America

Date: June 22, 2015

Spirit of America, the newest Bourbon on the market, donates $1 per bottle to Hope for the Warriors.

Aia Vecchia

Date: June 15, 2015

The Bolgheri estate of Aia Vecchia is producing some remarkable combinations of quality and value.

The Best Doughnut in Portland

Date: June 8, 2015

As the world of culinary journalism becomes more overheated and crowded, it begins to resemble The Onion.

Gonzalez Byass

Date: June 1, 2015

The firm of Gonzalez Byass has been producing some of the world's Sheery since 1835.

U.S. vs. Wine Research

Date: May 25, 2015

Government agencies have halted Mira Winery's experiments with ocean-aged wine, calling it unfit for human consumption.

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.

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