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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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.
According to independent reserach, over 80 popular wine brands have high levels of arsenic.
Dubllin's new Teeling Distillery has released their latest expression, a Single Grain Whiskey ($45).
Bone broth is suddenly all the rage, due to the popularity of the Paleo Diet.
Glenmorangie has released Tusail, the latest in its annual Private Edition Series of single malts.
March 3 is the release date for the FUDS Cookbook, a collection of fictional recipes from a non-existent restaurant.
From a field of over 1,000 spirits, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 has named Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask The World's Best Whisky.
The world's most expensive peanut butter costs $761 for a six-ounce jar, and it's only available from the U.S. government.
Celebrate Valentines Day with a sensual bottle of rosé Champagne.