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.
Held in San Francisco at the end of January, the annual tasting of the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers has been completely redesigned.
The world's oldest wine cellar, dating to 1700 B.C., has been discovered in Israel.
Some answers to the age-old question: What wine should you serve with turkey?
Napa's Mira Winery has been conducting an interesting experiment in how and why the aging environment affects wine.
Makaziwe and Tukwini Mandela, daughter and graddaughter of Nelson Mandela, have come out with their own line of wines.
Reports of an impending global wine shortage have been exaggerated.
There are now far more Michelin-starred restaurants outside of France than within the country.
The Robert Mondavi winery consistently turns out stunning Sauvignon Blanc from one of america's greatest vineyard sites.
An ancient liqueur from the period of the Roman Empire still flourishes today.
One of the country's great bars, the Sazerac serves world-class cocktails in stunning surroundings.