Thursday, October 11, 2007

From Luxist:

"An obsession with fine whiskies or fine wines inevitably leads to a journey. At some point, the local shop around the corner just won't do it for you anymore. Forbes has a pair of stories, one for whisky lovers and one for wine lovers that list ideal locations to indulge your passion.

Wineries can be found in nearly every corner of the world these days and Napa or Tuscany may the most obvious places but there are plenty more spots to hit. Suggestions on the Forbes list include South Africa's Stellenbosch wine region, Marlborough, New Zealand, which is famous for its Sauvignon Blancs and the the Maipo wine region near Santiago, Chile. If you must hit Italy or California, they recommend the Piedmont area of Italy and the less touristy but still booming Paso Robles region in California.

For the rarer whiskies you'll need to check your bank balance first, a two-ounce pour of the Ladyburn 1973 sells for $210. To experience the ultimate in whisky nirvana head to the Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands with your $75,000 bottle of 1926 The Macallan."

We should develop our distilleries in conjunction with local communities to be set up to give people interested in how our drinks are made an amazing experience. This is also great for the communities around the distilleries who would see a benefit from tourism.


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