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Mark Spivak

Quench! – Bombora and Cooranbong

Americans tend to have a schizophrenic attitude toward vodka. On one hand, we expect it to be virtually without identifying odors or flavors of any sort; on the other, we like it to taste like whipped cream, bacon, or peanut butter and jelly. In the middle of this dynamic are two unusual vodkas from Australia, Bombora and Cooranbong. Both hail from the Barossa Valley, and both are distilled from red wine grapes. When you try these vodkas, you’ll be reminded of exactly how enjoyable pure and understated flavors can be. Mark chats with Merritt Rathje, a Florida spirits broker who is involved in marketing them to the public. On Bizarre Beverage News, Mark begins with the tale of an Englishman who called the equivalent of
911 to report a corked bottle of wine, and then investigates a Costco store in Arizona selling a bottle of 60 year-old Macallan Scotch for $17,000.


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