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Mark Spivak

Quench! – The Ferment Down Under

Australian wine has traditionally been popular with Americans, but in recent years a trifecta of problems has created a perfect storm for the
category: the global recession of 2007-8, an unprecedented glut, and the growing strength of the Australian dollar, which has made the wines more expensive on U.S. retail shelves. Mark talks with Lisa Klinck-Shea, brand ambassador for Hardys, about how the Australian wine industry is weathering and surmounting these problems. On Bizarre Beverage News, Mark explores the trend in mushroom-infused cocktails, examines an offer by Diageo to have a mixologist host an in-home cocktail party for a mere $3,300, and reveals the true story of the phantom cellphone app that was supposedly capable of turning water into wine.


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