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Mark Spivak

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Join Mark Spivak on Quench! each week for an irreverent and entertaining glimpse into the worlds of wine and the cocktail culture. You’ll hear Bizarre Beverage News (a roundup of the week’s quirky and inexplicable alcohol stories), interviews with cutting-edge winemakers, distillers, bartenders and sommeliers, and new ideas on how to pair wine and spirits with food. Enter a pretense-free zone where you can explore concepts for researching, buying and drinking your favorite libations. Quench! Will refresh and restore your passions for drinking.


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Quench! – Direct Shipping

Thirty years ago, only four states allowed direct shipments from wineries to consumers; today, the total is 41. It took many years of lobbying to change the situation (not to mention a Supreme Court decision). Has the newfound freedom among wine consumers affected the industry? Mark examines the issue from a number of different viewpoints, and offers some startling insights. … Read more about this episode...

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Quench! with Mark Spivak

Mark Spivak is an award-winning writer specializing in wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel. He was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post from 1994-1999, and was honored by the Academy of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage “in a graceful and approachable style.” Since 2001 has been the Wine and Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, as well as the restaurant critic for Palm Beach Illustrated. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Art & Antiques, Men’s Journal, the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines, Arizona Highways and Newsmax. From 1999-2011 he hosted Uncorked! Radio, a highly successful wine talk show on the Palm Beach affiliate of National Public Radio.

Mark is the author of Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, published in November 2012 by Lyons Press (an imprint of Globe Pequot). In the book, he profiles the 12 spirits that changed the world and forged the cocktail culture, and tells their untold stories.


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