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Croatian Winery Ages Its Beverages at the Bottom of a Bay

Tourists looking to make the most of their Croatian vacation should plan a trip to Edivo Vina in the town of Drače. A tour of the winery doubles as a scenic dive to the bottom of Mali Ston Bay.

As Conde Nast Traveler reports, Edivo Vina starts their wine-making process by aging their product on dry land for three months. From there, the wine is transferred to special terra-cotta jugs called amphorae and submerged 60 to 80 feet beneath the sea. The unique storage location poses a few issues; underwater the containers are vulnerable to leaks—and thieves who own diving equipment.

As a precaution, all bottles are sealed with two layers of rubber and locked in cages. According to Edivo Vina, all that effort pays off: the company says the “natural cooling” and “perfect silence” of the ocean environment refines the beverage over one to two years of aging. It also results in a gnarly layer of shells, coral, and algae covering the jug.

Visitors who wish to see the maturation process firsthand will be accompanied by experienced divers to the undersea winery. On the way, they’ll get a tour of the bay, which includes a sunken boat on the seabed. The finished product, available at the shop in Croatia and online, looks like an artifact retrieved from a shipwreck. Thankfully it doesn’t taste like one.

[h/t Conde Nast Traveler]

All images courtesy of Edivo Vina

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]

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