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March 31st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

For the last six years I’ve had an anonymous political/cultural blog. I set it up early in the blogging craze because I figured blogging was something I should understand. Once I got past the “understand” threshold I kept writing because it was fun. I could write whatever I wanted, however I wanted. I didn’t care [...]

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Let’s Go Shopping!

March 31st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Tomorrow, Kentucky’s sales tax is applicable to wine purchases. Today, it isn’t. Does that imply the same thing to the rest of you that it does to me?

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Somebody Call Me a (Cult) Cab

March 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

If you’ve been longing to hit the mailing list of the tiny cult wineries of Napa Valley, now might be your moment. Bloomberg reports that long-time subscribers are dropping off the lists in droves as belts tighten and the resale market that had been subsidizing hundred-dollar-a-glass wines shrinks. Typically made in small quantities of 500 [...]

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Sniff, Sip, Swish, Spit: The Tastings of March 30 – April 5

March 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Look at the bright side: now that we’re through with all that highly emotional basketball, we can all get out of the house and hit a few tastings. This is not to be construed as drowning our sorrows; the Louisville men’s team had a terrific year and the women’s team is still in it. But [...]

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Age-Old Problem, Solved

March 28th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I know: you’ve been worried. I’ve been worried, too. This time of year, wine lovers fret more over one thing than all other things put together: What wine goes best with chocolate Easter bunnies? At long last we have a definitive answer. Canadian wine writer Natalie McLean has come up with website widget that matches [...]

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Do Wine Preservation Systems Work?

March 26th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The Washington Post runs a test on three and decides yes, sort of. The verdict? These systems do help save a wine’s freshness and flavor for a short time, allowing them to be stretched over a few days. For extended periods, I’m a devout skeptic. I’d rather spend my money on the wine. Read the [...]

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What Goes With Pretzels and a Half-Can of Diet Pepsi?

March 25th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

American Airlines has hired a wine consultant to better match the airline’s beverage offerings to the airline’s “in-flight cuisine.”

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Giant Napa Cabs and the Power of a Great Title

March 25th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

This video is twice as long as it needs to be and covers the well-trod ground of the influence of wine critics — which is itself a reprise of the age-old argument of to whom an artist owes his loyalty, himself or the market. The central question asked by writer/producer/director Tina Caputo is whether Napa [...]

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Buy Now: Wine Gets More Expensive April 1

March 25th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

There are a lot of reasons to stockpile wine. Here’s a reason that ought to get you procrastinators off your collective duffs: on April 1, Kentucky’s sales tax applies to beer, wine and liquor. That’s going to add 6% to the cost of whatever you buy after the more-apt-than-ever April Fool’s Day. If you’re buying, [...]

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What Kind of Wine Goes With (Arizona) Wildcat?

March 24th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

A perhaps overly optimistic friend put it this way: The University of Louisville Cardinals are going to “eat” Arizona in Friday’s NCAA Tournament. “What kind of wine goes with Wildcat?” my friend asked. It’s a good question. Joy of Cooking has recipes for buffalo, ostrich, wild boar and — if your edition is old enough [...]

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