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Department of Meaningless Press Releases

April 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Portugal has announced, with out-sized pride, that it is one of the Top Ten wine exporters to the U.S. Um, O.K. I’m proud of you, Portugal, but let’s take a minute to look at who the Top Ten might be. France, Italy, Spain, Germany — that’s four. Australia and New Zealand is six. Argentina and [...]

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Derby Week Vibe

April 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I note that there appear to be a lot of strangers in town. Something going on?

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What Women Want

April 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Wine Spectator and Vinexpo teamed up on a worldwide survey of women who drink wine, and discovered that survey questions can give misleading results. For the Americans, the two most important factors in choosing a wine are the grape variety (68 percent) and the price (56 percent); women globally cited those factors nearly equally along [...]

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It Turns Out They Were Talking About Wine

April 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The headline was “Sure Things Under $20.” You can imagine my shock. I mean, I know things liven-up around here for Derby, but this was a little blatant. Upon closer inspection, it turns out the the theme of Westport Whiskey & Wine‘s Open Bottle Thursday is great wines for $20 or less. You can imagine [...]

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Winefest: It Was Perfect, But Here’s What I’d Change.

April 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Wine is about context. Most of us never participate in a real, analytical blind tasting — and we wouldn’t enjoy ourselves that much if we did. That’s because what we enjoy most about wine is not so much the wine itself as it is the food we’re eating and the company we’re keeping. Which is [...]

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Turning Manure Into Wine

April 28th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

It’s not as bad as it sounds.

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April 27th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Tickets to the Derby WineFest are only available at the Derby Festival Offices, 1001 S. Third St. The east side location is sold out.

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More Than a Box

April 27th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Elin McCoy of Bloomberg stands up for the previously un-stand-up-able. In fact, according to Nielsen, the premium 3-liter box wine category is the fastest-growing segment of the wine industry. In the fourth quarter of 2008, table-wine sales growth slowed to 2.8 percent, yet premium boxes zoomed 32 percent. Key buyers? Those with incomes of $70,000 [...]

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Derby Wine Festival Tuesday and Wednesday

April 27th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The 2009 edition of (inhale) American Founders Bank Derby Festival WineFest (exhale) will be held Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 5 to 9 PM at the overlook on the Waterfront, in Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Great Lawn. Aim for the Chow Wagon and veer right, unless you’re coming up from the river where you moored [...]

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The Climate’s Not the Only Thing That’s Cold in New Zealand

April 27th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

In explaining the involuntary departure of the woman in charge of wine making, Cloudy Bay deployed the following euphemism: Eveline Fraser, senior winemaker, has been made redundant. And, as we all know, things that are redundant can be cut. This replaces the previously de rigueur “left to pursue other opportunties” and “wanted to spend more time [...]

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