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Archive for May, 2009

Turning Over In Her Grave

May 28th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The old Kentucky hometown of Prohibitionist Carrie Nation has gone wet: Business is booming in Lancaster, and it may not be long before the domino effect starts knocking down prohibition barriers in surrounding cities eager to tap into the economic benefits of selling alcohol. Both Danville and Stanford are planning to coordinate efforts to hold [...]

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This Is a Test, This Is Only a Test

May 18th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

One of the things I’m doing with my time these days is working on a book proposal. I won’t go into details because it’s (yawn) the best book idea in the history of Western Civilization and if I give it away here everyone will steal it and I’ll die in poverty-stricken anonymity. Anyway, while researching [...]

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New and Improved

May 18th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The Wine Market, 1200 Bardstown Road, has re-opened after massive renovation. The building has been completely rehabbed. What was once a cooler with a small selection of cheese is now a complete cheese market. The wine selection is larger. The new design is more open and inviting. Pictures this afternoon.

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You’ve Pulled the Cork. Now What?

May 15th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Yemm & Hart Limited of Fredericktown, Missouri, wants to turn your surplus corks into floor tiles. Yemm & Hart is collecting wine cork stoppers with the goal of converting them into a useful self sustaining product – to extend the useful life of this natural resource for decades and to raise awareness of the cork [...]

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Big “Big Red” Tasting

May 15th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Westport Whiskey & Wine‘s monthly Big Red tasting is Tuesday, May 19, from 7 to 8 PM. The line-up: AP Vin “Gary’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2006 Loring “Russell Family Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2007 Loring “Keefer Ranch” Pinot Noir 2007 Red Car “Trolley Car” Pinot Noir 2007 Paul Matthew “Ruxton Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2006 Kosta Browne [...]

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Apparently, At 10th Century Wine Tastings, No One Spit Anything Out

May 14th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

From The History of Champagne by Henry Vizetelly, there is this account of a dispute between royalty and the priesthood over which of France’s wines is greatest: The dispute becomes general, and the wines, heated with argument, exhale a perfume of ‘balsam and amber,’ till the hall where they are met resembles a terrestial paradise. [...]

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Further Evidence That It’s a Buyer’s Market

May 13th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The Credit Municipal de Paris, a kind of government-run pawn shop that takes fine wine as collateral, is dumping premier crus as borrowers default. The city-run lender and pawnbroker of sorts has seen demand for new loans soar in recent months. To help meet that growing need, it auctioned off about 2,500 bottles Tuesday, bringing [...]

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Events to Get You Through the Week

May 13th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Tonight, Westport Whiskey & Wine is holding one of its grossly sexist, highly popular Women Only tastings. The wines will be, fittingly, by Little Black Dress, and dress for the event will be little and black as well. There will be a fashion show, chair massages, photo ops on the red carpet and exactly the [...]

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The Most Expensive Corkscrew In the World

May 5th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The Sveid corkscrew — which is technically a worm, not the more desirable screw — costs €50,000, which at current exchange rates is about $67,000 at current exchange rates.

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What Goes Best With Squeezable Bacon?

May 4th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Has technology delivered us bacon as a condiment? Vilhelm Lillefläsk’s Squeez Bacon is fully cooked 100% bacon. Due to the patented electro-mechanical process by which Squeez Bacon is rendered, it requires no preservatives or other additives. Each serving is as healthy as real bacon, and equivalent to 4 premium slices of bacon! You can put [...]

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