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Archive for June, 2009


Advice From the Ignorant

June 18th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I don’t have an iPhone, but if I did I’d check out the wine apps here.

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Biodynamic Duo

June 16th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

In a world lousy with wine dinners, Lilly’s and Gemelli Wine+Spirits go niche with a vegetarian meal featuring organic wines. OK, it’s a big niche. Organic wine sales are rising at three times the rate of wine sales overall. Still, in a world where wine dinners almost by definition build toward a Big Red Wine/Big [...]

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Celebrity Wine, Crosstown Rivals Edition

June 15th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The Chicago Cubs and White Sox now have their own wines. Both wines were similar in flavor. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much. The Merlot was soft and somewhat syrupy, with one-dimensional berry and cherry notes and a too-short finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon was rougher, with touches of black pepper jazzing up an otherwise boring berry [...]

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In Which I Lose Perspective, Hype One Wine and Nearly Forget the Rest

June 12th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Seviche and Old Town Wine & Spirits are ganging up on a Mexican-themed wine dinner Wednesday, June 17. Neither place has updated their website, so I’m going to have to go down the list of food and drink here rather than linking, but before we get started with all of that let me tell you [...]

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Not Your Average One Year Old’s Birthday Party

June 11th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

There will be, as near as I can tell, no smearing of birthday cake or gushing of maiden aunts over how cute the toddler looks covered with frosting. Instead, in celebrating its first birthday Westport Whiskey & Wine will take a vastly more sensible approach, leaving the kids out of the plan completely and providing [...]

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My World Comes Apart

June 10th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I know what kind of wine drinker I am. I’m a drinker of manly reds, a collector of offbeat appellations and seeker of value. My secret fantasy is that someone would look at my basement filled with wine and describe my collection as “smart.” I am, at the same time, the kind of wine drinker [...]

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Kentucky Hasn’t Changed As Much As You Think

June 3rd, 2009 by Tom Johnson

For an awful lot of the world, the image of Kentucky is the image of a hillbilly sitting on the front porch of a shack, squirrel rifle across his lap. It is an image of ignorance, isolation and closed-minded hostility that the state and its residents have been fighting for decades. And its an image [...]

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Spam Bomb

June 3rd, 2009 by Tom Johnson

In the last 24 hours this blog has been hit by spammers posting more than 1,500 comments linking to Viagra, Cialis, and Xanax sites. I’ve been deleting as fast as I can and have, in the process, deleted more than one legitimate comment. (Sorry Scarlett!) Forgive me. I don’t mean to be unfriendly. I’ve turned [...]

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Can This Relationship Be Saved?

June 1st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

So I’m at a tasting a while back with one of my wine buddies. This friend — no need to name names — finds himself recently single and on the make. He’s not disgusting about it; it’s not like he’s bought some gold neck chains and a boat and docked at Captain’s Quarters with an [...]

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