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Archive for August, 2009


I Probably Should Have Mentioned This

August 28th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I’m vacationing this week, so posting will be light and irresponsible. We’re visiting friends a few hundreds yards from salt water and drinking good wine. Last night: 2002 Opus 1 and 2007 Flowers Pinot Noir. Also some Uruguayan rosé on the beach itself as the sun went down and the tide rolled in. I may [...]

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Spanish Tasting

August 25th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

4 Flights Wine Boutique is tasting Spaniards tonight, and not in the cannibalistic sense. Spanish wines. They’re tasting Spanish wines. The tasting is free from 6 to 8 PM, and the weather is going to be lovely, so Norton Commons is going to be a good place to be.

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Party Pooper

August 25th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

A physician and wine writer disputes the heart health claims made for wine: People know that alcohol – and wine – can cause liver disease. But since the headline-making “60 Minutes” segment in 1991 popularizing the seductively simple French Paradox (the French eat a high-fat diet but have less heart disease because they drink red [...]

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Comment Spam Update/Cheap Comedy

August 22nd, 2009 by Tom Johnson

For some reason, most of the comment spam I’m getting is in French. Comment spam numbers are down though, which is a good sign, and I’m thinking that since only the French are left spamming LouJu, it won’t be long before I can get the spammers to run up the white flag.

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I’ll Wait For the Paperback

August 21st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Kraken Opus, publisher of magnificent books at ridiculous prices, will publish a $1 million limited edition on the world’s top wineries. Included as part of the package will be 6 bottles of each of the wines in the book. 100 copies of the combo book/instant world class wine cellar will be sold, and the publisher [...]

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Serious Value: Tilia Malbec

August 21st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I believe Malbec can be too good. I’ve had voluptuous, expensive Malbec and have never enjoyed it as much as I enjoy inexpensive, rustic Malbec. Trapiche Oak Cask at $15 a bottle is one of our house wines. Move over, Trapiche. Tilia Malbec is fruitier, rounder, and less rustic. On paper, I shouldn’t like it [...]

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France is Busting Out All Over

August 20th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Along with The Wine Studio’s Languedoc-Roussillon tasting, Whole Foods is promoting French wines under $15 with bottles open for the tasting…today! The Whole Foods Wine Shop is at 4920 Shelbyville Road and the bottles will be open from 5 to 7 PM.

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Bluegrass and ‘Cue in the Vineyard

August 20th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Broad Run Vineyards will host Bluegrass and Bar-B-Que II concert and cookout August 29. Smoked meats and other goodies will be catered by Bootleg Barbecue. The Beargrass Creek Boys will pick and grin. Festivities begin at 6:30 PM and the cost is $19. A list of Broad Run’s wines is here.

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Walla Walla Wine Weport

August 20th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Washington state is expecting a record crop this year, perhaps oddly affected by the mid-Summer heat wave. Since I wrote about the heat wave, temperatures have dropped — leading me to wonder if I might have powers beyond those of mortal men. Grape growers are saying the vintage has the potential to be great. Grape-growers [...]

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For the Kind of People Who Have Leftover Wine

August 20th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

For $10,000, you can now buy a machine that will turn leftover wine into fuel for your car.

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