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Archive for September, 2009


Conventional Wisdom Shifts: Chardonnay Sucks!

September 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

First it was the Wall Street Journal. Now the Chicago Tribune piles on, concluding that California’s signature white wine has become “muted, bland, and pale.” …even knowing of this white grape’s multiple personalities, I was still caught off-guard during a recent, disappointing tasting of just-released California Chardonnays from the 2007 and 2008 vintages. The article [...]

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Going Against the Tide

September 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Wineblogger Tom Wark at Fermentation stands up for 100 point rating scales based on the needs of wine consumers — like that rabble should have anything to say about wine. For this apostacy, at the next wineblogger convention Mr. Wark will likely be beaten to a pulp and fermented into an amusing but ultimately forgettable [...]

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The Excitement Never Stops

September 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

The links list over there on the right now includes Fork & Bottle‘s list of biodynamic and natural wines.

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Rhone Varietals at The Wine Market

September 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

From 4:30 to 6:30 today (Wednesday, September 30) there is a free tasting of Rhone varietals at The Wine Market on Bardstown Road.

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Happy Days Are Here Again

September 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

It appears that Trigg County, Kentucky, has repealed Prohibition. The vote was close: 2,665 for repeal and 2,629 against. Background here.

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This Could Be the Best “Let’s Get Naked” Line In History

September 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

An attractive female wine writer visits a Pinot Noir winery. The winemaker offers her the chance to participate in pigeage, the act of punching-down the solid cap that forms on the top of fermenting wine. Pigeage increases the contact between the juice and grape skins, increasing the flavor and deepening the color of wine. The [...]

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Tuesday Night Tastings

September 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I feel like all I ever write about is the tastings at Westport Whiskey & Wine and 4 Flights Wine Boutique. Those two places stay busy. So: Tonight at WW&W: winemaker Charles Coniglio, of Coniglio Wines. The Coniglio family makes small batches of carefully crafted wines, and if you click here you can hear a [...]

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Perusing Inbound Google Search Links

September 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Louisville Juice would like to welcome the visitors who find this blog by searching “buy English tomato wine.” You’ve certainly come to the right place.

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Up From Comments: Bandol Value and Cellar Theory

September 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Regular commentor Wally, who knows his stuff, suggests that Bandol is not a good value: Good wine but rotten price/value ratio…Better to look for wines from Nimes where you don’t have to pay jet set prices for great wines. I retort: It depends on how you look at it. The price point for red Bandol [...]

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New Rule: I Link to Any Posting About Bandol

September 28th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Bandol is a small (2,500 acre) AC on the Mediterranean coast of France, a suntrap of hills around a small port and resort town. Its most familiar wines are rosé, but the reds are the wines worth seeking out. The stout product primarily of Mourvedre grapes, red Bandol is a wine that needs age. Kermit [...]

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