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Could Be a Typo, or It Could Indicate a Serious Upgrade In the Quality of Kentucky Wine

December 31st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

I just noticed I’m getting search engine hits on: Chateau Louisville Barton This amuses me. Technorati Tags: humor

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Know Your Enemy: Five Ways to Make Tomorrow Less Horrible

December 31st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Congeners are chemicals produced as an unintended consequence of a desired chemical reaction. For example, when fermenting sugars, the desired result may be ethyl alcohol, but along the way other chemicals are inevitably produced as well. These congeners include substances that are, basically, poison, including acetone and acetaldehyde. Congeners are important because they’re one of [...]

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Report from the Outback

December 31st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Champagne sales down in Montana. Cowboys going back to whiskey, do you think? Too bad we don’t have any commenters who work in Montana-based wine retailing. If we did, perhaps we could get some insight.

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What Makes a Good Wine

December 31st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

“The essence of taste is suitability. Divest the word of its priggish and prim implications, and see how it expresses the mysterious demand of the eye and mind for symetry, harmony and order.” Edith Wharton

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Evidence, If Any Were Needed, That I’m Going to the Wrong Wine Tastings

December 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

According to this UPI report: It’s not unusual for people to get drunk at wine tastings and vomit in the shrubbery, shed their clothes and shout and run about, said Tomi Arbogast, director of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. Hat tip: Drinks Are on Me Technorati Tags: Wine Tourism

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These People Clearly Have No Idea Who They’re Dealing With

December 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Today, I got an email offering to sell me a 1500 ml bottle of 1992 Screaming Eagle for $37,000.

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If the Wine Critic Thing Doesn’t Work Out, Maybe He Can Get a Gig Writing Porn

December 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Harvey Stieman in Wine Spectator: Aromatic, complex and silky, slipping in it’s gorgeous blackberry, currant and plum fruit against a seething background of toast, spice, mineral and loamy earth. Technorati Tags: tastings

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Winemaking as a Creative Act

December 30th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Tom Wark wants us to …see wine and the act of winemaking through various different lenses. By doing so we start to think a little differently about the liquid we love. Winemaker as Designer is an interesting lens. Specifically, Wark compares winemaking to interior design. In the process, he illuminates an important delineation in wine, [...]

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Hello Kitty Wine? No, Seriously: Hello Kitty Wine?

December 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Bloomberg recalls the weird year in wine.

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The Key to Success In a Dynamic Media Environment Is the Ability to Pivot When Pivoting Is What’s Called For

December 29th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

1 Wine Dude notes that Anthony Dias Blue, editor-in-chief of The Tasting Panel, is moderating a panel discussion on “Blogging on Wine and Social Networking: New Tools in Reaching Consumers of Italian Wine” at Vino 2010 in New York. This is apparently ironic, since Mr. Blue waxed snooty about wine bloggers only six months ago, [...]

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