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Archive for January, 2010


Have You Ever Been to Grand Junction? I Mean, There’s Every Possibility This Isn’t a Mistake

January 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

An email release calling attention to Grand Junction, Colorado’s inclusion as a finalist in Korbel’s Most Romantic City promotion included a link to the Death Notices page of the Grand Junction Sentinel newspaper.

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My Friend Heather Has a Project…

January 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

I wrote something morbid and self-pitying for it, about wine fit for brooding. Read it at The Breakup Cookbook.

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Tasting History

January 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A restaurant in Florida uncovers a small stash of 1966 Dr. Konstantin Frank Johannesburg Riesling. Dr. Frank was the agricultural researcher who proved that Vinifera vines could be grown successfully in upstate New York. The “experts” at the Geneva Agricultural Research station where he did menial labor openly mocked him, but he persevered, planting his vineyard on [...]

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When the World Met American Wines

January 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

In 1873, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria hosted the Vienna Universal Exhibition. The exhibition attracted nations from all over the world to display their agricultural and industrial products. Franz Josef himself directed that among the products that should be gathered was wine. By the time the Exhibition opened, 20,000 wines had been submitted to be [...]

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Not That I’m Bitter

January 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

My old political blog, which I abandoned in May, 2009, still gets nearly four times as much traffic as this blog, which I write on every single day.

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And Now, a Brief Musical Interlude

January 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

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Cabernet’s Turn in the Barrel

January 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Last year, there was an outburst of scorn for California-style Chardonnay. They were too often disappointing, with too much oak, too little fruit and little care. Too many tasted like stagnant water, like pickling spices, or like vanilla flavorings added to water. They were not pleasant to drink on their own and would not pair [...]

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Help Me Understand This

January 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

All manner of wine-themed clothing, here. Because nothing says “Master of Wine” like an “I ♥ Barolo” t-shirt.

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Hide the Rich

January 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The World Economic Forum at the Swiss luxury resort Davos is an annual gathering of financial Masters of the Universe, a gathering conspiracy theorists believe is proof that a small clique controls the world. Last year, in an ostentatious display of sympathy for the less fortunate (read: everyone else in the world) suffering the results [...]

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Are Wine Critics Screwing Up Your Cellar?

January 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The decision when to harvest is one of the defining decisions in the making of a wine. As calm as the long grape-growing season seems, the harvest is a short, intense period when the wine’s destiny is decided. Sugar content is rising rapidly. Phenolic compounds are ripening. Acidity is disappearing. Small differences in hang time can [...]

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