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Cooking Wine

February 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The old adage is that you should never cook with wine you wouldn’t drink. Another Wine Blog disagrees, expanding the adage to read: Never cook with a wine that you COULDN’T drink if it was the only thing in the house and you really needed to get your drunk on because your spouse just left [...]

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Robert Parker, Wine Industry Hero

February 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Jamie Goode has a piece defending Robert Parker that will surely be unpopular with wine bloggers. I’m personally skeptical of the implied precision of 100 point ratings; I just don’t believe that any wine critic can consistently judge the subjective experience of wine to what is, in effect, a 1% margin of error. (OK, 2%, since [...]

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We Drink for the Good of All Mankind

February 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Louisville Uncorked is tasting California reds to benefit Gilda’s Club. Suggested donation: $20, but if you’re any kind of decent human being you’ll pony up a few bucks extra. The tasting is March 4 at 7:30. Details here.

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Tasting Note Hall of Fame: 2005 Chateau-Grillet

February 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

From Vinography: Pale gold in the glass, this wine has an electrifying smell of lemon…cocaine. Electrifying, indeed. There is apparently no truth to the rumor that Chateau Grillet will become the first wine sold by weight, not volume. Technorati Tags: wine

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Why We Have Wine Regulation: A Counterfeiter’s Guide

February 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

This is a recipe from Wine and Spirit Adulterators Unmasked, published in England in 1829. It documents how counterfeiters would put together quantities of ersatz Sherry for sale through unscrupulous public houses. The author chose to remain anonymous, fearing his disclosure of the counterfeit wine and spirits market might “excite the rancour of the Advertisers [...]

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Premium Box Wine in the Real World

February 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Eric Asimov makes an argument for boxed wine, displaying in the process not only his high taste in wine but also his low entertainment threshold: It was great fun to have the box sitting in my fridge, and to simply pull the spigot whenever I wanted a glass. My attitude may have been childish, but [...]

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Democracy on the March

February 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

In a poll published by the completely reliable New York Post, 58% of New Yorkers want wine to be sold in grocery stores. There is apparently no truth to the rumor that 63% would prefer it to be given away for free. Technorati Tags: Retail

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It Seems to Me This is Really a Question About Mouthfeel

February 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A woman who signs her name “Lost the Battle to Chardonnay” writes to Dear Abby: The other day I asked my husband a question and told him to be honest. If given a choice between giving up wine or giving up sex with me, which would he choose?

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Final Thoughts on the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

February 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

My first impression, upon reading of the Symposium, was that it was a brilliant, deep-pocketed way of co-opting wine writers by feting them at a fabulous resort. That whiff of corruption was part of the event’s appeal; I figured I was in for an easy week of tasting and indulgence. My final impression is that [...]

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Are American Wine Experts Killing American Wine Culture?

February 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

I’ve got a theory. My theory is: all the stuff wine people do to make wine more accessible to non-wine drinkers paradoxically makes wine seem more complicated. I mean, if it weren’t complicated, you wouldn’t have to simplify it, right? Maybe all the advice columns, the helpful taste descriptions, the food-and-wine pairing formulae and admonitions [...]

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