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Wine and the Origins of the Social Kiss

March 31st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

In 1824, the admirably named Samuel Morewood published An Essay on the Inventions and Customs of Both Ancients and Moderns in the Use of Inebriating Liquors. In it, he theorized that the seemingly friendly social kiss had originated in ancient Rome as an inquisition rather than greeting: It was in these times of simplicity that women [...]

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A Plug’s a Plug

March 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The busy Beavers at Oregon State University have been conducting wine research. Last week they reported to the American Chemical Society on their study of wine closures: Working with (Michael) Qian and colleagues, graduate student Juan He investigated 2006 vintage pinot noir and chardonnay from the Argyle Winery in Oregon. The winery closed 150 bottles [...]

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How Wine People Think

March 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Thieves broke into a Cambridge, England, wine shoppe (hey, it’s England) and stole 15 bottles of rare wine. Shoppe co-owner Daniel Young lamented the theft: The sad thing is that they are probably about 12 to 15 years old and know nothing about wine…In some ways I would have been happier if it had been [...]

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Google Hits Remain a Sucker’s Game

March 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a thing for Palate Press offering unsolicited advice to wine bloggers. One of my more controversial assertions was that depending on wine reviews for traffic was a loser’s game, since search engine traffic is flighty and less valuable than loyal readers. Here’s digital media Yoda/respected journalist Felix Salmon [...]

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

March 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The Antique Wine Company, which buys and sells wines that I, personally, will never be able to afford, has dispatched Stephen Williams to liveblog the Bordeaux en premier sales. Mr. Williams will chronicle his glamorous adventures among people that I, personally, will never be allowed to meet, in places that I, personally, will never be [...]

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I Think He’s Kidding, But I Bet It’d Work

March 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Austin Statesman columnist John Kelso suggests holding a free wine tasting to lure the homeless out of hiding and into range of census takers. Get Texas winemakers to promote the event to show off their best stuff, and let the homeless judge their Zinfandels, Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. It’s not like all homeless people like [...]

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I Feel the Morning Chill

March 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

I really like this picture.

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In Which I Propose That We, as a Community of Wine Bloggers, Forgo a Joke That Just About All of Us Have Made at One Time or Another

March 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Spit or swallow? It’s the go-to double entendre of winebloggers here, here, here,  here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. The commentors get into it here. I think we should ban spit/swallow humor voluntarily, before the government steps in. I know it’s going to be hard to come up with another joke, but [...]

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Q: How Can I Look Like a Big Doofus at My Next Party

March 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

From the Perpetual Kid website, from whence you may purchase the Finger Food Party Plate: Fortunately, we’ve got the answer… these charming little plates with rings that fit right on your finger. Now you can balance your glass and your hors d’ouevres, and look positively in control the whole time. Genius! I think, technically, they [...]

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Maybe We Can’t Blame Robert Parker For Everything

March 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

1 Wine Dude defends the indefensible, using actual statistics about climate data and Bordeaux grape production to conclude that fatter, fruitier Bordeaux wines may not have anything to do with wine critics. Maybe Bordeaux isn’t just chasing the big points after all – maybe Bordeaux is trending towards an “International Style”of higher alcohol and greater [...]

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