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Archive for May, 2010

It’s a Small World, and It Just Got a Little Smaller

May 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

There’s a new website in town. is a place where wine producers can exchange information about distributors — anonymously, if they prefer. Created by Peter Norris, an advertising executive and president of Vino Family Vineyards, the forums on the site are intended to be freewheeling. Norris told Wines & Vines that he edits out profanity [...]

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Making the Rounds on the Internets

May 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

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HR 5034: The Virus Spreads

May 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A couple of things: The Wine Crumudgeon points me to news that Kentucky’s Distillers Association has come out against HR 5034: KDA President Eric Gregory highlighted the legislation’s “many far-reaching and negative consequences” noting that under the bill individual states could establish their own formulas, labeling and bottling standards for Bourbon, overriding uniform federal requirements [...]

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Put Down Your Bourbon For One Day and Try Something Different

May 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

In order to promote Kentucky wine and give everyone something to do Labor Day that’s not spending one last depressing afternoon at the pool, the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council is throwing a wine festival in Lexington. “Vintage Kentucky: A Toast to Henry Clay” will be Sept. 4 at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, in [...]

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Some Guy in a Bowling Shirt Throws a Surprise Left

May 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where my former sister-in-law works, Chris Ballard asserts: Beer is More Sophisticated Than Wine His evidence? There are more ingredients in a bottle of beer than a glass of wine. Given that pure wines have nothing in them but grapes, yeast and barrel residue, there are a lot of things [...]

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Cahors Light

May 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Last week I made a stink about blogger ethics — something I really don’t care that much about. I alientated friends, bored readers and made myself feel like a doofus over a technical point that, all of seven days later, even I can’t bring myself to care about. The backstory goes something like this: After [...]

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The Effects of Alcohol, Illustrated

May 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Bloggers Hoot’n’Annie visit the Paso Robles Wine Festival, are sharp and concise in their first dispatch, a little groggy in their second and, in their third, get a tattoo.

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Wine Thief is a Real Boob

May 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

CBS News sums up what’s significant about the theft of a $20 bottle of wine in Gardnerville, Nevada: Police say drunk, topless woman Brandi Smith was drunk and topless when she, drunk and topless, stormed into a Nevada grocery store, stole a bottle of wine, then drove her car into a Burger King, says The [...]

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Utterly Irrelevant: Lindsey Lohan Flies BA, Drinks Swill

May 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Teen-actor-circling-the-drain Lindsay Lohan is taking a certain amount of media grief for drinking wine on her British Airways flight home to face DUI charges. While I usually don’t sympathize with people who make their living collecting nightclub appearance fees, Lohan’s stock has sunk low enough that I have to defend her. Because her legal problems [...]

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Snappy Branding

May 22nd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Napaman reports on 94574, a wine named after it’s producer’s zip code. Technorati Tags: wine

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