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No Jury Would Convict You

June 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

You’re out of town. Your wife goes to a party at a neighbor’s house. The party runs out of wine. Your wife gives the neighbor the key to your house because there’s wine there, and it’s closer than the local convenience store. The neighbor goes into the cooler and loads up. And the whole thing [...]

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Signs of Hope

June 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Wine Industry Insight has a chart. Wines selling for more than $20 per 750ml bottle posted a 13.9 percent gain for the four-week period ending May29, helping to drive overall domestic wine sales up 5.9 percent according to scanner data from The Nielsen Company. Also: Sales of White Zinfandel continue to fall even though the [...]

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Does Size Matter?

June 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Wineries are experimenting with tiny, single-taste bottles to lower the cost of supplying samples to billions of wine critics. Fred over at NorCalWine blind-tastes sample- and full-size bottles from Trefethan to see if there’s a difference. There is. Sort of. A little. Maybe. Technorati Tags: wine

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Meet the New Boss

June 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The Sacramento Bee interviews Tom Klein, the new chairman of the Wine Institute.

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Anglo-Sexin’

June 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A new study indicates that 14% of British women “couldn’t face sleeping with their partner unless they had a couple of glasses of wine beforehand,” and 6% of British women have never had sex while sober. In clearly related news, Great Britain is now the world’s biggest importer of wine.

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Today’s Do-It-Yourself Project

June 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Hat tip.

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At Least They Only Had To Buy One Pen

June 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A petition drive to prevent a wine festival in Findley, Ohio, (population: 40,000) failed after garnering only 42 signatures.

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Closing-In On Fully Automated Wine Reviewing

June 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal suggests that wine description should be limited to 10 “simple, straightforward and readily understandable” words, none of which is “forest floor.” Technorati Tags: wine

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Direct Shipping and Retailers

June 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

New Jersey is contemplating a direct shipping law. Here’s what one retailer has to say: Through their customer service and knowledge of wines and wineries, specialty wine stores…help consumers find wines they like, and as a result will continue to prosper, said CoolVines President and CEO Mark Censits. ”It is up to us as retailers [...]

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The Guys Down In Marketing Think Wine the Texture of Snot Might Not Sell

June 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Mango wine. They’re still working out some of the details. ‘Unlike grapes, which gave birth to wines, mango juice is very thick and therefore, requires to be treated before being put to use for brewing wine…The process of fermentation is not very tough as mango contains huge quantity of sugar, which is the basic source [...]

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