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Because Even Good Things Get Tiresome

July 31st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

New York Times food critic Frank Bruni talks about writing about food, but could be talking about writing about wine. Too often, those of us who swim deeply in the food culture of the moment give the impression that every dining choice made is a deeply considered one, that life is a series of carefully [...]

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They’re At It Again

July 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Samantha Sans Dosage: The conversation is stimulating and the wines are the kind that inspire, inspire me to think of my customers, think of the other wines I have in the same category and best of all….they inspire me to swallow. Genevelyn Steele Swallows: Imaginative stuff, the wine, the novel, the grotesquely humid night that [...]

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Local Stuff: New and Improved

July 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A couple of local things: Louisville has a new blog dedicated to the joy of Happy Hour, HappyLouisville.com. The market niche for a blog aimed at miserable drunks remains open, as is the URL EmbitteredLouisville.com. And Jo Self, who stages and promotes dinners, parties, events and all kinds of entertaining tomfoolery has upgraded her Bon [...]

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Direct Shipping in Maryland

July 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A smart, calm editorial in favor of direct shipping in Maryland: The reality is that Maryland’s three-tiered liquor system is badly in need of reform. And the most important voices that the study commission needs to listen to are those of Marylanders who drink wine. An estimated 85 percent of the wine produced in this [...]

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Because I Am Not a Graceful Man, I Must Be Pragmatic

July 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Beginning to permeate the public consciousness is a new dress-code standard: Wine Country Casual. The San Jose Mercury-News puts WCC on the fashion continuum between Business Casual and Cocktail, a “relaxed version of what someone might wear in a formal office environment.” According to the article, men are supposed to abandon their blue blazers in [...]

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More Italian Wine Fraud — With Hacktastic Update!

July 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

UPDATE: My reading comprehension skills are apparently not what they used to be. So, for your entertainment, I’m going to correct what I wrote and leave the changes visible. If I were you, I wouldn’t trust anything you read here ever again. Additions in Italics. Thanks to Jeremy from Do Bianchi for correcting this in [...]

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One More Reason to Not Fly Through Atlanta

July 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The City of Chicago is apparently about to allow 24-hour alcohol sales in O’Hare Airport.

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My Theory Is: It’s Cold All Year In Canada

July 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Canadian wine writer Rod Phillips discovers that Canadians drink pretty much the same thing in Summer as they do in Winter. In Summer, the red-to-white wine ratio is 51/49. In Winter, it’s 55/45.

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Guess Which Blog Has More Readers

July 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

While I make snotty remarks about Millennials, 1 Wine Dude plays nice.

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I’d Tap That

July 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Gawker on iPad wine lists: Prepare to hold on to your wallet…The fact that you’re perusing the list on a $500 piece of technology, complete with a custom app whose production was anything but free, is a pretty good signal your check will be padding a considerably fatter margin, especially at the cheaper end of [...]

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