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Why Does This Remind Me of Vegas?

August 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

If winery operators complain about the baboonish behavior of drunken tasting room patrons, imagine how it must be for wineries in South Africa, which occasionally face baboonish behavior from real baboons. “They are not just eating our grapes; they are raiding our kitchens and ripping the thatch off the roofs. They are becoming increasingly bold and destructive.” [...]

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In Which I Detect a Flaw In India’s Logic

August 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

India is the world’s largest producer of mangoes, and economic development officials in the the world’s second fastest growing wine market think the country should make a name for itself with mango wine. I’ve never had mango wine, myself, so I can’t say for sure whether it has beyond-novelty potential. But the following justification doesn’t [...]

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I Like a Wine That’s a Silk Blouse With Three Buttons Undone

August 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

In the vogue for finding ways beyond 100-point scoring to express wine worthiness, Brunellos Have More Fun puts forth a new theory: When I’m tasting a new wine and trying to remember what it’s like, I tend to jot down notes of colors or moods. Or clothes. I daydream about what I would wear while [...]

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I Don’t Know What He’s Saying, But I’m Going to Try the Wine

August 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Dirty South Wine on 1998 Castello Di Verduno Barolo Massara: Smells like funk and tastes like Christmas. OK, I’m intrigued.

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Revenge of the Nerds: NZ Bloggers Go Righteously Apeshit

August 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

As part of their 40th birthday celebration, New Zealand’s National Business Review co-sponsored one of those seemingly simple social media contests with Veuve Clicquot. The winner gets his or her weight in Veuve Clicquot, and the way you enter is to go to the NBR website and write a paragraph on how you would dispose of so [...]

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Let Us Raise a Monument to Dr. Aditya Mattoo

August 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A physician who has earned the nickname “Dr. Buzzkill” for advising his patients “don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, don’t eat fatty foods, exercise more, and lose weight” takes a hard look at the data on moderate alcohol consumption and concludes: Although detractors often complain that the data is largely based on patients answering questionnaires reliably, [...]

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We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

August 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Winethropology writes a funny article I’ve wanted to write for a few days. Thus I am liberated to write funny articles I don’t want to write. Thanks, Steve!

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Oops

August 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The really attentive among you may have noticed a piece posted here for 23 minutes that is, in fact, a draft of something not yet postable. It had lots of sentence fragments and paragraphs set aside for later use. It was, in short, entirely incoherent. Sorry about that. Pushed the wrong button.

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Todays Do-It-Yourself Project: Wine Labels

August 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

If you’d like to combine your affinity for collage with a desire to hide from friends the brand of wine you’re serving, Bueno Bueno has a plan: when Jacob and I go to california, we stock up on 2 buck chuck. (charles shaw) it’s only $1.99 a bottle, but has won awards, great reviews, and [...]

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The Dark Side of Direct Shipping

August 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

It sets the marketers free: Recently, I got a cold call at the office from a wine club I recently had joined (mostly for research, actually). The club had a hot deal, what the caller said was a great wine at a phenomenal price, and the cases were sure to be gone soon. It seems [...]

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