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Archive for September, 2010


Major League?

September 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Last night when the Cincinnati Reds clinched the National League East Central Division title, they celebrated with 15 cases of Korbel Brut. That’s manager Dusty Baker on the right.

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Refugee From Communism: Agustin Huneus Honored

September 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The Chilean government has bestowed its highest civilian recognition on Agustin Huneeus, founder of Quintessa in Napa and Veramonte Winery in Chile’s Casablanca Valley. Huneeus received a medal and the title of “Grand Official” for meritorious service to the Republic of Chile, recognizing his efforts to promote Chile and its wine industry on an international [...]

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Ten Things You Don’t Know About Wine

September 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

1. Wine was invented by Spaniards looking for a shorter route to India. 2. The Scuppernong grape, native to the American southeast, is actually not a grape at all, but a legume. 3. During harvest, workers in biodynamic vineyards are not allowed to wear undergarments. 4. Ernest and Julio Gallo started their winery in a [...]

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Blah Blah Blah Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Blah Blah

September 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Blair Campbell writes a nice piece for the East Bay Express about drinking wine while pregnant: From the moment I got the definitive “you’re pregnant” on New Year’s Day 2009 (causing me to ruefully ditch my Bloody Mary), the question of whether and how much I could drink was the background noise I heard for [...]

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Benito Is My Hero

September 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

More successful bloggers than I get free wine. Benito gets a free wine fridge. Benito rocks.

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Today’s Do-It-Yourself Project: Breaking the Tyranny of the Wine Establishment

September 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Spike Your Juice is a kit that allows you to turn any 64-ounce bottle of storebought juice into “a fizzy and refreshing alcoholic beverage” in only 48 hours. Gizmodo gives it a try using Welch’s grape juice as a base: “I swear you’re making poison,” my wife warns. I pretend I’m not afraid…Just an hour [...]

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A Glimpse Backward at American Wine Culture

September 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Actor James Mason for Thunderbird Wine.

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Grace Under Pressure

September 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

This was to have been the first Mourvedre harvest at Grand Reve Vineyard in Washington. The half-acre plot of head trained vines was a labor of love for partner and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson. Then, one night, someone slipped into the vineyard and stole about 1.25 tons of the grapes, leaving only 200 pounds behind. [...]

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Pick Up the Phone. Really, It’s That Easy.

September 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The Wine Curmudgeon looks at the number of important issues facing the United States and laments that the House Judiciary Committee is wasting time on HR 5034: The United States is coming out of its worst recession in more than 50 years, the unemployment rate is near 10 percent, and more Americans are living in [...]

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Rumors of Robert Parker’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

September 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The Internet, the story goes, is going to make wine critics like Robert Parker irrelevant. Blogging and Tweeting and CellarTracker are going to bring the wisdom of crowds to the business of assessing wine. Ring the churchbells! The era of the all-powerful and deeply resented critic is coming to an end! Today dawns a Brave New [...]

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