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The Only Place I’ve Ever Eaten Smoked Huckleberry Aspic

October 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Meadowood, the elegantly casual Napa Valley resort owned by Bill Harlan and home to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, has been awarded a third star by Michelin Guides. While I don’t normally cover a lot of food stuff, this is a seriously big deal. My connection with Meadowood is the symposium, which I attended [...]

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Today’s DIY Project: Sabering Champagne

October 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Instructions here. Video of cheerful Millennials showing how not to do it here. Evidence that foolishness knows no age here. A mom gets into the act here.

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Success Easily In Determining

October 27th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The non-English-speaking wine writers are branching out to investment advice: When you get proper information about wine investment then will help you in determining. This business will be very easy task for you and you can get success easily in this field.

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So Now I’m a Real Housewives Blog, I Guess

October 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

I’m kind of a Renaissance man; I have lots of interests. One of those is, of course, wine. But another is the debilitating effect tiny amounts of fame have on the human psyche.  A perfectly normal person can be rolling along just fine, and then a tiny fleck of fame lands on them and they’re infected. [...]

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Today’s Do-It-Yourself Project: The Wine Cork Armchair

October 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Better start drinking. It takes a lot of corks.

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Winemaker of the Year

October 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

At least, according to Wine Enthusiast, is Genevieve Janssens, Director of Winemaking at Robert Mondavi. Other Wine Enthusiast awards here.

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If You Want More Blackfruit, We Can Add Another Squirt for 75 Cents

October 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

I spent a lot of time researching Starbuck’s venture into wine, trying to formulate an opinion simultaneously wise, well-informed and amusingly original. The conclusion I reached: I really don’t care what Starbuck’s does. In case you do, here’s someone who thinks Starbuck’s wine experiment is the end of the world, and here’s someone who doesn’t.

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The Evolution of the Wine Porn Business Model

October 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Genevelyn Steele Swallows takes the next big step by going subscription only. Fortunately, Samantha Sans Dosage continues in the wide, wide open, erect and ready to be salted.

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If We Can Just Get 16 People to Kick-In $250 Each, We’re Golden

October 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

What do you do when you come across a cask of 150 year-old Port? Package it elegantly and put it on the market for about $4,000. The wine, which has been aging since before phyloxera ravaged Europe, requiring the replanting of vines on American rootstock, turned up in a purchase destined for 30 or 40 [...]

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Rookie of the Year

October 19th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

CNN blogger Donna Huntley, who is not a drinker, decides to learn about wine. She goes to Olive Garden where she tries Cavit Pinot Noir. She then writes one of the most accurate tasting notes ever: This was the most disgusting, nasty stuff I have put in my mouth ever – no kidding. It tasted [...]

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