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Archive for November, 2010


Cartoonish Bogeyman

November 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Vinography spots an interesting book in Burgundy.

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He Could Make the Argument That the Wine Was French to Begin With

November 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

As a result of what one spokesman for the French government described as behavior “incompatible with the professional conduct required of a French diplomat,” the French Consul in Hong Kong has been recalled to Paris after stealing two rare bottles of wine from a private club. Hong Kong media reports say the wine bottles were worth [...]

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Economic Indicators: Dumb Money, Big Money, and Chinese Money

November 30th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Harry & David, where you can buy pears for $3.50 each, is getting into the wine business. Entry-level for the H&D Wine Club is $780 a year, in exchange for which you will get 36 more-or-less $20 bottles of wine. If you prefer to receive only wines rated 90 points or above, the tab is [...]

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The Slovenian Sense of Humor Is a Mysterious Thing

November 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A couple of weeks ago I joked about the business opportunity implied by the perfectly preserved Champagne pulled out of a 200 year-old shipwreck. In a report about Champagne recovered from beneath the Baltic Sea, the BBC says that the bottom of the ocean might be the perfect place to store champagne. Apparently unaware that [...]

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Thanksgiving Wine in Real Time

November 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Thanksgiving this year is 21 people, so there’s a fair amount of latitude to bring different things to the tables. I got multiple bottles of a white and a red, and then a few bottles just to have around. I’m also not the only person bringing wine, so I’m figuring some of the basics will [...]

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Isn’t That Ronald Reagan at the Buffet?

November 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Boing Boing has an ad promoting California “Burgundy” wine from back in the days when the glamorous Napa lifestyle involved the wearing of plaid sportcoats.

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Do-It-Yourself Project: Heavy Construction Edition

November 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Got a lot of leftoever wine casks lying around the house? Turn them into a hotel! Pictorial instructions here.

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The Conspiracy To Make Wine Drinkers Look Silly Continues

November 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Industrial designer Alvaro Uribe decides that lifting up a wine glass and tilting it toward your face is just too much work. So: the Tipsy wine glass. Good wine is tested by its look, smell and taste. Thus, this glass’s head tips forward to give access to the best qualities of the drink. It releases [...]

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Grumpy Old Men

November 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

In Tom Wark’s annual American Wine Writer’s Survey, we learn that most wine writers are men over the age of 50. We also learn that wine writers working in print don’t, in general, like or respect bloggers. In fact, in identifying the greatest threats to professional wine writing, the wine writers surveyed zeroed in on three: the [...]

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Best Read Wine

November 22nd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

This is actually kind of a good idea for a wine tasting: The theme for the night was “Wine and Literature,” so everyone brought a wine that went with a particular book passage. There were a lot of good wines, and it was fun to listen to everyone read their particular book passages…The first drink [...]

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