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Archive for December, 2010


My (Wine) New Year’s Resolutions

December 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Come to grips with Riesling. I resolve to do this every year — along with losing weight and keeping the garage clean — and fail utterly.  My problem is with the something-less-than-mellifluous German language. Who thought it was a good idea to convert whole paragraphs into single, polysyllabic words?  When did the Germans decide that random word order was a [...]

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A Whiff of Scandal and the Odds of HR 5034 Becoming Law Grow Longer

December 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Beer and liquor wholesalers gave $1.3 million this election cycle to members of Congress who signed up as co-sponsors of HR 5034, the bill written to reinforce states’ rights to regulate alcohol. Not really a lot unusual about money flowing into campaigns following the introduction of controversial legislation, except that the wholesalers seem to have [...]

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Quote of the Day

December 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A German wine label is one of the things life’s too short for. Kingsley Amis Everyday Drinking

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Pennsylvania Experiments With New Wine Delivery Machine

December 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

After declaring their experiment with wine vending machines a success, Pennsylvania alcohol regulators began experimenting with mechanical bartenders. The goal, they explained, was to replace fallible humans with dependable machines. “We’ve had tremendous problems with bartenders serving underage drinkers and continuing to serve people who have had too much to drink,” explains state Liquor Commissioner [...]

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A Very Miner Wine

December 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

London design firm Unreal has designed a set of wine bottles to celebrate the rescue of 33 Chilean miners. Each bottle is named after one of the rescued miners and numbered in order of their resurfacing. Each bottle comes in a tube representing the Fénix 2 rescue capsule, and is buried beneath a layer of [...]

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Wine Investment Advice From a Non-Native English Speaker

December 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The headline asks “Wine Investment — What Do You Need To Know?” Thankfully, the website answers the question: Wine is the perfect way to make money with the guarantee that will grow with each passing year! The investment money in wine is not made to drink or to know the wine is made of storage. [...]

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Canadia: America’s Wacky Next-Door Neighbor

December 20th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Once you dig down into the controversy over alcohol regulation, what you get to is this: people who don’t approve of alcohol are trying as hard as they can to make drinking more difficult and expensive. What wine lovers perceive to be bugs in the three-tiered distribution system are understood by the neo-prohibitionists to be [...]

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Holiday Gift Guide #12: Nothing Says ‘Love’ Like a Gift You Make Yourself

December 16th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Sure, you can take out a loan to buy the wine-lover on your list something really nice, like a fancy $14 wine- aerating gadget. It’ll come in a nice box, have a shiny chrome finish, and look like something you wouldn’t mind pouring good wine into. Go ahead: give yourself over to the mercantile golden [...]

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Coolness That Has Only Vaguely To Do With Wine

December 14th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

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I Think My Kid Started a Blog

December 14th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

This description of family dinner is uncannily like life in my house: Somewhere along the line my Dad decided he wanted to be a bit of a wine connoisseur. I don’t know where these wines came from, probably Safeway, but at every Sunday dinner my Dad would make a big production with the wine: checking [...]

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