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February 25th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I’m out of town with my wife. We’re somewhere we’ve never been before, in a part of the country with which we are not familiar. We’re staying in a house on a sand road that dead-ends at an oyster shell beach. We’re escaping business obligations, which have been fairly intense and which recently culminated in [...]

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Good News For American Wine

February 23rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Wine Institute has released its U.S. wine export report for 2010 and the news is so good as to be almost spectacular. U.S. wine exports, 90 percent from California, rebounded to a new record of $1.14 billion in winery revenues in 2010, an increase of 25.6 percent over 2009 wine exports. Volume shipments rose [...]

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The Problem of Food and Wine Matching, Forever Solved

February 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

It’s easy if you make your wine out of food. The future becomes apparent in U.S. Patent #7,037,541: Alcoholic beverages derived from animal extract, and methods for the production thereof…wherein said animal extract is selected from one or more of beef, pork, mutton, chicken, duck, and turkey. Thus the seemingly intractable problem of what wine [...]

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Wine Writing of the Day

February 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Tom Wark says we’re in a “golden age” of wine writing because “the exponential increase in the number of individuals writing about wine for public consumption.” At Mad Write, a bulk web copy mill based, apparently, someplace where English is only vaguely familiar, we find this artifact of the Golden Age: Wine is considered one of [...]

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Box Wine Store

February 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

From Inhabitat, a wine shop in Zurich decorated with 1,500 recycle wine boxes.  Very cool.

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Market Research Explains Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay

February 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

In a publicity survey conducted before Valentine’s Day, Apothic Red uncovered data that explains what is, to me, one of wine’s enduring mysteries: the ubiquity of K-J Chardonnay. Nearly half of men (44%) agreed that knowing how to choose a wine is important upon a first meeting. A majority of people (79%) feel that pretending to [...]

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I Secretly Write Wine Smut

February 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Palate Press asked me to write a thing about Open That Bottle Night. I did. Don’t tell my wife.

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Grapes Like a Virus Spread

February 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting a conference that will help cornhuskers become grape crushers. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, New Zealand has so many grapes it has no idea what to do with them. The question is: should New Zealand fear Nebraska? The only reasonable reply to which is: what are [...]

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February 17th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Research shows Canadians are drinking more.

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India is the New China

February 17th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Moet Hennessey appears to be building the first major sparkling wine production and marketing capability in India. The company has bought 150 tons of grapes from Nashik and has reportedly bought land in India on which they intend to build a winery. It’s also on a local hiring binge, putting locals familiar with the terroir and Indian [...]

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