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Are Wineries Deliberately Mislabeling Their Wines?

June 28th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A statistical analysis of declared levels of alcohol and market performance suggests that there’s conspiracy afoot. Published by the American Association of Wine Economists, it says sugar content in harvested California grapes has risen 11% since 1980, and average alcohol content during the not-quite corresponding 1992-2009 period rose almost a full percent. Alcohol content as reported on [...]

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Terroir Gone Wild

June 28th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Oregon has designated an official state soil.

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Proof That Talent and Hard Work Mean Nothing

June 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

First there was a Real Housewives of New York housewife with her own wine brand. And that was fun, sort of, because there were jokes to be make. Now there’s a Real Housewives of New Jersey housewife who’s getting into the wine business. She envisions a wine brand called “Fabulini.” All over the world, aspiring [...]

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Somebody Asked, So I’ll Explain

June 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I didn’t blog much last week because I had two magazine articles and a rewrite due, along with lots of stuff to do at my payin’ work and a small crisis to deal with on a non-profit board I sit on. Also, I had to cook a couple of hundred bratwurst for charity. So I [...]

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Riesling: Forever the Wine of the Future

June 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Wine Curmudgeon drinks the Kool-Aid.

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American Wine Culture: Mixed Messages

June 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Within days of each other, two things: First, research published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction indicates that even a small amount of alcohol in the bloodstream makes driving more dangerous. It is not, according to the study, that low-level blood alcohol makes accidents more frequent, but that the accidents tend to be more severe. There [...]

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More Evidence That People Will Make Wine Out of Anything

June 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Jill Misterka of Ontario, New York, makes wine out of edible flowers. Misterka’s first attempt at making lilac wine was in 2009, when she used Penfield-grown blossoms and a recipe from the Internet. For the 2010 vintage, she used blossoms from a friend’s yard in Webster. Misterka says she now has dandelion petals tucked away [...]

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At Last, A Taxonomy of Wine Labels

June 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Research has shown that most people choose the wine they buy based on the label. People who take wine seriously think that’s about the most ignorant, backward thing a wine buyer can do. New York writer Matthew Latkiewicz isn’t so sure: Unless you have an extensive knowledge of regions and grapes, the wine you choose [...]

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American Wine Culture: Young Love

June 18th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

TMZ reports that when Bristol Palin lost her virginity to Levi Johnston, they were drunk on wine coolers. UPDATE: Gawker reports the significant event took place in a tent.

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If the Republican Presidential Debate Had Been a Wine Tasting

June 15th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

0:00 Candidates come on stage to the sound of applause and popping corks. Debate Moderator Jancis Robinson welcomes crowd, holds a glass of Champagne toward camera to toast the TV audience. 0:03 In first fireworks of the night, candidate Mitt Romney announces he doesn’t drink. Former Senator Rick Santorum jumps in, saying frantically that he [...]

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