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More Evidence That Olive Garden is the Center of American Wine Culture

August 24th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A driving instructor in Coralville, Iowa, has been accused of buying wine for two of his students before their driving lessons.  Frederick D. Bindner, a 62-year-old driving instructor of Auto Right Driving School, was said to have offered the 14- and 16-year-old glasses of wine at the Olive Garden restaurant in Coralville, Iowa, on June [...]

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Drunkenness and Nudity In the Air

August 23rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A passenger on a British Airways flight from Phoenix to London, upon being denied another glass of wine, shattered his drinking glass, threatened the flight attendants, and offered to stab the pilot, too.  I have three questions: What kind of wine was he drinking, and was it properly matched with his beer nuts? How come the violent [...]

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9/11 Wine

August 23rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Lieb Family Cellars on Long Island’s North Fork is bottling a wine to raise funds for the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. It is, not surprisingly, raising controversy as well. “What’s next? A 9/11 pastrami sandwich?” asked Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., (D-Queens). “I don’t care about the small amount that they donate to charity. [...]

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Blog to Watch

August 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Baptist Wine Club.

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The Social Stigma of Indecision

August 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

As my regular reader knows, I’m not that big on food and wine pairings. I’m against anything that makes wine more difficult to enjoy, and the obsession with getting things “right” is one of the reasons people think wine is too complicated to bother with. Also, I don’t want to seem fussy about my wine [...]

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Watch Out What You Wish For, Small Wineries

August 16th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I’m old enough to remember when Coors beer could only be bought in the Rocky Mountain states. In the east, a fridge full of Coors implied a connection to a glamorous and far-away world of ski chalets and mountain vistas. People used to check six cases of Coors as baggage on flights out of Denver, [...]

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How To Host a 19th Century Wine Dinner

August 15th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Sir Walter Scott — poet, playwright, and author of Ivanhoe and Rob Roy — apparently thought a lot about how to properly host a raucous dinner party. Here are his three rules for “presiding” over a dinner table (emphasis mine): Get everyone drunk fast. “Always hurry the bottle round for five or six rounds without prosing [...]

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Party All Night Long, Middle-Aged Rocker-Style

August 15th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

AC/DC is releasing its own wine. Sourced from wine regions in the Barossa and Coonawarra, varieties include Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato. This follows the release of — I’m not making this up — the AC/DC-themed Monopoly game. Coming soon: thigh-high AC/DC support [...]

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Wines You Should Buy Based on the Label

August 12th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

From 50 Elegant Wine Label Design Examples. Some really cool, really creative stuff. This particular design is by Buddy Creative.

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Concise Report on Australia

August 12th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

In an article called Fine Wine in Australia, extruded by content mill Explicit Articles, this memorable lede: These days, Australia is exploding in 1 distinctive ways . The economy is quite strong , and tourism is always growing, specifically for campervan hire vacations. I really have to stop doing these posts. No one is entertained [...]

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