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Archive for September, 2011


If You Had Any Doubt That Wine Can Be Nerdy…

September 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A Chinese company has invented a cork that interfaces with wireless networks to report on the condition of the wine.

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New Wine Word of the Day

September 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Because Germany’s wine classification system isn’t complicated enough, Wine Spectator invents a new class of wine: Kleptenbeerenauslese — wine made from stolen grapes; stolen select berry harvest The premier KBA noted here is made from stolen Spätburgunder grapes.

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Will Someone Please Discover Paso Robles?

September 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

USA Today today features an article Paso Robles: It’s the Unidiscovered Wine Country. Before that article was even published, Travel Writer’s Magazine disputed the premise with a headline: PASO ROBLES JOURNAL: An Undiscovered Town in California? Not Really, But ‘Paso’ Comes Close. Destination Paso Robles, a tourism promotion group, promised even before that Paso Robles [...]

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Lick It Up

September 29th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Formulaic costume rockers Kiss have announced their very own wine, Kiss Zin Fire:  Kiss Zin Fire is a bold and fruity 2010 California Zinfandel — the result of a cool, long growing season that promoted fantastic flavor, acidity, and color. A brazen blend of blackberry and pepper gives the vintage a hard-rocking kick and spicy [...]

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The Wine Industry Notices Louisville, Gasps in Disbelief

September 29th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I joke about writing about wine from someplace not, broadly defined, wine country. As I say on this blog’s “About” page:  Tom lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky — which is not exactly the center of the wine universe, but oh well. So it’s interesting that the September issue of Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch (print only) [...]

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Alice Feiring Gets Naked

September 28th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Alice Feiring’s new book, Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally, is being so heavily promoted that even I got a preview copy.  Feiring is a fierce advocate of natural wine, and this book is an account of her research into the origins of that movement. I enjoyed the book, which I read twice [...]

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One Less Reason to Go To Church

September 26th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Catholic Archdiocese of Phoenix has decided to stop serving wine with communion, except on special occasions. Though the Archbishop didn’t come right out and explain why, the new directive may have something to do with keeping the wealthy United States aligned with poor nations around the world that can’t afford wine. It is true, [...]

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The Baptists Warned Us About This

September 26th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Children wiggling their toes in ripe grapes, being brainwashed into thinking that wine is a normal part of life. The photo is from Lover’s Leap Vineyard & Winery’s annual harvest grape stomp. Good crowd, beautiful afternoon, pretty good wine at a price point that should make Yellow Tail nervous.  

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The Difference Between Film Noir and Pinot Noir

September 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

In an interesting post about score inflation, The Wine Curmudgeon describes California’s 2009 Pinot Noir as “very ripe and busty.” He seems perplexed that anyone might find that attractive.

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Choose Your Science

September 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

For the last few years, scientists have been publishing papers on the miraculous ability of red wine to do all kinds of things, including slowing the aging process. Now other scientists have taken a closer look at previous science to determine that, scientifically speaking, red wine probably doesn’t make you live longer. On the other [...]

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