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Archive for October, 2011


Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

October 17th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

There’s a serious political battle going on in Washington state over state-owned liquor stores. One one side, we have big money flowing in from D.C.-based wholesaler groups who want nothing ever to change under any circumstances whatever and unions representing state liquor store employees.  On the other side we have advocates of a free market or, to [...]

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Me Me Me Me Me

October 14th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Every year, I donate a few in-home wine tastings to local charity auctions. I think up themes or build stories around the wines being tasted or something. The people who buy the tastings are generally really nice, really rich, and don’t know a whole lot about wine, so its fun. I prepare some background information [...]

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The Growth of Wine In Casual Dining Chains

October 14th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

My new Vineyard & Winery Management article is up. It’s about the growth of “wine programs” in casual dining chains. Both of you who read this blog regularly were tantalized with tidbits of information from my research, including my growing appreciation, if not actual patronage, of Olive Garden. Here are a couple of salient paragraphs: [...]

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None More For the Road

October 12th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Centers for Disease Control reports that drunk driving is down. In fact, way down: a 30% drop in the last three years. In the longer term, fatalities related to drinking and driving have dropped nearly 70% since 1982, from 26,000 to 11,000. Adjusted for population growth, that means that something like 20,000 people a [...]

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Facebook Becomes The (Wine) Mall

October 11th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The big changes that are irritating everyone on Facebook are at least partially intended to make Facebook a more effective sales platform. Booz Allen reports that  $5 billion in sales will take place within Facebook in 2011, which sounds like a lot but averages out to only$6 per Facebook user. The market research firm predicts [...]

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A Bad Idea On So Many Levels

October 10th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Marijuana wine.

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Canadian Thanksgiving Wine

October 7th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Thanksgiving in Canada is the second Monday in October, because by the time the last Thursday of November comes around Canada is frozen solid and a turkey won’t thaw. So that means Canadian wine drinkers have to think ahead, and are already in the final stages of what-wine-to-serve-with-turkey panic. Because I am oddly fascinated with [...]

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I ♥ Wine Decanters

October 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Let scientists argue whether red wine is good for your heart. Those of us on wine’s receiving end will argue instead whether a heart is good for our wine. Designer Paulo C has created a double decanter in the shape of an anatomically correct human heart. The heart is a reminder for the generally underestimated [...]

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These Aren’t the First Women Who Don’t Want to Associate With Me

October 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Wine in Heels is a women-only wine club in Aspen, Colorado. It is women-only because men are so horrible and women can have lots of fun without them — or maybe its because there’s a buffet and the women want to be able to taste full-strength thousand island dressing through a straw without feeling piggy. [...]

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Everybody’s In the Wine Business

October 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Soque River Enterprises of Clarksville, Georgia, has filed trademark applications for two wine brands: Flyline Wines and WhineWine. Soque River Enterprises runs fishing camps and a canoeing outfitter, so wine is the logical next step.

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