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Archive for January, 2012


The Baby Boomers, Explained

January 23rd, 2012 by Tom Johnson

If I were a different kind of wine blogger, I would ask for the perfect food/wine pairing for this meal. But since I’m not a different kind of wine blogger, I will simply note that a whole generation grew up on crap like this and they’re the same population cohort that makes up the spine of the [...]

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In Which Professional Wine Writing Turns Into the Jerry Lewis Telethon

January 19th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

The defining characteristics of the waning years of the Jerry Lewis Telethon were outpourings of maudlin emotion and humble self-congratulation by old people belaboring the obvious. In the telethon’s case, it was a bunch of currently-headlining-at-the-Debbie-Reynolds-Theater-in-Branson-Missouri schtickmeisters returning to their Vegas-lounge glory days to remind us all that kids shouldn’t suffer unless it’s on camera to raise money. [...]

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Innovation or Personal Challenge?

January 10th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Designer Christopher Yamane has created what he calls an “unspillable” wine glass which, while clever, is “unspillable” only in the sense that a gentle tap will cause it to roll only 45 degrees before it is caught by its protective glass ring. For those of us who spill wine rather more grandly than that — [...]

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The Situation In New Jersey

January 10th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

New Jersey’s legislature passed a direct shipping law yesterday that gets the state out of dutch with the Supreme Court. To which I say: thank goodness. I was worried Scalia was going to have to go up there and bust some kneecaps. The direct shipping reform was just one part of a busy day for [...]

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Wine Scores and Seasonal Affective Disorder

January 9th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

The invaluable Dr. Vino rounds-up evidence that score inflation is causing wine drinkers to become jaded, making 90-point wines as unattractive in the market as 88-point wines used to be. He cites this bit of marvelous sarcasm from wine merchant Daniel Posner: Every time I turn around, another 2007 Barolo is getting 96 points or [...]

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As Always, Keep New Jersey In Your Prayers

January 9th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

The New Jersey State Assembly is scheduled to vote today on a direct shipping bill. If it passes, New Jersey will be the 39th state to allow direct shipping.

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Well, This Will Certainly Cut Down on the Amount of Wine I Need to Store

January 5th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Nanowine is a design project/statement designed by Koert van Mensvoort, Hendrik-Jan Grievink, and Ruben Daas. In the broadest sense, it speaks to the increasing distance between man and nature. In narrower terms, it provides a spine-chilling look at the future of industrial wine.  With ‘nano wine’, in order to achieve different varietals, users activate their [...]

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I’m Thinking About Starting a Movement to Take Things Less Seriously

January 4th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov takes time out of his busy schedule seriously regarding the world’s wines to take a crack at something he calls “analytical eating.” Can’t you just feel the joy?

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