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Archive for February, 2012


Picklepuss Wines for Valentine’s Day Cynics

February 13th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Last year, a poll by Glamour magazine showed that 65% of Glamour readers hate Valentine’s Day. Stop by any V-Day-themed comment thread and you are likely to read a lot of this: Valentine’s Day is like herpes: just when you think its gone for good, it rears its ugly head once more. Every other day of [...]

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We Expect Him to Emerge with Muted Fruit, Tobacco and Licorice Notes, and Soft Tannins

February 13th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Warehouse worker Mark Anderson, convicted of torching 4.5 million bottles of wine stored in Vallejo, California, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison. The judge also sentenced Mr. Anderson to pay restitution of $70.3 million to the owners of the wine and the warehouse. Under California law, up to 50% of wages earned in [...]

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Winemaking Without Glamour

February 13th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Every now and then, supersophisticated, rich-people-paradise Napa Valley shows its farm-country roots. Last week, in finest county fair tradition, the 11th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest brought 80 vineyard hands out on a gray Winter day to demonstrate their arcane skill. Pruning the vines is a critical aspect of making wine, and most self-described wine experts don’t [...]

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The Taste Descriptors From Outer Space

February 1st, 2012 by Tom Johnson

If there were a Wine Writer Olympics, the second most competitive event (after the contest to see who can get the most free wine) would be the Taste Descriptor Biathalon. In this event, wine writers compete to describe wines with words that are both highly original and utterly fatuous. Ordinal scores are based on off-handedness [...]

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