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March 13th, 2009 by Tom Johnson is produced more or less entirely by Tom Johnson, with contributions here and there from people who know useful things. Tom lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky — which is not exactly the center of the wine universe, but oh well.

Tom has been a professional writer and documentary producer for longer than he cares to admit, specializing in historical, cultural and political issues. Along with dozens of general interest magazines, he has written forĀ Vineyard & Winery Management, Edible and Palate Press. He holds an Advanced Certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London, and was the Plumpjack Fellow at the 2010 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. He regularly conducts story-based wine tastings in and around Louisville, and is working on a book of true stories about the amazing and sometimes bewildering things people have done out of a love of wine. As readers will quickly learn, he is an ineffective proofreader.

Tom’s wine cellar would make a lousy photo feature. It’s cardboard boxes, mostly, piled in the corner of the dank basement. The boxes are filled with Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone blends from the central California coast, off-beat Bordeaux, itty-bitty bottles of aging Sauternes, middle-class Riojas, and teenaged Barolos. He has a serious thing about Bandol and holds a smattering of velvety-good Napa Cabs left over from his travels. Italian wines are mostly a mystery to him and he’s confused by German labeling conventions. Every Summer he tells himself that he’s going to learn about Riesling, and then drinks nothing but New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. is an unprofitable enterprise. It does not accept advertisements or paid content.

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