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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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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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The Social Stigma of Indecision

August 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

As my regular reader knows, I’m not that big on food and wine pairings. I’m against anything that makes wine more difficult to enjoy, and the obsession with getting things “right” is one of the reasons people think wine is too complicated to bother with. Also, I don’t want to seem fussy about my wine [...]

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Kentucky Derby: Where To Eat

May 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Last year I listed a few wine-intensive hangouts for those visiting for the Kentucky Derby. That list remains valid. This year, I’m departing tradition a bit talk about food. The biggest problem with a list like this is that great places inevitably get left out. Rule of thumb: dine with confidence. If a place looks interesting, it [...]

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The Problem of Food and Wine Matching, Forever Solved

February 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

It’s easy if you make your wine out of food. The future becomes apparent in U.S. Patent #7,037,541: Alcoholic beverages derived from animal extract, and methods for the production thereof…wherein said animal extract is selected from one or more of beef, pork, mutton, chicken, duck, and turkey. Thus the seemingly intractable problem of what wine [...]

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Meat Loaf With Three Parts Meat and One Part Kitty Litter

February 7th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Dr. Vino likes to suggest foods that make wine pairing difficult. He has recently challenged his readers to match wines with guacamole, sauerkraut and Lady Gaga. In the spirit of good fun, I’d like to reverse the exercise. So: I’ll suggest a wine and my readers — let’s be honest about this — my reader [...]

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It’s Hard to Be an Expert If Something is Simple

November 18th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Because it’s just not enough for aficionadoes with time on their hands to have everyone fretting about which wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner, the Miami Herald wants you to worry about beer, too.

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Thanksgiving Wine Round-Up

November 15th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

I sort through Thanksgiving wine advice so you don’t have to: Rick Bakas identifies the central problem of Thanksgiving: You have turkey, which is dry and packed with Tryptophan.  You have mashed potatoes (starch), corn, rolls, sweet potatoes, cranberry and various other dishes, and none of them go together.  Cranberry is tart.  Gravy is not. Which [...]

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Thanksgiving Without Fear

November 4th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

I was tempted, given the stock on my local grocery store’s shelves, to hand out candy canes for Halloween — a quiet protest against creeping holiday mercantilism. So it is with a certain resignation that I note that three weeks before Thanksgiving, the annual what-wine-goes-with-turkey panic is already setting in. Because, you know: selecting a [...]

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The Only Place I’ve Ever Eaten Smoked Huckleberry Aspic

October 28th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Meadowood, the elegantly casual Napa Valley resort owned by Bill Harlan and home to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, has been awarded a third star by Michelin Guides. While I don’t normally cover a lot of food stuff, this is a seriously big deal. My connection with Meadowood is the symposium, which I attended [...]

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