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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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Is China’s Wine Market Hitting a Great Wall?

October 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Globe and Mail calls China’s economy “the biggest real estate bubble in history,” and Forbes reminds investors that, as China’s real estate market collapses, we shouldn’t forget their Internet bubble is bursting at the same time. Why mention this on a wine blog? Because Sotheby’s Hong Kong fine wine auction failed to sell out [...]

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Rebranding

July 18th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

After public outcry, Healdsburg wine shop “The Serial Grapist” has changed its name. It will now be known as “Oenal Sex.” Just kidding. It’s “Wicked Wines.”  

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Because Walking Down the Street and Mingling With Their Armed Constituents Is Just Unacceptable

July 1st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Ohio is opening a full-service bar in its state capitol building. While open to the public, is will also be cordoned off for “private happy hours,” most of which will involve lobbyists and rich people slipping envelopes of cash into legislators’ coat pockets. Figuratively, of course. Ohio Governor John Kasich, signed a law yesterday mandating [...]

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Terroir Gone Wild

June 28th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Oregon has designated an official state soil.

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Wine Expertise as Algorithm

June 14th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

From a LinkedIn wine discussion group: We are currently developing a predictive model that can identify the overall quality of wine based on input variables such as: fixed acidity, volatile acidity, citric acid, residual sugar, chlorides, free sulfur dioxide, total sulfur dioxide, density, pH, alcohol content etc. The models submitted so far already have a prediction [...]

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Evidence That Not Everyone In Television Is Charlie Sheen

April 23rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

“Treasures” from the cellar of British talk show host David Frost will be auctioned by Christie’s. The Fine and Rare Wines sale to be held at Christie’s King Street on 9 June will comprise over 500 lots, with 81 lots (270 bottles, 24 half-bottles, 13 magnums, 1 jeroboam and 1 impériale) offered from the private [...]

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Change Your Vacation Plans Now

April 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Ohio State Fair, dry since the 19th Century, will now allow beer and wine sales. Several American high school students have been suspended from school for as long as four weeks for drinking wine on a trip to Italy. Consumers who have always wanted to be wine judges can take part in the 2011 [...]

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