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Brother, Can You Spare $50,000 for a Drink?

May 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Auction Napa Valley is this week, and along with the live events where rich people get tanked-up and spend ridiculous amounts of money on ridiculously good wine, there is now an online auction where slightly-less-rich people can spend ridiculous amounts of money without actually having to go out in public. It’s all to benefit charity, [...]

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Billionaire Bernie’s Bad Basement

May 16th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The contents of billionaire swindler Bernie Madoff’s wine cellar and wet bar are up for auction this week. (Catalog here, Madoff’s inventory starts on page 34.) Apparently, Madoff stole not only from his clients, but from airplane service carts as well, as dozens of two-ounce bottles of mid-price hootch are yours for the taking. My favorite [...]

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

April 28th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, population 35, is hosting its first wine festival. The festival starts at noon this Saturday, and runs for six hours. Camping facilities are available at nearby Big Bone Lick state park. The duly elected mayor of Rabbit Hash, by the way, is a dog.

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Go Ahead and Show Me, Missouri

March 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I will be drinking local wine with the Drink Local Wine people this weekend in St. Louis, where I will not wear any of my Chicago Cubs regalia. The subject of the event is Missouri wines. Jeff Siegel, regular LouJu commentor and Wine Curmudgeon, claims that I will not be able to distinguish between Missouri [...]

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Put Down Your Bourbon For One Day and Try Something Different

May 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

In order to promote Kentucky wine and give everyone something to do Labor Day that’s not spending one last depressing afternoon at the pool, the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council is throwing a wine festival in Lexington. “Vintage Kentucky: A Toast to Henry Clay” will be Sept. 4 at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, in [...]

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Open Bottle Night: Get Your Bets Down

April 29th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The theory is, I think, “what the hell.” Westport Whiskey & Wine throws an Open Bottle Night tasting with a few extras as a kind of kick-off to Derby weekend. I was thinking about doing this as if the wines were horses lined up in the starting gate, but that was too cheesy even for [...]

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Spotlight on Virginia Wines

April 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

DrinkLocalWine.com is holding its second conference this weekend in Leesburg, Virginia.  Leesburg is a little more than an hour high-and-outside of Washington D.C., if Washington D.C. were a right-handed hitter. The highlight of the weekend is the Twitter Taste-Off, with 25 wineries participating. There are also panel discussions and tutorial sessions and all kinds of [...]

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It’s That Time of Year Again

April 12th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

They’re setting up for the Kentucky Derby Wine Festival — perhaps paradoxically, the Derby event where people drink the least. The schmooztastic wine tasting is April 27 and 28, from 5 to 9 PM. It will be held in and around a giant tent being erected on the Overlook, just to the left (if approaching [...]

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Yet Another Ground-Breaking Wine Experience You’re Not Allowed to Have in Kentucky

March 12th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The Rhone Rangers are sponsoring a Grenache tasting March 27 from 2:45 – 4 PM Pacific Time. There are two ways to participate in the event: You can go to the tasting, which will be held in the Ft. Mason Center in San Francisco. You can tune into the tasting via the web, listening as [...]

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We Drink for the Good of All Mankind

February 26th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Louisville Uncorked is tasting California reds to benefit Gilda’s Club. Suggested donation: $20, but if you’re any kind of decent human being you’ll pony up a few bucks extra. The tasting is March 4 at 7:30. Details here.

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