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Perhaps They Should Serve Wine in Congress

August 1st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Well-intentioned, smart people contemplate the debt ceiling crisis, making a list of different policies and their up- and downsides. After a few glasses of wine, they find the negotiations go more smoothly, the give and take more collegial than painful, and eventually they reach a solution. We initially found the two lists disturbing, but after a few [...]

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Low Blows Down Under

June 14th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The two top Australian wine awards have banned New Zealand wines. The Royal Hobart International Wine Show has “temporarily suspended” its invitations to New Zealand winemakers and the Perth Royal Wine Show has also closed the door to Kiwi wineries. According to New Zealand, this is because the NZ wines were winning too many awards [...]

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Fighting For Mommy Mindspace

April 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Market research shows that women buy more wine than men and women buy cheaper wine than men. Hence, marketers battling over who can execute the cutest branding strategy: Rival wine sellers targeting overworked mothers are fighting over use of the word “Mommy” on their wine labels, according to a lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal [...]

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Judge Dismisses Counterfeit Wine Lawsuit, Seeks Movie-of-the-Week Deal

March 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

OK, I made the movie-of-the-week thing up. But consider this plotline: A billionaire wine collector buys a bottle of wine he knows to be counterfeit in order to prove that the auction house peddling the wine sells counterfeit wine. The billionaire investor then sues the auction house for selling the counterfeit bottle. The judge looks [...]

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For Those of You Who Suspect the Wine Business May Lack Meaning

March 1st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Australian wine manufacturer Yellow Tail, which previously sued wine industry mega-villain Fred Franzia for the unauthorized use of parentheses, continues its crusade to make the world a safer place for mass-market brands. Casella Wines, which owns Yellow Tail, is now suing The Wine Group, producer of Little Roo wines, for putting a wallaby on the [...]

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Weird Times in Bordeaux

January 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A group that is either A) environmentally friendly wine entrepreneurs or B) a cult has resettled L’île Verte, a 790 hectare island in Bordeaux’s Gironde estuary between Margeaux and Blaye. Once the home of more than 500 farmers and shopkeepers, the last resident of the island died in 1991. SCEA Atlantide (Atlantis) resettled the island a [...]

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Oh Yeah, Jesus? Well This Back Atcha, Jesus!

September 22nd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Sometimes, it’s just too good. I recently wrote a thing for Vineyard & Winery Management about churches in the south working to limit the number and size of wineries. What goes around comes around, and now there’s news from California of wineries trying to limit the number and size of churches. Falkner’s property has become [...]

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When Wine Blogging is Like Professional Wrestling

May 7th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Steve Heimoff uses his monchromatic (in the black trunks) blog to take shots at the Millennial Challenge wine tasting and all-you-can-eat tapas buffet that I would have taken if he hadn’t got there first. With each new competition, the value of all competitions is diminished. I don’t think the organizers see it that way, but [...]

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Facebook Shootout: The Perils of Instant Media

April 6th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

1 Wine Dude and I take different approaches to the same story. My friend Gary gets caught in the middle.

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Further Input From the Wineblog-o-Sphere

March 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

After reading this, Paulo Queiroz of Nosso Vino offers helpful career advice: Why don’t you stop writing and try volleyball? Consider how little he must think of my creative abilities if he thinks I’d be better at something that requires jumping.

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