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A Bad Idea On So Many Levels

October 10th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Marijuana wine.

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One Less Reason to Go To Church

September 26th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Catholic Archdiocese of Phoenix has decided to stop serving wine with communion, except on special occasions. Though the Archbishop didn’t come right out and explain why, the new directive may have something to do with keeping the wealthy United States aligned with poor nations around the world that can’t afford wine. It is true, [...]

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Why Wine Drinkers Are Happy

September 1st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Social scientists Elizabeth W. Dunn, Daniel T. Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson study happiness. After surveying research conducted around the world, they reached some conclusions about the nature of happiness. They published a paper last year titled If Money Doesn’t Make Your Happy, You’re Probably Not Spending It Right, they spelled out a simple formula [...]

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I Smell a Marketing Ploy

July 29th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Click here if you think its a good use of your time to sign an online manifesto promising that you’ll never use a critic’s score to choose a bottle of wine again. The 100 point rating system is a clumsy and useless tool for examining wine. If wine is, as we believe, a subjective, subtle, [...]

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Headline of the Day

July 1st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

From The Baltimore Sun: What’s the difference between wine and cigars? Shall we make a list? 1. You can buy cigars in McCracken County, Kentucky.

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Riesling: Forever the Wine of the Future

June 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Wine Curmudgeon drinks the Kool-Aid.

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Harsh

June 10th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Steve over at Winethropolgy lets the bear out of the cage: Anger clouds the mind while reflecting on this wine. Your sainted mother is not even immune from the profane rants this wine induces. While some wines haunt you for weeks with their character and intrigue, this one just haunts your large intestine. You might [...]

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The Golden Age of House Wine

May 26th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The recession sucked in a lot of ways, but one of the results is that negotiants have been able to acquire better grapes and better bulk wines, enabling restaurants and retailers to create house brands that deliver a lot of value: Private labels were once thought to be the domain of low-end wines, but then came [...]

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“You Know, For an Extra $100 I Can Whiten Those Teeth For You. You Ought To Consider It. You Have a Lovely Smile.”

May 17th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A Texas dentist serves wine to patients in his waiting room. “I really got tired of people not liking to go to the dentist saying, ‘hey I don’t like to go to the dentist no offense.’ Well it’s kind of an offense because it’s what we do all day,” (Dr. Clint) Herzog said. While Dr. [...]

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The Paradox of Wine Tasting

May 17th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

W. Blake Gray contemplates wine score inflation while judging the Concours Mondial, and makes an interesting observation: I was cautioned twice by the head of my jury on our first group of wines — Muscadets-Sèvre et Maine — that my ratings were too high…I don’t care what he said: I like Muscadet, and I wasn’t [...]

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