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Winemaking Without Glamour

February 13th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Every now and then, supersophisticated, rich-people-paradise Napa Valley shows its farm-country roots. Last week, in finest county fair tradition, the 11th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest brought 80 vineyard hands out on a gray Winter day to demonstrate their arcane skill. Pruning the vines is a critical aspect of making wine, and most self-described wine experts don’t [...]

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European Wine Gets Its Act Together

October 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Good Grape notes the European Invasion and the apparent unilateral disarmament of American wine marketing: When you watch for it, you’ll begin to see the tell-tale EU flag in virtually all forms of Old World marketing here in the states– on the side of a Reunite truck doing grassroots marketing in a parking lot, [...]

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New Wine Word of the Day

September 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Because Germany’s wine classification system isn’t complicated enough, Wine Spectator invents a new class of wine: Kleptenbeerenauslese — wine made from stolen grapes; stolen select berry harvest The premier KBA noted here is made from stolen Spätburgunder grapes.

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Blog to Watch

August 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Baptist Wine Club.

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Excuse Me, Waiter, I Found a Hair In My Wine

June 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Via Criggo and long-time reader Science Goddess.

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Purple Heart, Purple Teeth

May 16th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Stories like this make me all weepy: Deb Stallings was more than a little surprised when she found out that budgetary concerns meant that residents of the veterans’ home in the Napa Valley, one of the world’s most renowned wine regions, were being served wine from — gasp! — out of state. And not the [...]

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Salut!

April 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Joe at 1 Wine Dude makes a blogger breakthrough and is named a judge in the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Awards. This makes me insanely jealous and I’m going to have a psychotic eruption. That said, if I may risk a moment of sincerity, I’ve met a lot of wine bloggers [...]

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Who Will Stand Up For Wine Critics?

April 25th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

South African wine writer Christian Eades damns wine criticism with faint praise: When we’re not writing about each other and actually writing about wine, it’s no bad thing. He then goes on to explain that wine criticism is different from nearly all other forms of criticism: The average punter about to make a purchasing decision [...]

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What Things Mean

April 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Wine Chap offers a glossary of wine terms: Focussed – pure Pure – one-dimensional Intense – disconcerting Forward – obvious Reserved (or recalcitrant – if you can pull it off without being stabbed) – not obvious Rustic – shit Honest – shit Unpretentious – Rustic and Honest It’s funny. Read it here.

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Kosher Wine, and a Joke

April 18th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

My college roommate, who was a conservative-leaning-toward-orthodox Jew who kept Kosher, liked to tell the following joke: Q. What do you get when you squeeze a synagog? A. Juice There is no significance to this joke, other than it’s just of the word “juice,” which has a certain applicability to wine. Also, it gives me [...]

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