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We Expect Him to Emerge with Muted Fruit, Tobacco and Licorice Notes, and Soft Tannins

February 13th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Warehouse worker Mark Anderson, convicted of torching 4.5 million bottles of wine stored in Vallejo, California, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison. The judge also sentenced Mr. Anderson to pay restitution of $70.3 million to the owners of the wine and the warehouse. Under California law, up to 50% of wages earned in [...]

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None More For the Road

October 12th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Centers for Disease Control reports that drunk driving is down. In fact, way down: a 30% drop in the last three years. In the longer term, fatalities related to drinking and driving have dropped nearly 70% since 1982, from 26,000 to 11,000. Adjusted for population growth, that means that something like 20,000 people a [...]

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Re-Capturing the Romance of Old New York

June 13th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

New York has licensed the Turkish taco truck that sits across from the closed Tavern On the Green to sell beer, wine and liquor. The one-year license requires that all alcoholic beverages be consumed in a defined seating area, presumably away from the truck’s exhaust. The wine list is apparently still under development.

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This Back Atcha, Jesus: Part II

June 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I previously reported on a group of wineries in California who were trying to block the construction of a church. The delicious irony of that story is that the blocking usually works the other way, with anti-alcohol churches blocking the establishment of wineries. Reacting to the controversy, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors displayed a steadfastness that would [...]

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Baltic Champagne Breaks Auction Record, Market for Baltic Champagne Soon to Collapse

June 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Three bottles of Veuve Clicquot salvaged from the bottom of the Baltic Sea have been auctioned. A two-bottle lot sold for $73,000, and a single bottle sold for almost $44,000 — making it the most expensive bottle of Champagne ever sold at auction. Approximately 145 bottles of Veuve were brought-up from the sea floor, which [...]

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Well, That’s Something

May 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The wine cellar of billionaire swindler Bernie Madoff sold for $41,530. That’s 0.00083% of the $50 billion he is purported to have stolen. To put that in perspective, a person who had invested $1 million with Madoff would realize $8.31 from the auction. Armed with that $8.31, a Madoff creditor could buy any one of [...]

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Chinese Champagne

May 13th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Moet-Hennessey, with roots reaching deep into the chalky soil of Champagne, is planting vines in China: The 66-hectare vineyard will be planted as a joint venture with the publicly-owned agricultural development firm of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in northwestern China. There is apparently no truth to the rumor that, in keeping with Chinese tradition [...]

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Ze French, Zey Are a Confusing People

April 26th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The special French police force used to suppress riots — often by French farmers, protesting low wine prices — are threatening to riot themselves because of a newly passed regulation forbidding them from drinking wine on the job. The 14,000 dark-blue-uniformed members of the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité, or CRS as they’re known in France, [...]

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Cornering the MILF Market

April 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Opici Wines, which recently introduced wine based on the TV series Real Housewives of New York, goes all-in on wines aimed at lonely suburban women, announcing its intention to market chocolate wine. “We tried several different chocolate formulas using a red wine base, and didn’t find an appealing flavor profile. It wasn’t until we combined [...]

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In a Shocking Development…

April 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

…amid reports that the 2010 vintage is excellent, the price of Bordeaux is going up. Who ever heard of such a thing?

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