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Ten Reasons Why Wine Bloggers Go Inexplicably Silent For Three Months

December 29th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Conducting test to see how long it would be before Samantha notices I’m gone. Lost link to Steve Heimoff’s blog, can’t find anything else that silly to make fun of Burned out from abortive attempt to write weekly news column for iPad wine magazine Caught up in Trump-esque dealmaking frenzy that resulted in formation of [...]

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Ken Burns’ Prohibition Round-Up

October 3rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I’m getting a lot of search engine traffic spurred, I think, by Ken Burn’s Prohibition, which is running at this very minute on PBS. People are coming in to the various Prohibition-related posting I’ve put up over the years. As a courtesy, here’s a round up of some of my favorites, most of which are [...]

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Well, That Didn’t Take Long

August 8th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Three months ago I took a job writing a weekly column for Uncorked, a start-up online wine magazine. The gig paid $100 a week and required that I write a half-dozen short news items a week — basically the same kind of thing I do here. I resigned two weeks ago, offering to write two [...]

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Learning From Experience

August 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Recent research regarding wine as protection against sunburn has caught a lot of wineblog attention. I would like to share with you, however, the outcome of further research I, personally, conducted last weekend: the protective effect of wine does not increase proportionate to how much wine you consume, if consumption of that wine causes you [...]

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Somebody Asked, So I’ll Explain

June 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I didn’t blog much last week because I had two magazine articles and a rewrite due, along with lots of stuff to do at my payin’ work and a small crisis to deal with on a non-profit board I sit on. Also, I had to cook a couple of hundred bratwurst for charity. So I [...]

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My New Gig

June 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

I’m superstitious by nature, convinced that good things end abruptly. Though I understand that not all luck is bad, my normal response to joyful happenstance is “What’s the catch?” Fate, I believe, does not bargain in good faith. My world view is best illustrated by the story of Samuel Njoroge, a middle-aged Kenyan who in 2005 [...]

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Blog Awards and Me

May 28th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

It’s that time of year again: every wine blog in the world is reminding their readers to nominate them for a Wine Blog Award. I note that someone who has never commented at Louisville Juice (at least that I can find) has nominated me — unbidden — in the Best Writing category. Thank you, whoever [...]

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It All Changes, Of Course, When There’s a Monday Holiday

May 23rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A couple of days ago I wrote a quick thing about my obsessive planning of Friday night wine choices. That got me thinking that there’s a rhythm to my wine week. On a given day of the week, I tend to have the same basic thoughts about wine. Those thoughts go something like this: Monday [...]

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Technical Question

May 23rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Is anyone else having trouble getting Louisville Juice to load on the first click? A lot of the time, I’m getting a “website not found” message and having to click again.

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Friday Morning Addictive Behavior

May 20th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

It happens every Friday: I’m barely out of bed in the morning and I’m planning my wine for the evening. I start with a strategy. Sometimes I feel like something different, other times I feel like opening a special bottle. There are Fridays when I decide early to drive across town to a wine store [...]

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