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Warning: Gratuitous Vocabulary To Follow

August 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

For no reason at all I reread David Foster Wallace’s Shipping Out: On the (Nearly Lethal) Comforts of a Luxury Cruise last night, and it includes this description of a waiter: He is thirty-five and about five four and plump, and his movements have the birdlike economy characteristic of small plump graceful men. His face is [...]

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Wine Next?

July 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

High on the list of terrible ideas: Viagra Beer.  

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Bin Laden’s Lifestyle: How It Stacks Up

May 2nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The manifestly evil terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden did not, apparently, have a wine cellar in his Pakistan compound. That makes him the first international evil genius whose tacky, overpriced mansion did not include a surprising cache of tacky, overpriced wines. For example, Saddam Hussein’s god-awful palaces reportedly contained stockpiles of Mateus rosé. Mateus, for those of [...]

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When Political Blogs Talk About Wine

August 13th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Over at liberal blog Balloon Juice, proprietor John Cole asks: What is it about New Zealand and Australian sauvignon blancs that makes them (and I lack the terminology) brighter and cleaner and more grapefruity? From the comments, the collective wisdom of Those Who Must Be Heard produce a number of theories, not all of which [...]

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Stinging Humor

August 6th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Semi-retired rocker Sting makes wine in Tuscany, which is not big news because, it seems, everyone with money to piss away makes wine somewhere. Anyway, attracted as I am to celebrity winemaking, I read this, which contained a line that I thought was funny, even if it wasn’t about wine. In the late nineties, the [...]

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Why I Discount the Value of Google Traffic

June 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Today, among those people who find Louisville Juice through search engines, the most popular search term is “Fat Golfers.” Somewhere in that process, confusion reigns, and I do not suspect that the result will be a regular reader.

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Break Out the Champagne

March 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Real, live scientists report that barbecue sauce is good for you. A study by a team of biologists found that popular sauces and marinades contain a range of spices, fruits and vegetables which contain natural antioxidants…The study, at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, found that barbecue sauces are packed with healthly ingredients which [...]

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