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Quote of the Day: We’ve Heard This Before

January 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Riesling is potentially explosive. Christian Miller Full Glass Research Miller is not, alas, fretting about the petrol nose familiar to Riesling drinkers. He is, instead, speculating on what 2011 will bring in the wine market. Riesling, of course, is perpetually the Next Big Thing in wine, always on the cusp of the kind of  faddish [...]

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Quote of the Day

December 21st, 2010 by Tom Johnson

A German wine label is one of the things life’s too short for. Kingsley Amis Everyday Drinking

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A Decade Before Prohibition

May 3rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Among the educated classes who drink wine, temperance means moderation and not total abstinence. The educated advocate of temperance is a broadminded man of all-round sympathies, and while he believes in temperance, he does not become a total abstainer, as such a course would, according to his views, be intemperance and not temperance at all. [...]

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Quote for a Cold Day

February 10th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

“Burgundy, however, is a wine of which only a small quantity should be drank, as it is very heating.” Andrew Valentine Kirwan Host and Guest, a Book About Dinners 1864

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The Question Is, After All This Time, Will They Ever Learn?

February 2nd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

“The great obstacle to our success…is that the average American remains a whisky-drinking, water-drinking, coffee-drinking, tea-drinking and consequently dyspepsia-inviting subject who does not know the use or value of pure light wine taken at the proper time and in moderate quantities. The task before us lies in teaching our people how to drink wine, when [...]

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This Explains a Lot of What Went On When Pliny Was Younger

January 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

“It is to wine that we men are indebted for being the only animated beings that drink without being thirsty.” Pliny the Elder, 77AD

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Napa’s Hundred Year War

January 22nd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

You know the argument about big, high-alcohol wines? Well, it’s been going on for a while. This is Professor George Hussman — one of the founding fathers of Napa wine culture — in 1898, explaining that Napa’s overly ripe wines were the result of a combination of good weather and bad habits. Rainless summers produced [...]

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Mid-Afternoon, We’re All Looking for an Excuse to Crack a Bottle

January 7th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

“Call on me whenever you come to town, and if it should be about the hour of three, I shall rejoice the more. You will find a bad dinner, a good glass of wine, and a host thankful for your favor, and desirous of encouraging repetitions without number, form or ceremony.” Thomas Jefferson

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Sparkling Wine Quote of the Day

December 21st, 2009 by Tom Johnson

“There is no province which furnishes excellent wines for all seasons but Champagne.” Charles de Saint-√Čvremond, 1674

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