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Hello Kitty Beaujolais Nouveau

October 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

You can tell a lot about what a wine producer thinks by the target market he chooses. Via.  

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You Might Want to Do This Before Your Guests Arrive

October 3rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft and likely prototype for the characters on Big Bang Theory, displays the nerd’s affinity for substance over form: Wine lovers have known for centuries that decanting wine before serving it often improves its flavor. Whatever the dominant process, the traditional decanter is a rather pathetic tool to [...]

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Aloha, Subcontinent!

July 26th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

India, which is not bound by tradition in its adoption of wine, contemplates making wine out of pineapples. This commitment to innovation is perhaps why India has to have a ministry “responsible for permitting liquor production from a new substance” — because without that sort of regulation, there’s no telling what might show up in [...]

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Evidence, If Any Were Necessary, That England Is the Gayest Country

July 19th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Opera Unlimited, a British performance troupe that exposes impressionable young minds to musical theater, is performing an operetta based on Michael Broadbent’s wine tasting notes. The Lovely Ladies tells the story of a group of wines who hear a rumour, on the eve of a Christie’s auction, that their champion Michael Broadbent is to leave [...]

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Proof That Talent and Hard Work Mean Nothing

June 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

First there was a Real Housewives of New York housewife with her own wine brand. And that was fun, sort of, because there were jokes to be make. Now there’s a Real Housewives of New Jersey housewife who’s getting into the wine business. She envisions a wine brand called “Fabulini.” All over the world, aspiring [...]

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More Evidence That People Will Make Wine Out of Anything

June 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Jill Misterka of Ontario, New York, makes wine out of edible flowers. Misterka’s first attempt at making lilac wine was in 2009, when she used Penfield-grown blossoms and a recipe from the Internet. For the 2010 vintage, she used blossoms from a friend’s yard in Webster. Misterka says she now has dandelion petals tucked away [...]

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This Is the Day the Lord Has Made; Rejoice and Be Glad In It

June 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A preacher in Nairobi, Kenya, drank too much communion wine and departed the text of a church service. As one attendee explained it: “He was overly happy, smiling, belching and wobbling along the isle. At first we thought the Holy Spirit must have visited and was taking control of him but, he wasn’t speaking in tongues.” [...]

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Further Evidence That There’s a Wine Bubble

May 15th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The assumption that a given asset is a bargain no matter the cost because that asset always goes up in value lays at the heart of every economic bubble. The recent recession resulted from the popping of a real estate bubble, which was caused by the belief that real estate prices always go up. The [...]

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I’ve Got Your Decadence Right Here, Pal

April 20th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Regular reader Wally sends a link to Eric Asimov’s article about a $410 corkscrew which… …offers the satisfying, solid heft of a fine tool. It feels good in the hand, like a well-balanced kitchen knife, and it inspires a sort of confidence that I had been unaware of lacking. The basic $220 model, which I [...]

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An Outbreak of Inventiveness That Must Be Stopped, Continues

April 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Would herbaceousness in asparagus wine be a flaw or a virtue?

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