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I Love Stories Like This

January 2nd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Greystone is now the home of the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, but was originally built in the 1880s as a farmers’ cooperative. When that didn’t work, around 1890 the winery was put up for sale. Here’s an account of that sale from Winemaking in California Volume III written by Ernest Peninou and Sidney [...]

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Because No One Wants To Admit They Like $2 Wine

July 28th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

Is there a wine that has inspired more urban legends than Two Buck Chuck, the Trader Joe’s house brand? The wine is legendary, reputed to be a prince of a wine dressed as a pauper. Two Buck Chuck, which is formally known as Charles Shaw Wine, maintains its mystique largely because it’s only available in [...]

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This Is a Test, This Is Only a Test

May 18th, 2009 by Tom Johnson

One of the things I’m doing with my time these days is working on a book proposal. I won’t go into details because it’s (yawn) the best book idea in the history of Western Civilization and if I give it away here everyone will steal it and I’ll die in poverty-stricken anonymity. Anyway, while researching [...]

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