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Innovation or Personal Challenge?

January 10th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Designer Christopher Yamane has created what he calls an “unspillable” wine glass which, while clever, is “unspillable” only in the sense that a gentle tap will cause it to roll only 45 degrees before it is caught by its protective glass ring. For those of us who spill wine rather more grandly than that — [...]

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Well, This Will Certainly Cut Down on the Amount of Wine I Need to Store

January 5th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Nanowine is a design project/statement designed by Koert van Mensvoort, Hendrik-Jan Grievink, and Ruben Daas. In the broadest sense, it speaks to the increasing distance between man and nature. In narrower terms, it provides a spine-chilling look at the future of industrial wine.  With ‘nano wine’, in order to achieve different varietals, users activate their [...]

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Season of Transition

October 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

In my basement, there are five bottles of inexpensive Entre-Deux-Mers that will have to wait for next summer. They were part of a bulk purchase before the Solstice, a smart buy at ridiculously low cost. It became our default sitting-on-the-porch, watching-the-world-go-by wine — case after case, weekend after weekend, broken up with this and that [...]

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The Difference Between Film Noir and Pinot Noir

September 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

In an interesting post about score inflation, The Wine Curmudgeon describes California’s 2009 Pinot Noir as “very ripe and busty.” He seems perplexed that anyone might find that attractive.

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Wines You Should Buy Based on the Label

August 12th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

From 50 Elegant Wine Label Design Examples. Some really cool, really creative stuff. This particular design is by Buddy Creative.

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Nothing But Upside

May 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A new study shows that half of all wine drinkers in Great Britain have never tasted British wine.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

April 23rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The funny thing about this isn’t that anyone would spend $50 for a leather case to carry wine in. It’s that the wine they’d carry in their $50 case would be Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc.

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Brewing Scandal: iPad Empowers Beer Drinking at Work

March 24th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Bloomberg inflates time-killing goofiness of Yelp engineers into obligatory West Coast trend piece here.

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The Race for Stupidest Regulatory Practice Gets Off to a Fast Start

January 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

During my Christmas hiatus, I missed reports that Pennsylvania’s much ballyhooed wine kiosks had to be shut down during the busy holiday drinking season. Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board abruptly shut down the state’s wine kiosks last Tuesday, citing persistent mechanical problems — chief among those problems is the inability to dispense the bottles. This prompted Eric [...]

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The Conspiracy To Make Wine Drinkers Look Silly Continues

November 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Industrial designer Alvaro Uribe decides that lifting up a wine glass and tilting it toward your face is just too much work. So: the Tipsy wine glass. Good wine is tested by its look, smell and taste. Thus, this glass’s head tips forward to give access to the best qualities of the drink. It releases [...]

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