Can a Pretty Bottle Improve Plonk?

Can Pretty Improve Plonk? Now while the attractiveness of the wine maker or the person pouring the wine might not, on its own, make one more inclined to give the wine a positive review, I think it might cause the taster to want to rate the wine more highly. Or for someone who prides himself on being completely unbiased towards a wine from a good-looking wine maker, that he might want to judge a wine more harshly when poured by a young, attractive pourer with very little wine knowledge to impart.

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Foodie Blog Carnival

Another Wine Blog is participating in a food-related Blog Carnival today at Cooking With Kimberly. While I am not 100% sure what a Blog Carnival is, or whether I was invited to be the clown, Kimberly is a very nice person for asking us to participate, and she has a very good site. You can find our entry at #11, but make sure you check out all the other great foodie blog post entries. Kimberly […]

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To Hell with States’ Rights! – Part I

There are a number of states that make it next to impossible for a consumer to get wine direct-shipped to her. Most of these laws effectively protect the three-tiered system, that takes wine from the winery, to the distributor, to the retail establishment. And I would argue that there is a pretty strong lobby that seeks protectionism for its state-run wineries, and its distribution system.

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Another Wine Byte 6: Even Wine Gets Stressed!

Bottle shock can result from a wine’s over-oxidation or if sulfur dioxide was added during the bottling process. The effect on the wine is a flatness of aroma and flavor, sometimes accompanied by an unpleasant odor. It can also occur when your wine becomes stressed from the excessive jostling of the bottles during shipping, especially if the bottles travel from Califonria Wine Country to parts south and southwest on a long circuitous journey in an un-air-conditioned brown truck in the middle of the summer. Most of the time, it is a temporary condition.

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Wine and Food Blog Roundup

Here are some recent posts from a selection of my favorite food and wine blogs around these Interwebs. Tell ’em ‘Tex’ sent ya! The Wine Gent reviews Muga Rioja 2004. Alder at Vinography calls for a new French Revolution. Sharon at Taking Off shows how to get a great meal every time when you travel. WineDiverGirl talks about social networking and the wine industry. El Jefe promises the results of the Take Your Chicken to […]

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Wine, Writing and a Woman Named Lucinda

Despite being blessed with so much, I had lost “it”, and it was not coming back. The hole that it left was further eroded and grew like a sinkhole by seeing the country that I love attacked and then horribly botch everything that followed. Without straying too far into the political, I saw the American Dream seemingly following my music into the past. I love food and wine and writing about them. I love helping people become better at cooking, or encouraging them to try something new. I love the idea that I might be helping the neophyte wine drinker to enjoy it even more. Who knows? Maybe they think they lost it too, and I could be giving them what they need to be filled up some too.

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Social Media, MOM2.0SUMMIT & Wine!

Social Media is not new. What is new, however, is the almost frenetic way the business community is jumping on the social media bandwagon to establish, build, market and sell its “brand” by gathering what really amounts to a huge electronic Rolodex of prospects and targets. Where the disconnect lies; and what successful businesses have known all along, it that the success of your venture depends on the relationships you build, not just the contacts you make and names you collect. And sometimes wine makes it easier!

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Twisted Oak Ferriere Vineyard Syrah 2002 Calaveras County

Twisted Oak Ferriere Vineyard Syrah 2002 Calaveras County is a mouthful of a name for a mouthful of a wine. I am a big fan of huge California Syrahs, and this one fits the bill very well. It is big, bold and exceptionally delicious. It is also beautiful in the glass. The color is an inky and impenetrable purple that spreads out to brilliant purplish red meniscus at the edges. You can tell just by […]

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W.I.N.E. – A Very Fine Antidote for W.O.R.K.

If you should come into contact with W.O.R.K. put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest pub. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolator-Neutralizer-Extractor (W.I.N.E.). The quickest acting W.I.N.E. type is called Swift-Hitting-Infiltrator-Remover-All-Zones (SHIRAZ) but this is only available for those who can afford it. The next best equivalent is Cheapest-Available-System-Killer (C.A.S.K.) We found a more potent variant; the Zealous-Isolator-Neutralizer (Z.I.N.) that we found to be incredibly effective.

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