Category: Fun Stuff
June 11 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good There was a great post on Good Grape this week about a topic that is near and dear to my heart, localism. I have always been a huge proponent of anything local. I always prefer to spend my hard earned money at a locally owned business, and on locally produced products, instead of a mega-chain whenever possible. As [...]

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June 4 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good No contest this week, the Good is brought to us by the good peeps at Swirl, Smell, Slurp. Her posts an awesome remix on an Eric Asimov post from last week. SSS has been rightly nominated for Best Graphics, Photography, or Presentation in the Wine Blog Awards, and this post is an example of why. I’m not going [...]

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May 28 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good I don’t think that there is a blogger out there who more seamlessly meshes pop-culture and wine than that wily, unbranded calf (he prefers the term “maverick”) of wine blogging, Joe Herrig of Suburban Wino. This week he has done it again, with a great analysis of the series finale of Lost. While I didn’t find it quite [...]

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May 16 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Okay, so I’m a couple of days late. Things have been out of control in my world for a few weeks now, and with all the hubbub at work, and the rush to make it through Taste Texas, I just ran out of day to get this done on Friday. I know that many of you plan your entire week [...]

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May 7 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

So, after taking a week of hiatus from this series, I’m all Gene Autry, back in the saddle again. Here goes… The Good Joe Herrig from Suburban Wino had two great posts this week that featured some great movie and wine pairings. I think a lot of us wine bloggers have thought about what wines we would pair with our [...]

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April 23 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly – HR 5034 Edition

The Good This week The Good is brought on by a response to something that is definitely The Bad. This post will probably be largely representative of a single issue today, but from different angles. The issue is HR 5034, the bill that is designed to undermine consumer choice in wine shipping, and to destroy the public’s access to normal [...]

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Major Wino Fantasy Baseball Update

Well, thus far the season has not gone well for my Oeno Slaughterers.  Nestled among the bottom quarter of the league for most of the season, I've finally started a bit of a rally.  In hindsight, my team could have done without any Astros representation, with Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee both batting well beneath the Mendoza Line.  I finally [...]

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April 16 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good Every week I find more material than I need for “The Good” portion of this post, and this week was no exception.  I want to call out a couple of items this week. First, my friend Steve Paulo from Notes From the Cellar posted a list of wine-themed movie quotes. From my communication with him online, I picture [...]

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April 9 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good No doubt about it, the funniest thing that I saw this week comes to us directly from Ed Thralls of Wine Tonite fame.  Most of you have probably seen me talking about the Wine Bloggers Conference that is taking place in Walla Walla Washington this summer.  Ed has issued a call to hip-hop artist and wine video blogger [...]

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Bring Sadat X to WBC10!

Dude, how had I not thought of this earlier?  What would make the upcoming Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla better than having the one and only True Wine Connoisseur Sadat X in attendance?  Ed Thralls of Wine Tonite fame brings us this awesome video that will doubtless be starting a massive campaign to see that Mr. X makes it [...]

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