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The Poetry of Robert Parker

I stumbled upon this poem, written by Wyn Cooper, that is comprised of phrases used by super-critic Robert Parker. Thought that you might enjoy reading it – Reading Parker The whites taste of anise, quinine, quartz, pears left to bloom in Provencal sun—reds masculine, broad-shouldered and hedonistic in a superexpressive road tar candied red cherry kind of way unlike the [...]

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Wine Education – Just Another Brick in the Wall?

Ed Thralls has an interesting post up on the Wine Tonite blog about wine education in the US, and how it compares to our cousins across the pond in the UK. I can't say that I was terribly surprised by the results of the analysis presented by Wine Intelligence at the London International Wine Fair. It seems that American wine [...]

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Stop HR5034 – Keep Wine Shipping Alive

There have been so many good posts written on this subject over the last week, that it may seem like overkill writing another, but I think that this is one of the most important pieces of news that has hit the wine scene since I started blogging, and I want to make sure that I do my part to pass [...]

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What Unfamiliar US Wine Region Most Intrigues You?

My recent experience with getting to know the Virginia and Michigan wine worlds got me to thinking about this question: What US wine regions that you have limited exposure to are of most interest to you?  Virginia, Michigan, and Arizona were all near the top of my list, so I'm very excited to have had the opportunity to learn more [...]

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Posted on Palate Press: Wine Writing in the Time of Technology

I'm proud to announce a new post that I have written for Palate Press.  I really had a great time working with Meg Maker and Ryan Reichert from Palate Press.  There are some great people over there, and it is a really great online publication that I am proud to have the privilege of being published on. My post has [...]

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Is it a Zin to Skip Wine Blogging Wednesday (#67)?

The bustle of activity over the last week has left me spent. I try to work up the energy to accomplish anything productive, but my strength fails me.  Just when I feel that all hope is lost, I post a simple message on Twitter, which reads, "Hmm, I'm starting to think that I'm not going to get a Wine Blogging [...]

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March 19 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good   You guys know that I'm a punk rocker from way back, so I had no choice but to select this awesome post as The Good for this week.  Matt does a great job of expressing the reasons why I blog about wine, not to mention the fact that he references underground music, and handmade rock 'zines.  I [...]

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Is Twitter Taste Burnout Coming?

 Last Thursday I participated in the Twitter #SauvBlanc tasting event.  The event was a lot of fun, with hundreds of people tweeting thousands of times about the Sauvignon Blanc wines that they were drinking that night.  This event had followed up the #CaliCabs event that Rick Bakas from St. Supery Winery had put together a month beforehand, and leads into [...]

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Shipping Laws: The Saga Continues – Maryland

There's a really interesting post up on Dr. Vino's blog right now about wine shipping laws in Maryland.  I'm always interested in this topic, so I enjoy reading about how my fellow Three Tier Refuges are doing around the country.  Sounds like Maryland's opportunity to escape from the clutches of the evil anti-consumer mafia is coming up soon, so let's [...]

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Ein Klein Friday Musik: New York Dolls – Personality Crisis

Just thought I'd throw out a little music to get your weekend started to.  I give you, the New York Dolls -

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