March 11th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
wendell berry

Making another stop in The Good this week is Vintank, who just released a great report on what 2011 has in store for the wine industry in regards to technology. 1WineDude posts that he thinks the report might be too optimistic, and it might well be, but I still like the thought process behind the report. I also have an [...]

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Something Completely Different: How to Make a Gin and Tonic
Gin and Tonic

Yesterday I posted that Vinotology takes an open approach to accepting people of other faiths, and today I am saying that we also have an open mouth policy when it comes to other beverages. After all, man does not live by wine alone. For example, I often have been known to indulge in a nice craft beer. I also have [...]

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Thou Shalt Not Give Up Wine For Lent

Some of you may have seen my brief explanation of what Vinotology is on the new website. I have always gotten a lot of questions about this, and I finally decided that I would just post it on the site. Vinotology is a cult that I’m starting, ala Scientology. I read once where L. Ron Hubbard said that he didn’t [...]

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March 4th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Finally, the moment that you have all been waiting for; wine Twitter star Bobby Parkerchuck has granted an interview to the folks at Vintank, who just keep bringing the thunder (sorry) on their blog. Check out all the shocking revelations  posted here. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that one of my hot [...]

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Hemmingway, Running Bulls and Tempranillo – Navarra, Spain
Running of the Bulls

Spain has become quite a trendy option for wine in recent years. The wines of the Rioja region and the Priorat have been the superstars of Spain, producing some of the most well known and respected wines that the country has to offer. I recently had the opportunity to try some wines from another region of Spain, The Kingdom of [...]

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Taking the Taste Challenge

A while back I wrote about a tasting event that I participated in that was hosted by the folks at WineTwits. The tasting was a blogger event that featured a blind tasting of several Australian Shiraz wines. One of the unique features of the tasting was the way that it combined local live tasting events, Twitter tasting, and a video [...]

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February 25th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Wine Truck Fire

This week I’m going a little local for The Good. I know that this piece of news may not have much use to those of you outside of Eastern Washington, but you have to understand the plight that those of us in the Tri-Cities of Washington have found ourselves in. There is an unholy dearth of quality eating establishments for [...]

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If Celebrities Were Wines: Justin Bieber Edition

Sometimes I can get a little lost inside my own head. My brain starts into motion and I begin to contemplate life’s many mysteries, things like “If I went back in time and accidently killed my grandfather, would I have ever been born to go back in time and kill my grandfather?”, “The Bush years, what was that all about?”, [...]

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Taking Wine Seriously (Too Seriously?)

There have been a few recent blog posts that have gotten the old noodle going for me. It started a little over a week ago when I read a post called It is Time to Put the Snobbery BACK into Wine on Hardy Wallace’s Dirty South Wine blog. I really intended to write a response right away, but being the [...]

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February 18th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This week yielded a couple of items that warranted consideration for The Good. The first comes to us from my friend Joe Herrig of Suburban Wino. After all these years of fumbling around, trying to figure out how to behave myself at wine tastings, Joe has finally shone some light on the subject. The second was a great piece of [...]

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