Monthly Archives: February 2012

Destroy All Monsters: ‘Hell, No, I Won’t Go! I Won’t Die For Mon-San-To!’

They’ll be hungry in Hungary if this keeps up. The landlocked land of the Legényes (Dracula’s favorite dance) has taken the biotech bull by the horns and, in a start-up campaign to bleed Monsanto dry, has boldly ploughed under more … Continue reading

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‘A Cask Of Amontillado’ For My Funky Valentine

Thinking pink?  Or, red instead?  The usual Valentine wine line? This year, consider considering outside the Whitman Sampler® box. Of course, most columns written about this over-written-about subject will lean toward recommending wines that pair well with chocolate, and not … Continue reading

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Satan’s Vodka: Was Reagan Right About ‘The Evil Empire’?

Real men don’t drink vodka. How do I know this?  Primarily from the score.  Cold War = We won.  Communism vs. Capitalism = We won.  Space Race = We won.  Any James Bond novel = We won. I know, James … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name, Other Than ‘Insane Fornicating Testicles’? Ask The Chinese…

What is the deal with Chinese people and wine, anyway?  In 2011, Commieville wine sales rose by 20%–most of it intended for the gullets of the PRC’s upwardly-mobile millions—and meanwhile, Chinese investors have kicked the price of Bordeaux futures through … Continue reading

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Could Kramer Be Lamer? WTF, WS?

If you imagine that the following response to a recent Matt Kramer column in Wine Spectator is less about Matt muddlement and more about some lingering humiliation over WS’s refusal to publish a piece I wrote about Swiss wine, you … Continue reading

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Don’t Gack Into That Morning-After Super Bowl: Bytox Is ‘Hangover B-12 Gone’

For those who awoke this morning with Belichick-quality blues, unable to quite recall last night, here’s the play-by-play: First Quarter: 15:00: Stephen Gostkowski kicks off to the NYG 2. Jerrel Jernigan returns for 21 yards to the NYG 23 and … Continue reading

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A Triumphant Triumvirate That Trumped A Troop of Trifling Tricksters: Ronn Wiegand, Gerard Basset And Doug Frost

What do Ronn Wiegand, Gerard Basset, Doug Frost have in common? Well, if you’re a cork dork, you already know, and if you’re not, you don’t care. Digression: I know a guy with both a law degree and a medical … Continue reading

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