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  • California plans 1,550% tax hike on some wines

    02/28/2011 6:38:18 AM PST · by freedombiz · 31 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 2-28-11 | Jan Norman
    The Board of Equalization has proposed taxing certain wines as distilled spirits, which would increase the excise tax on the wine from 20 cents a gallon to$3.30 a gallon, a 1,550% jump. The higher tax is on wines to which distilled alcohol has been added, such as wine specialties, flavored table wine, wine cocktails, wine coolers or blends of wine from different fruits. It is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. The issue exemplifies the slippery slope that government starts down with a well-intentioned tax increase with unexpected consequences.
  • Hard Freeze: California Wine Country ( Where is the Gorebullwarming?)

    02/27/2011 8:31:49 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 26, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    I mentioned earlier today that my friend Jan Null, former lead forecaster for the NWS in San Francisco and now operator of Golden Gate Weather Service pointed out that a number of cold records were set overnight. Looks like we are in for a second night, and it looks even colder for some areas. Napa’s wine valley may hit 26-27 tonight. 2011 may not be a good year for wine then. We’ll see. Other grape growing areas in coastal valleys will also be affected:
  • Patricia Kluge: Billionaire's Ex-Wife Faces Foreclosure

    01/26/2011 8:41:24 AM PST · by Palter · 29 replies
    The Luxist ^ | 21 Jan 2011 | Carrie N. Culpepper
    Patricia Kluge, the 1980s society queen and ex-wife of billionaire media mogul John Kluge, has fallen on some hard times. Kluge was famously awarded the largest divorce settlement in history (a reported $1.6 million a week) but she seems to have figured out a way to spend it – and then some. She's allegedly in default of nearly $23 million on her gilded mansion in Virginia, which made headlines for its outlandish $100 million price tag when it first hit the market in October 2009. Sotheby's didn't get that asking price, nor the drastically reduced $24 million it was...
  • Hunt for wine at Bern's produces valuable find (Tampa, FL-For Wine Lovers))

    12/22/2010 3:51:26 PM PST · by devane617 · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/22/2010 | Susan Thurston
    TAMPA — A few times a month, the sommeliers at Bern's Steakhouse go hunting for wine lost and forgotten in the restaurant's cellars. They climb the shelves, crawl over cases and shine a flashlight on anything not on the inventory list. It's like mining for gems, says restaurant owner David Laxer. You never know what you'll find. This spring, they struck gold. A double magnum 1947 bottle of Chateau Latour. The selling price: $30,000. The first-growth Bordeaux will be on the 61st edition of Bern's wine list due out in early January. It's by far the most expensive wine in...
  • Gift Idea for Those Who Already Have-it-all: Walk-In Medicine Cabinet for the Kitchen!

    12/08/2010 3:30:09 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 08, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    How obscenely anti-progressive... lol Cures what ails ya... Disease Medication Dosage Allergies Medoc 1 glass Anemia Graves 4 glass Bronchitis Bordeaux (+ sugar/cinammon!) 3 cups Irregularity Anjou Blanc, Vouvray 4 glass Coronary Arteries Brut Champagne 4 glass Diarrhea  Beaujolais Nouveau 4 glass Fever Champagne Sec 4 glass Heart Burgundy, Sentanay Rouge 2 glass Uric Acid Gout Sancerre, Pouilly Fume 4 glass Hypertension Alsace 4 glass Menopause Saint Emilion 1 bottle Depression Medoc 2+ bottles Obesity Burgundy Until you don't care anymore... Via e-mail... Gracias Roberto!
  • France's top diplomat in Hong Kong recalled over wine theft

    12/01/2010 5:50:59 AM PST · by ketelone · 12 replies
    Times of India/IANS ^ | Dec 1, 2010 | Staff
    Wednesday 1st December, 2010 (IANS) France's top diplomat in Hong Kong was suspended and recalled to Paris after allegedly stealing two expensive bottles of wine, a news report said Wednesday. Marc Fonbaustier, 46, was recalled after he was reportedly caught on security cameras taking bottles of Bordeaux from the elite Hong Kong Country Club, the South China Morning Post reported. Beijing officials sought his removal after security video showed him slipping a bottle of wine into his jacket at the prestigious club in early November, according to the newspaper. An investigation was under way into the theft when Fonbaustier allegedly...
  • Grog of the Greeks [ barley beer, honey mead, retsina wine ]

    10/20/2008 5:05:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1,097+ views
    New Scientist ^ | November 27, 1999 | Stephanie Pain
    Scholars have always suspected that the ancients had odd tastes. If you believe Homer, wise old Nestor, veteran of the Trojan War, enjoyed a few scrapings of goat's cheese and a dollop of honey in his wine. And Homer might have been right: archaeologists often find little bronze cheese graters in later Greek graves which they think were part of a drinking kit. But until now there has been no good evidence that the Minoans and their mainland neighbours the Mycenaeans knew how to brew beer or mead, let alone mixed them into cocktails. After painstaking chemical analysis of cups,...
  • Why Is Congress So Afraid of Mail Order Wine?

    10/02/2010 8:57:42 AM PDT · by LUV W · 51 replies ^ | September 29, 2010 | Angela Logomasini
    The quest by wine and beer wholesalers to maintain their “middleman” role within the liquor industry is simply bad news. A bill making its way through the House (H.R. 5034) sponsored by Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) supports wholesalers' promises to limit consumer choice and disadvantage retailers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and importers.
  • Wine Industry Beating Back Exotic Moth

    09/26/2010 3:37:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Napa Valley Register ^ | Monday, September 20, 2010 | MIKE TRELEVEN
    Napa Valley winegrape growers are discovering they can cope with the European grapevine moth. While the industry’s ultimate goal is to eradicate the pest within the next few years, major progress is being made in reducing the insect population in vineyards. Organic and non-organic spray treatments, as well as chemicals that disrupt mating are proving effective in dealing with the problem, experts say. “We have learned that the moth is fairly easy to control. I think we can eradicate this moth,” said Anne Steinhauer, Napa Valley Vintners community relations manager. Napa County has deployed flights of traps since the infestation...
  • Word Search Contest -- Win a Gift Certificate

    09/09/2010 5:56:43 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 1+ views
    Harwich Spirits Shoppe Talk ^ | 09-08-10 | Cisco the Blogging Cat
    Time for another contest! This one is based on the old word search standard, but, there are two hurdles! First, you have to find the appropriate words. And secondly, you have to show Bruce where the words lie in the puzzle. Let’s start with the puzzle itself…
  • Digs may throw more light on ancient wine production [ Malta ]

    08/10/2010 8:15:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | Friday, August 6th, 2010 | unattributed
    The excavation being carried out at Tal-Log'g'a in Mg'arr ix-Xini. An archaeological site being excavated at Mg'arr ix-Xini has further enforced the notion that viticulture and wine production have been an important part of the Maltese economy since the Classical period. The excavation site, at Tal-Log'g'a, is in a field next to where two troughs dug into the rock were found and is believed to have been used for grape pressing. The field is being excavated in a bid to shed more light on the troughs' use. Some 15 sets of troughs have been found in Mg'arr ix-Xini valley to...
  • Bra enhances bust, smuggles wine

    07/17/2010 7:32:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies · 2+ views
    upi ^ | July 16, 2010
    PATERSON, N.J.- A New Jersey novelty gift company announced the release of the Wine Rack, a polyurethane sports bra that enhances the bust with up to 25 ounces of wine., based in Paterson, said the $29.95 Wine Rack, available in sizes ranging from 32A to the 38C, holds enough wine to boost the bearer's bust by up to two sizes with a drinking tube attached to the right cup giving women a way to sneak sips of wine on the sly, the New York Daily News reported Friday. "You won't find this at Victoria's Secret," said Paul Krasulja of...
  • Pennsylvania launches wine vending machines

    07/08/2010 7:41:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 7/8/10 | ap
    Swipe your driver's license, look into the camera, blow into the breath sensor and - voila! - you have permission to buy a bottle of wine from a vending machine. Pennsylvania, which has some of the most Byzantine liquor laws in the nation, recently introduced the country's first wine "kiosks." If the machines are successful in their test run inside two grocery stores, the state Liquor Control Board could place the high-tech alcohol automats in about 100 others.
  • Wine Notes: House legislation may affect industry

    06/04/2010 3:17:44 PM PDT · by Eepsy · 41 replies · 617+ views
    The Tribune ^ | Friday, Jun. 04, 2010 | By Janis Switzer
    Living with perils such as invasive moths, extreme temperatures and fluctuating grape prices, winemakers always have plenty to worry about. But this year they’re concerned about something that could be far more destructive to their business: HR 5034. House Resolution 5034 is a bill working its way through the House Judiciary Committee. Written and promoted by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), with support from the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers Associations (WSWA), the bill was introduced in April by four congressmen from states with few wine growers or wineries. Disingenuously named the CARE Act, the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act...
  • Nev. Woman Accused of Stealing Wine While Topless

    05/24/2010 1:07:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies · 1,491+ views ^ | 5/23/2010
    A Nevada woman is accused of stealing a bottle of wine from a store while she was topless and intoxicated. Brandi Smith, of Gardnerville, acknowledged her behavior was "mind-boggling" during an appearance Wednesday before a judge to face charges of indecent exposure, felony drunken driving and burglary. Authorities say the 41-year-old was arrested May 10 after stealing a $20 bottle of wine, then driving to a nearby fast-food restaurant, where an off-duty sheriff's deputy kept her in the vehicle until other deputies arrived. A preliminary test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. A records...
  • Nev. woman accused of stealing wine while topless

    05/22/2010 6:21:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 2,342+ views
    hosted ^ | May 22
    MINDEN, Nev. (AP) -- A Nevada woman is accused of stealing a bottle of wine from a store while she was topless and intoxicated. Brandi Smith, of Gardnerville, acknowledged her behavior was "mind-boggling" during an appearance Wednesday before a judge to face charges of indecent exposure, felony drunken driving and burglary.
  • Is It OK for Christians to Drink Alcohol? (Didn't Jesus drink wine?)

    05/12/2010 3:16:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 405 replies · 3,987+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/11/2010 | Rev. John Piper
    What do you say to those who claim drinking is OK because Jesus drank wine? You say, "I think you meant to add just a word or two to that sentence, like 'drinking can be OK' ... OK?" The statement "It's OK" may or may not carry in their mind a pattern of life that's healthy. I would say some drinking is definitely not OK, like drinking to drunkenness. That's clear in the Bible. Another one that's not OK is drinking with a person who is manifestly having their conscience wounded and being tempted or drawn into something that they...
  • Bill in Congress would undo Va. vintner's victory over wine shipping

    05/04/2010 3:14:08 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 7 replies · 309+ views
    WaPo ^ | May 5, 2010 | Dave McIntyre
    The battle over direct shipping of wine from producer to consumer has returned to Congress. Last month, Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) introduced legislation pushed by beer and wine wholesalers that could make it nearly impossible for consumers to have wine shipped to their door. Delahunt's bill would effectively overturn a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued five years ago this month in Granholm v. Heald, a case brought by the late Virginia vintner Juanita Swedenburg. The ruling held that states had primary responsibility for regulating the distribution of alcoholic beverages, but that they could not discriminate against out-of-state producers by allowing...
  • Of Guns and Grapes: BUYcott AZ

    04/30/2010 10:43:11 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 35 replies · 918+ views
    April 30, 2010 | lulu16
    Come to free and wild Arizona. We don't allow open container but we allow open carry. There always seem to be a gun show. Bring your weapon and get it outfitted or buy a new side piece. This is a reprint of the list of Southern Arizona wineries I posted Wednesday. CALLAGHAN VINEYARDSKent & Lisa Callaghan 336 Elgin Road (Elgin) (520) 455-5322 CANELO hILLS VINEYARD & WINERYTim & Joan Mueller 342 Elgin Road (Elgin) (520) 455-5499 CHARRON VINEYARD & WINERYMilton & Susan Craig 18585 S. Sonoita Hwy (Vail) (520) 762-8585 DOS CABEZAS WINEWORKSTodd & Kelly Bostock...
  • How red wine may shield brain from stroke damage

    04/21/2010 10:06:16 AM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 698+ views
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions ^ | Apr 21, 2010 | Unknown
    Johns Hopkins researchers discover pathway in mice for resveratrol's apparent protective effect Researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have discovered the way in which red wine consumption may protect the brain from damage following a stroke. Two hours after feeding mice a single modest dose of resveratrol, a compound found in the skins and seeds of red grapes, the scientists induced an ischemic stroke by essentially cutting off blood supply to the animals' brains. They found that the animals that had preventively ingested the resveratrol suffered significantly less brain damage than the ones that had not been given the compound....