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Weekly Hangover

At the end of (almost) every week He summarizes what He has learned. Or just rambles on about things he wants to write about that may or may not be directly related to His wine education or even wine.

First and foremost this week I learned that Pennsylvania makes some damn good wine.

Accolades make us feel good. Gosh darnit, people like us.

Architecture for Worms. I have designed a restaurant, a few houses, and currently working on a 10-acre park. But the prospective project that has me the most excited is designing a custom worm-composting bin. My worm guy told me that he has clients that would just love to have a custom worm bin–and would definitely pay for it. File under: Only in LA.

This part is only for super-rich people, those with an annual income less than $2 Million can skip to the next paragraph. She and I are also designing a super hi-tech wine-cellar-pod. It is awesome. It is digital. It does everything. We need investors. Our super-rich readers should send along qualifications and at least 16 references with last names I recognize.

United Slurps of America is underway. These fine bloggers from these fine states are (we hope) on board:

That leaves 39 states unaccounted for. If you want to join us, by all means contact us.

Some Laws are Meant to be Broken. The other sentence that I could potentially put in bold is “Welcome to our naiveté.” We thought of United Slurps of America the same way We think of most of Our ideas; over a glass of wine with one of us saying to the other, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…..?” These conversations hardly ever include anything as boring (or practical) as wine shipping laws. So far, so good. But supposedly Georgia is a bitch. She looked up the laws yesterday and tried to read them to me, and I got bored quickly as I do whenever I hear any legalese. What I’m saying is this: We need a mule to transport winedrugs from certain states to a certain state. If interested, We will supply (but not apply) the proper lubrication.

Moving up the Google ladder. Probably due to the previously mentioned accolades we have shot up to the top (almost) of search results for “wine blog” and “wine blogs.” Please don’t take this as self-horn-tooting, until last week we were buried deep on page 13 of the results somewhere between a parenting “whine blog” and something called a “Marvin Shanken.” Not that I even check things like this (hourly). Anyhow, toot toot.

I’m just sayin’. The 2010 Wine Blog Awards will be accepting nominations on April 1st. They have, ahem, added a new category: Best New Wine Blog.

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Weekly Hangover

At the end of every week He summarizes what He has learned. Or just rambles on about things he wants to write about that may or may not be directly related to His wine education.

When buying inexpensive (err, cheap) wine from your local corner liquor store, you win some & you lose some.

A couple of weeks ago we watched How It’s Made on the Science Channel. The episode included cork, from sustainable farming practices to production. Upon more research, it turns out actual cork is more ecological than the synthetics. Also learned this week: Three bottles with synthetic corks will leak all over your fucking refrigerator.

So, She gave me a little sneaky Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay challenge this week. I didn’t do as well as I hoped. But c’mon. An Australian SB? I don’t know that I have ever even had one before. And that other one that tasted like genocide? I prefer SB to Chardonnay, but those were confusing and gross, respectively.

Only $24.95 for the most useless product ever, a screwcap wine opener. Is that an image of Kid Rock on their site? Is he their pitchman?  I swear to go if this thing makes money…

And finally, the Silverlake Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is open. So nice to have a branch just down the street from me. It’s small, but pleasant and you can go online and have any book in the LAPL sent to you. Currently in transit: WineWise, A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine, The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop, Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Wine Revolution, Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar, and Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure.

I need some Advil, see you next week.

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Weekly Hangover

wine-brainEvery Friday, I will summarize what I have learned that week.  This week we have strayed a little from the studying (reading wine books and drinking wine) because we have been dealing with CSS-BS, and of course getting our Twitter & Facebook pages up and running.  We are still working out the kinks, but it’s really almost there.  I did learn a few things this week:

Cabernet Franc is a red grape, duh.

I would have liked to have met Didier Dagueneau, but I’ll have to settle for drinking one of his Pouilly-Fumés.

I watched Bottle Shock.  I knew of the “Judgement of Paris“, but not in any detail.  It piqued my interest, so I read a bunch of websites.

OK, someone clear this up for me.  When opening wine do you cut the foil:hereorhere

We will get back to the books next week.  Today we are off on a field trip to the San Antonio Winery, look for our write-up next week on “Field Trip Fridays”.  Cheers.

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