I checked out for four weeks and I missed a lot of stuff. Rather than subject you to posts one after another that you may have no interest in, or have already seen, especially if you keep up with the world of wine, I'll compile them here for my benefit and for anyone else who may have missed these items.
Shortly after I left, the 2005 James Beard Journalism Award Winners were announced. Wine related winners include:
Magazine Column: Lettie Teague for her column Wine Matters, and specifically the columns "Educating Peter", "Educating Peter: Geography Class", and "Educating Peter: The Rules of Pairing" 9/04, 10/04, 11/04.
Magazine Writing: Natalie MacLean for "Waiter, There's a Flaw in My Wine" in Ottawa City Magazine 12/04
Internet Newsletter: Pinot Report by Gregory S. Walter
Newspaper Writing: Allie Johnson for "Wine Makes Us Wet" in The Pitch, Kansas City, MO 9/30/04
Congratulations to all the winners.
Vinography was mentioned in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper briefly among a few other blogs.
Andy over at Spittoon picked up a story about (dubious if you ask me) new technology to turn corked wine into perfectly good wine. If only they had given it some 1950's home appliance name like "TCA-be-gone."
And just in case it's not economically feasible for you to open that $1200 bottle of Screaming Eagle to figure out whether it's corked, there's now a wine scanner that will basically give your bottle an MRI and pronounce what kind of shape it's in. The catch is that the machine costs $50,000. Whether someone will create a scanning service with it remains to be seen.
Shafer winery in Napa became the first winery in the USA to be exclusively solar powered.
An announced partnership between Amazon.Com and Wine.Com was billed as revolutionizing the wine sales business in the same way that Amazon.Com revolutionized the book sales business. Yet Amazon is only simply redirecting people to Wine.Com -- it's just one big traffic referral program.
Wine Blogging Wednesday #9: Think Pink was held in May, and participants ended up reviewing 39 rose wines, many of which looked fantastic. Look out for the 10th installment of this virtual tasting event on June 8th.
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Putting a Cork in Your Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey Vinography Images: Rain at Last The Mysterious Art of Selling Direct Critical Consolidation in Wine What Has California Got Against Wineries? Dirty Money for a Legendary Brand Vinography Images: Tendrils Highlights from Tasting Champagne with the Masters Off to Portugal for a Drink
Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 KirÃ¡lyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy