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04.01.2008

A Roundup of Today's Wine News

Some days are better for wine news than others, but today was particularly special, as the wine world was out in force. Here are some of my favorite headlines from today:

New Movie In the Works about Robert Parker, starring Javier Bardem
Based on the best-selling book, The Emperor of Wine, by Elin McCoy, the film will tell all about the man from Monkton.


The Wine Spectator Opens New Wine Bar
Now they have a glossy countertop for their glossy magazine. Apparently The Wine Spectator is set to open a brand new wine bar concept, featuring only wines that the editors have scored 90 points or higher.


Green Wine Packaging Taken to the Next Level: The Edible Box

With the ever growing concern about carbon footprints and global warming, the Bronco Wine Company continues its role as an industry pioneer with this new packaging solution.


Rumors of Animosity are Overblown: Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker Share a Hotel Room

Though they've often been at odds over wine, the two most powerful figures in the world of wine criticism are apparently on good enough terms to share a hotel room when they run short in Bordeaux.


Wine Blogger is Easily Bought in First Ever Acquisition

Wine blogger Jeff Lefevre has just sold his blog to the folks that run Boing Boing. This may be the first in a series of buyouts as new media firms make a rush for wine blogs.


Those were all the good ones I found. Anyone spot any others?

Comments (9)

Arthur wrote:
04.01.08 at 11:28 PM

So is the Parker Movie a prank? Call it, Friend-o...

Morton Leslie wrote:
04.02.08 at 9:59 AM

The one that got me was the posting about a Screaming Eagle winetasting at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant scheduled for May 14. They had me believing for a brief moment that someone would actually pay $158 to taste a one ounce pour of three wines and put up listening to 90 minutes of promotional B.S. from a winemaker. That is rich! If they hadn't said they wouldn't take reservations until April 1, I probably wouldn't have caught it. They even went so far as to list it in the schedule at the FPWM website. And it's still there. Very funny.

Alder wrote:
04.02.08 at 10:24 AM

Yeah, that one was pretty good. I didn't notice that it was on the FPWM site, too. I thought it might have even been a prank designed to catch the FPWM folks unawares.

Arthur wrote:
04.02.08 at 10:25 AM

Morton, I was equally skeptical, but then I've seen these kinds of tasting event prices before.

ryan wrote:
04.02.08 at 11:03 AM

I was hoping I could get you onto our new 1000pt scale!

04.02.08 at 12:43 PM

What about the release, yesterday, of Opus Two?

Alder wrote:
04.02.08 at 1:40 PM
04.02.08 at 1:45 PM

The Bronco Wine Company is breaking new ground! They are the first winery in the world to have packaging that tastes better than the wine.

Steve wrote:
04.05.08 at 7:54 AM

I actually tasted the Opus Two and gave it 200 points.

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