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THE BIRDS ARE STILL FLOCKING – WATCH OUT BELOW!

There are a lot of things in the world that can go whacky from time to time. Some of you may think that there are a lot of whacky things going on at the moment. I know I sure do. And, for sure, that includes the world of wine. Here we have such things as alcohol, what goes into wine, how wine is tasted, the role of a number, how wines are described, etc, etc.

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OMG – IS IT THE END OF THE WORLD OR NOT?

The Ol’ Drive By Sip And Spit (See The Underground Wine Line “Vinous Drive By – It’s The Drive By Sip And Spit”) is being replaced by the ol’ plug and play. Hah! As I write this, the day has just passed for the time that the world was supposed to have ended. As far as I know, we are all still here.

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TRADE TASTING – CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR “IN PURSUIT OF BALANCE”

I recently attended a trade tasting featuring California Pinot Noir. It was held at restaurant RN74 in San Francisco. Rajat Parr, the sommelier, has been a strong proponent of wines with alcohols lower than 15%. Lower alcohol wines are something that has been advocated by many of us for a very long time.

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THE BORDEAUX ROAD AHEAD – A BUBBLE, A SPEED BUMP, OR BLISS?

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Let the word be spread into every nook and cranny of the world and beyond. All rejoice and give praise. The day has arrived. By royal decree of the big numbers gods, the new Bordeaux vintage has been declared “Vintage Of The Century.”

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HERE AT LAST – BEYOND 100 POINTS – NIRVANA!

Well, it was bound to happen. In fact, I have been predicting it for years. And now it looks like that day is about to arrive. This should be music to the ears of all the folks who drink numbers. They have dreamed, lusted, and drooled for something beyond the 100 point wines that, in recent years, have been cropping up like wild flowers and weeds after a spring rain. This is, to my knowledge, the first wine ever anointed with a score above 100.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER…

OK, here’s your twofer – along with the big numbers from the big numbers wine critics comes the big wine descriptions. If you thought some of the numbers were amazing, have you paid attention to the wine descriptions?

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FLASH! BIG NUMBERS WINE CRITIC ISSUES REPORT ON 2009 BEAUJOLAIS

Last week it seems one of the “big” numbers wine critics sent out a notice entitled “The 2009 Beaujolais Hysteria: Is it Justified?” Forget the fact that most 2009 Beaujolais has been on the market since last summer/fall (see our reports beginning last summer). Forget the fact that the question posed is never answered. And most of all, forget some of the absurd comments. How about “freakishly large-scaled” or “fruit bombs?” Hah! This is a joke!

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