Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Weird Wine News - 10 Stories That Make You Go Hmmm....

Happy Fourth of July to all!!!

Some of these stories are new, some are old - but all help illustrate that the world of wine is just as weird and wonderful as the rest of our kooky world! 
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Just click the links to read these amazing stories. I hope you enjoy!

1. When I first started to develop my ability to identify aromas in wines, I recall trying a Wild Hog Pinot Noir and detecting something that I believed was the aroma of fresh dill.  At the time I thought there was no way that a great Sonoma Pinot Noir smelled like a pickle, but as I read other tasting notes at the time there were some who agreed!!! Getting, and staying skilled at detecting and identifying aromas will be a lifelong pursuit for me - but I may contact my Farmer's Insurance guy to see what a $10 policy would cost me!!!

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2. While not really about wine, there is a wine blurb in this story. Here is a tease that may send you to read the article: ""We don’t accept the hardened criminals any more, the murderers or rapists," says Capt Samir Benykrelef, "so this makes our job easier."

The French Foreign Legion - the last option for those desperate to escape the UK
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3. Here is one place where I would definitely not want to be replaced by a machine!!!

Electronic tongue has taste for sparkling wine


4. Literally $28 for a spoonful of wine??? Not a 100 year old wine either - but a 2000 Royal Tokaji Essencia. Tokaji is a very special dessert wine, but I prefer mine as a regular pour in a real glass!



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5. This is a newer story within the last couple of weeks.  Strange to me that I have not seen any sort of reply to this accusation. Counterfeiting of wine definitely occurs, and in one case a jury awarded $12 million in punitive damages for the sale of fake wine.


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6. I am comforted to know that when it is time to live in space, they will have figured out how to ferment wine and beer! I look forward to my first sip of anti-gravity Gewürztraminer!

Space Spiders and Wine: Weird Science Launching on Private Space Capsule

7. I wonder if wine will catch on at hockey games? Power Play Pinot? Penalty Shot Chardonnay? 


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8. I know this is late for this year - but this article will help next year's Easter candy shopping for sure. And... why didn't they have the Carrot Cake M&Ms (see #7 in the article) in my 'hood???



9. Replace by a machine or a dog... my self worth is going to need a glass of wine by the time I'm done writing this post!


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10. I have found the theme for my next wine-related get together!  From the article: "Participants essentially drank as much wine as possible, stopping at intervals to insult each other. "  Or... maybe I'll just wait until the family meal next Thanksgiving!


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Know of any other weird and whacky stories - share them with us in the comments section!  Thanks! 

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