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Pennsylvania Repeals Prohibition!

Vinted on April 1, 2009 binned in best of, Inebriated Press, pennsylvania, PLCB
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Associated Grape Press (ha-ha… get it?)

In a stunning and bizarre turn of events today, Pennsylvania has repealed Prohibition, thus ending years of tyrannical and strict governance over the sale and distribution of alcohol within the Commonwealth.

Upon reports of the repeal, elated Pennsylvanians stormed the Harrisburg, PA offices of the state-run monopoly Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), dismantling the building and retaining small pieces of its edifice to keep as mementos of the historic occasion.  A confused and inebriated State Governor Ed Rendell, believing the events to be related to an Eagles football pep rally, attempted to lead the crowd in a rendition of Eagles fight song “Fly Eagles Fly” before vomiting on himself, and then passing out.

At the state borders, heart-rending and tearful reunions between state residents and their beloved bottles of previously unavailable wine took place, as both were finally free to legally cross state lines without fear of incarceration or retribution.

The repeal was the result of a strange cascade of events in which the increasingly complicated rules and laws protecting the PLCB imploded in on themselves.

As former PLCB CEO Joe Conti explained, “Well, we thought that we’d try to continue our balladromic move towards making the PLCB and the state of Pennsylvania a Communist institution.  To that end, we realized that the PLCB actually belonged to the People of the Commonwealth, so naturally we turned control of the PLCB over to the People, in order to completely fulfill the Communist manifesto.  Quite simle, really.”

Once the Commonwealth’s citizens were informed that they now controlled the PLCB, they promptly disbanded the institution, thus ending nearly 90 years of monopolized alcohol control in the state.

When asked what he would do now that the PLCB had been disbanded, former CEO Conti replied, “Well, I guess I’ll have a drink.  There’s a sweet Oregon Pinot I’ve been dying to try, but until now the PLCB laws had made it too expensive for them to sell here…”

Govenor Ed Rendell was understandably unavailable for comment…

Biggest On-Line Wine Event Ever (Update)

Vinted on March 31, 2009 binned in twitter taste live

hdr2Here’s an update on the BIGGEST On-Line Wine Event EVER coming on April 17th…

Just to recap where we are currently for those viewers who are just tuning in to the happenings:

  • Hospice du Rhone, the biggest non-profit business league promoting Rhone wine varieties (and host of one of the biggest yearly wine shin-digs) are teaming up with Twitter Taste Live for an on-line wine tasting event that will span three time zones (UK, U.S. East Coast, and U.S. West Coast).
  • All three time zones will be co-hosted with regional wine bloggers and will focus on different Rhone-related wine themes.
  • Yours truly will be co-hosting the East Coast portion of the event LIVE in Boston with the staff of Bin Ends Wine and on-line wine magazine The Second Glass.  UK duties will be ably fulfilled by The Wine Conversation, and Luscious Lushes will be leading things on the West Coast.
  • In Boston, we will be joined by over 500 of our soon-to-be closest friends at the kick-ass Wine Riot! event.
  • We will also be debuting the new TwitterTasteLive.com website for the event.
  • Like I said… Biggest… On-Line Wine Event… EVER!!!

logo1Honestly, do you need to know any more than that to sign up for this?  We’ve already got a healthy amount of folks who have RSVP’d – get your name on the list!

Anyway, we’ve just about finalized the Rhone-inspired wine selections for the East Coast portion of the event.  We’ve gone through a few iterations and potential sub-themes, mostly because my original wine picks were a bit on the pricey side.

We’ve managed to scour the (very long) list of Rhone varietals and HdR producers and have selected 4 wines (identities to be revealed soon – hint: they all have cutesy nicknames) that will make for an awesome (and reasonably priced!) tasting:

  1. An Aussie Viognier/Marsanne white blend
  2. An Aussie Grenache Noir
  3. A Paso Robles Grenache Noir
  4. A Rousanne dessert wine

Basically, this is going to kick all kinds of ass.  You will definitely want to be there!

Cheers – and see you On-Line on April 17th!

DREGS REPORT Coming April 1!

Vinted on March 30, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine publications

Photobucket“Something’s coming, something good…”

Ok, folks – I’m interrupting my mini-vacation in Alligator Point, FL to bring you a special announcement.

You’ve got a mere two days before DREGS REPORT goes live!

On April 1, dregsreport.com will start to bring you the best of the bottom of the barrel.  I can’t say too much about the project before it goes live (sworn to secrecy and all that jazz), but I can tell you that it’s going to be very, very funny.

Don’t say you weren’t warned…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-03-28

Vinted on March 28, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Sebeka Shiraz Pinotage “Cape Blend” (Western Cape, SA): Jammy red fruit w/ just enough game-meat funk to keep things from getting boring. #
  • 07 Sebeka Chardonnay (Western Cape, SA): Uncomplicated mix of melons & pear. A great option for mid-day party fare for the price point. #
  • 05 Recanati Reserve Petite Sirah / Zinfandel (Galilee, Israel): Dark blackberry jam, spice & pepper. New world style, old (old) world place. #
  • 06 Mondavi Private Selection Zinfandel (CA): Not bad, but sort of like the way a Pinto was “not bad.” #
  • 07 Lorentz Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Good lychee aroma & very good balance. Can someone take my car keys please… #

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