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Food Review Weekly #2

Vinted on February 4, 2008 binned in Italian Wine, wine review
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“Arsenic is edible. Only once.”

So reads the quote at the top of this week’s Food Review Weekly over at The Dude is featured in the Drinks section thereof. You can check it out here.

The Eats section of the same has a link to a story about Caffeinated potato chips… which seems, well, just too damn odd!

Anyway, hope everyone in blogosphere-land is recovering well from their night of Superbowl watching. Personally, the Dude’s team is the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers, so he took not a small modicum of pleasure in seeing the Pats fall short of winning the big game (but I’ve just got a case of sour grapes, because the venerable Pats have denied my Steelers so many AFC Championship victories in the last several years).


Reds for Winter: Main Line Magazine

Vinted on February 3, 2008 binned in pennsylvania, wine news

Just in time for the not-so-Super-Superbowl (or any party occasion during these last few brink winter weeks), Jason Whiteside, my partner in crime over at 2WineDudes, has written a great article about soul-warming big red wines that are perfect for staving off the nasty chill of Winter, for the current issue of Philly’s Main Line Magazine.

[ Just a bit about Jason, so you know why you should trust him when you read his stuff: Jason is a fellow CSW, was previously a Sommelier & Wine Consultant on the Dutch/French Island of St. Martin, and is part of the Wine Educator staff at ChaddsFord Winery. Like the Dude, Jason also holds the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. He's got bad-ass wine smarties. ]

Jason shares both bargain and splurge wine recommendations for each of the Big Red varietals that he features in the article, so you can put your newfound red knowledge to good use immediately (or at least before the weather warms up).

You can check out the article on-line here (go to page 108).


Weekly Wine Web Wrap-up – Groundhog’s Day Edition

Vinted on February 2, 2008 binned in wine news

Welcome to the first edition of the Weekly Wine Web Wrap-up (W4..?), where Dude shares some of his favorite wine news bites from the past week (Dude spends too much a goodly amount of time trolling the ‘net for interesting wine tidbits)!

Giant Wine Glasses Invade Britain
In this article from the International Herald Tribune, the Associated Press reports that Britain’s Parliament blames part of the country’s rising tide of problem drinking (particularly among women) on the growing portion size of common servings of alcoholic beverages, like wine. I’ve previously cautioned about the same thing (restaurant wine glass portion size, that is) for wine lovers to look out for when dieting.

Cult Cabernet Prices Aren’t the Only Wine Crime in CA
The Napa Valley register reported on what appears to be an inside job of high-end wine theft from Jackson Family (Kendall-Jackson) Wines in Sonoma County. The accused men reportedly made off with $200,000 worth of wines – presumably they were going to use that money to buy four bottles of Harlan

Shockingly Not-So-Good
If you follow wine on the web, you’d have been hard-pressed (ha-ha) to miss the less than stellar reviews of the latest wine-related film, Bottle Shock, about the famed “Judgment of Paris” event that put U.S. wine on the map as a serious contender in the international market. I suppose this film is meant to be the wine equivalent of Miracle, but it lacks the ass-kicking coolness of Big Trouble in Little China‘s Kurt Russel, and was therefore doomed from the start. Plus, this movie’s villains (the French) aren’t nearly as cool as Lo Pan.

Speaking of China…
According to, China is poised to be anything but little in terms of wine sales in 2008, as the market for wine consumption continues to grow in China and Russia. Hmm… let’s see… where have I heard this type of prediction before…? Oh, yeah, I’ve heard it from every industry in every year for the last 15 years, most of which have not really done bumpkis to penetrate the Chinese market. But I’m sure this one will be different, right?

Fight the Power!
Another Senate bill to challenge a state’s stupidly archaic wine shipping laws is coming up in New Mexico. If you’ve not checked out and written your state legislators to let them know you want them to stop their evil ways… well, then shame on you!

Fight the Power! Part Deux
Michigan residents are once again upholding their fierce reputation by taking the wine shipping situation into their own hands. reports that there is a thriving booze smuggling economy in the state, which presumably has grown as people increasingly try to bypass the state’s restrictive monopoly on alcohol sales. Dude never advocates illegal activity. But if his wife did not hate cold weather so much, he might be contemplating a move to Michigan more seriously…

“I’m NOT Drunk Ociffer!”
File this one under the “We’ve all been there” department – the L.A. Times reports that the busloads of people hopping from wine tasting to wine tasting in CA’s wine regions are getting disruptive enough that many CA wineries are starting to institute stricter regulations on these booze cruises. Dude is all about having a good time, but an obnoxious wine-loving drunk is still an obnoxious drunk!

“Lovey, be a Darling and Pass the `82 Mouton, Would You?”
If you own your own island or 3rd world country, then you might be interested in this advice article in the New York Times, on the proper etiquette for tipping at a dinner when the final price tag on the check “is built from $600 of food and $1,000 of wine but the $1,000 comprises three bottles“. Whoa, such a dilemma… maybe you could just offer the server a weekend at your 14-room cottage in the outer Hebrides in lieu of a tip?

Sexy Sweet
Just in time for St. Valentine’s day, the Wall Street Journal has a nice introductory treatise on dessert wines. Dude has a serious sweet tooth, and he loves him some dessert wine. If you’ve not ventured into the realm of higher-end sweet wines because you think that you prefer your wines dry, check this article out because it may convince you of the truth (that you’re cheating yourself out of some seriously good wine drinking, and that you’ve been drinking “dry” wines that actually have a fair amount of residual sugar in them…).

Cheers – and mind your shadow!

Wine Book Club 1st Edition, and Tasteless Exploitation of Naomi Watts

Vinted on January 31, 2008 binned in wine books

OK, so Dude is waaaaaaaaaaaaay late in giving this event props and publicity blogging love… But in the case of love, later is always better than never (that’s what I always say anyway – and I come from a fine, distinguished, and long line of justifiers!).

The on-line Wine Book Club has been launched earlier this month, with the first edition being hosted over at McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail. I met David McDuff recently at Moore Brothers and I can tell you from first-hand experience that the guy has serious wine smarties, especially when it comes to boutique Italian, German, French, and Austrian wineries. So by the Dude’s standards, David seems like a splendid choice to get the wine book club ball a’rolling.

The first wine book that will be reviewed by the Wine Club is Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy by Joseph Bastianich & David Lynch.

No, not that David Lynch!…

This David Lynch is the beverage director over at NYC’s celebrated restaurant Babbo. Also, I’m pretty sure that there aren’t any bizarre dream sequences in this book… or hot naked shots of Naomi Watts either… at least, not that I’ve come across so far in my reading (but a Dude can hope…!). And if you wanna peruse glossies of Naomi Watts naked (meaning she was naked in the pics, not you naked while perusing them), that’s probably best done while learning about Aussie wines. Not that the Dude spent any appreciable time considering it. Or for that matter searching the Internet for erotic-but-still-tasteful photos of Namoi Watts for this post. At least, not too much time.

Er, uhm, was I saying something about a book??

Anyway, this mighty tome on Italian vino (which also features Italian wine region recipes by Mario Batali, by the way) looks intimidating at first glance, but it’s actually a very quick read – and there is still more than enough time for you to pick up a copy, join the book club love over at, and contribute to the reviews (due date is Feb. 26). Future events may be coordinated from a new website devoted to the book club – so watch this space.

Cheers – and happy reading!

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