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It’s Time For the PLCB to Die (or “There is NO Cabernet Franc”)

Vinted on June 17, 2010 binned in commentary, PLCB

It’s been a while since I railed against the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Not that they haven’t deserved a good railing in the interim, I’ve just been busy with other topics, and the PLCB has been busy raiding PA bars at great taxpayer expense and with no justifiable reason, so they’ve been dealing with plenty of bad press anyway.

But this week, something got published that I had to rail against.  Because, quite honestly, the news is an embarrassment for Pennsylvania taxpayers whose hard-earned cash is going to help fund a government that is supposed to be controlling wine sales in the state, but instead is taking a puke all over customer service and adding almost no value to the average PA consumer.

This news comes by way of Lew Bryson’s excellent blog Why The PLCB Should Be Abolished (hey, at least you know where he stands), recapitulating a Scranton Times-Tribune blog article by David Falchek.  In said blog post, Falchek describes a friend’s encounter at a PLCB wine & spirits store in which a PLCB employee denied the existence of Cabernet Franc.

Not the existence of a particular bottling or brand of Cabernet Franc. The employee denied the existence of Cabernet Franc itself.

Yes, I am totally serious, and No, I have not been drinking…

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Yo, Chester County! Taste Local This Weekend! (Feb 5-6)

Vinted on February 1, 2010 binned in wine industry events

Those of you Chester County, PA folk who feel compelled to Go Green by supporting business that produce wares locally – and those of you who just happen to like supporting local business, or just happen to dig the food and wine produced by local business – will certainly want to check out Taste Local this weekend at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA.

Those of you who aren’t Chester County folk are just gonna have to forgive me for goin’ local today.

Taste Local is billed as “a celebration of the best regional beer and wine, accompanied by locally produced cheeses & other food products.”  As frequent 1WineDude.com readers know, we have some pretty darn good wines being made out here (especially Penns Woods and Chaddsford), but what you might not know is that we’re home to a dizzying array of totally kick-ass beer producers, with stand outs being Troegs, Sly Fox, and the venerable-bordering-on-insanely-good Victory Brewing Co.

All of the above (and more) will be in attendance at Taste Local this weekend.  Tickets range from $35 single-day passes to all-inclusive VIP packages that include lodging at the Desmond.

Well worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for a crash-course in all-things food/beer/wine in Chester County.

Cheers!

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Hockey or Hokey? NHL Alumni Wine Series

Vinted on December 23, 2009 binned in California wine, commentary, pennsylvania, PLCB, wine products

Earlier this week, I could have had wine signed by Philadelphia Flyers bruising legend Dave “The Hammer” Schultz.

Dave’s wine, that is.  The Hammer Chardonnay.  Given Dave’s playing reputation as an enforcer, I’d hope that this Chard packs at least 14.5% abv and is an oak & fruit bomb that will knock you squarely on your ass after two glasses.

[ Editor’s note: I met The Hammer once.  He’s a very big and imposing man and I want to make it very clear that I am not making fun of him.  Thanks. ]

Dave’s wine is part of the NHL Alumni Signature Wine Series – wines that bear the picture and signatures of hockey greats like Gordie Howe (another Chard bottling), Wendell Clark (a Canadian-only Merlot) and Pat LaFontaine (a CA Cab) – the proceeds are divvied up among a few charitable causes:

There are three charitable components to the NHL Alumni Signature Wine Series™ wine program. First, a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold will be donated to the charity of each player’s choice. Second, each of the teams’ Alumni Associations will receive a portion of the proceeds to be further donated to the charities of their choice. Finally, a portion of the proceeds will also benefit the NHL Alumni Association’s “Hockey’s Greatest Family Fund” which helps bring together former players to support charitable causes, assist former players in life after hockey and generally promote the game of hockey.

The wines are made by Ironstone Winery and distributed via MyWinesDirect.  I haven’t tried them yet, and I’m not holding my breath over it, either – both Dave Schulz and Bobby Clarke are legends in Philly, but thanks to the Communist-like liquor sales setup in the Flyers’ home state, those living in PA won’t be able to have the wines shipped to them. Oh, the irony

Personally, I view this as a logical guy response to Paris Hilton’s wine-in-a-canWhat do you think about celebrity wine and the NHL series?  Let’s hear it in the comments!

Cheers!

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New on Palate Press: PA Uncorks the Worst Wine Idea Ever

Vinted on September 25, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, commentary, pennsylvania, PLCB

I’ve penned my first piece for Palate Press, the on-line wine magazine that is taking the global blog-o-world by storm!

Ok, maybe “taking by storm” is a bit of an exaggeration… until I showed up and the party could officially start, that is!

Ok, maybe the whole “the party can get started now” thing is a bit of an exaggeration as well. 

Actually it’s a total exaggeration – Palate Press doesn’t need me, they’ve been kicking total ass since their launch earlier this month; I’m just a straggler who finally got around to writing something almost good enough to make a cut into the article rotation.  (Since I’m friends with the editor and publisher, they probably let me slide.  Just this once.)

Anyway, if you’re interested in my take on the idea of Pennsylvania’s godless, communist liquor control board to poison the economy of the good Commonwealth with wine kiosk machines that automatically dispense bottles of wine after doing some sort of personal scan that I think destroys part of your soul and drains the blood from innocent babies (hint: I’m not a fan of this plan), then head over to Palate Press and check it out!

Cheers!

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