Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Week in Alcohol

Wonderful news! Big Brother has raised the bread ration from 500 grams to 250 grams! Initial signs are that prices for the mostly inferior 2007 crop of Bordeaux wines are going to be inflated: the first Bordeaux chateaus to declare prices have kept them at 2006 levels. Meanwhile, Robert Parker, the man who usually gets the blame for 20 years of upwardly spiraling Bordeaux prices, has called the majority of the wines coming out of Bordeaux in 2007 herbaceous and disappointing. In related news, Rising prices of European wine have been traced to a tax on... bunker fuel

At least neither's thinking of bringing out a Roger Moore line of products
A dust-up has developed between Champagne houses Bollinger and Taittinger over which is fictional spy James Bond's champagne of choice. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bond creator Ian Fleming, both champagne-makers hosted self-promoting Bond-themed events in London.

She declined to lower the admission price to her private weblog, though Critic and wine-writer Jancis Robinson was quoted as calling wine critics "parasites". Meanwhile, Clive Coates, in The Wines of Burgundy, has come out against Robert Parker and The Wine Spectator: "Wine Critics are often misinformed or just plain pig-ignorant."

They were trying for Satisfaction but Keith and Mick were asking too much "Ex Nihilo Vineyards, in Okanagan Centre north of Kelowna, will be producing a limited release of an icewine labelled in honour of the Stones' hit Sympathy for the Devil."

Its makers had just arranged a deal with the Broken Social Scene to call it Finish Your Collapse and Stay for Breakfast Toronto police raided an illegal winery in Toronto and found tens of thousands of liters of wine stored in desperately unsanitary conditions, intended to be sold in local convenience stores at $15 a gallon

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Week in Alcohol

It was just the homemade beer talking Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan apologized for derogatory remarks he made towards Ukrainians in general and one-time NDP Leader Roy Romanow in particular at a conservative gathering 17 years ago. In the 1991 video released to the media recently, Wall speaks in a bad Ukranian accent and jokes about sending bombs to labour leaders. In the same video, Saskatchewan MP Tom Lukiwski referred to gays as "faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit diseases." Prime Minister Steven Harper has declined to discipline Lukiwski.

They're sending in Silvio Berlusconi to investigate Several of Italy's top Brunello producers have been charged with adulterating their wines. "None of the producers has yet been charged, but investigating magistrates have blocked the bottling of 2003 vintage Brunello by three of the most important producers, Antinori, Frescobaldi and Argiano, and quarantined 10 vineyards and 600,000 bottles belonging to Castello Banfi. Top managers at two firms have received formal warnings of impending investigation."

If only it prevented dementia in Saskatchewan Tory politicians Evidence was recently presented that women who consume wine are up to 70% less likely than abstainers to develop dementia

Afterwards, lawyers arguing the losing position were heard to make rude remarks on the lack of wine consumed by female justices on the majority side In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the so-called "two-beer defence", where drunk-driving defendants bring in their own experts to claim that they metabolized alcohol faster than could be measured by a breathalyser.

Ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer's hookers could have told you something like that years ago
A study found that the more expensive you think a wine is, the more likely you are to like it.

In a later statement, he tried to use the ten-beer defence In Wales, ex-Tory Minister Rod Richards got into a drunken punch-up with Conservative canvassers on his doorstep. "The conversation developed into a heated argument involving Mr Richards and four Tory canvassers. The ex-MP claimed he hit one of them after he was pushed to the ground and hurt a finger. He said: 'The guy who pushed me was rude and arrogant. I don’t regret clipping him.' "

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Week in Alcohol

And we think you're full of shit about the '07 Bordeaux as well Robert Parker was fined 2000 Euros by a French court for uttering false accusations against former associate Hanna Agostini, author of The Anatomy of a Myth, which (among other things) claimed Parker often wrote about wines he'd not tasted. In related news, it was announced that Javier Bardim was to portray Parker in a new movie... oh---April Fool.

America drinks and goes home Bordeaux producers, faced with a less-than-stellar 2007 vintage to take to market this year, are seeing little but sour grapes in the American market. "'America is not the world, it is a bit bigger than that,' said Patrick Maroteaux, president of the Union des Grands Cru de Bordeaux, and organiser of the annual primeur tastings", when asked about the softness of the US market for the '07's. One American who will still be welcome is new felon Robert Parker: "If I get a good Parker score, which makes it so easy to sell my wines, that is great" according to Bordeaux producer Didier Marcelis

We're also asking the public to interpret $2.8 million in liquor industry contributions as mere public-spiritedness Against the advice of the state's Attorney General, the Maryland Legislature is considering a bill to regulate alcohol-pops (such as Mike's Hard Lemonade and Jack Daniel's Black Jack Cola) as beer rather than liquor. "If the legislation makes it through the House, the drinks would continue to be taxed at lower rates than alcoholic beverages such as rum and whiskey and would enjoy wider distribution than spirits."

It was followed by an alcohol-pop happy-hour at the student-union pub A judge has overturned Virginia's ban on alcohol-related advertising in college newspapers. "U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck sided with the student newspapers at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, which said the restrictions on alcohol references -- including phrases such as 'happy hour' -- in print and online media hampered their ability to make money because they've had to turn down potential advertisers".

Now if we can just keep him from songwriting when he's sober Hanna Alta. native and Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger (real name Chad Turton) was convicted of drunk driving and will be sentenced May 1st. He's been caught driving his Lamborghini 160 km/h through Surrey, BC at nearly twice the legal blood-alcohol limit.