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.

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