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allegations that Americans are "stingy" (made by diplomats from
third world countries like Sweden), Americans are stepping up to the plate
to help the victims of the Tsunami disaster in southeast Asia. One
Auburn, CA wine shop owner is doing his part.
owner of Carpe Vino wanted to do something to help the tsunami victims,
and making a personal donation didn't seem to be enough. The owner,
Gary Moffat came up with another idea. The wine shop is holding a
special wine sale to benefit the victims of Asia's devastating December
tsunami. Moffat has pledged to donate 100% of the revenue
from the sale to the American Red Cross. That's 100% of the revenue,
not just the profits! Mr. Moffat, we salute you.
you would like to make a donation to help the victims of this enormous
disaster, we have provided links to a couple worthwhile agencies:
2025 E St. NW
Washington, DC, 20006
88 Hamilton Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
January 6, 2005
Weekend Australian recently reported that rare wine worth more
than $100,000 was stolen from a home in Australia earlier this month.
More than 100 bottles were taken during a
burglary at the home in the Canberra suburb of Farrer sometime between
January 3 and 5. Constable James Stokan told the
newspaper that, "Only the best wines were targeted including
Penfolds Grange Hermitage, Penfolds St. Henri Claret and Henschke Hill
of Grace." Reportedly, the vintages dated back to 1970.
are urging anyone who is offered wine for sale that resembles the
vintages stolen, or who knows anything about the theft, to contact
Crime Stoppers at 800-333-000.
appalling burglary raises several important questions...
kind of twisted Aussie math was used to calculate the value of
this loss? I'm sure that this was pretty good wine but $1000
per bottle? C'mon... what's the deal here?
does the Australian Crime Stoppers' phone number have only 9
digits? What happens if WinoBob starts serving Grange at the
WinoStuff staff meetings? If I suspect something is amiss,
how would I call them from the US? I'm pretty sure this
would be a problem.
importantly, if WinoBob starts serving Grange at the WinoStuff
staff meetings and I suspect foul play and if I call Aussie Crime
Stoppers from the US and somehow (miraculously) get through, is
there a reward???
Bob, your secret is safe. For now...
January 10, 2005
G*L*U*T - Glut, Glut, Glut !!!
to the South African news daily, Business Day, global wine
production in 2004 was the highest level since 1992. World wine
production was estimated to be 287 million hectoliters in 2004, up
9.5% from 2003. Conversely, world wine consumption was estimated to
be only 230 million hectoliters in 2004, a shortfall of about 57 million
hectoliters. That's a lot of hectoliters!
report raises several disturbing questions. Notably:
the hell is a hectoliter?
don't they just express the total wine production in cases or gallons
or some other unit of measure that we are all familiar with?
is all this excess wine stored? France?
is the plan to dispose of all this excess wine and does that mean that
prices of California cabs will continue to fall? (Please, God,
fact that has become glaringly obvious is that we (the world's
wine-drinking population, not just Bob and I) consumed only 80% of the
wine that was produced last year. Therefore, we (the world's
wine-drinking population, not just Bob and I) should be ashamed of
ourselves. (Actually, Bob and I did our part. We personally consumed
over 1.21 gigaliters. I estimate my 2004 personal consumption at 20 cases
of wine. If you do the math, that puts Bob's personal consumption
somewhere around 1.209999 gigaliters, give or take a few hectocases.
So the rest of you losers should be ashamed of yourselves...)
of all those poor, family-run wineries and the dedicated family members
who meticulously and lovingly hand-crafted their artisanal wines for our
ultimate enjoyment. What's going to happen to them? And what
about all those huge, multinational wine conglomerates that dispassionately
crafted their industrial plonk for our ultimate cheap buzz? What's
going to happen to them?
my wino friends, it looks like we are in for an extended glut. It is
imperative that we all do our part. I am urging all of you to relax,
enjoy, and toss down a few hectobottles. Do it for the good of the
industry. Do it for WinoStuff!!!
January 22, 2005
In a disturbing repeat of last year’s SuperBowl fiasco, there was
another unexpected “wardrobe malfunction” at this year’s Big Game.
This time, the unlikely victim was Paul McCartney.
The ex-Beatle was singing a provocative duet with Justin Timberlake
during the halftime show when his costume unecpectedly “gave way”.
Paul, who looked rather demure in his form-fitting latex outfit, was
dancing to the sultry sounds of JT when the groping Timberlake pawed at
his clothing. In a shocking spectacle,
broadcast live to hundreds of millions of television viewers around the
world, Paul’s shirt burst open revealing an enormous Nipple Ringoâ
on his bare breast. The sight
immediately triggered the gag reflex among millions of drunken football
Starr, the ex-Beatle whose face was emblazoned on Paul's man-boob, was
unavailable for comment.
February 7, 2005
tidbit has been around for a while but I just stumbled upon it recently...
A wine- making factory in the Ukraine has released a new
line of wines with labels that feature the faces of famous communist
dictators. These wines, which are
marketed under the sub-brand "Leaders", give a whole new meaning
to the term "Red" wine.
current lineup of commie honorees includes (among others) Vladimir
Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Ernesto Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
With this lineup of powerful ruthless dictators, the wines
must be really big reds.
this makes me wonder... What would the wines be like if they were
named after recent American leaders? After extensive
WinoStuff research, here are the results. (Don't blame me!
There is research behind these findings, damn it!!!)
W. Bush - Non-alcoholic. Popular in rural America.
Despised in most urban areas and in France.
Clinton - Screw cap. Popular with the women.
H. W. Bush - This wine will make you barf on Commie
Reagan - Big Californian, people will love it! May not age
Carter - Peanut wine. Won't even appear on the shelf with any
subsequent presidential wines.
don't know what all this means but that's what the research showed.
Next week, Hollywood celebrity wines! Stay tuned...
to recent reports, America is moving up the world ladder in terms of per capita
wine consumption. In the last 10 years, U.S. wine consumption is up
more than 24 percent and is expected to grow by another 29 percent by
2008. (Even if you discount WinoBob's enormous personal consumption, the
US is still up more than 20% since 1995.) If the current growth rate
of US wine consumption continues and if the current trend of declining
consumption in France and Italy continues, the good ol' US of A will be
the number one wine consuming nation in the world by 2008. Wa hooo!!!
curiously dressed as General George S. Patton, salutes the efforts of all
Wino-Americans in pursuit of the title of Biggest Wine-Consuming Country.
trend has many wine "aficionados" concerned. They are
afraid that if the US becomes the biggest wine market in the world then foreign
winemakers will be forced to tailor their winemaking to the American
palate. That could result in fewer 'finesse' wines and more
"big, bold, over-the-top" wines. Personally, I fail to see
the problem here...
take a closer look at this... If we start drinking more
wine, then more countries will start making wine in the style we
like... What's the downside here...? What are we waiting for,
people??? Drink up!!! We're gunnin' for number one and when we
get there, all wine will taste like our favorite California Cult
Cabs!!! God, I can't wait...!!!
Tale of Two Winos...
the best of times, it was the worst of times..., it was the spring
of hope, it was the winter of despair, ..." This famous line
from Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities could be the introduction
to the story of our dinner with a visiting marketing executive from
Torres, Christian González.
unknown reason, BigBob invited WinoBob and I to the dinner/tasting with
Christian. BB was understandably apprehensive about inviting WB, but
I assured him that WinoBob had been behaving himself for the past
year. He was off probation and most of the restraining orders had
been lifted. Reluctantly, BigBob agreed and we kept our fingers
crossed, hoping that we could all enjoy a nice evening together tasting a
selection of Torres' recent releases. But, Noooooo!!
When will we learn?
patience worn thin after watching him single-handedly consume the first
seven bottles of the evening, Torres marketing exec, Christian Gonzalez,
"convinces" Wino Bob to share the 1975 Gran Coronas...
AGAIN, I am forced to apologize to all involved in the resulting
melee. Therefore, on behalf of the entire staff of WinoStuff, my
sincere apologies to Christian González, the Torres organization, the
Montville police, the Montville EMT's, the staff of the Columbia Inn, all
of the other diners at the restaurant (especially the blonde woman from
the Pinot-drinking table), the other drunks in the Montville Jail drunk
tank, the Municipal Court judge, etc., etc., etc...
bail is revoked...
In a shocking
display of disrespect towards the Montville Municipal court, WinoBob
showed up to his hearing on the charges of "Drunk and
Disorderly" in his PAJAMAS! Yes, WinoBob showed up to court in
an entourage which, for some unknown reason, included Joe Jackson, WinoBob
shows up for his court hearing in his bed clothes...
In addition to
his strange garb, WinoBob was 45 minutes late to the hearing and appeared
obviously intoxicated. In his defense, Bob testified that he
"overslept" and was a little "hung over".
Montville Judge, Rodney Melville, immediately revoked WinoBob's $300 bail
and ordered him in contempt of court. Bob was also fined $150 and
was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. With his
again puts a strain on the WinoStuff finances. We are forced to
transfer funds from the New Liver Fund and we are earmarking all of our
Google Ad money for the next 10 years to cover these unexpected and
How can you
help? By sending cash, of course. You can make
your checks payable to Wine Ventures, LLC, PO Box 64, Caldwell, NJ
Not for the faint of heart (stomach)!
Bee out of where else but Modesto, California, is reporting
that some Chinese whack job entrepreneur is launching a
company to make wine. And you know what? It's making me SICK!
Now you may
say, "WinoJohn, what's wrong with that? The Chinese have every
right to make wine. Just because China is not recognized as one of
the world's premier grape growing regions doesn't mean they can't at least
try to make some wine. C'mon WinoJohn, what's wrong with you?"
And I would
respond by saying, "This whack job wants to make wine out of
something... uhhhh... unusual. He wants to make
wine out of FISH!!! Yes, I said FISH!!! He wants to
ferment FISH!!! To make WINE!!! Damn!!! Isn't there a
law against this type of behavior??? Well there should be a
law!!! (There should also be a law against excessive use of the
exclamation point but, fortunately for me, there's not. !!!.)
to the Modesto Bee, who picked up the story from The
Crush (the California Association of Winegrape Growers newsletter)
who reportedly got the story from China's official news agency, Xinhua,
(don't you just love fourth-hand news?), this nut job named Sun Keman from
the Chinese port city of Dalian has formed the Dalian Fisherman's Song
Maritime Biological Brewery to make this soon-to-be cult classic.
(Geez, he can't even get the name of the company right. You
can't make a good fish wine in a brewery!) Reportedly
the fish wine making process involves cleaning, boiling and fermenting the
fish. The product is said to be nutritious... uurrppp...
and low... uurrppp... in alcohol. BLLUUUUGGHHHH...
that. I told you it was making me sick...
Anyway, when I
first heard about this brave new venture, one image came to mind.
Anyone over 40 should remember this... BASS-O-MATIC '76 !!!
wine saves woman's life!
article in The Advocate out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
describes yet another incident involving wine saving a human life.
Yes, once again, wine is proven to be the miracle beverage for the
ages. Here are the unbelievable details...
allegedly ne'er-do-wells, entered a convenience store at a truck stop in
St. Helena parish in southern Louisiana. One of these scalawags
pulled a gun and ordered the cashier to hand over the money. After
taking the cash, the gunman attempted to kidnap the cashier, ordering her
to get into his pickup truck. (I'm guessing that the cashier looked
like our WinoBabe, but I could be wrong...)
where the unbelievable allure of wine saves the day...
On his way out
of the store, the gunman stopped to pick out a nice wine from the
obviously well-stocked wine shelf. Keep in mind that this is a TRUCK
STOP! The gunman picked up a bottle and stared at it long enough
for the woman to run away and contact the police!!! Local
authorities arrested the gunman's accomplice, Leroy Martin, a short while
later. The gunman, Harvey Ware, remains at large.
you see, once again, wine saved the day!!!
Deputy, Barney Fife, told reporters that the suspect confessed to him
saying, "Harvey jus' wanted a nice bottle to take wit us for da
road. You know what I'm sayin'? We didn't have no co'k screw,
you know, so he picked up a bottle wit a twist top and, damn man, da wine
was French! We couldn't even tell what kind of wine was in da
bottle! You know what I'm sayin'? What da hell is Medoc
anyway, man? Damn! Why don't dey just say what kinda wine is
in da bottle??? Damn the French."
To read the
actual article (and determine which parts of the story I didn't make up), click
March 31, 2005
on Wine and Chocolate
taking a cue from our Pulitzer Prize award-winning expose on Wine
and Chocolate, researchers at the world famous Monash University
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (MUD of E and PM) in
Melbourne, Australia, have announced that a daily diet which
includes wine and chocolate will boost life expectancy. DID
YOU HEAR THAT PEOPLE??? Wine and chocolate will make you LIVE
LONGER!!! If that's the case, I'm going to live to be
don't stop exercising and eating healthy yet. A closer look at this
startling news by the WinoStuff Department of Wine and Chocolate Research
(WSD of W and CR) reveals that the research may be flawed. (Damn the
WSD of W and CR!!!)
there was some research a few years ago into a pill called the "polypill"
which contained a bunch of different ingredients which were supposed to
reduce heart disease risk by 80%. The crack team of researchers at
the (MUD of E and PM), assisted by a handful of researchers at Erasmus
University Medical Centre in the Netherlands (EUMC in the N), devised a
meal that included foods that had naturally-occurring ingredients from
the polypill. They called this meal the "polymeal".
They theorize that if you eat the polymeal, it will have the same result
as taking the polypill. In fact, if you take a close look at the
announcement, it states that the researchers "estimate
that a 'polymeal' of wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruit, vegetables,
almonds and garlic, eaten every day (or at least four times a week in the
case of fish) would increase men's life expectancy by an average of six
and a half years and women's by an average of five years".
it??? They estimate that there will be some
benefit? What's my assurance that if I eat a daily polymeal, that
I'll live to be 150? Where are the clinical studies? What
about the control groups and the placebos? Does anyone else see a
problem with their findings???
those researchers probably got a Research Grant from the Australian
government and they were probably paid a stipend by the Fish and Almond
Council. And all we get are estimates. Well, winos, try this
one on for size. WinoStuff hereby estimates that a daily meal of
steak, potatoes, wine, and chocolate will make you thinner, wealthier and
more attractive to members of the opposite sex. Throw in the
occasional pasta with red sauce and garlic bread and we estimate that
you'll win the lottery.
You know our
findings are accurate and unbiased because no one is giving us a damn
of the Week
I'm not starting a new weekly column. I don't have time to keep up
with all our current columns. However, every once in a while, a news
blurb comes in involving an apparent wino and his/her deviant
behavior. So when that happens, we'll name a Wino of the Week.
That's what happened recently. Here is the story...
A variety of
news sources reported last week that a woman was arrested after fleeing
the scene of an accident!
that's not Wino of the Week material, I don't know what it is! It
doesn't get much better than that! What? You disagree?
Wait, there's more...
35-year-old Yanique Mauldin fled the scene after driving her car into two
other cars. And a pedestrian! There. Definitely WotW
material! Still not convinced? How about this little fact...
(who happened to be intoxicated and on probation) fled the scene of the
accident(s), eluded police, abandoned her vehicle (with her
six-year-old son inside) and yet managed to take her bottle of
wine with her! Now that's a dedicated wino! The
newswire didn't report on exactly what wine Ms. Mauldin was enjoying while
she went on this little crime spree. I'm guessing (and this is
purely speculation) that it was something in the Mad Dog 20/20
family. Purely a guess.
And so, our
hats are off to Yanique Mauldin, our inaugural Wino of the Week.
Roads Lead to Wine Country
Over the past
several years, we have reported numerous stories of celebrities that have
decided to take a leap into the wine business. Golf legends Arnold
Palmer and Greg Norman, football icons Joe Montana and Dick Vermeil, as
well as race car drivers Mario Andretti and Randy Lewis have all taken the
vinous plunge. Somehow, that seemed OK. But now, a disturbing
new trend has emerged. Old rock stars are getting into the
wine business. I'm not sure I'm ready for this...
First we saw Jerry
Garcia's name gracing bottles of California wine. That was OK because
Jerry is Jerry and, as far as I know, he's still dead. Then Sting
announced that he was going to make some Italian wine. That was cool
because Sting wasn't actually going to sell his wine.
He was just going to give it away to his friends. (Hey Stinger-dude,
I'm still waitin' for my bottle!) Then Bob Dylan announced
that he was lending his name to some Italian wine venture. No
problem, Dylan's a whack-job anyway.
But now, other
rock legends from the 60's and 70's are getting in on the act. I'm
sorry but this just scares me. I recently read that The Doobie
Brothers have teamed up with B.R. Cohn to release a cab / merlot / cab
franc blend called the Doobie Red Series.
(At least they are donating a portion of the proceeds to a worthy cause,
The National Veterans Foundation.) Where will this madness end,
people? You know what's coming next...
Buck Chuck Berry
Brain Dead Red
We have to
stop this trend now, people. It's just too dangerous
to start co-mingling old rock and roll memories with new wine appreciation
thoughts. Imagine sitting down at an important business dinner,
ordering a nice Zynfandel and suddenly having the urge to jump up on the
table, light a match and shout "Freebird!!!".
We don't want to go there... Let's just let the old rockers fade
away in our hazy college memories! I don't want them striking up a
chord in my wine glass and I certainly don't want them hanging out in my
Mayonnaise to the Tuna...
the 1982 movie, Night Shift, Michael Keaton played an
"idea man" named Bill Blazejowski. In one memorable scene,
Bill came up with the brilliant idea of "feeding mayonnaise to the
tuna", thus eliminating the need to mix the two ingredients to make
tuna salad. I think that there is a similar opportunity to save time
and effort in the worldwide wine market.
Two tidbits of
info made the news recently and that got me thinking. First, we know
that the French wine industry is suffering from the worldwide wine glut
due in part to rapidly growing competition from countries like Australia.
It was reported recently that French winemakers were granted a few hundred
million Euros in subsidies to distill their excess wine into industrial
alcohol. This alcohol will eventually be burned as a gasoline
major Australian wine producer recently announced a record harvest in the
2005 vintage. New Zealand recently announced that wine exports were
up 124% from a year ago. This certainly can't be good news for the
where it gets interesting. France is getting paid to burn
their excess wine. Australia and New Zealand continue to produce
more wine. Here's the brilliant idea... What if the French
government just sent all those Euros to Australia? They could
just pay the Australians to grow less grapes!!! Geez, this is
friggin' brilliant!!! I should be in politics!
However, if I
know the French (and who knows the French better than me...), they might
just burn the Euros...
to the Rescue!
they laughed at us in high school. We were outcasts in
college. But now, see... NOW they embrace us. Yes, my wino
friends, a fellow dweeb has made the news recently for inventing a
product to eliminate cork taint from a bottle of wine. Yeah,
baby! Dweeb to the rescue!!!
has reported that a French biochemist named Professor Gerard Michel, along
with his oenolgist pal, Laurent Villaume, has developed a product which
can remove TCA from a contaminated bottle. Did you hear that,
people? No more dumping that prized bottle down the drain!! No
more disappointment on that special occasion! This is obviously a groundbreaking
discovery. This is up there with putting a man on the moon or
mapping the human genome. This is Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning
material. In fact, if this works, we should throw in an Academy
Award, a Congressional Medal of Honor and maybe Sainthood. I don't
know, this is pretty important. I might even name Professor Girard
as WinoStuff's Winery of the Month. It's that big!
The Prof calls
his product "Dream Taste". (OK, he's dweeb, not a
marketing genius...). The product uses a special copolymer material
to absorb the TCA molecules right out of the wine. If you pop open a
bottle and suspect that it is tainted, you simply decant the wine, lower
some of this copolymer stuff into the decanter and, voila,
the dreaded TCA disappears from the wine! (OK, "voila"
may have been an overstatement. It can take up to an hour to cleanse
the bottle.) But still, this guy's a genius!!!
Taste kit will sell for €40 and will be available in France in
June. Copolymer refills will be available for €5 each.
been sleeping in a cardboard box (which many of our faithful winos do),
you know that the US Supreme Court recently struck down the ban on
interstate wine shipments. Woohoo!!! This was
definitely a landmark day for wine drinkers! Or was it...?
They way I
interpret the ruling, the Supreme Court only ruled that the state's
policies must be consistent meaning that if the state allows intrastate
shipments, it must also allow interstate shipments.
That's still good news... sort of...
Wait, what if
the State of New Jersey decides to accept a little payola
from the Liquor Distributor lobby? (Like that can't
happen...) They could decide that intrastate shipments will now be
banned and therefore, out-of-state shipments will still be banned!
Then I couldn't even have any wine shipped to me from in-state liquor
stores!!! That would totally suck!
Jersey winos, we'll see how this one plays out...
WinoBob celebrates with some of his new pals from the
Frogs Strike Again
As we reported
a few months ago, a radical band of French winemakers who call them selves
CRAV (Comité Régional d’Action Viticoles) has been protesting the fact
that they can't sell their wine. It's not that there is a law
against them selling their wines, they just can't compete with low-priced
yet very drinkable wines from foreign producers. So what do they
do? In typically European fashion, they demand that the French
government give them some money. I'm thinking of moving to Europe...
A few months
ago, the CRAV boys just seemed to be making noise. They were setting
off a few firecrackers and dumping a few cases of foreign wine in the
streets to make a statement. They got some press coverage and
everyone got a good chuckle out of it. But now, these whacky Frogs
have gone too far. Decanter.com
reports that the CRAV has begun to terrorize the French countryside.
Their last action involved sabotage of the railway system and the torching
of several rail cars. The CRAV is now putting the average
Frog-in-the-street in jeopardy. They also smashed the valves on 13
tanks of Chilean wine, releasing 10,000 hectoliters of wine into the
streets of Montpellier. (There's that pesky metric system
again. If you don't understand the metric system, 10,000 hectoliters
is enough wine to keep WinoBob drinking for an entire weekend..., if he
doesn't drink on Saturday...) Click
here to see actual footage of the situation from some French TV
exclusive interview with WinoStuff.com, unnamed sources in the Chirac
administration have reported that the French government is planning a
surprise surrender. If that happens, the entire country could end up
in the hands of a bunch of drunken, disgruntled (and newly affluent)
winemakers. It's time that this vino-terrorism is stopped. In
an attempt to find a solution to this difficult situation, WinoStuff.com
has dispatched their chief negotiator, WinoWally, to France to negotiate a
settlement. Both sides have to understand that capitalistic forces
are at work here. It's supply and demand, people, and handing out
Euros is not the solution! God, I just hope WinoWally can talk some
sense into these people before someone gets hurt. Godspeed, Wally,
unrelated note, this dopey site may be updated only sporadically over the
next few weeks. I'm off on a dweebquest to Taiwan and China and I
have no idea if I will be able to post updates or even get email while I
am in transglobal dweeb mode. I'll do my best but I make no
Wine Auction Raises $10.5M
The stars were
out and the cash rolled in at this year's Napa Valley Wine Auction.
The three day event, now in its 25th year, raised a record $10.5 million,
a considerable increase over last year's $5.2 million.
event was hosted by Jay Leno and the highlight of the auction was a lot
which included dinner with Desperate Housewives star, Teri
Hatcher and a walk-on role on the show. Teri appeared on stage
during the auction and inched her skirt up as the bidding increased to the
delight of many wealthy winos in attendance. The Hatcher dinner
package sold for $300,000.
highest-priced lot of this year's event went to Texas wino, John
Gorman. The G-man, who also bought the most expensive lot in
2003, paid $650,000 for four 3-liter bottles of wine from cult Cab
producer (and former WinoBabe of the Month), Ann Colgin, along with dinner
for eight prepared by Thomas Keller, chef and owner of the French
Laundry in Yountville and Per Se in New York.
Jay Leno gets the bidding going on a lot which
included a date with Teri Hatcher.
WinoBob's antics earned him yet another restraining order.
event held at the Meadowood resort in St Helena in Napa Valley is
sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade organization with
nearly 270 member wineries. Proceeds go to local healthcare, youth and
Check this out...
A group of British chocoholics has banned together and created
the ultimate culinary establishment...
The Academy of Chocolate. Did
you hear that, people??? The ACADEMY of friggin' CHOCOLATE!!! I'm
starting to tingle...
This group of serious choco-chomping Brits created the Academy to
"raise the profile of fine, high cocoa-content chocolate through
tastings, wine-and chocolate pairing sessions, seminars and
demonstrations..." Uh-oh... I'm starting to shake...
AoC founders, including Chloe Doutre-Roussel, chocolate buyer for
Fortnum & Mason (how do I get a job as "Chocolate Buyer"?), Michael
Edey of Nudge PR, and Chantal Coady of Rococo Chocolates, will also
help organize the annual UK Chocolate Festival (formerly
Chocolate Week) and launch the first-ever World Chocolate Awards.
Argghhhh!!!!! I'm jones'n bad!!!
Ok. Now I feel better. That was close...
I'm guessing that it's just a matter of time before the Academy
contacts me about becoming a Professor. Or a Dean. Maybe a
Department Chairman, I don't know. After having written the
Wine/Chocolate dissertation, I am certainly on the short list.
I knew this idiot site would someday pay off!!!
June 21, 2005
Women's Wine Mag???
In what can only be taken as a direct smack in the “Bobalones”, there
are some in the wine community who do not think that our Wino Babe
properly trumpets the contributions of women in the wine industry. No,
there seems to be a group of women who feel the need to launch a
magazine "by women for women", or BWFW. (Oddly, that just doesn’t
have the marketing cache of
For Us By Us
It seems that the powers that be at the new 'woman and wine' magazine,
feel that the current mags do not address what women need to know
about wine. The techie articles, preoccupation with size (ratings)
and the perspective on wine is too masculine for the 53% of the
population called women who are buying wine.
I tried contacting Michele Ostove, editor-in-chief of
but was snubbed, so I clipped her statements from their developing web
site. I don’t get it. With WJ’s Wino Babe of the Month and the
amount of Pinot Noir we have consumed through our friend Big Bob, how
much more womanesque do we need to be? We look forward to the wine
and food pairings, the softer way of reviewing wine, the wine spa
section and the naked babe in the center fold. However, if they
start featuring a WinoBabe each month, we are cranking up our legal
team for a battle royale.
The maiden issue is due to hit the stands in early July.
"Most women who drink wine don't care about rating systems or amassing
their collections -- they simply want to enjoy wine and its related
lifestyle," says Michele Ostrove, editor-in-chief of Wine Adventure.
"But, until now, no magazine addressed that segment. Wine Adventure is
about expanding your wine horizons, both around the world and at home,
and having fun as you learn."
June 29, 2005
reports from Bloomberg News indicate that Americans are now drinking more
wine than beer. According to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday, wine
is now the most popular alcoholic beverage in the US. I'll drink to
the poll, about 39% of U.S. drinkers said that the alcoholic beverage that
they drink most often is wine, compared with 36% for beer and 21% for hard
liquor. Gallup started monitoring this statistic back in 1992 and this
is the first time that beer did not come out on top.
Bellas, chairman and chief executive of Beverage Marketing Corp. in New
York, stated that, "It's a confluence of factors. One is the
advertising, two is the demographics as people age, and they're doing a
better marketing job on wine. Also, people are looking for more
sophisticated products." The HBO TV series "Sex and the
City," whose characters often consumed martinis and Cosmopolitans,
helped boost the popularity of cocktails among young people, and the film
"Sideways," set near Santa Barbara, has increased wine sales,
will immediately realize that Mr. Bellas' official statement is all
marketing gobbledy-goop. If we cut out all the marketing double-talk,
this is what Mr. Bellas was really saying: "The increase in
wine consumption by the American population can be entirely attributed to
the efforts of an off-beat website called WinoStuff.com".
story and I'm sticking to it...
July 22, 2005
Johnson dis's Parker...
winos, two wine industry heavyweights are putting on the gloves. In
a recent article appearing on Decanter.com, British wine writer, Hugh
Johnson, launched a sucker punch at American wine critic, Robert Parker,
Jr. According to Decanter, Johnson called parker a "dictator of
taste" and an absolutist. He makes an explicit comparison
between the 'imperial' style of the current US government and the style of
Parker, suggesting that both tend towards the dominant. Johnson is
reported to state that 'Imperial hegemony lives in Washington and the
dictator of taste in Baltimore… Taste, in the past, was largely a
matter of harmless fashion. In American hands it feels more like a moral
minute... I think Johnson is taking a cheap shot at America!
That bastard!!! Who the hell does he think he is? I
don't know what imperial hegemony is but it sounds bad and I don't want
some Limey accusing us of having it! I see a boycott of Hugh Johnson
coming, my friends! Let's all hop on this train!! (This is
great! We haven't had a good boycott in months!)
generally acknowledged to be the second most influential wine writer named
Robert (behind our own WinoBob), showed a great deal of class by declining
to comment on the story. Way to go, Robert!
Limey dork, Hugh Johnson, sports a bad comb-over while
classy American, Robert Parker, Jr. appears relaxed
July 31, 2005
WinoStuff Magical Red
Wine Stain Removing Elixir
to the Rescue.
A malaise was averted last weekend by the quick-thinking and aptly-
prepared young hostess at La Stella.
During the height of the dinner hour on Saturday evening, a table
of three were dining, conversing and drinking several bottles of red wine.
One older gentleman had been excitedly expressing himself, complete
with over-the-top hand machinations to accompany every word of his story.
Sometime after an adjective, but before the noun, his gesticular
acrobatics, hindered by wine, contacted the filled glass and spewed the
juice like a bloodied whale spout. In self-preservation, the second gentleman turned quickly so
as to not get a face full of wine and said substance landed squarely on
the back of his imported Italian shirt.
Words were exchanged and language fit for the docks of Port Newark
flew from the lips of the perpetrator of the event toward the glass as if
the vessel leapt into the path of his exaggerated hand motions to create
Sensing a potentially embarrassing event, the young hostess pulled from
the hostess stand a bottle of the NASA-developed, Space Shuttle-safe
elixir and in a few quick spurts, had the stain vanish from the finely
tailored Italian silk garment. Not
only did the magical fluid quell the stain, it quelled the near fisticuff
temperament at the table.
As you can see, the product not
only works, but also promotes world peace and eliminates expensive dry
August 5, 2005
Diageo Speaks Out
an August 8 press release, Diageo, one of the world's leading spirits,
wine and beer companies, announced its opposition to AWOL machines.
My reaction to this startling news was much the same as yours. I
immediately shrieked, "What the hell is an AWOL machine???"
it turns out that some alkie technodweeb has invented a new machine for
the consumption of alcohol through inhalation. Damn those
alkie technodweebs!!! (Wait... I'm an alkie
technodweeb! Strike that last statement.) The machine is
called Alcohol Without Liquid, or AWOL, and it involves the inhalation of
vaporized liquor mixed with oxygen. What will they think of next???
these dweebs have invented this machine and the braintrust at Diageo has
come out against them. Yo, lighten up, dudes!! My guess is
that Daigeo realized that it takes about 20 minutes to inhale 1/2
shot of liquor and it only takes about 2 seconds to drink 1/2 shot
of liquor. I could be wrong but I would think that liquor sales
might slow down if this device takes off. Just a guess...
The kids are enjoying a good whiff of alcohol...
August 14, 2005
The hurricane which struck Louisiana and Mississippi last week has
devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Countless
Americans are now homeless and desperate. The people of the
United States have helped out every God forsaken nation on earth in
their time of need. Now we need to help our own. The staff
of 'Stuff encourages everyone to make a donation to help our fellow
Americans down south. (Hopefully, your donations won't help those
idiots that are looting and shooting at the police and rescue workers.
What's up with that???)
A young refugee receives a Red Cross comfort pak
To make a donation, you can
click here to go
to the American Red Cross website. Remember, these are AMERICANS
September 3, 2005
Engaging, Edgy, Vibrant Virgin
There's a new Virgin on the market, people, and this one is
accessible. In fact, just look in the Personals section of
your local paper and you can buy this Virgin. Cheap. Is this
a great country, or what?
Get your minds out of the gutter, winos. This Virgin is the
brainchild of Richard Branson, CEO of all things Virgin. You know,
Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Virgin Megastores, Virginia,
etc. (He doesn't really own Virginia but wouldn't that be cool?)
Wino Richard, or should I say Sir Wino Richard, recently
announced that he is jumping into the Virgin wine business.
Partnering with mega- wine and spirits producer, Brown-Forman, Virgin
will be launching Virgin Vines, a "hip" new wine brand aimed squarely at
the twenty-something consumer. "We've got an engaging, edgy, vibrant, fun product," says
the King of All Virgins.
"It may or may not work, but we're going to give it our best shot."
(Hmmm... That doesn't sound too confidant...)
Apparently, Branson's "best shot" includes an edgy advertising campaign
that will appear in newspaper personals columns. One personal ad
reads, "Full-bodied shiraz desires hookup. No commitments, baggage or
corkscrews." I don't usually shop for wine in the personal
section, but what do I know? He's like a gazillionaire and I'm a
lowly techno-dweeb. We'll see...
September 13, 2005
Harvest Moon Red may
have new meaning...
A techno-dweeb scientist with millions
of dollars will be pioneering an experiment aboard the International
Space Station, ISS, paving the way for other astro-nuts. Yes, the exceedingly wealthy
scientist and entrepreneur, Dr. Greg Olsen, has paid undisclosed
millions to be the third private citizen to journey into outer space.
Besides being extremely wealthy and a spaceophile, Dr. Olsen is the owner
of the South African winery, La Vinette. The Spock-like oenophile will find
a small patch in the garden area of the ISS and see if the native South
African varietal, pinotage, can supply the crew with some much-needed
There is nothing better than driving around space at 17,000 miles per hour
with a .12 BAC. Fortunately, the intergalactic DWI station has
been setback by the recent foam panel issue on the shuttle so the crew
25 years before the International BATF will be stationed 4.8 million
kilometers above earth to ticket the inebriated crew.
If successful, Dr. Olsen, will be the true God of
Wine. God speed, Dr. Bacchus.
Amateur astronaut, Dr. Greg Olsen, gets some
last minute tips from
WinoStuff space expert, Major WinoBob
October 7, 2005
American Businessman Causes
British Police, Scotland Yard and Interpol have joined forces in an
attempt to track down an American businessman who successfully eluded
capture after breaching security at Buckingham Palace and posing as a
wine industry VIP. Eyewitnesses at the event described the man as
having a slim "stick figure" physique with "extremely bloodshot eyes".
The suspect is thought to have been inebriated.
According to unnamed sources within the Palace, the Royal Family was
enjoying a royal wine tasting with many industry VIPs when one of the
"guests" began making rude comments and inappropriate overtures towards
members of the family. Palace security guards attempted to subdue
the suspect but he managed to escape when the handcuffs slipped right
off his stick-like wrists.
American intelligence experts have
been notified to be on the lookout for the man pictured below (holding
the wine glass).
An American businessman raises the ire of the British Royal
family after referring to Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of York, as
completely unrelated note, WinoBob sends his regards from his geek-job
meeting somewhere outside of London...
October 13, 2005
Raccoons Run Amuck
wine magazine, Decanter, recently reported that a band of
marauding raccoons are running amuck in the vineyards of central
Germany. Apparently, thousands of these rascally rodents have been
invading vineyards in the Brandenburg area outside of Berlin and
snacking on the ripe grapes. In many vineyards, the harvest has
been ruined. "Raccoons wiped out almost the entire harvest in a
matter of days," winemaker Werner Kothe said. "We have 540 vines and
they have been stripped bare by these animals." There are an
estimated one million raccoons in central Germany.
I know what
you're thinking... "Raccoons? In Germany? Raccoons are not
indigenous to Germany!!!" (If you're not thinking that, you should
be...) While raccoons are not native to this region, the animals
were introduced by Nazi air force chief, Hermann Goering,
in 1934 to 'enrich' Germany's fauna. With no natural predators, their
numbers have exploded.
Nazi Raccoon plotting a vineyard attack in the
forests of Germany
winegrowing regions in west Germany – including the Mosel, Rheingau,
Saar and Pfalz areas – are believed to be unaffected.
October 28, 2005
Sacrilege in LA
From our "In Poor Taste" Department comes
the following story... WorldNetDaily.com reports that a
couple from Los Angeles is capitalizing on Michael Jackson's love of the
grape (and little boys). I guess it was only a matter of time.
Soon, in a wine store near you, you'll be able to buy...
According to news reports, actress Dawn
Westlake and her husband, CBS Evening News producer Bruce Rheins,
registered the name "Jesus Juice" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office in January of 2004. They are searching for a winery
"with a sense of humor" to produce a line of white wines with the name
made famous by the King of Pop. You know they will need a catchy
tag line so the crack WinoStuff marketing team has worked diligently
through happy hour to come up with the following (slightly plagiarized)
What happens in Neverland, stays in
Just drink it.
99 44/100 % Queer
See what White can do for you...
When he absolutely has to stay there
November 8, 2005
Pepsi Nouveau Generation
Well, it's that time of year again.
This is the time that winos look forward to all year long. Yes, my
wino friends, the
Beaujolais Nouveau is here!!!
(Actually, we don't look forward so much to the wine. We do look
forward to all the hype and the noise that the French make trying to
convince the world that we should all sit up and take notice.)
This wine has been fermenting for almost two months, damn it! It's
This year, the effort is particularly
entertaining... In the past, the Nouveau winegrowers used the
slogan "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!" (the
Nouveau has arrived!) to launch the Nouveau frenzy. I guess that
slogan was getting a bit stale so the growers laid out a cool $1.17
million to come up with a new and improved announcement. So, what
does $1.17 million get you these days? How about this? The new
slogan is "It's Beaujolais Nouveau time!"
If I were part of the winegrowers group, I would be asking for my
$1.17 million back... C'mon, $1.17 million to rip off a Miller
Brewing Co. slogan? Apparently, the group promoting the Beaujolais
region's wines feel that this new slogan will "attract a hipper young
clientele" and would also "propel sales in emerging markets like China."
"The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau is the most important event of the
year in the Japanese wine world," the Nouveau producers' website quotes
Japanese importer, Kenji Koga, as saying. Personally, I have
The Nouveau website is somewhat entertaining, however. Check this
There is a nifty little Flash clip which shows the silhouette of what
appears to be young, hip people enjoying a little Nouveau... and
perhaps a little Xtasy.
November 18, 2005
WinoStuff Enters Hall of Fame
Yes, winos, it's true. The World's Most Important Web Site
(WinoStuff, you idiots!) has been inducted into the
Chef2Chef Culinary Hall of Fame. All our hard work has finally
paid off. The wine world has sobered up and recognized the real
genius that is WinoStuff.com Thank you, thank you...
I always knew that we would one day be recognized for our contributions.
However, I kind of expected a little more pomp and circumstance.
I thought there would be a whole induction ceremony with trophies,
diamond-encrusted rings and maybe a big check. Instead, I received
the brief notification via email from "The Team" at Chef2Chef.net.
It read something like this...
I don't know how you did it but
WinoStuff.com has been inducted into our Culinary Hall of
Fame. Your serialized award button is enclosed.
don't call us...
The Team at
official notification may have been less than formal, the accolades from the wine
world have been pouring in. Here's what the "recognized" wine
cognoscenti had to say...
"I'm still the most famous wine critic named Bob!"
Editor of The Wine Advocate and all-around famous wine guy,
Robert M. Parker Jr.
"Bloody hell! Those lads are wankers!" Limey
dork, Hugh Johnson
"If they don't take my picture off that damn web site, I'm suing!"
Famous wine writer and former WinoBabe of the Month, Natalie Maclean
"Leave me alone. The restraining
order is still in effect..."
Head winemaker at Domaine Drouhin Oregon and former WinoBabe of the
Month, Veronique Drouhin-Boss
"I'd love to corkscrew that
stick figure guy..."
and former WinoBabe of the Month, Savannah Samson
November 26, 2005
Christina goes Staglin
coming in from the west coast would indicate that the world-famous pop
tart, Christina Aguilera, is actually a wino. That's right,
people, she's one of us. Damn, it makes me proud to fly the wino
last week, the Mouseketeer-turned-skankateer got married to record
executive, Jordan Bratman at the exclusive Napa Valley estate of Staglin
Family Vineyard. Apparently, the Dirrty girl is a big Cabernet fan
and Staglin certainly has a big one. (Cab, you morons)
over one hundred guests in attendance including another dirty little
wine lover, Sharon Stone. The wines included Billecart-Salmon
non-vintage Champagne at the reception along with a pre-release 2004
Chardonnay, Salus Cabernet and Chardonnay (the estate's second wines),
as well as 2000 and 2001 Staglin Cabernets. Except for one minor
interruption involving an intoxicated and uninvited guest, the wedding
went off without a hitch.
Hall of Fame member, WinoBob, crashes Christina's nuptials
December 7, 2005
What's up your butt?
From our Bad Taste
department comes the following story... (Yes, we do have a Bad
Word has it that more
people are enjoying wine these days -- but not exactly as you might
imagine. Experts say there's been a recent increase in the
popularity of wine enemas. Yes, that's right, wine enemas.
As in wine up your butt...
California-based sex therapist,
Dr. William Fitzgerald, says that Cabernet colonics have been used
for centuries to calm the nerves. Fitzgerald says wine enema
enthusiasts must be careful, though, because there's a risk of
alcohol poisoning since booze passes through the bowels much faster
than through the stomach. He also warns that champagne enemas can
cause cramping due to the bubbles and cold temperature. And if you
insist in partaking in wine enemas, Fitzgerald suggests you limit
yourself to two bottles. Otherwise your large intestine could pop
like a balloon, causing death. (That would be bad...)
This disturbing news raises several important questions:
How many synapses have to misfire in your brain to make you think that
wine in your butt is a good idea?
Why do the "experts" involved in this whacky stuff always hail from
Why do some French
wines have that "barnyard smell"? Never mind, I don't think I
want to know...
How much wine could WinoBob consume annually if he were to consume
questions are better left unanswered...
WinoBob experiments with the wine enema in the
WinoStuff test lab...
December 16, 2005
I subscribe to a number of wine-related email services. I have to
keep up with the wine industry news, you know, in order to
report Breaking News events to all you hapless winos.
("Hapless" is such an interesting word. It implies that you
have no "hap". I don't know what hap is but if you don't have
any, you are hapless...) Anyway, one email that I received
recently had a link to a story from TheAge.com.au (some Australian
online rag) entitled "Sobering
Message for Red Wine Lovers". Now, considering that I have
this hapless addiction to red wine, I quickly clicked on the link to
reveal the sobering message. Fortunately, I was sober at the
time because I think some Aussie bastard was trying to scare me
sober. Here's the scoop...
The article talks about how some Australian researchers have
determined that the alcohol in red wine damages your DNA and can
cause premature aging. Well, I certainly don't want any mutant
DNA and I'm already older than dirt. If red wine is going to
make me older or cause me to grow a third eye, I may have to rethink
this whole wino-lifestyle thing. I was beginning to grow
concerned until I re-read the article. Apparently, some band
of bored Australian scientists tested the blood of young Australian
men after they consumed some wine. (I think it was the young
men who consumed the wine but it could have been the scientists...)
The tests revealed that... blah, blah, blah..., the DNA in the blood
of the young men who drank wine showed some damage after it was
blasted with gamma radiation..., blah, blah, blah...
So what else is new?
Wait... What was that? Gamma radiation? The blood
was damaged "AFTER BLASTING IT WITH GAMMA RADIATION"!!!???
Whoaa!! Hold on there, mate!!! What's up with that???
I read the article a third time and yes, these scientists
the samples of blood with gamma radiation and found that it
became damaged. In response to this disturbing news, I only
have one word. DUHHH??? If you blast my body with
massive amounts of gamma radiation, I'm gonna glow! At that
point, DNA damage is the least of my problems. Of course I'm
going to age. My friggin' hair is gonna fall out. My
skin is going to turn into one massive melanoma and my internal
organs will be ready for the Chinese barbeque skewer. Where is
the scientific discovery here, people? Am I the only one
questioning the findings from these rogue "scientists"? Is the
Australian scientific community trying to scare us away from red
wine? What's going on here???
Damn. I need a drink. Where's my red wine? What's
that thing growing out of my forehead...?
December 27, 2005
Just a Spoonful of Sugar...
Alert winos will recall my totally emasculating exposé on ice wine
awhile back. Don't worry, I'm not going there again!
However, there was another super-sweet desert wine in the news
recently. This time, the wine is from the Tokaj region of
Hungary and is called Essencia. The producer? Royal Tokaji.
This is no ordinary chick wine, people. Hell, it's barely even
wine. At only 2.9 percent alcohol, you'd have to feed your
chick like 12 bottles to achieve the "desired result." That's
if you could afford 12 bottles. Or even find 12
bottles. Only 600 bottles of the most recent vintage, 1999,
are being imported into the US. The price tag? Only $500
for a 500 ml bottle. Damn, you may need 18 bottles...
Anyway, this wine is not in the news because it is super-sweet.
It's not in the news because of it's limited availability or it's
ridiculously high price. No, this wine is in the news because
every bottle ships with a... (get this...) a "Hungarian crystal
sipping spoon"!!! That's right. For 500 smackers you get
a nearly non-alcoholic bottle of liquid sugar. And a spoon...
Where do I sign up?
"The Hungarian crystal spoon was designed
exclusively for Royal Tokaji by Ajka
Crystal, enabling 33 sips per bottle of the
world's richest wine," explains the winery's
U.S. importer, Wilson Daniels Ltd. of St.
Helena, Calif. If you do the math
(don't worry, I'll do the math...), $500 per
bottle divided by 33 spoonfuls...
carry the one... that comes out
to like $15 per spoonful. That had
better be a pretty big spoon!
As I read the article in The Star Ledger, I
discovered that The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. was established in 1989
and is partially owned by none other than Limey Dork, Hugh Johnson.
Limey Dork HJ... He's the idiot that had the balls to
criticize uber wine professional, Robert M. Parker Jr. (aka The
Second Most Influential Wine Writer Named Bob). In the
process, the Limey Dork dis'd the entire US. Well, Mr.
Johnson, or should I say Mrs. Johnson, enjoy your
Hungarian chick wine. The Bobs and I will stick with real
January 13, 2006
Shit, Bricks and Nuclear Frogs
What the hell is going on in
France these days? Here's a quick
breakdown of recent news out of Frogville...
A horde of angry French farmers dumped a load of
manure outside the offices of a French wine broker last week.
The action was intended to protest the activities of the broker
which included, get this..., selling wine for €700 per barrel!!!
What was that wine broker thinking??? He obviously deserved to
get cow shit dumped on his front porch...
According to an article on Decanter.com, members of
a group called Jeunes Agriculteurs are outraged by the activities of
the broker, Stephane Page. It appears that Mr. Page sold some
wine at market price! The Juenes Agriculteurs
(which means something like 'Young Manure-Throwing Frogs') feel that
wine brokers should not sell French wine for less than €1000 per
barrel. To do so apparently threatens the livelihood of all of
France (except the manure-producers who applauded Mr. Page's
actions.) Mr. Page seemed unfazed by the brazen
shit-attack. The scent reminded him of that wonderful
"barnyard essence" found in so many French wines...
In a related story, another group of French
malcontents bricked up the entrances to the headquarters of the
Bordeaux wine trade authority in a similar protest. In that
incident, the angry Frogs were from the radical extremist group,
Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles (which
means something like "National Federation of Wine Growers Without
Easy Access to Manure").
Apparently, both groups of angry young Frogs skipped
Economics 101 and don't quite understand the concepts of Supply and
Demand, Market Price and world-wide wine glut. They would
rather hold onto their wine until either A) someone pays them €1000
per barrel, or B) the government of France surrenders and agrees to
buy the wine from the growers and turn it into ethanol.
Which brings up the final story... Famous Frog
President, Jacques Chirac, has threatened to exercise the nuclear
option. He indicated last Thursday that France reserves the
right to nuke anyone that launches a terrorist attack on France.
And by that, he means Iran, America, or anyone who won't pay €1000
per barrel for French wine.
January 20, 2006
KZ Joins "the other Bob"
Kevin Zraly is joining eRobertParker.com.
Evidently, the attempts to convince him to join WinoStuff.com by our
own WinoBob convinced him to take a chance on a newer wine website
run by a decidedly untech guy (but a great wine guy and an honorary
Wino - but he's Wino Rob and not Wino Bob). It must have been that
restraining order that put him over the edge. Anyway, congrats to
Wino Rob for signing a great catch and wine guy for his site. We'll
continue to work the cheap eats and cheap drinks.
World famous wine authorities Kevin Zraly,
Robert M. Parker Jr, and WinoBob
New Developments in Capsule Technology
You hear a lot of talk these days about wine bottle
closure technology. There's the synthetic cork, the
semi-synthetic cork, the treated cork, the twist-off cap, the Glork©
and a host of in-betweens. But you never hear much about
developments in capsule technology. I don't get
it. Is the capsule not an equally important part of the
overall wine bottle opening experience? Don't you prefer the
look and feel of a heavy-gauge tin capsule covering the top of your
bottle rather than one of those new-fangled, up-and-coming polylam
capsules? I sure do. And I, for one, feel sorry for all
those Capsule Technology Engineers working their nerdy little
fingers to the bone trying desperately to improve upon the simple
capsule. And usually, it is all for naught. But all that
is about to change...
Wine Business Online reports
that Maverick Enterprises will soon be introducing a "new and unique
closure" this fall. But this is more than just a capsule.
Oh yeah, my friends, this is an entirely new "closure system"
incorporating a twist-off type cap and a built-in "capsule
skirt". I can hardly wait. But the best part is...
get this... the name. This new, innovative
closure technology is called... he he ... B.o.B!!!
which stands for Best of Both. (You know, you can't make this
shit up...) According to the article, "The
difference between B.o.B. and a screw cap is that a screw cap is
rolled on and crimped, showing the threads, but B.o.B. hides the
threads..." (I'm afraid to ask
where B.o.B. hides the threads... ) More importantly, "B.o.B. can also be resealed easily, allowing wine drinkers to enjoy
a glass of wine at any time." All I can say is it's
about time B.o.B. did something productive!
For more information on B.o.B. and his capsule skirt check out the
article on Wine Business Online by
Our own WinoB.o.B models his favorite capsule
February 6, 2006
Despite the secure perimeter, regardless of the
guard dogs, even with the surveillance cameras and the helicopters in
the sky, WinoBob still managed to elude detection and crash the
gates for Cab Fest 2. How does he do it? (Hint: He's
nearly invisible when he turns sideways...)
WinoStuff fans, the premier Cab event of the year in this, the Year
of the Cabernet, took place last night at the humble yet secretive
WinoJohn estate. The usual cast of characters were in
attendance: WinoBob, BigBob, The Other Bob, and yours truly.
(Hmmm..., in retrospect, it seems to have been more of a Bob
Fest than a Cab Fest but that's just creepy...) Everyone
brought a cab or two, even the world renowned pinotphile, BigBob
found a few cabs in his cellar. The Other
Bob grilled up some massive steaks and the wine and laughs flowed
well into the evening.
I'm not sure who slept where or when all the
winos got up and left. All I know is that there was an
impressive lineup of dead soldiers this morning and every cell in my
body hurts. For those of you who missed CabFest 2, rest
assured there will be a CabFest 3. I just need a few
days weeks months to allow my liver to heal. Stay tuned...
For the record, the CabFest 2 lineup included (in no particular
1995 Mount Veeder Reserve Napa
1995 Peter Michael Winery ‘Les
Pavots’ Knights Valley
1999 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet
Sauvignon Sonoma County
1987 Beaulieu Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
1983 Grand Vin de Chateau
1994 Henry Lagarde Cabernet
Sauvignon Lujan De Cuyo Mendoza
1998 Chateau Los Boldos
2001 Sadler-Wells Cabernet
Sauvignon Sonoma Valley
2003 Big Ass Cab Napa Valley
1996 Signorello Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon Founder’s Reserve
1997 Adelaida Cabernet
Sauvignon San Luis Obispo County
February 18, 2006
In the last year or two, there have been a plethora
of chick wines to hit the market. Marketing geniuses finally
recognized that women buy and consume the majority of wine in the
US. It only made sense that marketers would target that
demographic. Well now, guys are getting equal time. Mega wine
mogul and world famous wine guy, Jess Jackson, has
launched a marketing campaign for his Ray's Station Vineyards brand
and he's targeting guys. Ray's Station is named for a rugged
Alexander Valley grapegrower from the 1850's named John G. Ray.
According to an article in the San Francisco
Chronicle (and who knows guys better than guys in San Francisco?),
"The Hearty Red
Wine for Men"
slogan is featured on the wine's promotional materials, though not on the
labels themselves. One tag attached to bottles of Ray's
Station Cabernet Sauvignon shows a multipronged deer and
reads, "John G. Ray thought a 12 point buck paired nicely
with his Cabernet." Another depicts a fly fisherman catching
a trout, with the copy, "John G. Ray believed if you could
catch it and cook it, it would go with red
Personally, I applaud Jess Jackson's efforts. However, I
notice that there is a Merlot in the Ray's Station lineup.
Hmmm... What's that all about?
Quintessential American guy, Wino Homer, tastes
the new Rays' Station cab
February 28, 2006
Wine and Choppers
In the last few years we have reported extensively
on the health benefits of wine. It's good for your heart, your
lungs, your skin, your prostate, your uvula, etc. As if we
need another reason to drink wine, we get news that
wine may also be good for your choppers. No, not that old
motorcycle in the shed (that's Zed's chopper and Zed's dead, baby.
Zed's dead!) No, it appears that wine is good for your teeth!
Apparently, a bunch of Canadian researchers have
come to the conclusion that
"The antioxidant properties of red wine polyphenols could be useful
in the prevention and treatment of inflammatory periodontal diseases
as well as other disorders." Hey! That sounds good to
But wait... A
gaggle of British dental experts disagree. (And who knows more
about bad teeth than the Brits?). The British Dental Health Foundation said that red wine can cause
staining with frequent consumption. Furthermore, their chief
executive, Dr Nigel Carter, says, "Drinking red wine can lead to
many different oral health problems and can be associated with mouth
cancer." Ewww... I could be wrong on this but that
doesn't sound good...
You know what? I have to go with the Canucks on this one.
In fact, the WinoStuff team of crack oral hygiene researchers
overwhelmingly agree with the Canadian hypothesis.
(Note to self: Don't use the words 'crack' and
'oral' in the same sentence...) For example, when I
first met WinoBob, he was a beer drinker with a very scary smile.
(See the "before" photo below.) After just a few short years
of daily excessive wine consumption, his smile cleared right up!
WinoBob, in his "Beer" days...
I rest my case!!!
March 12, 2006
Wine Spectator Announces Takeover!
Today it was announced that
The Wine Spectator has been acquired by a secretive,
well-heeled investment corporation named WinoStuff III LLC. Editor
and majority shareholder, Marvin Shanken, stated that it had been a
goal of his to find an equity investor with the financial power to
take The Spec to the next level in the wine industry. While the
partners in WinoStuff III LLC have not been named, its managing
member has and it turns out it’s our own Wino Wally.
Contacted by the crack reporting
staff at WinoStuff, Wino Wally explains his motives. “I had a great
year financially, hitting on all cylinders with a few of my
investments. I had heard that 'The Spec' was on the market.
I contacted Marvin through a mutual friend of ours. I explained
that I had no media investments and that a foundation investment in
his two premier properties, The Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado,
would suit my long-term investment objectives.”
While the financial terms of the
deal were concluded in three hours over a Screaming Eagle vertical,
Wino Wally states that it took a little while longer to cement the
“extraneous terms”. In an exclusive to WinoStuff, Wino Wally
reveals the “other terms”.
“While Marvin’s media properties
serve the high end consumer market, I felt that he needed to add an
appeal to the ‘common guy’ in order to maximize the properties’
potential. It didn’t take too long to convince Marvin that our own
Wino John was the perfect complement to his Cigar Afficianado
editorial staff. Witty, techno savvy, and a bon vivant of the
Cubano cigaro set, Wino John was the perfect match. A 35 minute
helicopter ride from Manhattan to the WJ estate cemented the deal.
It didn’t hurt that WJ pulled out all of the stops opening his
walk-in humidor to Marvin and me. WJ will be the Features Editor of
CA beginning in June.”
“Marvin and I had a tougher time
talking about the ‘Everyman’ concept relative to the Wine
Spectator. While I initially had our own Wino Bob in mind for the
featured wine taster, Marvin convinced me that we needed a new,
fresh face, someone with a broader appeal and someone without
multiple restraining orders on record. During the visit with Wino
John, we decided we would detour our Bell Ranger to the environs of
the Pennsylvania mountains in search of Wino Rocker. After another
vertical of Colgin Herb Lamb, Wino Rocker and his wife signed on as
the ‘Everyman and Everywoman’ for The Spec.”
“Lastly, Marvin and I discussed
his ongoing role with my special purpose acquisition vehicle,
WinoStuff III LLC. I offered him a three year contract to continue
as CEO provided that he would mentor my COO candidate as his
successor. It is my great pleasure to announce that WinoStuff’s Big
Bob, friend and confidant to many a great vintner, will serve in
that role. While my loyalties are strong for my long-term partners,
WJ and WB, BB has substantial wine industry expertise and contacts
and my investment priorities are always first, ahead of my
April 1, 2006
First it was Childress Vineyards
Fine Swine Wine. Now, the ubiquitous American auto racing
organization, NASCAR, seems to be recruiting even more fans and
sushi is the bait. Recognizing the
enormous economic clout of the wino community, NASCAR and Phoenix International
Raceway have announced the opening of Octane, an
upscale lounge overlooking the race track. This new attraction
will feature sushi and wine rather than Skoal and
Budweiser. (Skoal is probably available but the spittoons will
be Baccarat...) Octane will be situated 6 stories above turn 1
at Phoenix International and will feature hand-crafted bars, custom tiles
and a water wall. One hundred well-heeled patrons willing to fork out
$2400 for a three day racing package will be treated to pasta and
carving stations and decadent desserts in addition to the wine and
Rumor has it that NASCAR has also
hired an unnamed wine industry celebrity to host the grand opening
of Octane. Industry insiders hint that it could be someone
very familiar to fans of The World's Most Important Wine-Related Web
Site. (And by that I mean this site, you morons...)
Our own WinBob is seen here practicing for his
April 10, 2006
High Octane Vino???
I received an email message in my
inbox recently from one of the many wine-related e-news services
that feed me fodder for this column. One headline that caught
my attention screamed, "Diesel is getting into the wine
business!" Now, I'm just a lowly wino-technodweeb. My
first inclination was that diesel fuel has a rather distinctive odor
and the taste... well, the taste might not be exactly what the
discriminating wino is looking for.
Not quite sure that I would ever
belly up to the pump to get my daily fix of red, I decided to
actually read the article. (I usually just read the headlines
and make up the story to report on this lame web site.) As it
turns out, Diesel is some kind of uber-expensive
Italian designer jeans company! Apparently, their founder,
Renzo Rosso, bought a farm in Veneto a few years back and has been
cultivating 5 hectares into vineyards. (Again, what the hell
is a hectare???) Now he is selling his wine at prices that
would make the average wino spontaneously combust.
While the first vintages of Diesel
are now in the market (mostly in the UK), the quality is reportedly
not quite up to the $150 price tag. However, noted Italian
oenologist, Roberto Cipresso, is on the case and promises that they
will get to the top! I look forward to my first glass of
WinoBob models his new Diesel Jeans with his new Diesel
...and no, this wasn't just some
cheesey excuse to publish half naked super models on the front page
of WinoStuff.com. This is news, damn it!!!
April 22, 2006
The second biggest wine company in
the world is changing their name. Actually, they aren't
changing the name of the winery, just the wines. The wines
produced by the iconic California winery, E&J Gallo, will soon be
known as the much gentler sounding, Gallo
Family Vineyards wines. I feel better already...
Representatives for the gargantuan
wine producer said that "the aim of the rebranding was for the name
to become more recognizable for the consumer."
'Some people have no idea what the E&J stands for,' said Jane
Hunter, one of Gallo's marketing directors. As any
well-educated and well-inebriated wino knows, the initials refer to
the founders, Ernest and Julio Gallo (Ernie and Julie
to their buddies). Ernie is 97 years old and Julie is... er...
was ... pretty old, too. Ms. Hunter went on to
say that a 'significant sum' was being spent on the marketing
campaign, which includes the wine giant's presence at a series of
outdoor concerts. The lovely and talented (and inaugural
WinoBabe), Gina Gallo was unavailable for comment. Or at least
she wouldn't return my calls... !
Now when a mega gigantic company
like Gallo says that they are spending 'a significant sum' on
marketing, you gotta believe they are spending hundreds, maybe even
thousands of dollars on the program. With that
kind of cash being tossed around, you know this is a good idea.
And if there's anything that we do well here at WinoStuff, it's copy
other people's good ideas. Therefore, I am pleased to announce
our new and improved website logo and name...
The way I see it, we just saved
boatloads of money on marketing. Viva la 'Stuff!!!
May 5, 2006
soccer-mania is upon us as the World Cup matches are set to begin in
just a few weeks. And once again, every business with half a
brain is adding soccer to their marketing plans. (Every
company except WinoSuff, that is!) (Note
to Bob: What's wrong with our Marketing Department?)
Now that soccer in the USA has
become the second largest contributor to the Gross National Product
(just behind the oil industry), everyone wants to jump on the
bandwagon. What? You don't believe that soccer is that
big in the United States? You obviously didn't read my
definitive soccer expose during the last world cup games.
Click here to see what you
Anyway, World Cup mania
has once again hit the wine biz and the newest johnny-come-lately is
a company called Lanson who is marketing an "affordable" World Cup
Champagne. This new bubbly, as far as I can tell from the
label, is going to be called Champagne. Now
there's some marketing genius!!!
Lanson is putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak.
They claim to be the exclusive Champagne in all the PR events of the
2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. (Only slightly less impressive
than actually forking out the big bucks to become the Official
Champagne of the 2006 FIFA World Cup)
Let's see if the lawyers hop on this one...
Official Lame Web Site of the 2006 FIFA
May 29, 2006
to Greenpeace, the international environmental watchdog
organization, the vineyards of the Champagne region of France are
under nuclear attack. (Or, as President George W. would say, "nukular
attack") No, this is not an assault by some Islamic terrorist
group, this nuclear threat comes from within. Literally, from
within the ground.
According to the braintrust at
Greenpeace, the Soulaine waste dump, which lies only10km from the
Champagne region vineyards, is leaking radioactive waste into the
underground water. The organization said that the dump
had been 'releasing radioactivity into the atmosphere and
underground water for ten years'.
According to a French government
report published in May 2005, a waste storage container wall
at Soulaine cracked as a layer of concrete was poured in to seal the
waste. ANDRA, the French Government agency responsible for the
disposal of nuclear waste, has just been given the go-ahead by the
government to repair the damaged casement. (1 year later?
What's up with that???)
Greenpeace has admitted that there is no actual proof of vineyard
contamination, "We are sounding the alarm for future dangers," said
Frédéric Marillier, the apparent head of Greenpeace's Department of
Wait, what? There
is no "actual proof" of vineyard contamination and yet Greenpeace is
sounding the nuclear alarm? Hmmm..., some might call
that irresponsible... At WinoStuff, we call that "More
Champagne for Us!"
An actual, unretouched photo from
Greenpeace.org showing the nuclear contamination already
affecting the wines of Champagne...
June 4, 2006
Here's some good news for those of you that may down a bottle of red
at night and rely on a big ol' cup of joe to get you going in the
morning. (You know who you are...) Researchers at Kaiser
Permanente in Oakland, CA have come to the conclusion that COFFEE
PREVENTS LIVER DAMAGE FROM EXCESSIVE DRINKING. Did you hear
that??? Coffee prevents cirrhosis of the liver! Coffee
is going to keep WinoBob alive!!!
According to a study published
this week, drinking coffee might help prevent liver
cirrhosis among heavy drinkers. This is like mind-bogglingly
good news. This is almost too good to be true. This is
an answer to my prayers. You see, I fall into that "bottle a
night, pot a day" category. I feel better already.
If this research is accurate, I think the good men and women at
Kaiser Permanente deserve a medal. Maybe a Congressional Medal
of Honor. (God knows, there are enough heavy drinkers in
Congress!) Bob, call the Pulitzer Prize people. And the
Nobel prize people. Hell, we may have to create an even more
impressive award... maybe the WinoStuff Most Valuable
Discovery Award. I don't know. This is huge.
WinoBob dances in his thong as he enjoys a big
cup of Joe!
up, winos! There's some fresh, hot medicine available at your
wit Louis Roederer!
According to a recent article on Decanter.com, the American Hip Hop
community is now down on Cristal. That's right, after
years of promoting Cristal as one of the spoils of success in the
rap industry, superstar Jay-Z is now accusing Frédéric Rouzaud, the
managing director of Champagne house Louis Roederer, of being
racist. Mr. Z has banned Cristal from his 'upscale sports
lounge', the 40/40 Club, replacing it with Dom Pérignon and Krug.
It appears that Mr. Rouzaud (who
goes by the rap name Snoop Froggy Frog), has mixed feelings
about rap songs and videos which depict rappers "drinkin' Cris with
bitches and hoes!" (OK, I made that part up. Snoop Frog never
said that...) In Jay-Z's opinion, however, Mr. Rouzaud views
the “hip-hop” culture as “unwelcome attention”. This stems
from a statement that Rousaud made indicating that the Champagne
house viewed their association with rap 'with curiosity and
serenity'. Did you hear that? Curiosity and
serenity! Now if that's not racist, I don't know what is!
I don't know about you, but I'm
with Jay-Z on this one. I'm tired of those French bastards
viewing us Americans with "curiosity and serenity". It's about
time that we send them a message. Like maybe a boycott or
something, who knows?
WinoStuff's Hip Hop Editor, P-Dantic B-Diddy
shows Louis Roederer what we think of "curiosity and
June 18, 2006
WINE.COM SUCKS UP ANOTHER 12 MIL
WINOSTUFF.COM CONTINUES TO RUN LEAN
The gaping black hole of
wine-related web sites (wine.com), has just sucked in another $12
million. Yes, that's right, the online wine retailer,
wine.com, just hired a new CEO and guess what? He brought $12
million with him. (Damn! If someone showed up at my
house with $50 and a case of Silver Oak, they could have
this lame web site...) Mr. Rich Bergsund, wine.com's new head
honcho, handed over the check for 12 mil and wine.com handed him the
keys to the executive washroom. Good deal !!! How do I
get in on that action???
Actually, Baker Capital forked
over the money. It's been a few years since Baker threw any
money into the wine.com money pit and they had this $12 mil just
burning a hole in their corporate pocket and, well..., you know the
chairman of wine.com (and a General Partner of Baker Capital)
commented, ''We are delighted to have someone of Rich's caliber
joining the Company. Rich has a strong track record turning around
businesses and driving them to positions of leadership, profit and
growth.'' Mr. Manning continued, ''This financing simplifies
the Company's capital structure, making it easier to create strong
incentives for the management team and better position the Company
for future capital formation and value creation.''
incentives for the management team" seems to be the operative
phrase. The financing will be used to continue to "reposition
the company" following the departure of the prior management team
last year, and to implement "a new strategy".
Here's a strategy, boys.
Invest the $12 mil in a lean, mean, wine-related web site machine.
(WinoStuff, you idiots!) Hire the crack
team of 'Stuff writers, editors, graphic artists, techno-dweebs and
all-around brilliant wine guys to lend a bit of credibility to your
tarnished web site and see what happens. Who knows, it may
just pay off (for some of us...)!
June 28, 2006
Champagne Prices Crashing
The Champagne was on ice.
The celebration was set to begin. Win or lose, legions of
soccer fans were set to celebrate the career of one of soccer's
greatest stars. Out of retirement, Zizou had come back to help
his countrymen and to try to bring home the cup. After all, he
was instrumental in bringing the FIFA World Cup home to France in
1998. If he could do it again, all of France would celebrate.
And you know what that means... CHAMPAGNE, Baby!!!
But alas, it wasn't to be.
There would be no Champagne celebration. Cases of bubbly went
back on the shelves as Zidane showed his true colors. During
the second overtime period, in a moment that can only be described
as ZIDANE HAVING HIS HEAD UP HIS BUTT, this one-time superstar
decided to head butt one of the Italian players. The rest is,
as they say, French History.
Champagne sales plummet as French fans bemoan the
butt by French butt-head, Zinedine Zidane.
After the game, the French government was considering having a big
reception for the French team along the Champs Elysees in Paris.
However, the French coach had this to say (I'm not making this up),
"If it is up to me there won’t be a parade. It is very
French to be satisfied with a defeat, but I cannot be
July 10, 2006
Wino of the Week
As you may recall, we occasionally
take a moment to recognize someone who's behavior can only be
described as Winoic. (We don't do this every week because
frankly, that would be a lot of work and we are all about minimizing
the amount of work that goes into this dopey site!) This week
we feel compelled to recognize someone who has truly advanced the
cause of winoism. This week we award the rare Wino of the Week
award to the American-born-but-now-living-in-Britain supermodel, Caprice Bourret.
know what you are thinking. You're thinking, "WinoJohn, you
are just fabricating a reason to post another half-naked babe on
your idiot web site." (At least that's what The Wife is
thinking...) But that is not the case. Caprice Bourret
actually did something worthy of mention. Get this...
Back in December, Ms. Bourret was arrested in London for DUI or, as
they say in jolly old England, "drink driving". That, in and
of itself, will not win you the Wino of the Week award.
However, the case finally went to court last week and Caprice had a
very plausible explanation. It seems that the lovely Ms.
Bourret admitted to consuming mass quantities of wine twice
in the preceding 16 hours before her arrest. She said she
drank a bottle and a half of red wine during lunch and
later that day, she went to a "drinks party" where she consumed
more wine. She doesn't know how much more wine
because her friends kept "topping up" her glass. So far, so
Here's where it gets a little dicey... Ms. Bourret argued that
the reason her BAC was 50% over the legal limit was because she took
some medication for a bladder infection. And it affected the
way her body metabolized alcohol...
Uhhh... yeah... Good luck with that argument, Caprice.
Look at it this way, even if you lose the legal case, at least you
have earned one of winodom's most coveted awards, WinoStuff's
Wino of the Week!
July 23, 2006
Havoc in London Town
Recent news reports out of jolly olde London are disturbing.
And I'm not talking about a bunch of towel-heads trying to blow up
airplanes. It appears that an intoxicated American tourist has been wreaking
havoc on the British capitol and surrounding areas and, once again,
the image of the United States is that of the "Ugly American"...
Details are sketchy but this is what we
An American tourist hijacks a London double-decker bus...
The Ugly American taunts the Royal Guard...
An unnamed American tourist passes himself off as royalty...
Yankee tourist arrested for trespassing at Stonehenge...
On an unrelated note, WinoBob will soon be providing an update on
his European vacation and his quest for the missing "Blair wines"...
August 9, 2006
Wine Facials Popular in India...
In an ongoing effort to keep the public informed of the tremendous
therapeutic value of mass wine consumption, we bring you this
somewhat-related news flash... Women in India are beginning
to recognize the natural health and beauty benefits from wine
facials. I'm not exactly sure what constitutes a "wine
facial" but it has to be good.
One customer in a Jaipur beauty salon stated that Indian women
believe "wine facials provide an instant glow to their skin and
relieve them of tensions and headaches." (Note to men:
"relieves headaches...") Another patron said, "This facial is
very good. No doubt, it brings a glow on the skin, but it also
relaxes a person and works as a headache reliever." (Note to
men: Again, a "headache reliever...")
The price range for a wine facial reportedly ranges from 250 to 1500
Rupees. (I suppose it depends on the quality of the wine and
the size of the face...?)
Obviously, this story raises several important questions:
What the hell is a Rupee?
I thought it was some kind of date-rape drug...
Exactly how long do you have
to soak your face in the wine in order to realize the benefits?
What do they do with the wine
after the face-soak? Do they use the same wine on the next
patron? Is the old wine considered a bio-hazard?
What would happen if you took
a bath in wine?
Most importantly, does it
To answer the last question, the
team of crack WinoStuff Scientists in our Cosmetology lab set out to
determine the effectiveness of a wine facial. The results of
their study are shown below:
Indian woman before wine facial
Same woman after wine facial
And remember, men, it also
August 19, 2006
After months of relative calm,
WinoBob reverted back to his old ways. I could see it coming
early in the evening but I couldn't stop it. Yes, the evil
WinoBob has replaced the respectable WinoBob and Point Pleasant, New
Jersey will never be the same.
What should have been an evening
of laughs and good times turned ugly when WinoBob became the lunatic
stalker and his target was none other than Jackie The Jokeman
Surveilance video shows WinoBob
stalking Jackie The Jokeman
before his show at Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point
Pleasant, New Jersey.
One off-hand comment by Jackie (I
believe he called WinoBob a "c@$%sucker") and The Bob went nuts.
The rest is, as they say, history...
Jackie "takes care of some business" after the
When will I ever learn? I
gotta get some new friends. So anyway, the obligatory
apologies go out to Jackie, Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, the Point
Pleasant Police department, the chick with the "JUICY" shirt (oh
yeah...), the New Jersey State Police, Point Pleasant Fire and
Rescue, and all the other services and individuals that witnessed
the ugly side of WinoBob.
The trial is set for early
October. Hopefully, it will only result in another restraining
August 29, 2006
You know, when you drop a half
million bucks on few bottles of wine, you have some expectation that
the wine is real. Decanter.com reports that some rich American
wine collector (not WinoWally) bought four bottles of wine in the
mid 1980s that were purported to be 18th century Bordeaux from
Thomas Jefferson's personal collection. The bottles,
which were mysteriously "found" in a walled-up cellar in Paris, had
the initials "Th. J." engraved on the side. How could
you possibly question that provenance?
Last year, the rich American wine
collector (still not WinoWally) assembled a team of experts to prove
the authenticity of his purchase. The team included former FBI
and British intelligence agents, wine and glass experts, a nuclear
physicist and Sotheby's former head of wine sales, David Molyneux-Berry.
The result? The wine was determined to be a FRAUD!
So now, like any rich American wine collector (other than
WinoWally), the buyer is going to sue.
This whole disturbing story raises
several important questions...
Would you buy wine at auction
from a guy named Molyneux-Berry?
Why did the team of experts
not include "French intelligence agents" or is that an oxymoron?
Why would you assume that "Th.
J." stands for Thomas Jefferson? Any true Jefferson
historian will tell you that the second American President
preferred to be called "T-Jeff"
Why would you assemble a team
of experts to authenticate the wine AFTER you purchase it?
This brings into question the
authenticity of WinoWally's extensive collection including his
rare ancient Israeli wines etched with the names "Mo." and
In the future, all serious rich wine collectors should have their
wine collections authenticated by the WinoStuff.com Rare Wine
Authentication Service. Send us your rare wines and our
crack team of expert rare wine authenticators will taste (guzzle)
your entire collection and provide you with a full report of it's
authenticity along with detailed tasting notes. We may even
send you a highly collectable WinoStuff.com T-Shirt.
Send your rare wines to:
WinoStuff.com Rare Wine
PO Box 64
Caldwell, NJ 07006
We're sorry. No rare wines can be returned after
September 9, 2006
Want More Money? Get Drunk!
Now here's some news you can
An institution called "The Reason
Foundation" has released a study that finds that SOCIAL DRINKERS
MAKE MORE MONEY THAN NON-DRINKERS! Oops. I'm
sorry. Was I shouting? I just thought that this is
compelling news for our... uhhh... more "prolific"
winos. I apologize. Please, let me continue...
The study finds that men who drink
socially make, on average, 10 percent more than those who do not
drink socially. And women who drink socially make 14 percent
more than those who abstain. I don't know about you but I find
this to be fascinating, important, Nobel Prize-winning type
information. This is huge!
The story goes on to say stuff
about drinkers tending to be more charismatic and having larger
social networks and that this helps them to make more business
contacts and blah, blah, blah... Get back to the point,
researchers, you make more money if you drink!!!
As good as this news sounds, I'm
not sure that the Reason Foundation fully completed the research.
So, to their report, I feel compelled to propose the WinoStuff Mass
Consumption Hypothesis: The more you drink, the more
money you make. Now proving this hypothesis will take some
additional research and maybe some government funding but we MUST
fully investigate this correlation. Let's take a look at the
staff of 'Stuff (aka the "WinoStuff Lab Rats")... Here are a
few interesting facts:
Social? Without a doubt.
Conclusion: 100% correlation.
WinoWally's wine cellar takes up the better part of three zip
drinks turns his entire
inventory monthly. You KNOW he's rolling in the dough!
Drinker? Are you paying attention here?
Social? When he's not drinking alone in his dank, third
floor office, he's stalking some wine industry professional.
You tell me...
Wealthy? If the drinking/wealth correlation held true,
WinoBob would be the wealthiest man in the solar system.
Conclusion: 100% contradiction.
WinoBob consumes his weight in alcohol on a daily basis.
When he does take his mass-consumption show on the road, the
whole "social drinking / business contacts" theory falls apart
and he inevitably ends up in the slammer with a restraining
order hanging over his head.
Drinker? Ummm... "occasionally"
Wealthy? Not as much as I would be if I didn't have a kid
in a prestigious Ivy League School!!!
WinoJohn should definitely drink more, you know, to test the
You know what this means...
more research required!!!
September 19, 2006
$30 Large (Canadian)
Noted website for all things
wine-related, decanter.com, reports that a bunch of whacky Canadians
have announced the release of the world's most expensive wine.
The Ontario winery, Royal DeMaria, has released a new icewine called
"The Billy Myers" series icewine. It is named in honor of a
Niagra grape grower named..., you guessed it..., Billy Myers.
The wine is initially priced at $30,000 (Canadian) for a half
bottle. Yes, that's right, $30 friggin' thousand
per half bottle. If I do the math correctly, that would be
approximately... ummm.... like $60 thousand per full
bottle. $60 grand for a bottle of wine? Who do they
think they are, the French??? (Wait... they're
Canadian... they do think they're French...)
OK, so it's Canadian dollars (which are a lot like
Monopoly® dollars) but it's still a
stupid expensive price. I'm guessing that those guys at Royal
DeMaria are smoking some of that good Canadian crack...
Royal DeMaria's director of sales
and marketing, Charlene Stephenson, defended the winery's asking
price. According to Stephenson, the wine is worth the price
because it is "a unique varietal that has done very well on the
competition circuit." (Apparently Chardonnay is considered a
"unique varietal" in the Canadian icewine "competition circuit".)
Besides, they only produced five cases of the stuff...
So, not to be outdone, the team of
professional icewinologists in the WinoStuff Icewine Lab have come
up with an even more expensive icewine.
Presenting for the first time to the international icewine-drinking
community, WinoStuff's new TwiceThePrice Icewine. Our wine
will be conservatively priced at a mere $60 grand per half bottle.
That will teach those smarmy Canadians...
Our expert icewine tasters tell me
that WinoStuff's TwiceThePrice Icewine tastes exactly like a bottle
of 2002 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine. Coincidentally, it comes
in a bottle that looks exactly like a bottle of Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine.
The cork might even say "Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine". The label,
however, will be 100% WinoStuff. You'd better act fast,
however. Production is limited to just one bottle (unless
Bottle King has some more Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine in stock!)
September 24, 2006
Paris Hilton Likes It In The Can...
As you may know, the model,
actress and cyber porn star, Paris Hilton, was arrested a few weeks
ago for drunken driving. That move almost landed her the
unenviable title of WinoStuff's Wino of the Week. This
past week, Hilton announced that she likes it in the can, a move
that will most certainly put her in the running for WinoStuff's
WinoBabe of the Month.
Before you pervs start Googling
"Paris Hilton", listen to the whole story. Paris Hilton has
signed on as a celebrity spokesmodel for an Austrian company that is
buying up bulk Italian prosecco wines and selling it under the brand
name of Rich Prosecco. The lovely Paris is
promoting Rich Prosecco's line of sparkling wines which are sold in
20cl cans. Apparently, Paris likes wine in the can. (OK,
now, go ahead an Google "Paris". I know you want to...)
The traditional prosecco producers
in Italy are understandably upset about the whole situation.
They fear that this wine, and Paris' delight in taking it in the
can, will damage the image of Italian wines in general. Other
prosecco producers are ready to take legal action if the Austrian
company attempts to reference the traditional prosecco territory of
Paris Hilton appears at a Rich Prosecco
with an unnamed American wine writer...
Ironically, Paris is legally
forbidden from taking it in the can in Italy. Under Italian
law, wine is only permitted to be sold in bottles. The company
selling Rich Prosecco is planning to export the canned prosecco to
Britain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (Hmmmm...
does that mean Paris can't get it in the can in the US???)
October 1, 2006
Wino of the Week
Once again, we are compelled to recognize one among us who has taken
wine abuse to a new level. (Remember, Wino of the Week
recognition is not necessarily a good thing...)
TheDenverChannel.com reports that a Boulder County woman was cited
for criminally negligent child abuse for giving her 17-month old son
red wine. According to the police report, Lisa Shattuck took
her son to the emergency room because he was alternating between
"unresponsive" and "vomiting". The baby's blood-alcohol level
was found to be .195 percent.
Apparently, this wasn't the first time that Wino Lisa gave wine to
her child. She allegedly told the emergency room nurse that
the baby "likes red wine..." The emergency room
physician, Dr. Kerry Broderick stated that a baby with a blood
alcohol level of .195 should be comatose, implying that perhaps the
baby had built up a tolerance to alcohol. Broderick went on to
say that "alcohol can be detrimental to infants since they are
developing their brain and nervous systems. It can affect
babies' learning and cognitive abilities." When asked what the
long-term prognosis might be, Broderick indicated that this child
may grow up into an anti-social, stick-figure adult that drinks mass
quantities of wine alone in a dank, dark third-floor office.
It's amazing what modern medicine can predict...
Early file photo of the original wine-drinking
October 14, 2006
US 3 - France
You all remember the big wine competition in Paris back in 1976
pitting a bunch of Yankee upstart wines against some of France's
elite clarets. You also remember the recent re-enactment of
the Paris tasting to commemorate the 30th anniversary of France
succumbing to Napa Valley. Well those two defeats (without a
single surrender) didn't sit well with some snooty French wine
industry execs. They felt that the deck was stacked against
them and they decided to hold a "fair" competition. This time,
they would put up a bunch of 1995 Bordeaux to compete with a bunch
of 1995 Cali Cabs. After all, 1995 was a good year in both
areas. To make it even fairererer, the Frog wine guys put
together an independent international panel of experts to do
the tasting. (Apparently, according to the Frog organizing
panel, the 30th anniversary event was tainted by an
"Americanization" of taste...???) This was going to be the
fairest of them all. How could France possibly lose? He
Well, you guessed it.
Californian wines have once again beaten their French counterparts
in a blind tasting.
Of the top five wines, the first three were Californians. The
winner was Abreu followed by Beringer and Pahlmeyer.
Bordeaux's Valandraud came in at number four and Chateau Latour
was number five.
The Top Ten
(All 1995 Vintage)
1 Abreu (Madrona Ranch)
2 Beringer Private Reserve
3 Pahlmeyer Propriatory Red
6 Shafer Hillside Select
7 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve
9 Leoville Les Cases
10 Phelps Insignia
Viva la Cali !!!
October 29, 2006
Disrupts Wine Dinner
I thought it would be a nice evening. I thought I had kept it
a secret from a certain out-of-control wino (Bob). I thought I
could finally enjoy a night out without having to bail a certain
someone out of jail... But NOOOOOooooo!
It all started out very nice. I was invited to the Ch. Ste.
Michelle Wine Dinner by my pal and wine industry executive, Wino
Larry Lascola. I hadn't seen Larry since the Tom Shelton
debacle and I thought I had been black-listed because of the antics
of my alcohol-soaked web site partner. (Don't remember the Tom
click here...) I was enjoying the dinner which was
held at the Brick House restaurant in Wyckoff, NJ. It was a
very nice event. I was making small-talk with the lovely and
talented babes from the Chateau and catching up with Wino Larry when
out of the corner of my eye, I saw the bane of my wino existence,
Wino Bob. Damn! I knew this couldn't end well...
I tried to play it cool. I tried to ignore him. I went
so far as to pretend I didn't know him. I even tipped off the
restaurant's security staff. But it was too little, too late.
After guzzling several bottles of the Artist Series Meritage and
single-handedly polishing off all the Col Solare,
WinoBob got that glazed look in his eye and I knew the end was near.
He made his move toward the Ste. Michelle winery representatives.
I'm not sure what he did or said but the ensuing fracas resulted in
overturned tables, broken glassware, fisticuffs, sirens, flashing
lights, billy clubs, etc. Just another typical night out with
Helen Heinzer of Ch. Ste. Michelle puts the final ass-whoopin'
on the drunk and disorderly WinoBob...
WinoBob later that evening...
Bottle King hosts some excellent wine dinners. Thanks to
Helen, Beth, Steve and Wino Larry for a great evening!
November 10, 2006
Teri Hatcher plays hot little minkie on the hit TV show, Desperate
Housewives. This 40-something hottie shared one of her beauty
secrets with America Online recently. The lovely Ms. Hatcher
revealed that she enjoys a nice hot bath infused with leftover
wine. Yeah, baby...
According to Hatcher, " Wine has a natural skin softener and
exfoliant in it, and it just makes you feel luxurious."
expert, Dr. WinoBob, consults with famous TV babe,
Teri Hatcher, on some unusual beauty tips...
When consulted on this practice, the team of crack scientists from
the WinoStuff Health and Beauty Labs had this to say, "Teri Hatcher
imparts a certain flavor into the wine which cannot be achieved
through barrel aging alone...".
Uhhh... The boys in the lab
don't get out much.
November 20, 2006
Charles Gets Mouton Label
WinoBob Shunned Again!
The wine industry on-line news
source, decanter.com, reports that the picture on the newly-released
2004 vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is the work of none other
than Prince Charles. Apparently, the Baroness
Philippine de Rothschild chose a painting by the Prince to mark the
100th anniversary of the Entente Cordial between
France and England, which was celebrated in 2004. The Entente
Cordial (which is French for "surrender before the sneaky Brits
build a chunnel") was a series of agreements signed on April 8,
1904, between the United Kingdom and France.
Prince Charles' artwork on the
2004 Ch. Mouton Rothschild label
depicts pine trees at Cap d’Antibes on the Cote d’Azur.
News of the decision by Baronness
Philipine de Rothschild has once again shattered the hopes and
dreams of our own wine label artiste, WinoBob.
Bob had hoped to join the elite community of artists who have
adorned the Mouton label. The list includes such notables as
Picasso, Miró, Chagall, Warhol, and Dali.
WinoBob's proposed artwork
depicts an unknown stick figure
running through the French countryside in a thong...
How could the Mouton brain trust pick the Prince's art over Bob's?
Maybe it was that whole Boycott France thing. Or maybe the
Baroness is waiting to award the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage label
to WinoBob... Stay tuned!
December 3, 2006
It has come to my attention that someone out there in Wino Land has
nominated WinoStuff.com for the title of Top Blog on Eric Orange's
popular wine events site,
LocalWineEvents.com. Now, I don't know who nominated us
and I don't care. (It was probably another one of WinoBob's
stalker-groupies.) However, if someone out there will get some
kind of perverse pleasure from seeing 'Stuff atop the rankings, well
who are we do deprive him/her of that pleasure? After all,
WinoBob is the king of perverse pleasure. (But that's
another story...) While I'm not sure that WinoBob's stream of
semi-consciousness ramblings really constitute a "blog", we'll go
with it. Heck, we're already in the
Hall of Fame
(much to the chagrin of serious and pedantic wine snobs), we might
as well go for the title of Top Blog.
After visiting the LocalWineEvents site, it appears as if they are
not going to just hand us the title of Top Blog. Apparently,
people have to vote for us! What's up with that??? Don't
they know we're in the
Hall of Fame???
Damn. This is starting to sound like work.
So anyway, to achieve this highest of wine blog honors, we need your
help. We need you to go to LocalWineEvents.com and let them know who
has the best wine blog site. In fact, we'll make it easy on
here to vote for your favorite goofy wine blog site
(WinoStuff.com, you idiots) as Top Blog. If we win, we'll have
a big party to celebrate. You won't be invited but you may get
some king of perverse pleasure out of knowing that you helped us to
have a big party. Do it now!!!
December 9, 2006
Found in NJ!!!
Thought to have been extinct for
more than 150 million years, a LIVE brontosaurus was found in
northern NJ recently. Scientists are baffled as to how this
species could have survived in the mountainous area of Passaic
County, NJ. Paleontologists, zoologists and biologists from
around the world have gathered in Wanaque, New Jersey to investigate
this most important discovery.
Dr. Norman J. Underwood, Chief
Scientist at the National Institute for the Study of Really Old
Things was outraged when he arrived at the scene of what is perhaps
the most important zoological find of the last million years.
"I can't believe this!", Underwood stated. "This is
outrageous! This is unbelievable! This is... this
is... this is absolutely criminal!", he charged.
Apparently, Dr. Underwood and the
entire scientific community are horrified that the only surviving
animal from the Jurassic period may have actually been
butchered and consumed during a gluttonous meal at the
Christmas Party of an obscure New Jersey company. "It appears
that a bunch of drunken winos actually consumed this poor beast
during some wine-infused, carnivorous feast. The thing weighed
35 tons and measured over 90 feet long. How could they do
this???", Underwood asked in astonishment.
The management of the NJ company,
Wine Ventures LLC (parent company of the world famous web site,
WinoStuff.com), were unavailable for comment.
Big Bob Ferdon digs in to some
prime roast brontosaurus
at the recent WinoStuff.com Christmas party...
December 23, 2006