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In the News: Huh? Can You Say that Again?

By Stephen Eliot

I confess that I like the offbeat news story, the one that makes you scratch you head and say “huh, what are these people thinking?”, and sitting this morning with coffee in hand, a few such smile-inducing headlines from the world of wine have popped up on my screen to brighten what is otherwise a typically gray Monday.

-- Just last week, Steve Heimhoff shared, on his eponymously named blog, a nasty comment from an unnamed winemaker who was dismayed by one of his reviews. We must admit that on infrequent occasion we, too, receive unhappy comments (see Charlie’s response to Heimoff over on the Heimoff blog), but nothing that goes quite so far as what follows.

It seems, according to a pending lawsuit, that sommelier Krunch Kretschmar of Bottled Grapes in Chicago responded to a negative Yelp review by one Cecelia Groark (yes, the names are both real) who had been bumped from a wine class offered by Mr. Kretschmar by establishing a blog in her name that blatantly but wholly fictitiously claimed that Ms. Groark was, in fact, guilty of embezzlement, drug addiction and prostitution. Then, it is alleged that he e-mailed Cecelia the link and informed her that “Now every time a company for a job or someone searches you on Google they will read my side of the story.” I am guessing that Cecelia might be moving up to much better wine in the near future.

-- Item, the second. It seems that the Liquor Control Commission of Manitoba in Canada has amended its rules to allow the sale of alcohol at movie theaters. Gord Mackintosh, minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act pointed to licensing regulation change as being entirely in keeping with the province’s new hospitality strategy. An entirely civilized move, I think, and one that is certain to be appreciated by anyone sitting through the next incarnation of “Hangover”.

-- California Grapes International, Inc. has announced plans to work with the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi to conduct multi-day wine events in order to “develop and secure new trading lines and business ventures in the UAE for California wines.” As I recollect, the Islamic world frowns on the consumption of alcohol, so I must assume that there are a great many very thirsty internationals and ex-pats in the UAE waiting for relief. Lots of luck to the folks at CGI, inc.

-- Finally, and my favorite news bite of them all, is the release of a new Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon called “Meteorito.” The first wine ever that can claim extra-terrestrial terroir, Meteorito was aged in barrel with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite borrowed from an American collector. Apparently the three-inch meteorite was tossed into a single barrel of Cabernet following primary fermentation, and then after 12 months or so, the wine was blended with a fairly sizeable amount of “untreated” Cabernet as to yield some 10,000 liters of wine. Said by its cosmically inclined English creator, astronomer Ian Hutcheon, to be a “livelier” wine by dint of its time sur météore, the wine is currently available only at the Centro Astronomico Tagua Tagua in Chile, but he is looking at export markets with a keen eye.

--Let me end with this happy thought: Go Niners!!

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export markets?
by Thomas Pellechia
Posted on:1/17/2012 8:44:01 AM

I am apprehensive concerning their method of flying the product to those export markets...

export markets?
by Christian Miller
Posted on:1/17/2012 10:19:40 AM

If they don't get their TTB label approval, they will be designated an Unauthorized Fermented Object.

Bada Boom Bada Bing
by Puff Daddy
Posted on:1/17/2012 10:31:06 AM

Upon further consideration, it is clear that these guys do not know their asses from a hot rock.
by test
Posted on:1/17/2012 12:15:46 PM


Bada Boom Bada Bing
by Puff Daddy
Posted on:1/17/2012 6:10:16 PM


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