Trolling the wine 'net
It's Friday, it's a beautiful late-spring day outside, and chances are that most of us aren't much in the mood for work.
So let's devote today's session to a little casual wine-and-food Web-surfing as we while away the hours until the weekend. Here's a quick look at four interesting Websites that caught my attention in recent voyages along the digital wine trail.
This week's column, a nice rant on the simple, lovable wines of the Southern Rhone and the pernicious influence of critics on their style and price, is online at
Congressional Wine Caucus
If you're interested in the interface between wine and government, you'll find a lot of information here, although it's not all current: The site does not appear to have been updated this calendar year.
Gallery of Regrettable Foods
New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative
Planning to Come to Napa Valley? Do You Love Napa Valley Garage Wines?
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These latest additions have our tongues wagging:
Chase Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel: Same vineyard, but half the price of Turley! (Regularly $36/bottle, with coupon, $34.20).
Arns Cabernet Sauvignon 1998: Wicked good; a dead ringer for a $150 cult Cab. (Regularly $50, with coupon $47.50).
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Friday, June 6, 2003