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Unique wine book a modern success story

When wine writer Richard Best decided to self-publish, he had no idea his book would be such a hit. The Frugal Oenophile’s Lexicon of Wine Tasting Terms has become a popular item at wineries both in Canada and the US.

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Learn about wine online

Take your wine education to the next level with one of Spectator Magazine’s on-line courses. Through interactive classes with videos and tutored tastings, you’ll visit the world’s great growing regions, meet fascinating winemakers and develop a deeper appreciation for wine.

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Caro’s Case Club Plan

Wouldn’t it be great to know you always have a superb selection of wines on hand – without having to stock up yourself? The Caro’s Best Buys plan is a convenient way to enjoy a constant supply of excellent yet affordable wines.

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Making chardonnay is a cool process

Good chardonnay has a luxurious creaminess to it. When balanced by adequate acidity, which imparts an appealing tartness, the charm and complexity of the wine is impossible to resist – one reason, perhaps, that chardonnay remains America’s favorite white wine.

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Gene ‘prevents heavy drinking’

Cultural differences that discourage alcohol misuse among Jews may be backed up by a gene that has much the same effect, say scientists. Statistics suggest that Jews have fewer problems with alcohol than Caucasians in general.

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Milk makes wine fine

Milk could be used to make organic wine. Sprayed on grapevines once a fortnight, milky water seems to control powdery mildew as effectively as sulphur and copper fungicides, without tainting the grapes’ taste.

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September 24, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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Overseas tour operators sample NZ’s wine trails

Tourism New Zealand is hosting 20 top international tour companies this weekend to encourage them to take visitors on the country’s wine trails.

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Learn about wine online

Take your wine education to the next level with one of Spectator Magazine’s on-line courses. Through interactive classes with videos and tutored tastings, you’ll visit the world’s great growing regions, meet fascinating winemakers and develop a deeper appreciation for wine.

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In high spirits over alcohol-free wine

McGuigan Simeon Wines has turned to wine-flavoured drinks and silver packaging to fuel its growth in the domestic market, hoping to position itself as a group that can offer a kind of wine – or something approaching it – for every occasion.

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NZ: Hawke’s Bay’s vineyard growth continues

Hawke’s Bay’s producing vineyard area is expected to increase from 3375 to 3813 hectares in the next two years. On that basis, Hawke’s Bay will remain the second-largest wine region in the country, behind Marlborough and ahead of Gisborne.

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Call for Canterbury winegrowers to export

North Canterbury winegrowers are producing quality wine, but now need to increase their marketing to boost export sales, says Waipara Winegrowers chair Kym Rayner.

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A Cold Observation about Wine (with recipe)

Show this story to your boss, and she might just offer you a glass or two of wine. After all, downing this beverage – especially the red varieties – appears to help ward off the common cold, according to a new study.

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Oktoberfest at Onetangi Road Vineyard

From 18-20 October Onetangi Road Vineyard, home of Waiheke’s boutique brewery and award winning Baroona beers, will be transformed into an Oktoberfest.

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WineThingies

WineThingies wine glass charms are the fashionable way to keep track of wine glasses. They are the latest buzz for wine lovers and party hostesses alike!

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The Ultimate Island Experience

A warm and sunny climate, idyllic vineyard surroundings and pure Pacific Ocean deliver the perfect environment for the ultimate island experience. The inaugural Waiheke Island Wine Festival, being held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February 2003, offers an opportunity to celebrate fine wine, food and entertainment in a unique, maritime location.

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A wine with a sense of occasion

Bubbles, bubbly, champers – no matter what you call it, a flute of your favourite “fizz” seems to epitomise a celebration. Unfortunately, with the success of New World wines, European nations such as France have clamped down on what we can actually call wine made in the same way, but outside the original region. Consequently, unless a wine is made in Champagne, it can?t be given that name.

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Caro’s Case Club Plan

Wouldn’t it be great to know you always have a superb selection of wines on hand – without having to stock up yourself? The Caro’s Best Buys plan is a convenient way to enjoy a constant supply of excellent yet affordable wines.

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The Sexist Restaurant Waiter

The letters page of the Guardian on August 10 provided ample evidence that The Sexist Restaurant Waiter is still lurking. Ms Mitchell of Cambridge and Dr Childs of London both rightly beefed about waiters who assume that it is the man, or the men, in the party who must be handed the wine list and the first glass to taste, and cough up the wherewithal at the end of the meal.

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Bobbing Through Portugal on Boat Made of Wine Corks

This summer, John Pollack and Garth Goldstein took an old trade (shipbuilding), a basic principle (buoyancy), and created an ingenious, two-ton, 27-foot craft made of (what else) 165,321 corks. Confident that their vessel was of sound design, the two set sail from the northern Portuguese city of Barca d’Alva, near the Spanish border, where hundreds of Portuguese gathered to watch them embark upon an improbable, 17-day journey on the Douro River.

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Professional Wine Tasting Tips

Entire books have been written on wine tasting. The best single work remains Emile Peynaud’s The Taste of Wine. While you may never earn your living tasting wine, there are techniques that can increase the pleasure of everyday drinking.

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A Competition For Back Labels – Both Good and Bad

Given the limited space for communication on a wine bottle, it’s sometimes surprising what people choose to put (or not put) on their labels – particularly the rather overlooked one on the back. Some of them are fantastic, some of them are humorous, some of them are delightful ñ and some of them are Ö well, a bit strange.

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The State Of The Fourth Estate

Wine writers spend much of the time lobbing verbal hand grenades and garlands from the safety of their PCs. Are they making and breaking the reputations of wines, or is their scribbling merely a self-indulgent irrelevance?…

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Is Terroir Dead?

It is a small fact, but one that speaks volumes: There is no word for winemaker in French (or in Spanish, Italian or German). The word the French use is vigneron, meaning vine grower.

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Making chardonnay is a cool process

Good chardonnay has a luxurious creaminess to it. When balanced by adequate acidity, which imparts an appealing tartness, the charm and complexity of the wine is impossible to resist – one reason, perhaps, that chardonnay remains America’s favorite white wine.

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On the prowl for wine labels, corks

I’m not a wine drinker, so it’s hard to explain why I find myself drawn to the bottles, corks and labels….

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NZ: No bull – Spanish like our white wine

The rain may fall on the plains in Spain, but in the homes they’ll be drinking sauvignon blanc created on the plains of Marlborough.

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Allied Domecq predicts another record harvest in California

Allied Domecq, the UK-based wine and spirits group, has reported a good start to harvesting at its various Californian vineyards and is predicting a bumper harvest in 2002.

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Milk makes wine fine

Milk could be used to make organic wine. Sprayed on grapevines once a fortnight, milky water seems to control powdery mildew as effectively as sulphur and copper fungicides, without tainting the grapes’ taste.

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Drink (grape juice) to your health

It’s not quite the “French Paradox,” that widely touted theory of the last decade that suggested that the French habit of drinking red wine may prevent heart disease in a population that also favors cigarettes, cheese, cream and other animal fats…

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Portugese Cork Assn Calls For Recycling & Better Labelling

APCOR, the Portuguese Cork Association, has called on UK retailers to take part in a national cork recycling scheme and also to improve labelling about closures.

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Mellowing Southern Highlands toasted as a new red centre

One of Australia’s newest declared wine regions will almost certainly produce the nation’s best bottle of red within 15 years…

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NZ: Testing a few imports

Well-known Australian winery Banrock Station has a varietal range in the under NZ$15 per bottle bracket that is readily available at the supermarket.

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NZ: Wine quality excellent but output goes down

Nelson’s wine production in 2002 was down against the national trend, but growers report the quality has been exceptional, especially in the pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and riesling varieties.

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Chateau Latour sets record for Christie’s first Paris sale

A rare imperial of Château Latour 1961 has made nearly twice the expected price at Christie’s’ first Paris wine auction…

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September 24, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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In Philadelphia, 45 Schools Meet Their Managers. The city embarked on the largest experiment with private management ever mounted by an American school district. By Jacques Steinberg and Sara Rimer. [New York Times: Business]

September 6, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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Voltaire. “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” [Quotes of the Day]

September 6, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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Are Weblogs A Business Tool? [The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk]

September 4, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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Albert Schweitzer. “You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

September 4, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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New Wi-Fi public hot spot listing site: Noel Jackson has started up OpenNodes.com, a site that will make an attempt at collecting self-reported design-to-be-open Wi-Fi nodes.[80211b News]

September 4, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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Crucibles of Leadership

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From Chaos to Leadership

Entreworld

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Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos by Robert D. Kaplan

Book | 2 mentions | score total: 9 | score today: 7 | score yesterday: 0 | score one week ago: 0

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Ray Ozzie on centralization vs. decentralization

Ray Ozzie : “Centralized leadership around creation of vision and mission, and centralized delivery of that same message ( starting even before creation of the product), is key to effective decentralized execution.  And today, decentralized execution is what it’s all about.” 
EXACTLY .”

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Heading off

There will be a couple of quiet days on Davos Newbies because I’m heading to the other side of the world for a conference.

It takes a long time to get to Hayman Island . I leave at 22.00 tonight and arrive there at lunchtime on Thursday, Australia time. The conference is a leadership retreat for the Australia Davos Connection, a group of Australian World Economic Forum members. Although nothing compares with Davos, I think there’s a great future for more intimate, personal events like the Hayman Island retreat. I’ll post some thoughts once I get there.

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September 3, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

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Grid Compuring

MSNBC .  Where do you think Grid computing is going?  I have three scenarios:
1) An application specific backwater.  Networks of voluntary PC networks slaved to work on specific projects/games and clusters of servers dedicated to specific apps.
2) Virtualized PCs.  People would run a terminal on their desk and connect with a pool of rack mounted 1U PCs that allocate resources via a grid.
3) Virtualized Servers.  People would continue to run PCs on their desktop but they would share resources with a central system that would crunch through tasks normally reserved for expensive server systems.  Apps would run against this generalized system depending on need.
Basically, the push here is being driven by companies (IBM and Sun) that see an increasing imbalance between centralized resources vs. decentralized.  For example, this year 140 m or so 1.5 GHz PCs with 60 Gb hard drives will be sold.  Only 4-5m servers will be sold, with capabilities not much greater on average than what is being sold to individual users.  The business opportunity for IBM and Sun is to get these desktop PCs (mostly built by Dell, Gateway, and a large number of independents) running software they have a hand in developing, customizing, and managing.  However, will this desire translate into a major change in the way we use computers (scenarios 2 and 3)?  Probably not (or at least not until Microsoft jumps in), but it is interesting to think about. [ John Robb’s Radio Weblog ]

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Jabber may soon be an IETF WG

Jabber Could Get An IETF Working Group [ Slashdot ]

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Cappuccino TX-3 Mini PC


MINI-PC

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myRSS “enables anyone to build custom RSS channels for virtually any news site they desire.” [ Scripting News ]

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Web Analysis Tools and Web Site Effectiveness . This blog from Krzysztof Kowalczyk’s Weblog caught my eye because I’ve recently been looking for log analysis tools. I’ve been out of that market for a while and was surprised by how little has changed. [ Windley’s Enterprise Computing Weblog ]

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September 3, 2002 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment