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    Mike is going to live forever!

    For the second year in a row, even: Same county tops healthiest US community ranking for the second year in a row
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    Are you going to apply?

    "Goode" oppportunity here! Who is going to compete? A winery will pay you $10,000 a month to work and live rent-free in Sonoma
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    Group buy opportunity for quality frozen must (SE Wisconsin/N Illinois)

    A member of my local winemaking club is organizing a group buy for frozen must (red) and juice (white). I won't post all the details here, so please PM me if you are interested in participating. Briefly, we are looking at buying 5-gallon frozen pails of must/juice from some premium...
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    Four score and seven years ago...

    This evening, I happened to say the famous phrase, "Four score and seven years ago..." My wife said "Yeah, so what happened four score and seven years ago today, huh?" Some quick math, then I realized: Jeez, four score and seven years ago today was the end of Prohibition! Woo Hoo...
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    Unwanted harvest assistance...

    Yikes: Thieves stripped a Canadian vineyard of grapes the night before harvest
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Because this forum is so rich in Canadians, I would like to extend my T-day wishes northward! Enjoy. :thg
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    Seyval or Vidal?

    I just got notification that our local wine club is able to source local juice this fall. We have our choice of Seyval or Vidal, neither of which I have had before. I might get both, but I already have two whites in process and one recently bottled, so I think I will keep it to one. Whaddya...
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    Hurricane Hanna?

    When I saw that Hurricane Hanna made landfall near Aransas Pass, TX, I couldn't help but think of our own @LoneStarLori. We haven't heard from her in a few years. ( In fact, the @Lo... doesn't even list @LoneStarLori as a choice.) Anyway, we hope you made it through okay, Lori!
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    Was anyone affected by the tornado-a-thon this weekend? In particular @hounddawg , are you okay? I think you are not far from where tornadoes were spotted, for example, in Jonesboro. anyone else?
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    Brown marmorated stink bug

    Okay, file this under weird... unless anyone can help me understand. We found a bug on the floor of our spare bedroom, which was very odd in itself. I knew I had seen its picture before, so I captured it and set about searching on the intertubes. It is, I am now sure, a brown marmorated...
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    Article about used barrel broker

    I have mentioned a few times before that there is a business near me that deals in used wine and whiskey barrels. There is a nice article in my local fish-wrapper about him and his biz...
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    Best vineyards in the world

    Here is an article about the awards given for the best vineyards in the world (as ranked by The World’s Best Vineyards Academy, an industry group): And the website of the organization, with all 50 nominees...
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    With a creamy dish, do you prefer a buttery Chardonnay or a crisp one?

    I have heard many people that express that they either love a buttery Chardonnay, and disdain a crisp one, or the opposite. For me, these two styles may as well be two different wines, and I like 'em both! I am capable of liking a Cabernet AND a Tempranillo, so why can't we like both a buttery...
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    Used good nutrients, but still had lots of H2S

    Last night, I used lots of high-quality nutrients (thin-crust pizza with roasted garlic cloves). Nonetheless, I detected large amounts of H2S activity. In fact, I checked on it many times throughout the night, and it kept on emitting H2S. This morning, I fed it additional nutrients (coffee...
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    Skills acquisition?

    I sense a lot of us here are lifelong learners, eager to acquire new knowledge and skills (beyond winemaking, even :) ). I am thinking of avocational pursuits, but things that are beyond just "hobbyist" activities, maybe activities that require training. I would be interested to know what...
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    Best grammar jokes, bar none.

    I cannot believe I have never seen these before! A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly. A bar was walked into by the passive voice. An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening. Two...
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    The hunting doctors

    Oldie but goodie Five doctors went duck shooting one day. Included in the group were a Family Practitioner, an Obstetrician, a Psychiatrist, a Surgeon and a Pathologist. After a time, a bird came winging overhead. The first to react was the FP who raised his shotgun, but then hesitated...
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    Happy New Year!

    It is already 2018 in Newfoundland. Soon it will be so in Nova Scotia! :f1:f2:hny2:pty
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    Where to cut the capsule?

    On most wine bottles, there is a flat, raised area a few mm below the lip. I have always cut the capsule just above the raised area, and below the lip. I have been doing that since my days as a waiter many years ago. Recently, I came across a description that said to cut the capsule foil...
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    Do you worry about bottle shape?

    I generally strive to use the same shape of bottle that would traditionally be used for a given grape variety. I.e., I put Cabs and Merlots into Bordeaux-style bottles, and Chards, Viogniers, and Pinots into Burgundy style bottles. I fudge it with Italian varieties. However, I must admit...