Archive for the ‘Wine News’ Category

Kermit Lynch receives the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Kermit Lynch last week formally received the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur award in a ceremony in San Francisco last week.   Last year Kermit was awarded this prestigious honor, which was originally created for military accomplishments by Napolean Bonoparte 1802 (10% of the awards are now reserved for non-military accomplishments).  Full details of the shindig can be found on the French Consulate’s San Francisco Office webpage (translated).

We interviewed Kermit on Episode 19 of A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle, and also recorded a reading that Kermit did from his latest book – Inspiring Thirst

This award is very significant and Kermit joins previous winners such as Robert Mondavi, Robert Parker, Duke Ellington and Ronald Reagan, among others.  Festivities included food, wine (of course), and a special appearance by Boz Scaggs, with whom Kermit played with on Quicksand Blues.  If you are in Berkeley, CA be sure to stop by his store, tell and congratulate him in person (and pick up a bottle or two!)

Cheers!

The Guy

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One small step for Pinot

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

It is being reported that scientists have decoded the genome of the Pinot Noir grape – the first fruit and only second food item to be 100% mapped.

“Today’s event is agriculture’s equivalent of the first moonwalk,” said Riccardo Velasco, the head of the team that decoded the DNA sequences, at Monday’s press conference .

By decoding the Pinot Noir genome, it is hoped that scientists will be able to develop better pesticides that are targeted directly to the grape, without having adverse effects on the environment. This also sets the stage for direct comparisons between grape varietals as well.

Let’s all raise our glasses and have a drink (Pinot of course) to science.

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- The Guy

Lover’s Cups

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Lover's Cups
Hey, I don’t make up the titles around here. So this report came across the net today,

Lover’s Cups explore the idea of sharing feelings of drinking between two people in different places by using cups as communication interfaces of drinking. Two cups are wireless connected to each other with sip sensors and LED illumination. The Lover’s cups will glow when your lover is drinking. When both of you are drinking at the same time, both of the Lover’s Cups glow and celebrate this virtual kiss.

Hmm, sounds interesting. You can toast to someone without them even being the same room! Laugh if you want, but consider the possibilities.You can drink wine and feel (pun coming up here) connected to your significant other, even if they are halfway around the world. You can buy a bunch of these and have one very interesting party (the glasses can be ‘trained’ to each other by simply tapping them together as in making a toast). While not in the traditional wine glass style, seems pretty interesting nonetheless.
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- The Guy