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The Corker is a corker with no cork

The Corker is a corker with no cork

This is a wine that caught my eye because of a basic conundrum. The wine is called "The Corker" with the label being a picture of a cork. The interesting part is that it comes with a screw cap, so there is no cork present. Hmmm, have I stumbled upon some type of conspiracy? Or is the wine producer trying to pull a fast one?

Of course the answer to both of these questions is "no."

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Coffee peddlers, assemble!

Coffee peddlers, assemble!

ICT Coffee Consortium brings local shops together to wield their strengths for good.

When local businesses cooperate, we all win. In the (original) movie Miracle on 34th Street, a Macy's Santa sends a customer to rival department store Gimble's because they carry a specific item that Macy's does not. While the managers at Macy's at first huff-puffed in monochrome rage, they soon realized that this was actually a reasonable business strategy.

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19 Crimes has surprises, learnin'

19 Crimes has surprises, learnin'

Several people have approached me recently asking if I've tried 19 Crimes. I thought this question was rather bold and out of line, as the crimes I've taken part in aren't normally something I discuss in daily conversation. And since when are crimes numbered … and are there really only 19? Shame on me for not realizing the reference was to 19 Crimes wine.

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Washington Riesling is worthy

Washington Riesling is worthy

In 1912, a group of vintners set out to prove that not all great wine came from Italy or California, and they proceeded to pioneer the Washington wine region. This was the beginning of Chateau St. Michelle, whose roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition. Chateau Ste.

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The right glass can make the wine

The right glass can make the wine

There was an interview with Meghan Trainor on NPR recently and now her song is stuck in my head. As irritating as this is, it gives me a good topic for discussion. For Meghan, it's all about the bass, and for wine drinkers, it's all about the glass. Before you start shaking your head, booing or hissing, let me explain.

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Espresso in space is so Italian

Espresso in space is so Italian

I lived in and around Italy in 2012. While I love the country and learned many things, a component of my time there was some reinforcement of my mantra "stereotypes exist because enough people behave stereotypically." Thus it is no surprise that while they did send their first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, into space in November, they sent her there to cook.

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