Parker, skis, drought, luxury – sipped and spit

skis SPIT: Robert Parker
Business Week announces that Nick Passmore will be writing a twice-a-month wine column for the magazine. Robert Parker will no longer be contributing to the magazine. But what will US Airways do with all those tray tables?!

SPIT: Champagne saber
American skiier Lindsay Vonn may be out of World Cup ski competition, despite being the overall leader this season. Why? A Champagne injury. “Vonn received four stitches in her thumb after picking up a bottle of champagne opened with the edge of a ski and trying to spray it over guests attending a private party on Monday following her victory in the downhill at the World Ski Championships.” [Telegraph]

SPIT: water
Deadly forest fires in Australia have encroached n vineyards; 15% of the crop could be lost. [Decanter]

SPIT: water, part 2
A lack of rain plagues California vineyards. [KCRA]

SPIT: Luxe
Profits at LVMH were dragged down by slumping Champagne sales [AP]; the Naples charity wine auction brings in about $5 million, a third of last year [Decanter].

SIPPED: supermarket wine
Tennessee also may allow wine sales in grocery stores. [AP]

[Update] SIPPED: Chianti and lubrification!
“Our data shows that women who reported drinking 1-2 glass of red wine daily have higher FSFI scores for both sexual desire, lubrification and overall sexual function.” [Sexologies, thanks reader Bill!]

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4 Responses to “Parker, skis, drought, luxury – sipped and spit”


  1. Such a dangerous and taxing sport, and she gets an injury from an improperly opened bottle? If I were in her skis, I would certainly be kicking myself if I weren’t permitted to continue.


  2. The sentence reads: “Shipments of French bubbly, dropped 4.8 per cent in 2008 within France and abroad, the Champagne Vintners’ Committee said on Thursday.”

    The Champagne Vintners’ Comm. might not have recorded all the French bubbly, the Cremants, Blanquette, etc. which have been selling increasingly well. The good ones offer excellent quality/value.


  3. Good point, Barbara!


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