Silent movies, Lafite empties, oldest wine – sipped and spit

SIPPED: silence
Michael Madrigale, who runs the innovative wine program at Bar Boulud, has put together some “silent movies” that show his nightly by-the-glass pours from large format bottles. This one is for the rare Yvon Metras Felurie ’09 from magnum; other videos include an ’06 Barbaresco from Jero anda ’70 Jordan Cab from mag.

SPIT: recycling bin
WANTED: empty bottles of 1982 Lafite in “best condition possible.” Price: 2,900 yuan. [Montreal Gazette]

SIPPED: profiting from pain?
The yen’s strength compared to the euro is not lost on a bigwig enofile at Japan’s Ministry of Finance. [great pic – WSJ]

SPIT: social networking
As a sidebar to our recent discussion about who makes money in wine writing, Gary Vaynerchuk has decided to pull the plug on Cork’d, the social networking site he purchased in 2007.

SIPPED: wine from the pre-score era
In an Armenian cave, archeologists have discovered the world’s oldest winemaking paraphernalia–including animal horns as drinking vessels–dating back 6,100 years. But how did the consumers know if it was any good since it didn’t have a score out of 100? [NYT]

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