War on boxes, fall of machines, Bordeaux, theft — sipped & spit

SIPPED: irony
On his bulletin board, Robert Parker calls a “courageous visionary” who will say “enough is enough” and drop Bordeaux prices 20% for the 2010 vintage from the previous year. He later shrugged off any personal responsibility in the rise.

SIPPED: moxie
Chateau Pontent-Canet released their price for 2010 (about $140 a bottle at US stores) and it was up 39% over 2009 and 113% over 2005. Jancis Robinson tweeted: “Dio mio – crazeee. Those horses can’t be that expensive to feed?”

SWITCHED: How to get a $3,000 bottle of Petrus for just $3? Why, swap the price tags! #duh [decanter.com]

SIPPED: judging wine by its label
Grub Street has a lengthy breakdown on how mileage picking wine based on label designs will get you. My take: not much.

SPIT: glug glug
Minimum prices for box wine the land of plenty? A 300% tax increase in box wine Down Under might cut down on women glowing and men plundering (or, at least, chundering). #menatwork [smh.com.au]

RIP: machines
Wegmans pulls the plug on wine kiosks in Pennsylvania citing problems and consumer complaints. Is the sun already setting on this PLCB experiment? [Forbes]

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2 Responses to “War on boxes, fall of machines, Bordeaux, theft — sipped & spit”

  1. Perhaps the Pontet-Canet horses are descended from Secretariat.

  2. From an article in yesterday’s Shanken News Daily, they reported Pontet-Canet released its first tranche at 100 euros ($140 US), a price that owner Alfred Tesseron said he derived from the average of three tranches for his 2009, plus 8.3 percent.

    Pontet-Canet must be doing some fuzzy math with their numbers.


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