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Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America

Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America

Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 21:58:11 in Politics

“I think you've proved that the title of this article has come true and that our educational system has failed you”
LOT18 Tasting Room Is The First Wine Club To Get It Right

LOT18 Tasting Room Is The First Wine Club To Get It Right

Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 21:52:16 in Taste

“It is absolutely not "rare" to find great wines in a club format. Many small wineries offer some of their best selections only through their club. These used to be called "mailing lists" however in today's jargon they are another form of wine club. Wine clubs - like wines themselves - can vary widely in quality.”

Patootsky on Aug 15, 2013 at 00:10:50

“We're probably in agreement captain - perhaps it was just the semantics.”
LOT18 Tasting Room Is The First Wine Club To Get It Right

LOT18 Tasting Room Is The First Wine Club To Get It Right

Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 10:45:47 in Taste

“mmmm so HuffPo now positions advertisements as news stories from their "tastemakers?"

Don't be fooled people - this isn't the wine club you're looking for...”

rowlglass on Aug 28, 2013 at 20:16:51

“Totally concur. Unless you know NOTHING about wine - I mean you don't even know why people swirl their wine - this is waaay too simplistic for you. I tried their wine samples & they were all boring. I could do better at any Whole Foods with a decent wine buyer.”
LOT18 Tasting Room Is The First Wine Club To Get It Right

LOT18 Tasting Room Is The First Wine Club To Get It Right

Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 10:43:08 in Taste

“Actually - no. There are many wine clubs offered by small artisan wineries that offer great wines at good prices. What you're referring to are the clubs advertised by large companies and affiliations like the NY Times and WSJ, etc. I would stay away from those.”

Patootsky on Aug 14, 2013 at 13:10:29

“I did say "most wines offered by wine clubs..." though not all of course.
It would be possible - although rare - to find a "great" wine through a club.  There are many specialized smaller clubs.  But most clubs offer very ordinary wine in my opinion.  Most people join these clubs because that are not that familiar with wine and what a "great" wine could taste like.  They can thus be easily convinced for example that simply "big and jammy" means "great".  Of course it always comes down to ones personal taste in the final analysis.”
North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits

North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits

Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 22:09:57 in Politics

“the right can barely think at all. All it has left is a belief system”
North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits

North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits

Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 22:08:51 in Politics

“Sorry no. In this civil land we're supposed to be guaranteed the right to vote. One shouldn't need to have a drivers license or passport. - its an unalienable right - the most basic of rights we have. II don't care how you want to wrap this up and sell it, it's a transparent attempt to curb voting plain and simple.”
VOTE: America's Favorite Taco, Burger And More

VOTE: America's Favorite Taco, Burger And More

Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 18:51:32 in Live Better America

“Where is the wine category? - no best small winery? Why craft brewer and no artisan wine producer? What gives?”
Is A Wine Aerator Worth It? Our Decanting Taste Test

Is A Wine Aerator Worth It? Our Decanting Taste Test

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 09:22:17 in Taste

“Dana Cowin's video on bio dynamics is truly pathetic. This woman who is no less the editor-in-chief of one of the country's top wine and food publications has an astonishingly poor grasp of what BD wine is. Steiner never said a word about wine nor how to make it. It continues to amaze me how little the average American understands science and what it means. With presentations like this one by Ms. Cowin it's no wonder our nation continues to underachieve in the fields of science and technology. Next time you go on video - please try to do a little homework”
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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Says He Regrets Comparing Obamacare To 'Fascism'

Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 22:43:17 in Business

“All certified by the National Organic Program of the US Government...”

Red45 on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:32:34

“Only some of their produce is organic. The rest is very like to be unlabeled GMO produce. Since it's unlabeled, you won't be able to tell. Happy shopping!”
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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Says He Regrets Comparing Obamacare To 'Fascism'

Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 22:41:56 in Business

“Also interesting because he's made his fortune selling government sponsored and certified organic foods. All run through a central government authorizing body called the National Organic Program NOP. It's what makes the products he sells more valuable in the marketplace. Sounds like he's biting the hand that's feeding him if you ask me. Or should we call it organic hypocrisy?”
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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Says He Regrets Comparing Obamacare To 'Fascism'

Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 22:37:25 in Business

“Yes it's way far from perfect but it was a lot worse before it was regulated. They actually do inspect the farms and sign off on whether a grower can use organic certification on their products.That's what they do
 It was in fact the organic growers themselves who argued that anyone could use the organic terminology without truly following organic practices. They wanted the program and now it is indeed the only official program in place nationwide.”
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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Says He Regrets Comparing Obamacare To 'Fascism'

Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 08:55:48 in Business

“Actually its the NOP (National Organic Program) that has codified and implements the regulations around organic food. It wasn't until this government organization was in place that consumers had some security in knowing that food labeled organic actually had to pass a set of standards”

trashcup on Jan 20, 2013 at 22:08:16

“Interesting that no one knows who or what the NOP is or what they do?  Do they put stickers on the organic food?  Do they inspect the farms?  All sorts of things are called organic that aren't.  Lots of things claim they're organic and they aren't.  It's ridiculous to think they are just because the NOP says so.”
Cheap Wine vs. Expensive Wine: Can You Really Tell The Difference?

Cheap Wine vs. Expensive Wine: Can You Really Tell The Difference?

Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 01:17:53 in Taste

“It's the alcohol. CA wines have way more than German wines. CA = 14-17% German = 7-10% It makes a big difference.”
Cheap Wine vs. Expensive Wine: Can You Really Tell The Difference?

Cheap Wine vs. Expensive Wine: Can You Really Tell The Difference?

Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 01:14:34 in Taste

“Do you honestly think all wine is the same - that it's all made the same?

People need to realize that the $3 red wine is not even "real" wine. It's the equivalent of American Cheese in the dairy case. This is a mass-produced wine,chemically manipulated and sweetened that was purchased by Trader Joes to hit a vein in the mass market.

Not clear on where its grown, how much water was added and what other additives were used to create a wine beverage at a low price with mass appeal. I really don't think you'd want to see how this wine was made - but it probably tastes just fine.

That being said just because a wine is expensive doesn't mean its going to be good. There is plenty of overpriced juice on the market. My advice is that life's too short to just drink the cheapest wine you can find. Do a little homework and you'll find lots of delicious stuff made by passionate people who grow their own fruit and really care about what they do. There's a big difference between a product made by a family company and a mega-factory.”
Wine Corks vs. Screw Tops: UC Davis Scientists Put Debate To The Test

Wine Corks vs. Screw Tops: UC Davis Scientists Put Debate To The Test

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 20:47:42 in Home

“The old adage that scewcaps designate a cheap wine is clearly dead. Scewcaps work very well and are particularly good for early to drink white wines. But let's not lose sight of the fact that corks are still a very good closure and probably still the best around for red wines that need a little oxidation to age well in the bottle. There is no shortage of cork in the world and a good quality cork (selected and treated appropriately) will provide a couple of decades of closure in a bottle.”
Wine Corks vs. Screw Tops: UC Davis Scientists Put Debate To The Test

Wine Corks vs. Screw Tops: UC Davis Scientists Put Debate To The Test

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 20:43:04 in Home

“That might be the uneducated masses. There are in fact large differences between natural corks and artificial corks. Screw caps are a fine closure as well and much better than plastic cork imo.”
Wine Corks vs. Screw Tops: UC Davis Scientists Put Debate To The Test

Wine Corks vs. Screw Tops: UC Davis Scientists Put Debate To The Test

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 20:41:34 in Home

“Completely agree. Natural cork is the most sustainable choice keeping thousands of acres of trees in agricultural production”
In Oregon, Green Landscapes And Green Wineries Go Hand In Hand

In Oregon, Green Landscapes And Green Wineries Go Hand In Hand

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 20:40:06 in Green

“yumitori you are spot on. It's just about the same.”
If You See Kay 2010: Hundred Acre Winery Vintage Sparks Controversy With Hidden Obscenity

If You See Kay 2010: Hundred Acre Winery Vintage Sparks Controversy With Hidden Obscenity

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 20:36:59 in Home

“Good god man - what happened to terroir! lol”
If You See Kay 2010: Hundred Acre Winery Vintage Sparks Controversy With Hidden Obscenity

If You See Kay 2010: Hundred Acre Winery Vintage Sparks Controversy With Hidden Obscenity

Commented Jan 8, 2013 at 21:34:11 in Home

“Just another marketing gimmick in order to sell more industrial plonk.”
Mike Hayes, Naked Winemaking Enthusiast, Plans To Carry Out Full Moon Harvesting Ritual

Mike Hayes, Naked Winemaking Enthusiast, Plans To Carry Out Full Moon Harvesting Ritual

Commented Jan 8, 2013 at 21:28:52 in Home

“"Clothing made from animal hides would no doubt contain bacteria that would taint the winemaking process."

no doubt? how?

Just another shameless marketing ploy in a business full of them. Just make good wine and keep your clothes on..”
Wayne LaPierre: Schools With Armed Guards 'The One Thing That Would Keep People Safe' (VIDEO)

Wayne LaPierre: Schools With Armed Guards 'The One Thing That Would Keep People Safe' (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 23, 2012 at 19:30:46 in Politics

“Message to all disaffected, young, male, suburban white misanthropes looking to grab some guns and cause some damage. You want real glory? Go on and head over to this guy's office and knock yourself out. The rest of the country will thank you.”
Rick Perry Takes Stand On Texas Secession Issue

Rick Perry Takes Stand On Texas Secession Issue

Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 07:40:29 in Politics

“I hear those states are going to need financial aid and military protection”

donarcher on Nov 14, 2012 at 11:00:25

“Maybe not pour so much into other interests.”
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