March 2012

March 30 – “Leaf Roll Virus”

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by Grape Stomper Todd on March 30, 2012

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WINE WORD OF THE DAY
Hello everybody and today is March 30th.

And on this day in 1853, the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was born.  And if I remember right, I was told in my art appreciation class that he was pretty good.  But this “supposedly good” painter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 37.  And during his lifetime it is said he only sold one of his works.  Hmmmm, what a loser.  And the painting he sold was called, “The Red Vineyard.”

And that brings us to today’s Wine Word of the Day: Leaf Roll Virus

Why, because one of the hallmarks of Leaf Roll Virus in the vineyard  is red leaves. In fact, another name for Leaf Roll Virus is “Red Leaf Disease.”

Leaves will certainly turn red during the autumn, when all the leaves on the vines turn fiery with yellow, orange, and red hues. But with leaf roll virus, it’s different.  Usually only the bottom leaves turn red…and guess what?  Yup, they roll up…or should I say, they actually roll downward.

Vines with the virus tend to grow slower, have smaller bunches, and begin producing fruit later the following year.  Red leaf is a devastating disease that will certainly make a grower blue.

Van Gogh’s painting is probably of a vineyard during the Fall and not of a vineyard suffering from Leaf Roll Disease.  It’s hard to say when he saw that vineyard since he painted it from memory.  The serenity of the grapes being harvested with the autumn sun setting obviously left an Impression on him!

For transcripts, links and more podcasts, please go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words or  historically bad jokes like:

A man walks into a winery and sees Vincent Van Gogh standing at the bar. The man says “I love your paintings, can I buy you a glass of wine?” Vincent replies, “No thanks I’ve got one ear.” Please send emails to, wwd@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time, ears to you!

SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

BIRTHDAYS
Ilamae Clifford
David Reed
Amy Auricchio
Ilene Frankel

New Businesses in Town!
New frozen yogurt right next door
Cambria Beer Co across the street

CLUB ANNIVERSARIES
J. T Teutimez (6 years–our first club member!)
Brandon Fowler (6 years)
Elaine Beckham  (5 years)

FINGER LAKES WINE COMPETITION:  Our Cabernet, Slabtown Chardonnay and Cab Franc won medals!

WINE NEWS

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We debate the issue regarding allowing children to try wine and alcohol before they are legal age.

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Perfumes that smell like wine??   Why not dab the real thing?

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Losing sleep over your alcoholconsumption?  Might be the alcohol.

HEALTH NEWS

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A study shows wine, fish and coffee might slow the progression of MS.

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Moderate drinking in men tends to reduce risk of heart attack, and heart attack survivors cut risk of death.

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Looking to cut calories?  Wine beats beer, beer beats mixed drinks.

ASK GRAPE STOMPER TODD
Marcus Reinkensmeyer asks “What’s the difference between Cabernet and Cab Franc?”

And Tina Masiak asks “What is bottle shock?”

MMM WINNERS
- Ron
- Andrea

CREDITS
Voice Over Talent – Andrew Dawson
Show Posting and Tagging – Robert Widmer
Utter Nonsense – Jill, Al, and Todd

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March 23 – “Jaws”

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by Grape Stomper Todd on March 23, 2012

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Wine Word of the Day

Hello Everybody and today is March 23rd.  And on this day in 1951, Ron Jaworski was born.  You may know him as a commentator on TV’s Monday Night Football.  Jaworski was a NFL quarterback for 17 years back in the 70’s and 80’s.  When playing college football, his nicknames were the “Polish Rife” and the “Polish Cannon”.

Before going to the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1981, he received a new nickname. That nickname brings us to today’s Wine Word of the Day: Jaws

Jaws are used by wine tasting aficionados in two ways: One, they use their jaws to open their mouths so they can taste the wine, and two, they then use their jaws to push out an endless stream of words meant to demonstrate how much they know about wine.

Oh, right, and “jaws” are the part of the corking machine.  When bottling wine, corks are squeezed by the jaws of the corker.  These jaws reduce the diameter of the corks so they can be punched into the bottles with ease.  It then takes a full day or two before the corks fully expand in the bottle.

I could expand on the subject more, but for now, I should probably just put a cork in it.

For transcripts, links and more podcasts, please go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any words, historical facts, or tips on how I can keep my commentary more interesting than Ron Jaworski’s commentary so I don’t get fired like he did this year for being pretty boring on Monday Night Football, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time, cheers to you!

TODDCAST EPISODE 11: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

NEW CLUB MEMBERS
DeAnna Boehm
Joe Hugenroth
Marc Weatherford
Stacy Kelley

What are Todd and Jill drinking tonight?

BIRTHDAYS
Elizabeth Miller’s (and she wins best abs contest!)
Marleen Doerk
Chip McGehee

LIBRARY ZINFANDEL PARTY RECAP
- Great Food from In Good Taste Catering!
- Silly games and prizes
- Lots of good old zins!
- Great Volunteers! (Susan & Pat Payne, William Walters, Jen Duarte)
- Library party–favorite poem:

There was a young man from Bordeaux
Who lived in a shoe-shaped chateau
He made White Zinfandel
Which the devil found swell
Now he crushes his grapes down below.

CLUB ANNIVERSARIES
Pam Martens    5 yrs
Jeff Miller 3 yrs
Pat & Susan Payne’s  34 wedding anniversary

PEOPLE BRINGING FOOD (randomly to the tasting room)
Vicki & Brad brought cheese & crackers
Susan & Pat brought homemade pickles, cheese
Doug & Marsh Carlson (cheese & crackers, summer sausage)

MMM WINNERS
- Kate
- Nancy

DOGS
Fred and Vladimir

MOONSTONE CELLARS ANNIVERSARY PARTY COMING UP

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

Sex deprived fruit flies turn to alcohol.
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Doesn’t seem like the nutrition labels are headed for wine bottles, good news.
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What the frack?  Is fracking contaminating the irrigation water in the state’s vineyards?
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ASK GRAPE STOMPER TODD
We get a call from Norway. We get a good question about labels. And we get a risque question from Tina’s mom.

Norwegian Translation:
“Hi Grape Stomper Todd, my name is Miguel Valenzuela and I am calling from Oslo Norway. I have a question for you. What wine you would recommend with lutefisk with a side of braised potatoes and bacon bits. We will be eating lutefisk for easter so I wanted to know what’s best. We listen to your show all the time and think it’s good. Very good.
Okay,
Thank you!”

CREDITS
Voice Over Talent – Andrew Dawson
Show Posting and Tagging – Robert Widmer
Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

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March 16 – “Chips”

March 16, 2012
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Wine Word of the Day Hello everybody and today is March 16th.  And on this day in 1949, Henry Enrique Estrada was born in New York City.  But you probably knew him as “Ponch” in a TV show back in the late seventies and early eighties.  That’s right, Erik Estrada, who, ladies will remember, was […]

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March 9 – “Stems”

March 9, 2012
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Wine Word of the Day Hello everybody and today is March 9th. On this day in 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order lifting the ban on stem cell research, making it clear (at least for now) that the government supports this scientific breakthrough.   Scientists predict that one day stem cells may be […]

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March 2 – “Concord”

March 2, 2012
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Wine Word Of The Day: Hello everybody and today is March 2nd.  And on this day in 1969 in Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the super-sonic aircraft, the Concorde, occurred. The 1,350 mile-an-hour plane entered commercial passenger service in 1976 and flew transatlantic flights in half the time of other airlines. The fleet […]

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