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Matt Kramer on Rosé:

An awful lot of wines are now made to be "serious"—whether the wine deserves it or not. We see (and taste) this all the time—all that oak, all that overripe fruit. All to signal a seriousness of purpose and stature (as well as justify a higher price)...Rosés are not just a reaction against today's tsunami of demanding wines, but a rejection of them."—Wine Spectator

What's Anheuser-Busch InBev Up To?

Anheuser-Busch InBev has applied for a federal trademark for "314"—the area code for much of metropolitan St. Louis—as well as for the telephone prefixes of 13 other U.S. cities...Besides St. Louis' 314, other area codes that A-B is seeking trademarks for: 412 (Pittsburgh), 305 (Miami), 619 (San Diego), 202 (Washington, D.C.), 602 (Phoenix), 704 (Charlotte), 702 (Las Vegas), 214 (Dallas), 415 (San Francisco), 216 (Cleveland), 303 (Denver), 615 (Nashville) and 713 (Houston)."—Beervana

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