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Aug 25

The Honorable James R. Spencer, the judge presiding over the ongoing trial of former VA governor Bob McDonald, has gotten some praise in the media for his wit and rhetorical skills. To give you an idea of the measure of this man, here’s a video from February when Spencer was honored as one of the 2014 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History event.

It’ll be interesting to watch how Spencer handles the explosive McDonald trial. Stay tuned.

–  Joe

Some Timely Advice…

Good News, Vino!


Bulletin from The Napa Valley Vintners trade group:

Sunday’s earthquake in Napa jolted 900-pound wine barrels from racks, damaged winery buildings and warehouses, and smashed perhaps hundreds of thousands of bottles of the valley’s best - a painful hit for an industry already struggling with the most severe drought in decades…

Because the 2013 vintage was a particularly bountiful one, and many wines have yet to be released, the quake’s impact may not be felt by wine consumers immediately. But in months to come that impact will likely cause shortages once bottled wine already at retailers is exhausted.

Except, that is, for boxed wines. Boxed wines generally survived the quake unscathed, and shipments of stocks on hand are expected to continue without interruption. 

Although long viewed with derision by wine purists, boxed wines have gained in popularity in recent years for several reasons, including ease of storage and the absence of breakage. But recent surveys also suggest that a prime reason for the growth of boxed wines is simply that the spouses of boxed wine consumers can’t easily tell how much wine their mates have consumed at any particular time because they can see through the boxes.

Now, after Sunday’s quake, boxed wine lovers have an added reason to embrace the box.

Aug 24

Aug 23

The Great James Cotton plays ‘Slow Blues.’


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