Champagne Horror Show & a Crazy Japanese Beer Machine

I’m busy working on an article for the San Francisco Chronicle and therefore can’t think of anything original to say today. However some friends of mine certainly have done so, and I’m happy to spread the love. Here’s what they’ve got to say:

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, my friend and colleague from Wine & Spirits who’s currently living in Champagne, has posted about the different vine training systems used for the three grapes of the region, pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. Three informative and well-written posts, complete with illustrative photos (including the one below, which I think makes the chardonnay vines look terrifying, like skeletal hands digging out of the earth. Or maybe even the fossilized remains of that face-sucking thing from Alien).

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And then over at the 7×7 drinks’ blog, my friend Jordan Mckay posted the following video of a beer dispenser in the Tokyo airport. Check it out–it even adds a creamy head!