Old vines, bank robbers and tasty tap water

A Friday Linkfest!

So what does “Old Vines” mean anyway? I guess it depends on your definition of “old”. Tom Wark, over at his always engaging blog Fermentation, posted today about Yalumba’s Old Vine Charter, which is an attempt (and a pretty good one if you ask me) to try and define this category.

From Yalumba’s Old Vine Charter:

OLD VINE = a vine that is 35 years of age or older
ANTIQUE VINE = a vine that is 70 years of age or older
CENTENARIAN VINE = a vine that is 100 years of age or older
TRI CENTENARIAN VINE = A vine whose life has spanned 3 centuries

(Read the original post at Fermentation)

Part-time wine country tour guide, part-time serial bank robber. Wow. This amazing–and sad–story ran on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle today. There’s not much to say about this other than that the realities of life are plenty strange in themselves. And I’ve always thought that the wine industry was home to an unlikely bunch of people, many with an unconventional and colorful past, and many who are in the process of reinventing themselves.

Dump that bottled-water. Or better yet, don’t even bother buying it. The British wine magazine Decanter organized a blind tasting of bottled waters recently. The results? Filtered tap water pumped from the Thames beat out a slew of expensive luxury waters from around the world.

(Read the full article at Decanter)

Lastly, today’s Dinosaur Comics was pretty good.