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News of the weird in wine

Marijuana

      Catching you up on obscure wine news:

     · Are you outraged to know that drug smugglers have been caught converting some vineyards in Washington State’s Yakima Valley to growing marijuana? Check out the comments at the end of the story. One apoplectic grape fan says they should get death by firing squad.

      (The picture here, by APF/Getty Images, is actually from a bust in Germany. I put it here only in case you don’t know what marijuana looks like. Yeah, right.)

     · Boisset, a major producer of French Beaujolais red wine, says it will release its Beaujolais Nouveau this year in plastic bottles. For marketing purposes, it will fly the stuff to the States in time for this year's Nov. 20 release date. And to save the planet, it wants to use bottles that weigh less, use less jet fuel.

     · The British crime writer Sir John Mortimer, who created the character Horace Rumpole, upon turning 85, says his secret to long life is a modest glass of modest champagne every morning. Also says he lacks enough teeth to eat food properly.

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