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Two South American Wines

Los Vascos
Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua, Chile
2005

The most distinguishing thing about this cabernet is that its label reads "Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite)" at the top. At first glance I somehow assumed this meant I was drinking genuine Chateau Lafite Rothschild. When I actually had a sip however, I knew this could not be Old World wine. I re-checked the label and, indeed, at the very bottom in light gray microscopic print it reads "Produced by Vina Los Vascos - Peralillo - Chile." Apparently this is a wine estate in Chile owned by the Lafite Rothschild domaine in France. In this case, they get an A+ for clever branding, and probably sell a good deal of this wine simply because it bears the Rothschild name.

And right that they should sell a lot of it, because the wine itself is quite surprising for a young, Chilean cabernet. Its most distinct feature is a strong aroma of pepper--not the spice, but the vegetable--which follows through onto the tongue, giving it…

Don't See "Juno"

Movie Review: Juno

By: Grant Catton

This isn't a movie review, so much as it is a movie warning: don't see Juno. This probably flies in the face of everything you've been hearing on the street. Yes, people do seem to be "raving" about this film for some reason. In fact I just came back from the video store where people were aghast when I told them I thought the film sucked. I asked them why they liked it, no one could tell me for sure. They seem to have been duped into the same mainstream-indy movie reverie that Little Miss Sunshine induced in viewers (yes, I hated that movie too). But I'll get to that later.

Since no one can tell me exactly why they liked Juno, I'll explain to you why I didn't. For starters, it had no dramatic tension, and none of the film's themes or characters were developed to any appreciable degree. If all that sounds a little too nebulous, read below...

Brief Synopsis (With Plot Spoilers)

The film is about Juno, a 16-year old gir…