The best-known version of that joyful ode to getting smashed, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
, would surely be the Jerry Lee Lewis rendition
, and Memphis rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette
recorded a hopping little version
of the tune as well. But the song was written and originally recorded
by Stick (aka "Sticks") McGhee
, who adapted it from a chant he learned during his stint in the Army. And yes, "spo-dee-o-dee" was a substitute for another word
, which, though fine for the Army, wasn't exactly radio friendly. Stick wrote a few other tunes in celebration of the alcoholic beverage, including "Six To Eight" and "Jungle Juice"
. And as has been pointed out previously
, the song title was likely the inspiration for the alcoholic concoction known as the "spodi
". Drink up!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 13, 2008 -
Italy produced and sold
at least 70 million litres of cheap wine containing acid, manure and fertiliser, Italian weekly L'Espresso said on Friday largely blaming organised crime in the south. [more inside]
posted by preparat
on Apr 9, 2008 -
Jack Keller's winemaking site
has not only the basics
of home winemaking in 5 parts [12345
], but also information on more advanced topics
, including acidity
, and using a hydrometer
. Equally interesting is his extensive collection of recipes for making wines out of things other than grapes, including dandelions
and other edible flowers
, wild plants
, and pumpkins
. A complete list of recipes is here
, if you'd like to click through alphabetically, and a list of specially-requested recipes is here (scroll down a bit)
posted by Upton O'Good
on Oct 28, 2007 -
Moldovan wine was famous throughout the former Soviet Union
. The centerpiece of its industry was (and is) a huge network of caverns known as Cricova
where Stalin supposedly stored the remnants of Goering’s wine collection
. The collapse of the Soviet Union brought extreme economic hardship to Moldova. In the midst of this hardship, the Russian Government imposed a ban
on Moldovan (and Georgian) wines and cut off access to their largest export market. You might want to consider their plight if you visit the liquor store this weekend.
posted by jason's_planet
on Aug 12, 2006 -
"Call them bum wines, street wines, fortified wines, wino wines, or twist-cap wines. Whatever you call these beverages for the economical drunkard, this page explores the top five. So curl up on a heating duct and enjoy..." I stumbled (sober, honestly) across Bumwine.com while researching the right beverage to enliven a fictional description of lewd drunkenness in an email to a friend. It's an informative, sometimes humorous, reference site--historical and otherwise--to the world of inexpensive wines with useful links to other sites and articles, like this one
(including a tutorial) from the Michigan Daily.
posted by josephtate
on Mar 7, 2006 -
Ted Allen interview!
The food and wine expert on Queer Eye
has a new cookbook out, and he talks to Slashfood about...well, everything: favorite foods, music, books, beer, birds, and other things.
posted by braun_richard
on Oct 20, 2005 -
Did you know that Merlot
= cherry + plum + raspberry + strawberry + Dr. Pepper? Neither did I. But at the Jelly Belly Wine Bar
, you can recreate your favorite varietals in confectionery form.
posted by Vidiot
on Aug 10, 2005 -
Free Online Wine Course
from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). We’ll give you a sample of our in-depth, on-site courses by taking you on a virtual journey through three of the world’s top grape varieties.
posted by crunchland
on Apr 8, 2005 -
- an article by Brendan Eliason (assistant winemaker at the David Coffaro Winery
) that explains in plain English what it takes (mechanically speaking) to put out a good bottle of red wine.
posted by Irontom
on Aug 27, 2004 -
Canadian Tax Dollars at Work
I am sure there are some hard
working Metafilterites out there that could be Canada's official wine co-ordinator. You would have to give wine away to senior politicians and hard stuff like that.
posted by Coop
on Jul 20, 2004 -
These are the first words Charles Bukowski
speaks in John Dullaghan'
about the poet
, famous for his writing
and infamous for his drinking
. The audience member might respond, "To hear your story, Hank
, that's what I want."
The movie opens
with friends (Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton, Bono) and colleagues and lovers and fans recounting the myth
; theirs are stories of blades pulled on the maitre d' of the swanky Polo Lounge
in Beverly Hills, of dangling dicks revealed in public, of a drunk
who'd just as soon crack his bottle over your head than share its contents. (more inside)
posted by matteo
on May 28, 2004 -
Ever Try Getting Wine Shipped in the U.S.?
Looks like Montana had set up a "wine connoisseur" rule that allowed for some shipping into the state if you filled out some paperwork, blah blah blah. PAIN!
As someone who enjoys a good wine and wanted to order a bunch of it earlier in '02 when I was in Sonoma, CA and have it shipped home, only to be crushed when I couldn't have it done, I'm looking for a way to get this to work.
Anyone else come across these various laws? Anyone else live in a state where they CAN get wine shipped in to them? 13 states allow reciprocal shipping from other partner states, and 14 others have some strict rules about it. Will opening these rules up allow minors an easy way to get alcohol?
Some great links at the bottom of the article, too.
posted by djspicerack
on Nov 26, 2002 -
Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé
, but the wine's popularity has more to do with clever marketing than the quality of the wine itself
. "Why it was decided to make the region's humblest juice—a wine mainly borne of its worst vineyards, a wine barely removed from the fermentation vat, a wine that is nothing more than pleasantly tart barroom swill—its international standard bearer is a question that will undoubtedly puzzle marketing students for generations to come."
posted by mcwetboy
on Nov 23, 2002 -