The Suffering Bastard

No, this isn’t the beginning of my autobiography. It is a story about a cocktail that has no clear provenance and a recipe for a drink which has no definitive recipe. Come to think of it, perhaps that would be a good start for an autobiographical tome. If only I had that kind of ambition, the stories I could tell! But alas, my lawyer has sternly warned against such things. So we’ll stick to the […]

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A Perfect Day

Oh, it’s such a perfect day I’m glad I spent it with you Oh, such a perfect day You just keep me hanging on You just keep me hanging on – Perfect Day, Lou Reed The way this wicked world has turned, a good moment can be hard to come by. So when a perfect day comes along, well, that’s something to cherish. Shared even, if possible. Here is my attempt to share it gladly with […]

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Amazing!

This may be my new favorite wine. A GSM (SMG?) from Languedoc, it’s certainly one of the best things that I’ve tasted on our trip to France, and given the quality and quantity of wines we’ve had that’s saying a lot. The nose will grab you, and the flavors? Holy schist! This wine is young and fresh, but so very balanced. Very bright fruit, but also rich and satisfying. What it does with duck should […]

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Repent? I wonder what they meant.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions Won’t be nothing Nothing you can measure anymore The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it has overturned the order of the soul – Leonard Cohen, The Future Santayana was right and Godwin can go take a walk. Conrad didn’t go far enough. And dear departed Leonard warned us of the future and then left us alone the very same week […]

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Classic Horror Movie Wine Pairings – My Top 13 List

I see a lot of seriously stupid articles and posts all of the time pairing wine with things that it either doesn’t go with, or that it just doesn’t have any connection to. These articles pair holiday chocolate with wine, or tell you what the perfect Arbor Day wine pairing is (It’s Sauvignon Blanc, by the way). All kinds of stupid crap like that. When I see these dumb articles it makes me think, “Holy […]

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Old Man Yells at Cloud. Again.

And the public gets what the public wants But I want nothing this society’s got I’m going underground – Going Underground, The Jam With those words, Paul Weller perfectly encapsulated so much. It was a worldview that once guided my generation, tiny as it is in comparison to the one before it or those that have come after. Yes, we had our sheep, as every group will, we called them “posers.” The difference was that […]

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Wine Tasting, How Not To Do It

I don’t particularly care for large tastings. I’ve been trained to do it, and have enough experience to be qualified to do it competently. But I don’t like doing it all that much. The same goes for tasting and evaluating wine on its own. I am actually quite good at it,  but it is not something I relish doing. It seems to me that these things are the equivalent of studying the words in a […]

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