Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

Cigarettes and chocolate milk These are just a couple of my cravings Everything it seems I like’s a little bit stronger A little bit thicker, a little bit harmful for me If I should buy jellybeans Have to eat them all in just one sitting Everything it seems I like’s a little bit sweeter A little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me -Rufus Wainwright “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” There are people who strictly […]

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The Food Network – Ultimate Recipe Showdown

The Food Network is still one of the channels I turn to first when I am looking for something to watch, although I am really starting to wonder why. Yes, Alton Brown still teaches technique better, and in a more amusing fashion, than almost anyone, and Iron Chef still allows the viewer insight into how great chefs play with food in a quirky and entertaining fashion,  but there are fewer shows worth watching these days. […]

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Responsible Wine Drinking Can Save Your Life. Maybe.

When I was a law clerk I worked on a case for a client’s son who had been arrested for underage drinking and driving while intoxicated (DWI).  I was responsible for doing the research that made the sobriety test results inadmissible. And my research helped the firm establish that there was no probable cause to pull the kid over. So we got the kid off. And I was proud of myself for doing such a […]

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Commentary: Credentialing for Wine Bloggers

Last Fall during the North American Wine Blogger Conference there arose a debate: Is it ethical for wine bloggers to accept wine gratis from the wine industry (Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction: What Crosses the Line)? Fast forward a few months and now the debate has moved onto who should legitimately get wine for free–camouflaged in a discussion about “Wine Blogger Certification.” On-line media and a variety of blog platforms have put the power of […]

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Awful Falafel (Recipes from the rest of the meal)

The other night I decided to make a Mediterranean feast. As documented by Amy yesterday, we had it along with the 2007 San Felice Vermentino Maremma Toscana Perolla, which turned out to be a very good match. She mentioned my food, but she was kind enough to not mention that the main dish that I cooked was a disaster. Everything was supposed to support the falafel, but as the title suggests, it was awful. The […]

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What is a wine snob?

Looking up the word ‘snob’ on dictionary.com brings up the following definitions: snob –noun 1. a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others. 2. a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field: a musical snob. and snob (snŏb) n. 1. […]

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What moves us?

There are times in our lives when we experience something that moves us. We may be moved to tears, to action, or even to turn away. We see, hear, read, or taste something that stirs something within us. These emotional triggers hit hardest and have the most effect when we least expect them to breach the walls that we erect to protect ourselves. Some chink in our armor is found and feelings come unbidden and […]

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Warning: Emotions Can Impair Your Drinking

Recently we attended a company holiday party. The invitation indicated each guest would receive two drink tickets, with all additional drinks available from the “cash bar.” Upon arriving we learned that the bar policy had changed. One of the head honchos had flown in from out of town, and all drinks were on the house. This is where the trouble started. One of the guys attending the party (we’ll call him Sam) is having some […]

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Wine Reviews

When I find someone I respect writing about an edgy, nervous wine that dithered in the glass, I cringe.  When I hear someone I don’t respect talking about an austere, unforgiving wine, I turn a bit austere and unforgiving myself.  When I come across stuff like that and remember about the figs and bananas, I want to snigger uneasily.  You can call a wine red, and dry, and strong, and pleasant.  After that, watch out…. […]

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