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Mardi Gras: Pairing Wine with King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Wine with cake? Laissez les bon temps rouler! Fat Tuesday means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and the wine for you to spread the joie de vivre and as you celebrate Mardi Gras festivities! In the United States' ...

Navel Gazing With The Wino: Year End Magic and Loss Edition

I've written before about Lester Bangs. He's a hero of mine. Forget that he was a rock critic. Hell, forget that he was a critic. He was a writer. A great one. He did work as a critic, however, so those ...

So, you want to be a blogger?

Posterior Pontifications Quite a while back Steve Heimoff wrote a piece about the state of blogging. Judging by the number of people who sent me the link, a good number of them bloggers, it was expected that I would take offense ...

The Water of Life

Life without passion is no life at all. Some people have a single passion, that one overriding interest that makes everything else fade to gray. While many hit that level of dedication to a singular interest at times in life, ...

Money, Guns and Workers: The True Meaning of Labor Day

After six days of wine tasting and pairing in Portland and Carlton, Oregon, we headed on a walking tour of the city and landed at Powell's City of Books. Since Joe and I are secretly book nerds (we used to ...

A Symphony of Artistry: Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir

I am sitting at my kitchen table looking out the window after a rainstorm. The blinds are half-mast, so I cannot see the gray sky. My view is just of the yard to the top of our wood fence and ...

Lima Beans, Wine and Jane’s Addiction

When you were a little kid, you probably hated peas. I not only hated peas, but loathed lima beans. It was not so much the flavor, as the consistency. Lima beans, especially when prepared hastily, or from a can with ...

On Becoming a Mom at 50

When I first met Joe's younger child, he was only four years old. I was visiting Toledo, Ohio, for Christmas and we were at that "serious" point in the relationship when Dad lets the girlfriend meet the kids. While Joe's older ...

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

You have to choose Play with the boys You're bound to lose A bottle in one hand A can in the other Don't fool around 'cause they're real mean mothers -Wild in the Streets, Circle Jerks For the past couple of months, and then culminating in this past ...

It’s Syrah, Dammit!

I try not to play favorites. When someone asks me what my favorite wine or grape is I usually babble some non-committal bullshit until I see their eyes glaze over and I know it is safe to change the subject. ...

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