Category: Featured

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Wine: Myths and Mystery, a Top Ten List

Is there any other popular beverage steeped in so much myth and mystery as wine? Even Scotch would seem to be a distant second. There is no simpler alcoholic beverage to make if you break it down by basic process ...

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