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Stay home for Valentine’s Day!

This was originally posted on Feb 12, 2008, and I think it is still very good advice. So, what are Amy and I doing for Valentine's Day? We are going to our friend Madeleine's eponymous restaurant/wine bar with two of ...

It seems that Andy Warhol was right

"In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." -Andy Warhol The nice folks over at Sacre Bleu Wines have decided to make an honest man out of Andy, at least with regards to AWB's 15 minutes. They interviewed both Amy ...

Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

February 14th falls on Sunday this year, and I would bet some of you will be waiting until Saturday to go shopping.  But for those of you who want get to Hallmark before everything is picked over, you might start ...

Not Just Another Wine Sample

One of the perks of writing about wine, is that we tend to get a number of samples for review. Of course with that goes the whole BS disclosure business that the Federal Trade Commission imposed upon bloggers, but not ...

Top Ten Best Drinking Movies

After exhaustive research by our panel of judges (me), I had a list of 14 movies that starred alcohol in some way. I tried to whittle it down to just 10, but failed. So, the title of this post is ...

Guilty; As Charged. Should I Blame Parker?

I love movies and I hate movie reviews. I've always scoffed at people who rush out to see the latest "thumbs up" or avoid the "thumbs down" flick. Perhaps that came from growing up in a small town whose newspaper had ...

Baptism by Grape

The Gospel According to Iris (Editor's Note): We've told you all about our friend Iris, founder of the Urban Wineauxs.  If you recall, when Joe was attending classes with the International Sommelier Guild. I had heard him talk about ...

The Wine Review: Is it All Just Smoke and Mirrors?

Have you ever visited a restaurant for a romantic dinner where everything turns out to be perfect?  Your meal is expertly prepared, the wine pairing is flawless and the waitstaff is impeccably attentive. The music, ideal, seems to have been ...

The effect of price on wine reviews

"Money makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Money makes the world go around It makes the world go 'round. A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound A buck or a pound A buck or a pound Is all that ...

Why I don’t like anything

Many years ago my mother wanted to see Bob Seger when he was in town. While I liked his old stuff, I had never been much of a fan of anything from about Night Moves on. But mom wanted to ...