Plume Bleue – Great Bargain Wine for Grilling

Plume Bleue Vin de Pays d’Oc is a 50/50 Grenache Syrah blend made by a very good winemaker. This big fruity wine has lots of plum, cherry and dark berry flavors with just enough chewy tannins to balance it out. It has a mildly smoky flavor. This stuff just begs for some grilled lamb or pork. Chilled, it could be served with a nice summer salad. Best of all? You should be able to find […]

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Disturbing Trends

“Get up, Stand up Stand up for your rights” –Bob Marley, Peter Tosh This week I bought a new iPod Nano. Despite not being a huge Apple fan, I love this thing. So, yesterday I visited a large electronic superstore near my house. This place is geek heaven and has a great selection. I wanted to purchase a Nano armband and a pair of sport earbuds. I found and purchased both without any problem at […]

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Wine vs. Beer

I have been planning on writing an article along these lines. While looking for inspiration I came across this article at Food and Wine Inspired by the book He Said Beer, She Said Wine, F&W invited authors Sam Calagione, the founder of Delaware’s Dogfish Head brewery, and Marnie Old, a wine educator, to a taste-off. The challenge: Who could come up with the superior pairing for the recipes here? Inspired is a very good word […]

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George Carlin 1937-2008

One of my personal heroes is gone. George Carlin was one of the shaping forces in my life. As teenagers, my friends and I memorized his albums. I can still recite many of his routines verbatim. His impact on many people went way beyond just making us laugh. He picked up the torch that was dropped by Lenny Bruce and, despite sharing it with others along the way, ran with it until yesterday. There are […]

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Terroir Article

Vinography has an excellent article entitled Terroir vs. Pleasure in Wine that discusses flaws in wine, whether they are part of the terroir, and whether they should be eliminated. Some excerpts: How many times have I told myself not to meddle in the world of terroir? Having (or starting) discussions about the traditionally French notion of how wines possess unmistakable signatures of their place of origin is not unlike having discussions about religion and sexual […]

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Interesting Wine Question

I was sent a message with the following question: If you could only drink 2 wines, one white one red, for the foreseeable, what would they be? The questioner is writing a book, and his final chapter will include answers from wine lovers to this question. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that I can help him by providing an answer. Wine is not like that for me. Some times I am in the mood for one […]

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Fantastic Sangria Recipe

This is definitely a sangria with some zing. Give it a try on a hot summer afternoon. 1 bottle of Zinfandel or Syrah 2 cups Vernor’s ginger ale 1/4 cup simple syrup 2 lemons cut into wedges 1 orange cut into wedges 2 limes cut into wedges 1 ruby red grapefruit, segmented 1 oz good gin Make sure that all ingredients are well chilled before combining if you plan to serve this right away, if […]

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