Lasagna from Hell

I would like to apologize for not posting anything yesterday. My intentions were good, but apparently the road to hell is paved with homemade pasta. Lots of homemade pasta, as it turns out. Last week my youngest son turned 13. This momentous occasion was prologued earlier in the week by me asking, quite innocently, what he would like for his birthday dinner. Now Jacob, if nothing else, is a consistent child. This question has always […]

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Wine Wankers

First off, is there any funnier word in the entire English language than “wanker?” If so, I can’t think of it. In the context of this article on wine snobs, or wankers, it made me laugh even harder than usual. I think we all know at least one person like that. There is a lot of good advice for all of us in “Four sommeliers walk into a bar…” Some of my favorites are: After […]

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Bubbles for every day, all day?

How can you not love an article that proposes drinking sparkling wine with every meal of the day? I think that I’ll pass on the champagne cocktail suggestions, but the rest of this is great. This style of wine really needs to be considered more often with all types of foods. They can be purchased in all price ranges and styles. Like Madame Lilly Bollinger, the late matriarch of the Bollinger champagne house, Kearney believes […]

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Food Pairing Article

I really enjoyed this article on pairings. I have a bottle of Muscadet just begging for a dish like his first suggestion. Let’s get serious about food and wine matching. I’m going to present three utterly perfect pairings. They are classic and easy to do. First up: oysters. OK, I hear the chorus of boos. Oysters? Yuck. But, please, hear me out. In this case, we’re going to cook them to a nice crispiness.

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New Wine Search Engine

This is long overdue in my estimation, a search engine specifically targeted to wine-related sites. http://www.ablegrape.com Here is an article about it, and an excerpt: Wine types have long bemoaned the fact that search engines don’t share our view of the world. If we type in “Barbera,” we don’t want to know about “Hanna.” So there’s plenty to like about Able Grape (www.ablegrape.com). Rather than the usual scattershot approach, it scours wine-specific Web sites and […]

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SP Drummer 2002 Cabernet

When they talk about a Cabernet being big the 2002 SP Drummer Napa Valley Blair Vineyard Cab is what they mean. This is a big, powerful wine. I had this wine paired with sirloin steak and twice baked potatoes seasoned with a lot of roast garlic and goat cheese and this Cab overpowered everything on the plate. Next bottle of it I have the pleasure of drinking will be paired with stronger fare. A rare […]

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Ralph Steadman – Untrodden Grapes

I remember picking up the Hunter S. Thompson classic “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” as a teenager and becoming instantly engrossed. That was without having read a single word, or even opening the cover. That image of two obviously unhinged individuals driving through the desert promised a very strange trip. Luckily for the generations of readers, and writers, that he inspired, Thompson was more than able to deliver on that cover’s promise.

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