Monthly Archives: November 2010

Absinthe the “Green Fairy” or Death in the Afternoon”

Ah! the Green Goddess! What is the fascination that makes her so adorable and so terrible?  Aleister Crowley Sometimes known as the ” Green Fairy”, “Green Witch” and the “Green Devil”. Absinthe is a making a comeback, but there is … Continue reading

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Ponderings on Points, Amarones, and Arias

  I am taking a few day off from work, so tonight I feel justified in picking something special to celebrate a clean desk and being home. A bottle of Amarone is definitely appropriate. The bottle I decide on is … Continue reading

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Ode To Terrior and Tasting Notes

  I hate tasting notes. Okay, maybe that’s too harsh. I dislike tasting notes – intensely. Actually, I’ve written hundreds of tasting notes. I’ve written them on restaurant coasters, on the back of business cards, on program guides, and on … Continue reading

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The Great Champagne Quandary: An Afternoon with Pol Roger

  Do we really need a celebration to have Champagne? Why is it that typically there has to be a wedding, birthday, or New Years to pop open a bottle of bubbly? Champagne pairs well with food, so why not … Continue reading

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Wines of the Week

Castillo de Monseran, Grenacha, Carinena DO Spain $9.99 An excellent wine for the price point. Typical Grenache flavors of red berry fruit with some black cherry Very juicy, a little spicy with good acidity, easy to drink. Good food wine. … Continue reading

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