Wine and the Fourth 7-3-2024

We celebrate the 248th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence tomorrow. There may be fireworks and parades, but most of us will simply honor the Fourth with family and friends. And barbecue, or at least outdoor time. Continue reading “Wine and the Fourth 7-3-2024”

Valentine’s Day 2-7-2023

Valentine’s Day, the inspired capitalist fabrication of greeting card makers, florists, and chocolatiers, happens next Wednesday. Here are some notions about wine to titillate your cherished someone. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day 2-7-2023”

New Year’s bubbly 12-27-2023

While sparkling wine deserves to be enjoyed year-round, New Year’s Eve and special celebrations are when most people experience it. Suggestions on New Year strategies: Continue reading “New Year’s bubbly 12-27-2023”

Wine for Christmas 12-20-2023

If you are reading this column, there is a good chance wine will be part of your Christmas/holiday celebration. Observations: Continue reading “Wine for Christmas 12-20-2023”

Thanksgiving strategies 11-15-2023

Thanksgiving is the greatest of all the food-centered holidays. July Fourth is hot dogs and beer. Christmas is sugar highs and multitudinous distractions. New Years is about regrets in the cold, harsh light of the next morning. Continue reading “Thanksgiving strategies 11-15-2023”

Pio Cesare Barolo Pio DOCG 2018

Medium garnet color; black cherry, raspberry, plum, eucalyptus, coffee, leather, forest floor, oak, spice on the nose and palate. Continue reading “Pio Cesare Barolo Pio DOCG 2018”

Labor Day 8-30-2023

Next Monday brings us to the annual bittersweet pivot from the adventures and tribulations of summer to the prayed-for succor of autumn. Labor Day. Continue reading “Labor Day 8-30-2023”

Beat the heat with wine 7-12-2023

If you live in the southern part of the USA, summer 2023 has been a horror. Record-breaking high temperatures, the sort of records no sane person wants to brag about. Continue reading “Beat the heat with wine 7-12-2023”

Wine and hot weather 7-5-2023

John Steinbeck, riffing from Shakespeare’s Richard III, wrote: “Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun…” Continue reading “Wine and hot weather 7-5-2023”