Monthly Archive: November, 2011

The Rum(nog) Diary

Puerto Rican Rum ad. Gourmet. The Magazine of Good Living. December 1969. Volume XXIX It undoubtably comes and goes every year, sometimes flashing by more quickly than others-  the time for wreathes and… Continue reading

Among the Pines

The day after Thanksgiving I took a little trip to Vermont with mom and sis to find a Christmas tree.  We thought we’d be rustic (or something) this year and chop our own…at… Continue reading

Gobble Gobble

Like any holiday, there is no textbook Turkey Day.  Every celebration takes on its own traditions- such a beautiful thing! Of course there are the foundations- football, feasting, family, and friends who we… Continue reading

Oneida Limited

Every dingle hopper has a story… This ad for Oneida silverware is from a 1974 Gourmet magazine.  Can you tell?  Around that time the company was developing a flatware line made of sterling.… Continue reading

The Headiest Wine in the World

Some may shake their heads and say that I should not use magic as an explanation for an inexplicable wine. That there are purposeful and complex reasons and efforts that go into making… Continue reading

The Schiava Sessions

Login sessions, jam sessions, class sessions, negotiation sessions, and traditionally, in Britain, drinking sessions- a set time in the day for socialization, usually in a pub or somewhere of the sort. Leave it… Continue reading


Gourmet magazine, Pernot ad, January 1974 Pernod, an aniseed liqueur, was largely born as a reaction to the banning of the ever-popular, possibly psychedelic, absinthe in the early 20th century.  A perfect aperitivo… Continue reading

A Note on the Corkscrew

On the left, an advertisement for a Brookstone “Automatic Wine Opener with Built-in Foil Cutter”.  Cost: $49.99.  On the right, a classic pulltap corkscrew, which will run you approximately 10 bones, depending on… Continue reading

The Importance of Drinking Ernest

In Europe then we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also as a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a… Continue reading

Hello Grolleau

Le Cousin Rouge by Olivier Cousin In the Loire Valley, or the “Garden of France”, there is an ancient grape variety that goes by a number of names, including Grolleau (rhymes with Merlot,… Continue reading

At the end of the day…

The excitement and drudgery, accomplishment and pleasures of our everyday- the scheduled and the unexpected, emails and to-do lists, running after (and waiting for) planes, trains, and automobiles, the schlepping of the groceries… Continue reading