Category Archive: Wine & Life


“One sort of optional thing you might do is to realize that there are six seasons instead of four.  The poetry of four seasons is all wrong for this part of the planet,… Continue reading

Empty Boxes

Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince is one of the most beautiful stories ever written.  Subtly and sweetly offering lessons on how to take care of your planet and your flower and your… Continue reading

Piemonte in June

Lately I haven’t been really great at finding words. Words for all of the wonderful and new (and old) and tasty things that I want to tell you about.  A whole jumble of… Continue reading

Yesterday’s Gourmet

In 1972 Italy’s appellation system was just about 10-years-old.  Wineries were beginning to bottle wines they’d been selling locally in town centers where people would fill jugs from taps and hoses.  These local… Continue reading

Schopenhaur’s Schnoz

It occasionally happens that, for no particular reason, long-forgotten scenes suddenly start up in the memory.  This may in many cases be due to the action of some hardly perceptible odour, which accompanied… Continue reading

What is Annie Hall Drinking?

There is that iconic scene in Annie Hall (I use “iconic” because I think every shot in the film that I have seen 2 bagillion times is iconic) that takes place on the… Continue reading

Vine Box

I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (whaddup!). When my mom was helping me settle into my new apartment over four years ago, she commented that I was moving to little Warsaw.  It’s really Polish… Continue reading


Today is the first day of wintertime. When I lived in Napa Valley, I looked forward to the quiet of the natural world during the winter months.  After the persimmon harvest was finished,… Continue reading

Yuletide Gifting

It’s the time of year to find a special something for all your special someones.  If you ask me, it feels just as good to give a sweet gift as it does to… Continue reading

A Diplomatic Wine

Though life is politics, when it comes to election time, I try (lately) to keep my opinions to myself and my ballot. I mean, to a certain extent, what is the point?  Our… Continue reading

On Keeping a Notebook

Why did I write it down? In order to remember, of course, but exactly what was it I wanted to remember? How much of it actually happened? Did any of it? Why do… Continue reading

Subterranean Style

Whenever I think of cellars, Edgar Allen Poe’s morbid tale, The Cask of Amontillado, comes to mind. You know, the one where Montresor buries Fortunato alive in a pocket of his palazzo catacombs.… Continue reading

Au Naturel

Have you heard of nature deficit disorder?  Usually mentioned in relation to kids these days growing up with a lack of dirt-digging and tree-climbing…it’s a real thing, or so the docs say. Consider me… Continue reading

Money Ain’t A Thang

Wine will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no wine. -Hippies It doesn’t matter if you make a bagillion dollars or play the… Continue reading

“As Simple As That…”

January is Mentor Month!  I really like the word mentor, because when I speak it in my mind I think of my Dee Dee telling me about her “5 Great Mentors” and everything… Continue reading