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

A Different Grape

I just love me some lipstick. Any shade gently run across the lips can change an outfit, an ambiance, a conversation, a day. The first lipstick I played around with as a girl… Continue reading