My aunt was making star-shaped cookies with her grandson, a present for his friends. One broke, and my aunt was afraid they’d have to throw it away, and they wouldn’t have enough. “Uh-oh,” said my aunt. “We’re one short–it’s broken.” Her grandson picked it up, studied it for a minute, and said, “Grandma, it’s not … More What Am I Making and What Am I Drinking?
This week I drew this picture of a horse with legwarmers. It came to me as I was waking up, and I’m proud I got it down, because most of my inspirations just perish unrealized. I rarely produce art anymore, which is a pity, since I went to art school. I find this drawing furtive … More What Am I Making and What Am I Drinking?
Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve written–I really debate whether I’m a serious writer or someone who just follows their whims. There’s nothing wrong with the latter, but we feel better when we’re achieving something impressive. The author James Clear writes that he makes himself stick to a regular writing schedule, even when he doesn’t … More Where I’ve Been
Last night we wanted to open up a special bottle and pair it with a nice meal, so we chose a Barolo we had gotten over the summer in Italy. I decided to pair it with crimini mushrooms in a Bechamel sauce over toast, and artichokes with a lemon-butter sauce. They say artichokes don’t pair … More Vegetarian Wine Pairing: Barolo and Bechamel Mushrooms
Zaca Mesa syrah, one of the main wineries in Santa Barbara. From the Santa Ynez valley, the southernmost and warmest of the AVAs there. From the bottle: Our Syrah was hand harvested, gently sorted and destemmed, patiently fermented with a little Viognier, and then aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. This full-bodied wine … More Sunday Wine Fun: Zaca Mesa Syrah
I haven’t written in awhile, because I’m not very disciplined. No other reason. I go in and out of having ideas. While I’ve been planning a lot in my head for future educational articles, this poem came to me after a lazy President’s Day of listening to Abbey Road and drinking cheap California wine (not … More An Ode to Biodynamic Wines
We got married last weekend! It was a joyous occasion with tons of family and friends and hot, hot weather here in Los Angeles. It was the closest Saturday to Summer Solstice, and almost a full moon. Of course, the day of the Solstice, we forgot–and missed a peek at the Strawberry Moon, which only comes … More Our Wedding Line-up of California Wines
I thought I’d start a series based on what I’m reading and drinking. Tonight, I’m reading The Great Gatsby and drinking Cloudy Bay’s sauvignon blanc. Both are classics in their respective fields. The book was something I “read” in high school, meaning I skimmed the first … More What Am I Reading and What Am I Drinking?
Spanish wine tastes like: a brown outfit from WalMart being run over by a muddy army tank. a bad reproduction of Guernica painted on cardboard and soaked in Pabst. Woodpeckers preserved and ground to a powder dusting an old man’s cane. A Cyclops dumbly mashing its head against a bull. I sanitize my wounds with … More An Ode to Spanish Wine
This is part of the ProBlogger podcast 31 Days to a Better Blog. I’m doing it to see what I learn. Today’s exercise is to publish a link post, or a link to another blog–especially one that is useful. If you’re an active wine blogger, you probably know this one, but if you’re not, then … More Chianti Classico Riserva for $10?