How Can You Tell If It Is Love?

Picture:  “Hello Lover.” Focaccia at Leonti, New York.  From The New Yorker (by Eric Helgas). A post in which we pause a moment to marvel at a restaurant critic overcome by affection for the subject of a review.  Despite the fact it has little practical value for me as an eater, I routinely read Hannah […]

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Spring & Wisdom From Julia Child

Picture: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, La Primavera. 1563, Oil on Canvas. Prompted by a new book, Julia Child: The Last Interview and Other Conversations, Helen Rosner of the New Yorker writes this week about the political side of Julia Child.  Rosner makes a passing observation that, “Her advocacy for seasonal vegetables, good dairy, and whole ingredients during […]

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Paris Dining after the Twilight before the Dark (1939)

Picture:  Partridge and Woodcock.  Claude Monet, 1872. Oil on Canvas. Here is a quote from A.J. Liebling on eating in Paris in 1939, after the war began but before the Germans arrived.  When Les Halles still overflowed: Of all the dishes that M. Bouillon made for me [he nearly had the place to himself], I […]

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The Structure of Wine – Quotes

Photo: Bodegas Ysios Winery. Guardia, Spain. designed by Santiago Calatrava.  via Modlar.com I continue to mine Terry Theise’s Reading between the Wines for insights.  The idea of  wine having a “structure” seems counterintuitive.  In physical form it is liquid.  On the tongue, it is fleeting.  This quote from Theise and another from Goethe seem like […]

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Quote: On Wine and Place

Picture: Sonoma “Or we can claim this world of places.  We can claim the love that lives in hills and vines, in trees and birds and smells, in buildings and ovens and human eyes, of everything in our world that makes itself at home and calls on us to do the same. The value of […]

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Quote: “Tolerance for Surprise”

Picture:  2015 Sancerre Rouge at Chloe – an enjoyable surprise. “Vintages vary, at least in many of the Old World’s uncertain climates, and the crisp wine you liked this year could be voluptuous wine next year.  Different growers with adjacent parcels in the same vineyard will make different-tasting wine.  It isn’t total chaos – there […]

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Quote: Vintage Champagne

Photo: From https://www.champagnevilmart.fr/ “[1996] isn’t a vintage of pleasure; it’s a vintage of desire.” Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Cie., Champagne, France.  Quoted in Terry Theise, Reading between the Wines (which I just finished reading).

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Quote: Mary Norris on Homer’s Wine-Dark Sea

Picture:  Amphora found near Crete.  naava.org “On my first trip criss-crossing the Aegean, I was nursing an ouzo in a small glass and staring into the water, when I suddenly understood the meaning of Homer’s ‘wine-dark sea.’  Homer wasn’t saying that the sea was the color of wine.  He was saying that the sea had […]

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