Notes From All Over


This Friday morning found us in New York for a post-New Year, pre-return to college day trip. First stop: the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, a re-creation of immigrant life in the city from 1863 til the 1930s. We took the 'Shops' tour, which starts in an 1880's German-style beer saloon. From our modern perspective, it's hard to imagine why whole families would gather in this cramped, dark space. But tour their apartments (much smaller) and consider their circumstances, and you get it: this was their living room, where they relaxed and met friends and family.

Resolution: Happy New Year!
Hemingway: Wine and Friends

It's that time again-time to examine the old year and make plans for the new one. Don't worry; we're not going to regale you with plans for less coffee and more hot yoga. As always, our resolutions are all about the grape juice.

I hereby resolve to:

A Gift

Because I grew up in a very rural area, my earliest memories of Christmas shopping involve catalogs. Not the ubiquitous pile of paper that lands in your mailbox on a daily basis now, just the 'Big Three' of JC Penney, Sears, and Montgomery Ward. Their Christmas catalogs, the size of a city telephone directory, would arrive in the fall, because it took a good 4-6 weeks or more to place and receive an order from them. We'd spend weeks poring over the pictures of toys and clothes, picking and marking our favorites.

Turning Point

Friends, I will remember you, think of you, pray for you. And when another day is through, I'll still be friends with you.
-John Denver

Going to the Dogs...Saturday, December 3 2-5 PM
Crazy Dog

We think everyone should drink more bubbly (and bodacious holiday-worthy reds, killer Scotch and Bourbon, great eggnog...). We think everyone should experience the hot dog Nirvana that is Snappy Dogs. And we definitely believe that all real dogs deserve a home of their own, with people who love and care for them.

Ergo, Bubbles & Bark, our year-end bash to benefit Forever Home Rescue New England. Your $10 ticket -a 100% donation to FHR- includes:

Laying Down the Rules
Coffee and Wine

Ah, Thanksgiving: the holiday devoted to stuffing a turkey then stuffing yourself and all your family members. The Pilgrims and Native Americans are mixed up in it somehow, too. Plus football, of course. And a parade.

I have 2 Simple Rules for Thanksgiving Guests

The Wine Nose...Knows
Washington Wines

The Washington State wine scene is growing by leaps and bounds; it seems like a new winery springs up about every other week. With more than a dozen American Viticultural Areas and dramatic differences in climate and terrain, WA is also producing an exciting array of wines: Bordeaux-style blends, varietals more often associated with Spain (Tempranillo, Graciano) or Portugal (Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional), rich Chardonnay, Rhone varieties like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre...the list is endless.

What Portfolio?
Robert Kacher Wines

Next Sunday, we're holding a Robert Kacher portfolio tasting. Wait....what on earth is a portfolio tasting?

Relax. There will be no samples of cardboard, no comparison of blue to red to brown. Nope, we're talking about a very different type of portfolio.

Signed Bottle

If you enjoy wine and travel, you have probably visited (more than) a few vineyards. On vacation, standing in a beautiful, peaceful place, probably holding a very nice glass of wine, you think, "This is the life! What fun it would be to live in a vineyard and make delicious wines."

That experience-the romance, the beauty-is at the heart of wine tourism, but also wine dinners and other winemaker events. We want to meet the people who are responsible for our favorite liquid. We walk away with the signed bottles or menus, but also with the memories.

VOTE (for Wine)
Vote for Wine

Admit it. You're tired of almost everything about this election. No matter what your political leanings, it has gone on too long, been too mean-spirited, too downright weird. And while there are still a couple weeks before we trundle off to the polls, we're all pretty much DONE with talking about it. So don't (talk about it-you should still go to the polls). Instead, vote-for wine.

Welcome to our new idea for simultaneously distracting you from the upcoming election while also enlivening Sundays featuring afternoon Patriots games: VOTE (for Wine).