Monthly Archives: February 2013

The wines of Taft Street, excellent value for money.

Sonoma Winter WINEland 3: Taft Street

(Part 1  Part 2) The crew behind TAFT STREET Winery, our second stop on northern Sonoma’s Winter WINEland 2013, call themselves “garagistes,” a French term that came into vogue in Bordeaux...
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R.E.M. Perfect Circle is available online in the UK from March 11, but is already in British bookstores. American publication is officially in July, but the book can be ordered through UK online outlets in the meantime. Click on thumbnail above for Omnibus Press publisher page and online ordering.

Available now: R.E.M. Perfect Circle

I have a book published this week in the UK. It’s called R.E.M. Perfect Circle. Is it a new biography of the band? Not exactly. Is it a straight reissue of...
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A Light Never Goes Out in New Brunswick

Saturday February 23, I hosted a reading for my Smiths biography at the brand new Barnes & Noble in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As with most of my other readings,...
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The Cherry Ridge Syrah was laid out alongside bowls of the spices and fruit that are often considered 'ingredients' in such a wine.

Sonoma Winter WINEland Part 2: Dutton-Goldfield

(Part 1) First stop on the Winter WINEland trail: DUTTON-GOLDFIELD, where we were formally greeted outside the tasting room with a glass of their 2011 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay Russian River...
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This map renders it somewhat easier to understand. San Francisco lies to the south.

Sonoma Winter WINEland Part 1

I’m not much of a Napa man. That doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of its most famous export Cabernet Sauvignon, and if you’d like to buy me a bottle...
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Mammoth Powder Part 3

A Mammoth Skiing Adventure Part 1 Part 2   Skiing is a curious sport. From the outside, it seems perfectly pointless. A close relative has asked me a few times,...
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View from the top. The precipice at the top of Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth Powder: A Short Story (part 2)

Read Mammoth Rental: A Short Story (Part 1) here   I was standing on a precipice 11,000 feet above sea level. The temperature was nine below zero Farenheit with the...
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The Guns of Shandaken

On Monday night, I had the unpleasant experience of witnessing reactionary forces in action. The Town of Shandaken, here in the heart of the beautiful Catskill mountains, passed a resolution...
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