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Featured Wine: Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA, 2007

When visiting my mother-in-law at the Jersey Shore, I often stop in at the Manasquan wine store Spirit of 76, which offers one of the largest collections of Californian wines...
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The Fanzine Library

An old Scottish friend from New York City, Lincoln Rose, sent me this news story over the weekend: The National Library of Scotland is to embark on the laborious task...
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Catskills Corner Special: Skiing in a Recession

Over the Christmas holidays, I ran into an acquaintance from Brooklyn in the lodge at Hunter Mountain. He was bemoaning the cost of skiing: it had set him back $300...
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Melody Makers and Shakers

Not the worst place to hold a party: the Elks Lodge, New Brunswick, right in the heart of town. Last Saturday Posie and I traveled down to New Brunswick, New...
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Hope is still very much alive…

(Since writing this post, I see that the New York Times has put up an excellent “interactive video and transcript of President Obama‘s address, with annotations from New York Times...
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Featured Wine: Tyrrell’s Vat 1, Hunter Semillon “Aged Release” 1994, Hunter Valley, Australia

This is – or, I should say, the bottle now being empty in front of me, was – by any measures, a unique wine. Semillon, to the extent that the...
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And the Oscars go to… the Brits

It was another resounding victory for the mother country last night, with the Anglo-Indian production Slumdog Millionaire picking up eight Oscars, and additional trophies going to Kate Winslett, along with...
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I Witness

Plattekill Mountain, Saturday February 21, 2009, 2:53pm. Click on image above to see full-size (and spot the snowboarder)....
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