Month: July 2012

General Wine

Meditrina, a new wine love of loves

Meditrina, the Roman Goddess of Health and Wine, is the name of a heavenly red blend from Oregon. Newsroom budgets and not bottles have consumed most of my time lately, although I did get to taste five wines in the Pergola over the weekend. While the Wine Goddess did her thing in the garden, I […]

General Wine

Summer doldrums? It's wine party time

It was the most expensive vacation in which I never left home. My wife, the Wine Goddess, and yours truly were planning to visit my sister, who has a nice 43-foot cabin Cruiser on Lake Michigan, last week. But prior to departure, our central heating/air conditioning system expired, an electrical coil quit its refrigerator job […]

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A Brunello for Caravaggio's Bacchus

Is Caravaggio’s Bacchus (1597-98) teasing us to join the party with his rich goblet of wine? Im sitting in the pergola reading Andrew Graham-Dixons fascinating new book on Renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) when I drift off to the last time I was in Rome, in 2007, and I saw the great painters […]

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Keep the wine mysteries coming, dear

I was planning on taking a vacation from writing this column this week, and came up with a novel excuse — palate fatigue. I told the Wine Goddess I will pass on this excuse to my readers who will inevitably turn to medical journals to find out if “palate fatigue” is terminal. She laughed and […]