February 2010

To The Thawing Wind / Thawing of the Snow

oil painting Thawing of the Snow by Laszlo Mednyansky

Come with rain. O loud Southwester! Bring the singer, bring the nester; Give the buried flower a dream; make the settled snowbank steam; Find the brown beneath the white; But whate’er you do tonight, bath my window, make it flow, Melt it as the ice will go; Melt the glass and leave the sticks Like […]

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The Wine Seller & Vineyard Table

Photograph of the The Seller and Vineyard Table in Herndon Virginia

Wine Harlots say: trust your local wine merchant. And the wine purveyor to trust in Northern Virginia is The Wine Seller & Vineyard Table in Herndon. The motto is “Interesting Wines. Reasonably Priced.” And they do both very well. Nice, knowledgeable, great selection – what more do you want? Check out the complementary wine tastings. […]

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Ukiah Cellars Two Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

bottleshot of Ukiah Cellars Two Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

“In the depths of winter,  I at last discovered that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  — Albert Camus The winter doldrums getting you down?  Wine Harlots suggest a glass of liquid sunshine to brighten up your day.  Try the Ukiah Two Vineyards Chardonnay, with it’s cheerful sun-burst label.  It’s an unoaked chardonnay with […]

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Michael David 6th Sense Syrah 2007

bottle shot of Michael David 6th Sense Syrah 2007 from Lodi California

“Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.” — W. Somerset Maugham You don’t have to be psychic to enjoy 6th Sense Syrah.  Nor will you see dead people.  (Unless, of course, you drink too much – then all bets are off.)  The color is an […]

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The Olive Trees :: The Olive Garden

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The Olive Garden He went up under the gray leaves All gray and lost in the olive lands And laid his forehead, gray with dust, Deep in the dustiness of his hot hands. After everything this. And this was the end. — Now I must go, as I am going blind. And why is it Thy will […]

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X Winery Carneros Chardonnay 2008

X Winery Carneros Chardonnay 2008

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”  — Jacques Cousteau This is a subtle wine.  The X Winery Carneros Chardonnay’s color is straw, the nose is clean with a fresh, light, lemony scent.  The palate has apple and pineapple with a […]

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Yorkville Cellars Carménère 2006

Yorkville Cellars Carménère 2006

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”  — Albert Schweitzer “The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.”  — Okakura Kakuzo   If you’re accustomed to thick, chewy Chilean carménère’s, you’re in for a surprise.  The Yorkville Cellars Carménère, […]

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Undurraga Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Undurraga Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008

“Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”  — Pablo Picasso Perhaps.  But the Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshment itself and the Wine Harlots are kinda loving it.   It has a muted sweet floral aroma, with a crisp acidity with citrus and grassy notes predominating.  The perfect pairing is Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano & Black […]

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Life is Fine :: Ophelia

oil painting Ophelia - Alexandre Cabanel (1883)

I went down to the river, I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldn’t, So I jumped in and sank. I came up once and hollered! I came up twice and cried! If that water hadn’t a-been so cold I might’ve sunk and died. But it was Cold in that water! […]

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Old River Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Old River Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

“You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.”  —  Heraclitus “He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”  —  Horace The color is clear ruby.  The nose reads high alcohol […]

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