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March 2011

Fledgling Wine

fledgling wines benefit room to read, get a great pinot noir or chardonnay and help increase literacy in the third world

Welcome to Philanthropy Thursday, where we profile people, products, and organizations that showcase the best nature of humankind. “When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.”  —  Christopher Morley Do good. Drink better. Wine Harlots […]

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The Breaking Light

the breaking light - a sunrise over rancho santa fe california - copyright eatonalive

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott Alex Wong & Vienna Teng have created a new song, The Breaking Light, which all proceeds will […]

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Lange Twins Sangiovese Rosé 2010

a beautiful bottle of rose wine from Lange Twins

Vitae Summa Brevis They are not long, the weeping and the laughter, Love and desire and hate: I think they have no portion in us after We pass the gate. They are not long, the days of wine and roses: Out of a misty dream Our path emerges for a while, then closes Within a […]

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The Great Wave Off Kanagawa / The Rough Sea

The most famous Japanese woodblock print of a great wave of the coast of Japan with Mount Fuji in the background

the rough sea stretching out towards Sado the Milky Way Matsuo Bashō (1689) Woodblock print by Hokusai Haiku by Matsuo Bashō

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Kanbara Bride of the Fox

Bride of the Fox sake with an orchid back drop

No blossoms and no moon, and he is drinking sake all alone! Matsuo Basho No need to drink alone.  Open a bottle of Kanbara Bride of the Fox and you’ll always have a cunning newlywed as a drinking companion.  The color is a clear pale straw. The nose has pronounced high alcohol with biscuit overtones. […]

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Drink Sake Tonight

beautifly decorated sake casks barrels

“I love you the more that I believe you have liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.” — John Keats How to help Japan recover from the devastating earthquake?  Drink sake.  (Donations to the Red Cross are recommended too, but tomorrow it’s all about the sake.)  Wine writer and former Japan resident W. […]

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Ponzi Vineyard Tavola Pinot Noir 2009

Ponzi Tavola pinot noir

“Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.”  —  Hunter S. Thompson If you’re going to fall for a Ponzi scheme, this is the one wine crime you’ll be more than happy to do the time for.  Ponzi Vineyard Tavola Pinot Noir 2009 is […]

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Room to Read

Room to Read logo, a multi-colored house made out of books

Welcome to Philanthropy Thursday, where we profile people, products, and organizations that showcase the best nature of humankind. “Only the educated are free.” — Epictetus “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” — Diogenes Laertius There are 775 million people in the world who are illiterate – with 300 million children […]

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St. Patricks Day

Googlely-man bottle closure, and Irishman upside-down diving into a bottle of liquor or wine

If you’re going to dive headfirst into the bottle this Saint Paddy’s Day, the Wine Harlots say the Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is a great bottle to get sideways with!

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Chateau Ste Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009

lovely bowel of clear broth with corned beef and spring carrots

“You can bring a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink.”  —  John Heywood On the eve of Saint Patricks Day, you may be mulling over what to quaff with the Corned Beef.  The dish is a melange of flavors and spices and can pose a quantry for wine pairing.  And there’s […]

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