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May 2011

Layer Cake Primitivo 2008

Label for Jayson Woodbridge's Layer Cake Primitivo

“I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.” — Mary McCarthy Who doesn’t love cake? And Layer Cake Primitivo 2008 is no exception. Give this an hour or two open up and it will pair perfectly with red meat on a backyard barbeque. The color is dense purple, with plummy, jammy flavors of black […]

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Keswick Vineyards Verdejo 2010

photograph of Keswick Vineyards Verdejo 2010 with wine glass. copyright EatonAlive 2011

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” — Wallace Stevens This is a perfect summer wine. Light, bright, ethereal. The Keswick Vineyards Verdejo 2010 is the color of pale gold, with crisp, clean aromas and flavors of green apple, grapefruit and fresh mown grass. Ideal for sultry summer nights on the patio. The […]

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Château Ballan Larquette Rosé 2009

Bottleshot of the bright pink French Château Ballan Larquette Rosé wine

“We’re going to get it serviced up and take it out, … because a lot of people have never seen it, and they need to see it.” — George Clinton I love rosés. And Château Ballan Larquette Rosé 2009 is no exception. It’s a sophisticated rosé with the usual strawberry notes, but with a dusty […]

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Innocent Bystander Victoria Pinot Noir 2009

label of Innocent Bystander pinot noir. An impressionist rendering of a man in a hat, backlit with paint splatters.

“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” — Anaïs Nin The Innocent Bystander Victoria Pinot Noir 2009 may […]

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CARE Enough to Kill HR 1161

logo for Stop HR 1161. An anti-protectionist trade group. Burgundy letters and numbers on white

“Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.” — George Bernard Shaw Last year I asked you to take ten minutes and contact your congress person in House of Representatives to express your opposition to the CARE Act of 2010, a piece of junk legislation designed […]

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La Vieille Ferme Rouge

bottleshot of La Vieille Ferme Red Wine. Iconic picture of a rooster and a chicken.

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” — Warren BuffettYou don’t have to pay much to get tasty fermented grape juice. La Vieille Ferme proves that year in and year out. For just over a five-spot you can get a bottle of delicious table wine. Not pretentious, just delicious. The La Vieille […]

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