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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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Thirsty Girl Live in San Diego!

logo of Leslie Sbrocco's Thirsty Girl. Life. Drink it up.

“Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons, madam: that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals.”  —  Pierre Beaumarchais This Thirsty Thursday, May 26, 2011, join Leslie Sbrocco, founder of Thirsty Girl, for a wine tasting and food pairing at Donovan’s Circle of Fifth’s in San Diego’s […]

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Budge Brown (1933-2011)

Photo of Budge Brown, creator of Cleavage Creek wines, in the vineyard

“You can shed tears that he is gone, Or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back, Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, Or you can be full of the […]

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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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Layer Cake Wine Scholarship

Logo of Layer Cake Scholarship. The basic Layer Cake label with the three-tier frosted layer cake with the word

Welcome to Philanthropy Thursday, where we profile people, products, and organizations that showcase the best nature of humankind. “When a woman turns to scholarship there is usually something wrong with her sexual opportunities.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Geez, even Nietzsche is taking shots at the Wine Harlot. My sexual opportunities are just fine, Freddy, mind your business and […]

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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 Red Wine 2009

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 Buffett You 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 […]

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Zinfest 2011

Lodi Zinfest Poster. A flaxen-hair woman thirstily drink a glass of zinfandel wine in from of the blue waters of Lodi Lake

The Lodi Zinfest event gets a mention based on the poster alone. She clearly looks like a Wine Harlot to me! The Zinfest is billed as Lodi’s premiere wine tasting event and is being held on May 14th at Lodi Lake Park with advance tickets priced at $45 USD and $55 at the door. poster created […]

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