July 2011

Jardin à Sainte-Adresse :: Claude Monet

Jardin a Sainte Adresse by impressionist painter Claude Monet, a painting showing four people on the terrace overlooking the English Channel with two flags, one the french national flag

  painting by Claude Monet,  Jardin à Sainte-Adresse, 1867. permanent collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé 2010

M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé 2010 Copyright EatonAlive bottleshot of a salmon pink rose wine with a filled glass next to it.

“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen Hot summer nights. Beach. Bonfires. Driving down the 101 with the top down. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé evokes all the classic summertime memories. Perfect on its own while watching the sunset or pair it with a Watermelon, Feta & Olive […]

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Greystone Cellars Chardonnay 2010

photograph of the Culinary Institutes Greystone Cellars Chardonnay 2010 with a wine glass and a background of green foliage. copyright Bill Eyer of Cuvee Corner

“A spy, like a writer, lives outside the mainstream population. He steals his experience through bribes and reconstructs it.” — John Le Carre  When you here someone say I work for the CIA or that they have been there, many things can come to mind; like espionage, intrigue, spy-games or danger. But what usually does not […]

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Yes, Virginia is for Wine Lovers

logo of the Virginia state motto

The Wine Harlot spent most of the last week in Virginia for the North American Wine Bloggers Conference held in Charlottesville. I enjoyed it so much, I’m contemplating a longer sojourn in the South. Well, except for the weather. As someone raised in the Pacific Northwest, I’m a complete weather-wimp, my climatic temperature range sweet-spot […]

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

the melting pot logo for the strawberry basil lemonade recipe

Need something refeshing to beat the heat of the dog-days of summer? Here’s a great cooler that works just as well without the vodka. (But you’re not really much of a harlot if you leave it out!) Glass: Pint Ingredients: 3 Strawberries 5 Basil leaves 1½ oz Smirnoff Strawberry Vodka 1 oz Strawberry puree Lemonade […]

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Blithe and Bonny Eco Dish Soap

photograph of Blithe and Bonny Eco Dish Soap in a rustic kitchen setting at  Anthropologie

Looking for a perfect hostess gift? Look no further. Blithe And Bonny have created an environmentally friendly, bio-degradable dish soap that is packed in recycled wine bottles and sealed with wax. As elegant way to wash up after your next wine tasting. Perfect for your favorite oenophile. Choose between lavender and grapefruit scents. The soap […]

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Victory :: Alfonse Lelong

Banque Privee Souscrivez à l’ Emprunt de la Reconstitution Banque Privee Sign up for the Reconstruction Loan

artist: Alfonse Lelong  circa 1920. advertisement for French Reconstruction Loans from Banque Privee. from the archives of Library of Congress.

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Andrew Murray Vineyards Espérance 2008

bottleshot of Andrew Murray Vineyards Espérance 2008 GSM blend

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” — Dalai Lama  Find hope in a bottle. Andrew Murray Vineyards Espérance 2008 is a wine to drink if you’ve lost hope, don’t despair, it will restore lost faith. Espérance is the French word for hope. […]

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July 20, 1969

astronaut buzz aldrin walks on the moon and salutes the united states of america flag stars and stripes

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” —  Neil Armstrong   photo credit: NASA

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Guy Saget La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Guy Saget La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc 2010

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Summer is an carefree time. The Guy Saget La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc 2010 is a blast of summer with aromas of white flowers and citrus with flavors of pronounced lemon with a whisper of lychee and cantaloupe. The perfect […]

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