December 2011

The Little Match Girl :: Hans Christian Andersen

color illustration for  The Little Match Girl story  by Hans Christian Andersen written in 1845 The drawing was created in 1922 by Honor C. Appleton for the Hans Christian Andersen book Fairy Tales. It is a dreamy picture with golden hues of a child freezing to death in the snow having hallucinations of warmth and happiness and being reunited with her dead grandmother.

Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and evening — the last evening of the year. In this cold and darkness there went along the street a poor little girl, bareheaded, and with naked feet. When she left home she had slippers on, it is true; but what was the […]

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St. Supéry Élu 2007

bottle shot of Napa Valley's St Supery Elu red wine a meritage blend primarily of cabernet sauvignon. The label has a woman (or an angel) wrapped in a crimson red cloak.

“A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.” — Albert Schweitzer You don’t have to be an angel or a saint to enjoy the good works of St. Supéry Élu 2007. The color is a cloak of purple tipped in red with intoxicating aromas of blackberry which follow on […]

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Montes Star Angel Syrah 2007

bottle shot of Chilean winemaker Montes American brand Star Angel syrah the wine bottle is dark with a purple capsule and a white label studded with shooting stars

“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” — Charles Maurice de Talleyrand  Chilean wine giant Montes has a stateside brand Star Angel with grapes sourced from Paso Robles. The Montes Star Angel Syrah 2007 is a powerful wine with a deep ruby hue with flavors and aromas of […]

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Gloria In Excelsis :: Evelyn De Morgan

oil painting titled Gloria in Excelsis by Evelyn Pickering De Morgan two arch angels serenading the world  on high with a chorus of angels overhead

painting Gloria In Excelsis by Evelyn De Morgan (1893) oil on canvas in the permanent collection of the De Morgan Centre, London, England

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Santa Claus vs W.C. Fields

sepia drawing by Thomas Nasts classic Merry Old Santa Claus created in 1881

“Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven.” — W.C. Fields Merry Old Santa Claus by Thomas Nast. First appearance in Harper’s Weekly 1881.

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Come Sit On My Lap: Creepy Santa Claus

Seriously creepy Santa Claus from the T. Eaton & Company Christmas catalog circa 1906. A drawing to give even big kids bad dreams.

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” — George Carlin Santa Claus from the Eaton’s Department Store Christmas Catalog circa 1906. The Santa Claus that gives even big kids bad dreams.

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Aurora Triumphans :: Evelyn De Morgan

oil painting titled Aurora Triumphas by artist Evelyn de Morgan three arch angels trumpeting victory over darkness and evil

painting Aurora Triumphans by Evelyn De Morgan (1886) oil on canvas in the permanent collection of the De Morgan Centre, London, England

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Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon Champagne Fire Extinguisher

a photograph of a fire extinguisher with a Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne label affixed to it. The perfect gift for the Hapless Harlot who doesn't have a hunky fireman on speed dial.

“Where there’s smoke, there’s firemen.” –- The Wine Harlot Face it; the holidays and entertaining can be hazardous. If the tree doesn’t go up in flames or your lack of culinary skills sets the kitchen on fire, there’s always the jolly fat man coming down the chimney – and if that isn’t a major violation […]

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Septima Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

bottle shot of Bodega Septima Cabernet Sauvignon from Lujan de Cayo in the Mendoza region of Argentina a dark bottle with a stark white label

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” — Edgar Allan Poe On the darkest day of the year, it’s seems apt to curl up with a deep rich velvety cabernet sauvignon. Our pick is Bodega Septima Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, a wine […]

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Wine Improves Computer Hacking Ability

still from the NBC television program Chuck. Where the hero, Chuck is engaged in a computer hacker hack-off he uses Rombauer chardonnay to his competitive advantage

“I’m not much of a drinker, but there’s something about hacking and white wine. Hey, even Popeye had his spinach.” — Chuck Bartowski Wine improves computer hacking ability. At least that’s what was opined on the low rated, cult-favorite NBC television program Chuck. Chuck Bartowski, a hapless wage-slave at a computer store turned endearing super-spy […]

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