April 2012

Eat. Drink. Read.

illustration for the San Diego Council on Literacy's Eat Drink Read event. with the words and a fork, wine glass and book in the logo

“It is no more necessary that a man should remember the different dinners and suppers which have made him healthy, than the different books which have made him wise.  Let us see the results of good food in a strong body, and the results of great reading in a full and powerful mind.” — Sydney […]

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Flora :: Evelyn De Morgan

Flora by Evelyn De Morgan oil painting a of flaxen-haired woman in a floral long dress in a sunny garden of spring flowers

painting Flora by Evelyn De Morgan (1894) oil on canvas in the permanent collection of the De Morgan Centre, London, England

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Starbucks Drip Coffee

photograph of an intravenous (IV) drip bag filled with Starbucks French Roast Coffee
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Malbec World Day

graphic for Malbec World Day with the earth shaped like a wineglass

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” — Titus Maccius Plautus Wine producers of the world would like you to grab a glass of malbec today, on Malbec World Day, and toast to the magnificence of malbec. The grape originated in France during the Roman occupation two thousand years ago. After the phylloxera […]

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My Last Supper :: Melanie Dunea

photograph of the book cover of My last Supper Fifty Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunna

“If you were to die tomorrow, what single dish, what mouthful of food from anywhere in the world or anytime in your life, would you chose as your last? What would be your choice for your last meal on earth?” – Anthony Bourdain A simple premise. A deceptively difficult challenge to master. What would be […]

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Titanic – 100 years on

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“Eat, drink and be merry. For tomorrow we die.” – Bibical mash-up One hundred years ago, the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank into the icy Atlantic taking 1514 passengers and crew to their final resting place. The Heidsieck & Co Monopole Blue Top Champagne was the official Champagne of the […]

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Heidsieck & Co. Champagne

The official Champagne selected for the maiden voyage of the S.S. Titanic. Advertisement Painting by Alphonse Mucha for Heidsieck Champagne 1901.

Painting by Alphonse Mucha for Heidsieck & Co. Champagne 1901.

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Food Porn: Bordeaux Edition

photograph of wine glasses on a aged wooden table on a tray with logos etched with Planet Bordeaux and a glass in the foreground filled with golden white Bordeaux wine

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”  — Voltaire photo credits: EatonAlive ©2011 The Wine Harlots feeding frenzy was part of a press tour sponsored by Planet Bordeaux.

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Château Reynier

photograph of Chateau Reynier in the village of Grezillac in Entre-Deaux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Owned by Marc and Agnes Lurton

After a lovely wine lunch at Planet Bordeaux we said our goodbyes and settled into the chauffeured car and off to our next appointment. Marc and Agnés Lurton are the owners of Château Reynier, in the Entre-Deaux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Lurton,  a member of one of the pre-eminent winemaking families of Bordeaux, has been making wine at […]

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Roman Wine Caves in Bordeaux at Chateau Reynier

photograph of the glowing old ancient Roman caves in Bordeaux, France on the estate of Marc and Agnes Lurton at Chateau Reynier

I looked out across The river today I saw a city in the fog and an old church tower Where the seagulls play I saw the sad shire horses walking home In the sodium light I saw two priests on the ferry October geese on a cold winter’s night And all this time, the river […]

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