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Stories of Wine–2009

For my final entry this year, I’ve scripted Stories (Part One)–a bit of a narrative with lines culled from this year’s posts–

Cheers!

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At the beginning of the month, Snooth published my “Experiments in the Vegetarian Kitchen–Cab Franc from Loire”, which included a recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits with Spinach and Paprika Mushrooms–one of four recipes that I’d created to pair with four different bottles of Cabernet Franc from Loire.  And since I’ve been a bit crazed with everything under the eclipse for the past couple of weeks, today’s post is from the home, on pairing (vegetarian) food and wine. (more…)

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A few hours before this month’s Imbibe New York Wine Club meet, my back went out…just as I was getting dressed for a run.  If it were a night of Zin or Shiraz I would have stayed home with my back pressed flat to the floor.  But on this night, Brian (who works at Polaner) was in charge of bringing some wines from Bordeaux, including 2003 d’Yquem, and so, despite my lack of mobility, I dragged my spastic back-ass out the door. (more…)

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We’re having a bit of an identity crisis, said Michael Green, as he looked around the room.  It was Wednesday night at BLVD on the Bowery, and Green, formally of Gourmet Magazine, was overseeing Wine Down: The Holiday PartyWine Down‘s fifth event.  When I’d arrived that evening on a press pass in the pouring rain, I was surprised to find a line out the door.  Women in black dresses and bare legs teetered in heels while I ducked beneath an awning in black leather pants.  Once inside, I threaded the crowd beneath colored spotlights, wondering, with a glass in hand, what Wine Down was all about. (more…)

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Commonly neglected like the spinach on a child’s plate, Cabernet Franc is often accused of being too green, too herbaceous, or too vegetal—traits that are often the result of underripe grapes.  But some, myself included, embrace this greenness as a natural expression of the grape itself, and not necessarily always a negative result of nurture—or climate and activity in the vineyard.  I enjoy earthy, vegetal notes in my wine when it’s a trait of the grape.  And so, just as I embrace plants, legumes, and grains—foods that grow close to the earth—I am happy to invite a wine with supporting characteristics to accompany my vegetarian plate. Read more…

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Today marks my 100th post on Imbibe New York, and I thought I’d celebrate by reflecting upon how the site began, and where its been.  In May 2008, I started this blog with a hangover, the day after attending my first NYC wine event–Brooklyn Uncorked! at BAM.  At that point, I’d spent he past ten years, pre- and post-MFA, writing.  I’d written fiction and nonfiction, spent seven years on one book, and written drafts of others in between.  To me, I felt that I’d made progress as a writer, but I wasn’t getting where I wanted in terms of publishing.  Why not attempt another approach to writing? I thought.  Clearly, it was time to twist things up. (more…)

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Pictured above is of one free sample that DID NOT suckdown home: downtown “Seasonal Recipes from Two Sonoma Wine Country Restaurants.”  In fact, it’s a pretty cool publication, presented like an art-photo book.  Many of the dishes are too fleshy for my liking, but there’s some sweet recipes for pescatarians, including “Josh’s Crab Cakes with Sherry Mayonnaise”, for which the suggested pairing is “Carneros or Russian River Valley Chardonnay.”  Not my preference.  But it’s about Sonoma, and so the wines must be local.  Anyway, this is a sample that I like, and so it’s easy for me to write about it.  However, when I receive free wine that provokes ire, should I dump it down the drain and keep my mouth shut, or be blunt as hell about how I felt I’d just been poisoned? (more…)

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