Monthly Archives: July 2012

Moscatos and Mosquitoes: Summer In The Motor City

Whenever I travel this wide and wonderful land, wherever I go—from purple mountain to fruited plains, beneath spacious skies and through amber grain waves, from sea to shining sea—I tell people I’m from Detroit and the response I get is … Continue reading

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Block No. 42: Penfolds’ Ostentatious Obscenity

As a winery, Australian producer Penfolds has always tried to be all things to all people. In 1844, the cause was noble enough: Emigrated English physician Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines around his Adelaide cottage and set out to produce … Continue reading

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Are Traverse City Lambic Brewers Up Shit’s Kriek?

Excuse me; I know I’m a bad man who in the afterlife will never make it out of the flaming tombs of Dante’s Sixth Circle, where I will lament forever with such heretics as Epicurus and Cavalcante de’ Cavalcanti. But … Continue reading

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This Festival, Michigan Is Chary, Not Cheery, Over Cherries

Suppose this week was the Colorado Springs Ponderosa Pine Festival? Or the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes Glorious Nuptials Saturnalia? Or the Anderson Cooper: CNN’s Most Eligible Bachelor Gala ? The desolate pall of funk that would hang over such clambakes pales in … Continue reading

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Louis Roederer Champagne: A Fifth For The Fourth

Every year, somebody asks me to recommend a few wines with which to celebrate Independence Day, and every year my response is the same: E Pluribus Unum Now, here’s a question for you, Johnny Seventh Grade American History Scholar: You’ve … Continue reading

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