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The Itsy Bitsy Snyder: Let’s Wash the Snyder Out

When it comes to wine, people from Michigan talk dry and drink sweet and when it comes to politics, we talk blue and vote red. Recently, Michigan wine and politics entered the demolition derby again, this time to undermine Granholm … Continue reading

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Window on ‘Indo’—And William Schwab’s Drink List

In my halcyon youth, I used to write extensive wine lists for expensive restaurants. If you’re a total novice to the game, such an endeavor may sound intimidating, but if you’ve advanced beyond Level Apothic and Kendall Jackson and surround … Continue reading

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The World’s 10 Most Expensive Cocktails

Jiminy Glick’s playful interview with Mel Brooks culminates in the zany lardbucket asking Brooks, ‘So, Mel—what’s your big beef with the Nazis anyway?” Were Glick to interview yours truly, the loveable hog-beast might lead with a similarly wacky and irreverent … Continue reading

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Botticelli’s Brunello

When it comes to ageless art, the Italians certainly understand sensuality. A catalog of the masters, from Anguissola to Zandomeneghi, is a showroom of sumptuousness; a busty, broiling fleshpot. Though radical for its time, Renaissance art wasn’t a discovery of physical … Continue reading

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Why My Books Now Cost Thirteen Billion Dollars Each

My youngest daughter is one of those kids who pops an anti-ADHD pill every morning to get through the school day and also, probably—being that it’s an amphetamine—to lose weight. For each pill she wolfs down with her Honey Bunches … Continue reading

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Wine-Free Column: Hanoi Jane’s Children

A few years ago, I had the odd experience of visiting the original Hanoi Hilton, the prisoner-of-war camp where McCain, and hundreds of other American soldiers, were held during the Vietnam War. It’s now a museum, and if ever there … Continue reading

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A Must Muscadet

‘What can you say ‘bout Muscadet that’s not about lemons and briny spray?’ Like me, you probably have an image of Muscadet that begins on a scale of steely simplicity and works down to utter vinous neutrality. The region, on … Continue reading

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