Category Archives: GENERAL

How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth it is to Have a Thankless Clerk

When Nick Rowley is not seething silently behind wine shop counters, he sits loudly on the board of a Shakespearean theater group in—of all places—Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I note that as an incongruity because of all the things that the … Continue reading

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Scoring Wines En Primeur: It Dis What it Dis

  Recently, I had a dastardly disagreement with a distinguished and discerning docent, leading to a disjointed discussion about scoring en primeur wines—extremely young wines sold as futures while they are still in the barrel. The reason for our dissent … Continue reading

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And Now, A Word From Our Sponsors: Me

  “I have something to say, and one of these days, I’m going to stop writing these stupid books and say it.” – Living epitaph on Kassel’s tombstone. But seriously folks: As some of you know, when I accidentally checked … Continue reading

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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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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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Intoxicology Report Endorses Candidate Clinton

In an unprecedented move, the normally apolitical, unreadable and non-committal Intoxicology Report  makes its first ever Presidential endorsement. “Let’s return the Oval Office to rich white lawyers and forget all this idealism bullshit.”

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