Tag Archives: Chris Kassel

There’s a Cure for the Saumur Wine Blues

…And I’ll get to it at the end. In the meantime, no spoilers. No cheating. No peeking, no snooping, no shaking the box beneath the Christmas tree under penalty of a bitch-slap. I have had a pathological aversion to spoilers ever since … 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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Booting the Boot: Italy Becomes My Chanterelle

Boot camp sucks, boots on the ground kill, boot licking is for losers.  All in all, referring to Italy—Europe’s most celebrated culinary gem—as a boot, the same item consumed by the Donner Party right before they switched to the inner … Continue reading

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Shannon Walters: A Friend with Weed Is a Friend Indeed

My old pal Shannon Walters is perhaps the most charismatic winemaker in Northern Michigan. At least, he used to be. At any tasting or press junket, he stands heads above the crowd with his rock star persona, Fabio fringes, signature … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs in the Côte d’Or

On that subject, a book could be composed—a column couldn’t do the subject justice. But this story is purely territorial—the tale of two tipples, identical in price and weight; one from the extreme northern nose of the Côte d’Or, the … 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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