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'Spirited' Books for Giving

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Some of my most treasured possessions are books I've received over the years for birthdays, Christmases and graduations. When I re-read them, I'm always reminded of the people who gave them to me. In  

Zinfandel: An American Story

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We're flying to Omaha this Thanksgiving to visit my brother's family, so I shipped him a case of wine several weeks ago and asked him to stash it in the cellar. We'll be drinking a wide variety of   

Too Much of a Good Thing

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I attended college long before "Internet gaming" existed. For fun, we couldn't hole up in our dorm rooms until dawn playing Halo 3 with kids in Tokyo. No, we earned our virtual battle scars the old-  

Vintage of the Century?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2007
We're only about seven years into this millennium, and yet some enthusiastic wine rags and hyperbolic marketers have already hailed certain vintages as the Best of the Century: 2000 Napa Cabs, 2001   

The Customer Is Always Right

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Years ago I was served a bad bottle of wine -- a young Petite Sirah -- at a trendy grill in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. As the waiter poured my "taste," I didn't have a good feeling. The wine  

Spanish Values Off the Beaten Path

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
To find value, you have to make supply-and-demand work for you by looking where others aren't. If you're willing to stray off the beaten path, you can find some awesome values. Spain, for example,   

Know Your Customer

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
When I worked in a wine shop, most customers were open-minded, eager to learn and willing to try new things. But there were other "interesting" customer types that we all recognized: Cherry-Picking  

Daveed's: A Work of Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Daveed's logo is a painter's palate, with a spoon and fork instead of paintbrushes. Upon entering, you understand why: The beautifully lit interior features large, boldly expressionistic oils and sl  

Wine Myths Dispelled (Part 1)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
As a "wine guy," it's my self-appointed mission to correct wine fallacies -- especially when I see them printed in local publications (as some of these recently were) where they'll be read, internal  

Sharing the Holiday Spirit


0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Whatever you celebrate this time of year -- Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice -- the shopping season is in full swing. Here are some suggestions to make buying for that wine lover on you  

Asking the Right Question


0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
By Michael Schiaparelli When I lived in New Jersey, everyone knew what dish they had to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner -- Aunt Patty's famous creamed spinach, Great Grandma Dot's mashed turnips,   

Elegy to a Speed Freak


0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
My college roommate -- I'll call him "John" -- was addicted to amphetamines. John was a genius, but he seemed alien to everything else I encountered at school. He was a computer science major when   

Made for Each Other By Michael Schiaparelli


0 Comments · Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Last night, I made Capra a Ra Vutana by browning chunks of goat meat, then simmering them with onions, diced tomatoes, fresh basil, fennel seeds and hot pepper. Like many traditional Southern Itali