October 2017 archive

Oct 22

Oh, the Dreadful Wind and Rain!

Sometimes called, Twa Sisters (twa = two in old Scotland). In other regions it may be called The Cruel Sister, and still others may refer to this tune as Binnorie. It may also be simply referred to as The Wind and Rain.. The origins of this song are hard to determine. Some historians say it comes …

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Oct 09

More on Vintage Port

Be sure to visit this older post to learn much more about Vintage Port. And this link for the basics of wine tasting. In this post I will share tasting notes on a bottle of Vintage Port that I opened after an extended stay in the cellar. Warre’s 1997. 20 years is generally a minimum …

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Oct 08

The Culinary Institute of America

Many regular readers know that my first career was in the restaurant industry and my first college degree was from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, N.Y. The school is recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. The recent weather has been splendid. Dry days with glorious sunshine and pleasant temperatures. This is …

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Oct 07

Vintage 2000 Bordeaux

While many people consider wines from the Burgundy region of France to be the very best in the world, I think Bordeaux offers wines that are more complex and nuianced. I prefer these blended wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (and to a lesser degree Cab. Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) more than the …

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Oct 06

Blueberries

In previous posts I’ve written about many kinds of berries; from berries found in the wild, including strawberries, also tips for cultivating raspberries and blueberries. In past seasons I have had to battle with the birds and the local deer population, but by using nets to cover the bushes I have been able to keep them from …

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Oct 05

A Day in Manhattan

In early October, I had a chance to go into the city for a bit of shopping. Some window shopping along 5th Ave. and some wine shopping at Astor Wines, in Greenwich Village. On this visit I also connected with long time student, Momo. She is in her final year at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Sadly, …

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