Archive for the ‘Health and Wine’ Category

Jun 19, 2008

Time-Related Malady Yields Results

One thing we’ve all learned about bloggers is that they have way too much time on their hands. What I did not know is that those who work at newspapers and in television are also inflicted with this time-related malady. Mark Fisher at Uncorked, the man who live in between these two worlds, confirms that, yes, indeed, those who work at newspaper and TV also have too much time on their hands. However, Mark alerts us to the fact that…

May 29, 2008

The Shortest Way Out of Manchester

Joan Acocella offers an observation in the latest issue of the New Yorker that is so fundamental and so critical to those of us who possess an over abundance of interest in wine, it’s hard to believe you don’t see it noted more often: "historically [the hangover] is not a subject that has captured scientists’ hearts." For those of us with that over abundance of interest in wine, the importance of this observation should be obvious. But Acocella, in her…

Apr 1, 2008

Tales of the Obsessed

How does one measure the damage done by someone’s pursuit of their obsession? I think inevitably it is a measure of the disregard one shows toward those other parts of the obsessed one’s life that suffer as a result of otherwise due amounts of attention being spent on the object of the obsession. This begs the questions, can any obsession be healthy and can an obsession really be termed that if the those other parts of one’s life remains intact,…

Jan 14, 2008

Who’s Surprised??

If I had a dollar for every time I heard a person say "If you don’t charge more for the wine they won’t take it seriously" I’d have enough money to fund a research project on why people believe the more expensive it is the better is. Of course no one does give me a dollar every time I hear such a thing so it’s a damn good thing we have the folks over at the California Institute of Technology…

Dec 31, 2007

The Art of New Year’s Eve Excess

The Art of Drinking on New Years Eve First let’s begin from the premise that New Year’s Eve is, or at least has become, an accepted excuse to indulge. Now, let’s change the traditional understanding of the idea of "indulging" from meaning excessive consumption of drink and make it mean excessive consumption of good drink. This change is meaning is important because it’s necessary to justify opening absurd amounts of very good wines and spirits and also assumes a certain…