Today is the birthday of John Steinbeck. That he is one of California’s (and the world’s!) greatest writers is well-known. That he shares a birthday with Freddie Keppard — King Oliver’s great rival in the jazz days of old — is… Read More ›
Wine talk that knows no boundry.
I was early, by intention. I wanted to absorb the air, the space, the mojo. Ghosts of Shamans past — silken-shadowed, proud and twirling — wove the naked canes with threads of dripping gossamer. In my car, the metal murmuring… Read More ›
In all the discourse, chatter, ranting, and analysis that has followed the release of “The Howard Report,” I believe that something very, very, very important has gone missing in the conversation. Depending on your feelings for and/or about Post-Industrial, Digitally-Globalized… Read More ›
As I’ve confessed here before, despite no longer LIVING in New York, I am still a reader of The New York Times. (Full confessional here: http://blog.ridgewine.com/2012/12/21/freshness-energy-and-balance-in-pursuit-of-zinfandel/) And so, of course, I am a Crossword Puzzler as well. And so, there… Read More ›
Back in 2010, on this blog, we engaged in what proved to be a genuinely fascinating enterprise, something we called VineWatch. Essentially, in simplest form, we selected a vine, and visually tracked its progress through the growing season. The whole… Read More ›