The Curator

At a certain point something must be done--but what? Go all digital? Nah! Even though the visions of a special episode of "Hoarders" featuring the wine-nut who was nearly buried alive in towering stacks of wine magazines keep floating by, the fact is I may have a problem--OK I definitely have a problem: I have a lot, I mean really a whole bunch, I mean stacks and stacks of old Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, Wine Advocate magazing cluttering up various corners of my house & garage. And that's not all. Stacks of various cooking mags, even old food sections of the Los Angeles Times-- Maybe its not as bad as I think, I mean you can still get in the front door (for the most part) but it can keep getting worse if I'm not careful. Its just that there is something so cool, so tactile and satisfying still about a real magazine in my hands---the feel, even the smell of the pages. And besides I still want to go through them one more time before I let them go...I swear, I will....

    • Jun


    • VALUE WEDNESDAY - Cool Spain

    • May


    • Know Your Palate

      Many people take for granted enjoying a bottle of their favorite wine with friends. Being able to describe why they like a particular wine is something that many wine lovers have trouble doing. Their lack of descrip...

    • Apr


    • Selectivity is a must

      Once again the wine press is hailing the arrival of another in the long list of great vintage wines. For weeks now we have been hearing the rumblings about the 2010 Brunello's from Italy. A year ago all they cou...

    • Mar


    • Deserve Attention

      Guerrieri Gonzaga's Tenuta San Leonardo and Priccipipe Pallavicini are unique, each an example of the quality that is coming out from so many of the Italian regions.  Mention Tenuta San Leonar...

    • Belgian Abbey Ales

      Brewed by monks in, you guessed it, abbeys, sometimes for profit (Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, Orval, Achel), but other times just for the sustainment of the abbey (Westvleteren), these ales are the ‘holiest’ in Belgium. There are four styles commonly brewed from outside consumption: abbey single, dubbel, tripel, and quadrupel. Despite being named for the relative amounts of ...

    • Belgium Ales

        Much like Germany’s lager brewing tradition, Belgium has centuries old history steeped in brewing. From light and flavorful Witbiers (wheat beers with coriander and orange peel) to rich and full bodied Belgian Strong Ales, the hallmark of this coun...

    • Ales

      The most diverse category of beer, if you have a craving for a particular flavor profile you can be guaranteed to find an ale that will fulfill that desire. From the intensely hopped India Pale Ales of California, to the richly layered malt and yeast complexity of the Abb...

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