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Dec. 22, 2009 4:13 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2009 4:18 pm
Has anyone noticed a shortage of rye in this country? Or maybe it’s just Washington. There is no bonded Rittenhouse Rye to be found anywhere. Also, I was hoping to gift a bottle of Hudson Manhattan Rye to an extremely special (and particularly deserving) someone. But no one around here’s seen… MORE
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Dec. 17, 2009 5:30 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2010 9:34 pm
I remember once in high school, I was heading to the tennis courts with a friend, Tom. And as we were ambling along, we passed another classmate, Jeff, a guy who was kind of a bully, a bit of a jerk, and not really all that bright. My friend, who's not really a jerk, made a jokey, somewhat… MORE
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Dec. 9, 2009 1:56 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2009 9:53 am
 Seventeen-thousand years ago, had you been wandering around in that field where I’m pictured below (beside the enormous “K”), you would almost surely have benefitted from scuba gear, as well as from an unusually lar MORE
my illegible chalkmap of WA, showing the columbia river, the flood route, gap, and walla walla
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Tasting a barrel of Cab at Tamarack Cellars
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holding up a stone at K Vintner, Walla Walla, WA
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The Bunkhouse, Abeja, Walla Walla, WA
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Dec. 5, 2009 8:06 am 
Updated: Dec. 11, 2009 10:11 am
Seventy-seven years ago Sunday (December 6), a senator from Wisconsin, John J. Blaine, drafted the amendment to the Constitution that would repeal Prohibition. To celebrate, pour yourself a stiff one and let’s have us a little Prohibition Quiz*: 1) Which amendment to the Constitution… MORE
school's in session
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Nov. 25, 2009 2:26 pm 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2009 10:51 am
So I'm about to go in front of the camera to talk about wine. Going in front of the camera is one of my least favorite things.  I've jotted a few notes, answers to the questions below.  So this is what I intend to say.  We'll see what happens when I'm actually standing in front… MORE
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Nov. 20, 2009 10:56 am 
Updated: Nov. 22, 2009 5:03 pm
The chatter begins around late August. Where’s Thanksgiving this year? Seattle? Portland? Idaho? Tucson? And every year it’s the same. It doesn’t matter who’s hosting, at the first hint of family getting together, SLS and I quickly volunteer to do the cooking. To the ears of parents… MORE
Nov. 12, 2009 4:06 pm 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2009 9:18 am
Back when America was just a pup, it was seriously awash in booze. I’m talking late 18th, early 19th centuries, when people were regularly drinking with the dawn and carrying on well into the evening, when presumably they fell on their noses. President Thomas Jefferson, for one, was sure… MORE
sick and wrong
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Nov. 5, 2009 10:38 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2009 4:31 am
Nobody wants to play with me. It all started a couple years ago, when a friend, Joyce, sent me the published version of a food trivia game she’d created and sold to Chronicle Books. It’s called “Foodie Fight,” and it’s a truckload of fun. I enjoy learning things accidentally, under the… MORE
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Oct. 28, 2009 10:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2009 8:06 am
I don’t do well at Halloween parties. I don’t know why. They should be easy. Halloween parties come with built-in conversation starters: costumes. But I think I just prefer smaller, more intimate crowds. Costumes are distracting. Plus I’ve had bad luck. I went to a party once as… MORE
in my country, a black cat stirring your martinis on halloween is considered good luck.
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Oct. 19, 2009 1:42 pm 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2009 7:08 pm
I’m happy that science keeps saying such nice things about red wine. It’s like when a stranger mentions she likes my mustache or my rodeo belt buckle. It’s nice, it’s affirming, it makes me feel good about my choices, but it’s not entirely necessary. I’d drink the wine, I’d wear the belt buc MORE
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About Me
My wife and I and our two devilish kittens live on Capitol Hill in Seattle. A few years ago, I got a masters in gastronomy. I'm a food/wine writer. I’m also blogging about cocktails.
My favorite things to cook
We cook fairly simple dishes using fresh local ingredients that we pick up at the Seattle farmers market. My favorite thing is making a nice slow-braised or long-roasted something on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I like cooking with wine (in the dish and in the glass...and in the cook).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom never liked to cook, but she did well despite herself. Her mother, my omi, was from Munich and made delicious rouladen, sauerbraten and other traditional German and American dishes. Always bins and bins of home-baked cookies at Christmas. Wonderful rye bread. And beer. Opa would say, "Brotzeit ist die beste zeit."
My cooking triumphs
We’ve made the signature timpano dish from The Big Night a couple times. And for Thanksgiving 2007, we made Turducken. My wife and I are always volunteering to cook the big holiday meals with the family. We mix a signature cocktail, and get down to it.
My cooking tragedies
I made Thanksgiving Dinner for myself once when I was snowed-in in Denver. I nearly burned down the neighborhood.
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