Just a very quick tidbit today, to point you over to the house of the venerable king of wine blogging satirical musings, the HoseMaster of Wine (a.k.a. comedian and former sommelier Ron Washam) where last week 1WD was masterfully roasted in effigy. Consider me as charred as the inside of a heavily toasted American oak barrel, but equally honored to have been playfully lambasted by the master!
Oddly enough, I have a slight fear of puppets and clowns so I find his choice of graphic a bit haunting (see inset pic), though Ron couldn’t have known that at the time he posted it. Spooky…
Now, for those of you who might read the HMW piece on 1WD and not find yourself nearly peeing from intense laughter as I almost did: you need to understand that I consider Ron a very talented writer and I’ve long been an admirer of his scathing wit, and you should know that I don’t take myself so seriously that I couldn’t enjoy his bursting of my ego’s Champagne bubbles. I loved the article and I’m hoping that you will too.
In fact, I’m planning on sharing a bottle or two with Ron when I’m next in Napa – I just hope that I don’t give him too much more material for that laser-focused satirical pen of his (Ron, if you’re reading this, I have a long list of others who need bubble bursting, and I may toss the list in one direction when we meet and run away in the opposite direction, not unlike offering a sacrificial slab of chuck to a fierce guard dog as a distraction…).
Following is a guest post from Chicago-born poet and food-and-travel writer Matthew Gavin Frank, who is, by the account of any reasonably sane person, a very interesting guy.
Frank has, at turns, held the following jobs:
- proprietor of an Alaskan breakfast joint
- menu designer for Julia Roberts’s private parties in Taos
- sommelier for Chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand in Chicago
- instructor of creative writing to undergraduates in Phoenixa
- poetry teacher to soldiers and their families near Fort Drum in upstate New York.
I told you he was an interesting character.
If that doesn’t totally sell you, this probably will:
Frank has just released the book Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press, 2010), which, as he described it to me, is “about my illegal work in the Piemontese Italian food and wine industry,” during which he spent six months “living out of a tent in the garden of the local Pittatore farmhouse.”
Frank’s guest post is excerpted (with permission) from Barolo (around $17 at Amazon.com), and describes his first meeting with Piemontese vintner Luciano Sandrone, who sounds like the Italian version of Wolverine. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, though I suppose that we’re going to have to get the book to find out how what happens next in this intriguing tale…
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Those of you on the Right Coast who think that GruVe is groovy would do well to check out the upcoming Austria Uncorked event in NYC on May 5th – and 1WD readers get a discount on tix!
Here are the details on the event, in which what looks like a ridiculous amount of Austrian wine is gonna be poured:
Unlimited wine tasting featuring wines from over 100 Austrian wineries and cuisine from New York City’s finest restaurants at Tribeca Rooftop, May 5th from 6 to 9pm.
Participating restaurants include Wallsé; Gordon Ramsey at the London; Seasonal Restaurant; Aldea; KLEE; BLT Prime; 10 Downing Food & Wine; Salumeria Rosi; Telepan; Recette; 15 East Restaurant, and Grandaisy Bakery.
COST: $55 in advance; $70 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from bottlenotes.com
Proceeds from the event will benefit GrowNYC’s "Learn It, Grow It, Eat It" program, a local education program that helps teens manage their health through hands-on gardening, nutrition education, and activities like community farm-stands.
Enter the coupon code AUSTRIANYC when ordering to receive your discount on tickets for the event (at the time of this writing, the discount is $10 off the advance purchase price!).