Monday, June 22, 2009

Owen's Drawings

The right side drawings are a Toucan and a Three-Headed Dragon. I need help labeling the left-hand drawing!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wine Book

Judgement of Paris Judgement of Paris by George Taber

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
You have to read this book in Sips not Gulps! Also helps if you are interested in wine, wineries, and wine making. The book came out in 2005, but is mostly about the revolution of wine making in the mid 1970's. We visited my husband's brother in Napa California in 1978(?) and visted the Mondavi, Sterling, Beringer and Christian Brothers wineries (amongst others). This really makes the book interesting to me.

Some interesting (to me) asides:

(circa 1968), Dr. Gerald Ivancie, a Denver peridontal surgeon who loved wine and had come up with the idea of buyng Napa Valley grapes and fermenting them in Denver, bought Gamay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the valley and had them shipped them to Denver, where they were made into wines that were sold as Ivancie Beajolais or Ivancie Cabernet Sauvignon.

In 2002, Foster's a leading Australian beer company, took over Napa Valley's Beringer Wine Estates.

Two different Stag's Leap wineries. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, the winery that triumphed in the Paris competition, and Stag's Leap Winery, now owned by Australia's Foster's Group.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

I want a 'Free Spirit' T-Shirt

Monday, June 15, 2009

Re-reading 'The Namesake'

The Namesake The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

My review

I knew I had read this before, and I remember buying it after I enjoyed 'Interpreter of Maladies' so much. I finally found it in one of my book shelves, so I returned the library copy I had out. I've also watched the DVD movie of 'The Namesake'. I thought they did a good job of representing the book.

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