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"The Grapes of Wrath," composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie's operatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's sprawling 1939 novel about dispossessed Oklahoma sharecroppers during the Great Depression, has enjoyed a degree of instant success...
I enjoy reading The New Yorker's Alex Ross on music. His words describe sounds so that I can hear them in my mind's ear: "It begins with rapid, swirling patterns, like snow in high wind," for example, or "a cascading theme that has an open-air, Alpine...
Tags: Australia, Alcoholic Beverages, Wines
Before Johannisberg, before Dom Perignon, before Opus One, there was Falerno. Falerno was the greatest wine of its era, the two centuries before the birth of Jesus when Rome was in its ascendance. It was the ancients' "first growth," prized by Martial,...
Tags: Alcoholic Beverages, Wines, Italy
email@example.comThis is a big year for Kevin and Yvonne Ford. In November 2012, they officially opened their winery, Red Heifer Winery, the first in the Smithsburg area. In April, they'll represent Red Heifer at the Decanter wine festival in Pimlico race track in...
It takes a long time to create a vineyard. That's why Connecticut law allows a Connecticut winery seven years to meet a state mandate that at least one-quarter of its wine be made with grapes grown locally. Some of this state's winery folks are now...
Tags: Justice System, Farms, Crime, Law and Justice, Wines, Cheese
The Hartford CourantWhen Paul DiGrazia, a successful Danbury obstetrician-gynecologist and owner of a successful vineyard in Brookfield, was about 45, he went through a version of a midlife crisis. "There has to be more to life than this," he recalls thinking. Red...
Overall impression: Like Italian governments, many South Florida Italian restaurants come and go before most people can even learn their names. Once in a while, though, you run into one that has that idiosyncratic edge that raises it above the clutter,...
Tags: Foods and Beverages, Pizzas, Shrimp, Tomatoes, Appetizers
People ask me questions about wine all the time — at wine tastings and classes that I conduct, on the street and in emails and phone calls. I answer them, of course, but wish today to share some of those questions and answers with you. Q: I...
Los Angeles TimesHow did Jeff Morgan morph from a nice Jewish boy from New York into a sax player and bandleader in sequined tuxedo, then into one of the leading wine journalists in the United States, and finally into a kosher wine maker in the Napa Valley? And one who...
For two years, Neal Newsom, a well-regarded West Texas grower, stubbornly put off entreaties from a would-be Dallas winemaker in his 20s to gamble on tempranillo. It was the late 1990s and Newsom had never heard of Dan Gatlin, nor did he like what the...
Just like enterprising humans, chimpanzees can be good team players to achieve their goals, according to a new study. The findings, published in Biology Letters, give a glimpse into the possible origins of human cooperative behavior. With the lure of a...
Tags: Science and Technology
I was giving a speech once to a group of career women who had decided to be stay-at-home moms, and I was waiting to be introduced when I overheard an animated conversation between two of them. "So, the doctor said she could have a serving of grapes,...
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