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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

L’eft Bank’s bio-fueled fleet

Whether it’s in the form of government regulation, consumer demand or simply one’s conscience, concern about environmental sustainability is rearranging the way we do commerce. But making a strategic transition from traditional business to green business is fraught with challenges. Some companies fail to adapt...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
When the Sweet Partner in Crime read one of my columns, she came across a throwaway line where I disparaged white zinfandel. “Afraid of the pink, are we?” she said. I’m not afraid of the pink – pink wine, that is – I’m just judgmental. I freely admit that I’d see people around me in a restaurant ordering pink wine and feel a little rush of pride that I had better sense. I don’t like white zin for the same reason...
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
Hannibal Lecter gave us arguably the world's most famous wine pairing early in Silence of the Lambs. Come on now, everyone sing along: "…I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." Lecter was a brilliant man. Patron of the arts. Gourmand. Wine aficionado. So, why a Chianti? You know -- straw-wrapped bottles that usually end up as candle holders you see hanging near the ceiling in Italian restaurants...
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009
Now that I've had a couple of days to rehydrate so that my brain feels less like it's been slow-cooked in bacon grease, I can start the Vine train rolling again. For a little background, the Sweet Partner in Crime and I hunker down each New Year's Eve...
Monday, Dec. 29, 2008
Breakfast is "the most important meal of the day." Lunch is all too often fast food or something you scarf while you're plowing through the workday, since America hasn't adopted the tremendously civilized siesta. Everyone puts their focus on creating tasty dinners. I'd venture that upwards of 90% of wine pairings, tastings, et al focus on dinner. But what about brunch?
Monday, Dec. 22, 2008
Party Season: the stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Most folks' dance cards fill up early with social engagements -- dinners with groups of friends, notorious office parties, and general gatherings for people to mingle, drink, and be merry. Custom demands you "bring something to the party," and wine's always a good choice. All you need is a corkscrew and a sound system -- you've got yourself an official shindig.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Thief’s exceptional wines

Standing before a looming wall of wine at the local wine shop or liquor store, you wouldn’t be alone if you felt overwhelmed when faced with the task of picking a bottle. How do you choose which one to buy? Do you base your decision on the type of grape used, the wine’s region of origin or the winery where it was...
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

Third Ward’s Ale House

The Third Ward has changed a great deal since the Milwaukee Ale House opened its doors 11 years ago. The Ale House was one of the first ventures to renovate a vintage building and take advantage of views of the Milwaukee River. A decade later the “renovated loft” look, with hardwood floors and exposed brick...
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

Wine-O-Phile Fun:

Francophiles and wine lovers descended upon the Eisner Museum in record numbers, with nearly 200 imbibers rushing to taste this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. The 11th annual Fete du Beaujolais Nouveau was hosted by the Alliance Française de Milwaukee and coordinated by recent Atlanta transplant Beth Haskovec...
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Art Museum

Local wine makers and distributors have teamed up to bring a fine-tuned wine festival to the manicured grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum today and tomorrow. A "full-tasting" wine ticket to this weekend’s Milwaukee Wine Festival is $20 if purchased by Aug. 21, or $30 cash at the festival's entrance. The ticket . . .

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