May, 2006

  • May 31, 2006 • Culture Dept., Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 169

    Nomaville: Hump Island

    At 10 a.m., on Sunday, the Contessa made the tactical error of answering the telephone: friends from the city had forsaken a hiking expedition in Pt. Reyes and decided to visit their wine country pals instead. A moment later, the phone...

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  • May 31, 2006 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 128

    Loxton Cellars

    You say ‘Syrah,’ I say ‘Shiraz;’ you say ‘posterior’ and I say ‘your ass’ – but let’s not call the whole thing off – yet. Presumably named for the Persian city of Shiraz where it likely originated, the...

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  • May 30, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 572

    Walken and Talkin’

    This episode of the Daedalus Howell  Show looks through a glass darkly (well, not too darkly) at actor Christopher Walken: Candy Rosenbaum of The Online Christopher WalkenFanClub chats about her main man; Lost’s Neil Hopkins does the...

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  • May 28, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 125

    Winded by the Corrections Dept.

    Shame on New York Times scribe Elaine Dutka for mixing up her Nouvelle Vague auteurs. In an article about licensing film clips for documentaries (read about my own travails in this arena here), Dutka reported that an upcoming IFC...

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  • May 25, 2006 • Culture Dept., Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 189

    Nomaville: Labyrinth

    “Labyrinth” – say the word to members of my g-g-generation and a Muppet flick starring David Bowie’s worst haircut ever comes to mind (spell the word and you can have my editor’s job). When classicists mull the labyrinth they...

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  • May 25, 2006 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 138

    Gloria Ferrer

    Twenty years ago, world-wide sparkling wine juggernaut Freixenet opened the sprawling Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves on Highway 121, though technically, the popular winery and roadside attraction proffers neither champagne nor, geologically...

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  • May 23, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 147

    The Daedalus Howell Show

    Greetings citizens of Radioland! This episode of The Daedalus Howell Show explores the notion of “illusion” with a search for a magic mirror; movie review site’s Seth Freilich lists the ten worst blockbusters of all time;...

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  • May 22, 2006 • Culture Dept., Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 143

    Nomaville: Secret Identity

    I’ve discovered how to see people’s secret identities: drink a bottle of red wine as fast you can followed by a bottle of white wine, then peer through the empty bottles as if they were binoculars into your subjects’ ever-widening...

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  • May 19, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 131

    Is it real or is it Replica?

    “From one, many,” sure it’s E. pluribus unum in reverse (for a refresher, read a penny), but it’s also the de facto battle cry of copy shop chains, which seem to make copies of themselves nearly as frequently as they reproduce...

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  • May 11, 2006 • Culture Dept., Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 155

    Nomaville: No Parking

    On the 400 block of Church Street I spied a large note slipped under the wiper blade of a parked SUV. It read: “Why keep parking here, taking space from those who live here?” The vehicle’s driver had preemptively replied with their...

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