August, 2006

  • August 31, 2006 • Culture Dept., Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 144

    Nomaville: Apocalypse Now or Later

    A noteworthy byproduct of writing these columns is that I’m often approached for other related kinds of work. Happily, I’ve been asked to do my cockeyed shtick at weddings, sharpen my rapier wit at ribbon cuttings, pen pithy...

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  • August 30, 2006 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 226

    Pour Guy

    Bartender Danny Donaldson knows the velocity of vodka and the g-force of gin. The popular staffer at the Lodge at Sonoma’s Carneros Bistro is a practitioner of “flairing,” an acrobatic admixture of equal parts bartending and, well,...

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  • August 25, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 124

    The Week That Was: Robots and Booze

    Greetings Brilliant and Beautiful Readers – Here in the wine country, much to-do is made of “pairings,” as in the ubiquitous mash-up of wine and cheese. Other noted pairings include Romulus and Remus (or their modern...

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  • August 25, 2006 • Culture Dept., Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 160

    SonomaWino: Breakfast of Champions

    There are two ways to conduct early a.m. drinking in Sonoma: start the party late and keep going until it’s early again, or rise before the sun and scamper down to one of several local taverns, where early birds are always sure to get...

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  • August 24, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 136

    Radio: Robots

    Tonight on the Daedalus Howell Show, in honor of the domestic droid I had to put down today, we look into the world of robots, where they’ve been, where they’re going and if they’re going to kill us when they get there....

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  • August 23, 2006 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 271

    Landmark Vineyards

    Invented in a Danish laboratory in the late 1800s, “Junket” is a loose pudding made from rennet-riddled dairy, which is served as a dessert. The American press junket, by extension, is a ritual in which journalists are spoon-fed...

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  • August 17, 2006 • Culture Dept., Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 148

    Nomaville: Tasting Room Etiquette

    Due to a recent upswing in this column’s popularity with wine drinkers, I’ve received a staggering amount of correspondence seeking my expertise regarding tasting room etiquette. Most are along the lines of, “Dear Daedalus, clearly...

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  • August 17, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 150


    This week’s episode of the Daedalus Howell Show is a disaster – or at least it’s concerned with disaster. I speak with authors Glenn Kay and Michael Rose, the brains behind Disaster Movies a new tome about the genre; screenwriter pal...

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  • August 16, 2006 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 165

    Roche Winery

    Roche – it’s not French, it’s Irish – so don’t pronounce it like “Rochambeau,” but like “roach,” as in Kafka. The Roche family is one of dozens of wine dynasties of Irish descent thriving essentially everywhere except,...

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  • August 10, 2006 • Culture Dept. • Views: 174

    My Life as a Dog

    The interviews on this episode of the Daedalus Howell Show all share a canine connection. Filmmakers Jacques Thelemaque and Diane Gaidry discuss their flick The Dog Walker, now out in theaters; When I Knew Al authors David Sheldon and Joan...

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