Monthly Archives: December 2010

Wine Recommendation: A Golden Vintage: Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2007 Insignia

Most of us have childhood memories of “Rumpel-     stiltskin,” a fairy tale that concerns a stranger with a mysterious name and a woman who, with the help of magic, can spin straw into gold. We smile at such things as … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Santa 6

Dear Dr. Christmas: What is your favorite Christmas dinner? – Hannibal Dear Hannibal: Even though admitting it makes me appear sentimental, I always enjoy a traditional repast on Christmas day. I begin with venison, of course, baked in a moderately … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Christmas 5

Dear Dr. Christmas: Is it really better to give than to receive? – Ebenezer Dear Ebenezer: Yes, it is better to give than to receive, but only if kicks and punches are being exchanged. Otherwise, as we all know perfectly … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Christmas 4

Dear Dr. Christmas: Your name might be Christmas, but we really are Christmas! We’re cute, sort of talented, and both fun and easy to unwrap. What do you think about that? – Kim, Mindy, and Christina Dear Kim, Mindy, and … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Christmas 3

Dear Dr. Christmas: Like many people, I really hate Christmas shopping, but what bothers me the most about having to do it is the existence of all those cheery little elves who assist Santa at the Mall. They do so … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Christmas 2

Dear Dr. Christmas: It is wrong to hit Santa Claus! You are a very mean man, and I hope that your stocking is full of coal on Christmas morning. – Virginia Dear Virginia: I hope so too! You see, I … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Christmas 1

Dear Dr. Christmas: Do you really believe in Santa Claus? I want to, but so much of the evidence in support of his existence is either anecdotal or weak, and besides, he never brings me any of the presents that … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Border Collies – A Wine Recommendation: Verge Wine Cellars 2009 Dry Creek Valley Rose’ of Syrah

I apologize at the outset of this posting for its misleading title. Anyone who has visited this website knows that it would be more accurate to call it “Troubles with a Particular Border Collie,” since Jack, the pompous, Anglophiliac canine … Continue reading

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