August 29, 2007

Plonking Down Your Money...

To raise a toast to the last week of summer (the munchkins head back to school on Tuesday, so it's over for us), doodle around in the New Yorker this week. Tons of great reads.

If you're a winer (as opposed to a whiner), there's a cool piece on fraud in the big leagues of trophy wines. You know when you hear that someone has paid $127,000 for a bottle of wine, and you think to yourself "hmmm, how the heck would they know the difference between that and the one with the penguin and the cat tangoing on the label?". Well, that's what I say, anyway. I love wine, but seriously, I've always thought the really pompous gits who buy 200 year old wine are getting hosed, big time.

Turns out they are. But the story is a scream. I'm lucky enough to have some real wine smarty pants in my circle of friends, and at their rather exhorbitant expense I get to taste some pretty nice wines. Of course, the downside is coming home and pulling another bottle of plonk from my own rack, though I've heard that Tuesday was a very good year.

The New Yorker also has a smorgasboard of stories about food as a running theme that unites us all, and several of them are terrific. Sedaris nails it (as always) revealing the funny, funny food of his youth. Follow it up with the gut punch from Donald Antrim about his father cooking, and a hilarious piece from Gary Schteyngart ('Sixty-Nine Cents') as a newly planted Russian teen in America.

Take a few minutes to read the shorts - nice way to round off the summer. And if you're a serious wine snob, the first piece might give you pause.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to the wine fraud article, Lorraine. Fascinating! Think I'll stick with Wolf Blass Yellow label.

August 29, 2007 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my personal favorite is Saw Mill Creek Runoff!!

no seriously, some people pay way too much for bragging rights, I'd rather just be able to drink the stuff.

August 29, 2007 3:53 PM  

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