Showing posts from April, 2008

Poems of Wine, the Grand Illusion

Opening a bottle is an act
of optimism.We’re confident it will
improve the moment, the conversation,
the relationships.Each time we pull a cork,
it’s as if we’re saying, Here, I think this
will help make things a little better.
- Joseph Mills, Wine’s Beautiful Illusions
We all feel pathos and passion, we crave levity and we despair of invariable disappointments; and in the compelling rhythms of songs and poems, we find those emotions distilled to a pleasurable essence.
Why not for wine?There’s a passion we can all relate to.I’ve often wished there were more to wine reading than the current block of excruciatingly anal (especially when numerically fixated), largely unoriginal chatter that constitutes modern day wine journalism.Oh, what a poet could do to cut through the claptrap.
Then, like a rare yet palpable astronomical alignment, I am sent this book composed by a well published literary critic from North Carolina:Angels, Thieves and Winemakers by Joseph Mills (©2008, Press 53)
Is it wine tha…

Favorite Wine, Eating & Drinking Songs

What are your favorite eating and drinking songs? There must be a million of them; but then again, not. But these days the vast library in the internet sky allows you put your favorites all together in once place, making for one, big musical food, wine, beer, whiskey, and coffee fest.

Yet for all the eating and drinking songs in our own language, one of my favorites is actually French – La Danse de Limonade, performed by the Savoy-Doucet Cajun band – that starts:

Mon j'aime cousine, mon j'aime cousin
J'aime mieux la cuisiniere

(I like my girl cousin, I like my boy cousin
But I like the cook the best…)

… and then goes on to describe the typical Cajun dance party; where the girl, in her innocent voice, describes how she gets “drunk like a big pig,” begs her friends to force her to drink lemonade, but in the end needs to turn to Hadacol (a snake charmer’s medicinal, popular in the 1940s) to recover.

One of the oldest classics is Bessie Smith’s circa-1920s Gimme a Pigfoot (… and a bo…