Food and Wine

Powerline’s Monthly Wine Update

Featured image It’s the first week of the month, which can only mean one thing: a new short video from the Paso Wine Guy!  (See below.)  This time, about the old mainstay of California winemaking, Cabernet Sauvingon. Meanwhile, the Puffington Host has a feature out today on the Paso wine region, though it is a bit odd in places.  For instance, there’s the claim that Paso is less than three hours from »

It’s March, So It Must Mean Zinfandel

Featured image March means the Zinfandel festival on the central coast next weekend, though I’ll be away, and in any case I’m cutting back right now in my effort to shed a few el-bees.  But with the turn of the calendar it’s also time for the latest installment from the Paso Wine Guy; here’s 45 seconds of total oenophilic awesomeness about Zinfandel: »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Michael and Ellie Sheldon of Seattle, Washington, that’s who.  Michael and Ellie are the proprietors of Xmedia Communications, a marketing firm (check ‘em out), found themselves on vacation down here in my neck of the woods, and asked for some winery recommendations.  Better idea: I’ll show them a few.  An excuse for a winery trip for me!  (As if I ever need much of an excuse to do that.)  The »

Thoughts on Eating Horse

Featured image If you follow the British press, you are aware that the second-biggest scandal in Great Britain, after the ongoing horror of the National Health Service, is the discovery that for years, suppliers of various food products have been substituting horse meat for beef. The horse meat frequently originated in Poland, but recent investigations have found horse meat that originates in Britain itself and has been masquerading as beef. English beefeaters »

In Politics, as in Wine, Keep the Fancy Rhone-Style Under Control

Featured image No, I don’t mean “Rhone-style” here as an oblique reference to France.  Bear with me a moment.  Scott’s post two months back (“Hey”) on how Republicans need to study, match or exceed the superb technical skill the Obama campaign showed this year is well-taken.  Last week I was privy to a presentation by the Obama’s campaign’s director of digital operations in California, Vance Hickin.  Now, you may well be wondering, »

Does This Government Make Me Look Fat?

Featured image As a person who, like Scott, has occasionally flirted with joining the minority group known as “Hefto-Americans,” I tend to follow news about obesity and nutrition.  And like Scott, I’ve become a huge fan of Gary Taubes—though a little less “huge” than I was a few years ago because of Taubes’s advice. But the news reported in the New York Times the other day that overweight people might actually have »

Gas Prices and a Saturday W(h)ine

Featured image Okay, so gas prices are seriously harshing my mellow for this Saturday’s wine excursion, as the first photo here attests. Plus, the recent heat wave has sped up the fall harvest.  Here’s the haul of cab grapes this morning at Calcareous Vineyards: Plus a few more thoughts to get you through the day: Now, what shall I serve with tonight’s wine: beef or lamb? And finally, this important safety tip: »

Because It’s The Weekend, Time for Some Oenophilia

Featured image And because it’s getting close to the fall wine grape harvest, and the fall releases are ready to be snapped up, I think I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon.  Where shall I stop in first?  Here, here, or here?  I’ve got wine reserved at all three places.  In the meantime,   Power Line needs to keep up its oenophilic imagery: »

Grill a Burger, Go to Jail–The Video Sequel

Featured image With my post earlier in the week about how environmental regulators have designs on grilled burgers, I thought perhaps the best way to end the week was with a totally transgressive meal of grilled red meat and decanted red wine (I mean, what would Michelle and the climate campaigners say?), accompanied by a background Beat beat (you’ll see).  So, here it is–from Power Line Films, a 2 minute preview of »

Brief Time Out For a Wine Update

Featured image My pal the Paso Wine Guy is out with a new video last week (only 2:44 long, but definitely worth it): »

California Dreaming, Chapter 3

Featured image For this installment I take time out from observing California’s socialist-utopian dysfunctionality to observe a few of those “exploitable asymmetries” mentioned previously that make it possible for California to get away with so much of its nonsense.  The other day a pod of whales frolicked on the water just offshore from me, and I managed to catch a great blues act, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, at one of »

My Homage to Chick-fil-A

Featured image So I looked up the nearest Chick-fil-A out here on the California central coast, and lo and behold the nearest location was smack in the middle of the Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo campus.  Cal Poly is nothing if not politically correct–it was one of the noxiously  PC campuses featured in Evan Coyne Moloney’s documentary Indoctrinate U.  So I hopped in the car and made the trek down to SLO. »

Chick-fil-A, live from Peabody (and Minneapolis)

Featured image Reader Chris E. reports from Peabody, Massachusetts: Figured you would like to see this photo – having lived in the South, I know Chick-fil-A very well. I don’t eat fast food often, but decided after reading your post to go the local store at the North Shore Mall in Peabody, MA. Needless to say, the line was at least 150 people deep – if you look at the attached photo, »

It’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

Featured image If you can make it to a Chick-fil-A today, please do: it’s an opportunity to fight back against the anti-free speech movement. You can locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant near you here. You can also follow the action on Twitter, as people record their visits to Chick-fil-A and post photos of what I am sure will be crowded restaurants. And, by the way, Ted Cruz got a jump on Appreciation Day »

The Bright New Light of Wine in the World!

Featured image Now that I’m anchoring the new Power Line West Coast Bureau as chief correspondent and head sommelier, I suppose I should get going on the wine beat.  I’m near the Paso Robles appellation, so this space will tend to be Paso-heavy on its coverage.  I have nothing against Napa, though it is pricey and crowded these days, and I want to be sure to mention that the Sierra Foothills, where »

What? Hooters Girls Not for Hicks?

Featured image Looks like my favorite science and climate policy blogger Roger Pielke Jr. has been inspired by John’s beauty pageant coverage here on Power Line, because he’s got up on his fine blog a well-illustrated piece about the economic irrationality of Hooter’s: “Hooter’s Girls Are Not Hicks Neutral.”  Wait a minute—I thought hicks were the prime clientele for Hooter’s girls? Turns out I’ve got the wrong hicks in mind.  Roger means »

The Smug Beach Diet

Featured image The biggest problem with vegetarians, and their most Puritan variation—Vegans—is not so much their holier-than-thou attitude (after all, most enthusiasts, from fitness freaks to fundamentalists, have the same attitude), but the barely concealed will to power to impose veganism on the rest of us.  It is another form of the totalitarian temptation. Social science is catching up with this perception.  A new study in the journal Social Psychology and Personality »