Food and Wine

Oenophiles Can Stop Climate Whining

Featured image Two years ago in the estimable City Journal I wrote a short article about the stupidity of the climatistas worrying about how the world’s premier wine regions would be ruined by You Know What. Among other observations, I argued: Might a significantly warmer climate nonetheless make it too hot for grapes in some areas? Even if the climate models turn out to be generally correct (a bad bet at the »

Extra Bacon on My Hot Dog, Please!

Featured image If you were around the news yesterday, you heard the breathless news that processed meats significantly increase cancer risk, especially colon cancer. PBS initially reported that processed meats were as dangerous as smoking, but backed off under reader criticism. As they should have. Still, expect the usual censors to ratchet up their hectoring against the fondness for red meat that all red-blooded Americans share. You would think, from the media »

Annals of Social Science, or Annulment of Social Science?

Featured image Don’t miss Andrew Ferguson’s cover feature “Making It All Up” in the latest edition of the Weekly Standard on the various scandals besetting behavioral science (though as we’ve observed here several times, the problem of scientific fraud isn’t limited to the social sciences by any means). This won’t come as news to our regular readers, but still: Two economists recently wrote a little book called The Cult of Statistical Significance, »

I Think I’ll Have a Cheeseburger

Featured image Is that even a question that needs reflection? Maybe, but better make it a Thickburger, because, Yes, this is the greatest cheeseburger ad ever. I only post this here as a public service because it may not be airing your media market. That’s how Power Line looks out for you. »

Obese Government, and Other Fashionable Ideas

Featured image I’m just back from two long days getting back and forth from that great oasis of sanity, Hillsdale College, Michigan.  I was there for a conference on energy, and my lecture was entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Global Warming.”  A video will be available in the fullness of time, and I’ll post it here. And what do I find in the news upon my return?  Al »

The Science Is Settled: Drink Early and Often

Featured image I know that the health benefits of wine drinking—especially red wine—is not a new story here or elsewhere, but there’s a new research finding that is worth a special note: Drinking Red Wine Is the Same as Getting An Hour of Exercise. Dear red wine drinkers: I have wonderful news. A new study says that drinking a glass of wine can equate to an hour of exercise. I repeat: Drinking a »

Fraudie Foodies Exposed

Featured image McDonald’s just turned in a lousy earnings quarter, but don’t say I didn’t warn you this was coming.  The company is promising “fresh thinking,” which will prompt all the Big Mac deniers to make the obvious jokes about offering fresh food. Except that it turns out there is no one easier to fool, apparently, than snobby foodies.  Check out this three-minute video out of Europe (it’s in Esperanto or something, »

Whopper Donut Cheeseburgers, Eh?

Featured image So Burger King is going to acquire the Canadian Tim Horton’s donut chain, in yet another tax inversion that causes so much cranial-rectal inversions among liberals. I sure hope we get a donut Whopper cheeseburger out of this merger.  With bacon.  That would be more awesome than a deep-fried Twinkie. (Lo and behold, turns out the genera already exist.) Even more delightful than finding out that liberal hero Warren Buffett »

An Important Eternal Conundrum Solved

Featured image Among those seemingly unsolvable binary arguments—Ginger versus Mary Ann, Coke v. Pepsi, Yankees v. Red Sox, North v. South, tastes great v. less filling, Catholic v. Protestant, John Kerry v. an IQ Test, etc—one of the most important is: charcoal versus gas.  For grilling, that is. Since today is the unofficial beginning of summer, or at least of grilling season, we may as well wade into this searing controversy.  I’ve »

Just in Time for Summer: Some Drinking Tips

Featured image It’s been a while since we last checked in with the Paso Wine Guy, and he’s out with this short (45 seconds) meditation on next week’s Paso Robles Wine Festival.  As luck would have it, next weekend happens to be Men’s Retreat XXV (yes, me and my pals have been gathering to goof for 25 years now), so Power Line’s video division will be there to report on highlights. Meanwhile, »

Scenes from a Power Line Christmas

Featured image Greetings from Power Line western command, this holiday season with family in Las Vegas, where, by the way, the daytime high is in the 60s.  Which means hiking on Willow Creek up in Red Rock Canyon, preparing the adobe oven for some bread baking, getting ready to grill a rib roast outside, and tallying up the haul from Santa Claus. »

This Is Just Wrong

Featured image A few years ago the Thanksgiving craze was the “turducken” abomination.  I counter-programmed pheasant and duck just to get even.  (Heh.)  But now comes this from Charles Phoenix: three pies baked inside a cake, a confection he is calling “Cherpumple.”  Either way, this egregious aggression will not stand.  I suppose the upside is that you could cover the entire Obama cabinet with just this one MIRV’ed pie.  Happy Thanksgiving everybody. »

Thanksgiving Advice

Featured image National Review Online asked for my favorite Thanksgiving recipe or tip, which I was happy to oblige, but they’ve got my named spelled wrong. In any case, here’s the complete text: My favorite Thanksgiving recipe involves lightly rinsing the chilled glass first with Vermouth. . .  oh, wait, that’s an everyday recipe.  Never mind. Thanksgiving presents a tough choice.  Should you cook the turkey on a rotisserie grill, or should »

These Zins Are a Dusi

Featured image I’ve been falling behind on many regular features these days, among them, the Power Line 100, but also the crucial subject of wine.  So here’s a quick catch up guide. Old timers of Paso Robles wines all know the Dusi name.  The Dusi family’s Zinfandel vineyards go back nearly a century.  For decades, if you wanted to find the best Zinfandels from the region, you wanted to find who bought »

The Wine Drinker’s Guide to Surviving the Shutdown [With Quibble By John]

Featured image Clearly, this is the only wine to drink.  It blends a variety of grape interests from different and extensive territories, balances all the factions of your taste buds and thereby extends their sphere, moderates the extremes of tannin, fruit, and smoky essence, and provokes deliberation about the merits of your wine-food pairing.  (NB: Some day I’ll make a short film about cabernet sauvignon, and call it “The Royal Tannin-Bombs.”  Heh.) »

Now The Gov’t Wants to Regulate . . . Dinner Parties?

Featured image I suppose it was only a matter of time before the Bloombergians of the world decided to extend their regulatory impulses to . . . dinner parties.  The local CBS affiliate in New York reports on the crackdown on “illegal” dinner parties (with my commentary interpolated): NEW YORK (CBS 2) — As you sit down to dinner, this story illustrates eating out like you have never experienced before. We are talking »

Farmers’ Market

Featured image This morning my wife dragged me along to the farmers’ market in Minneapolis. There are numerous farmers’ markets in our area; the St. Paul one is more pristine, as it does not allow any vegetables or fruits grown more than 50 miles away. There are many smaller markets, too. But Minneapolis is a free for all: in fact, a mini State Fair. This was a revelation to me. As we »