“And you, sir, do not have a pair of testicles if you prefer drinkin’ from glass…”

by Katie Pizzuto September 20, 2013
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Lambrusco has undoubtedly become a black sheep in the wine industry over the last couple of decades. Actually, if I’m being honest, talk to any wine snob and they’ll grimace at the mention of brands like Riunite as if they are far worse than a black sheep…being instead something more along the lines of the […]

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“Don’t, don’t, don’t believe the hype…”

by Katie Pizzuto August 29, 2013
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It used to be that finding a new restaurant to go to was a matter of recommendation. You’d find yourself hearing where your in-laws went last Saturday night, and how amazing the Chateaubriand was, how perfectly reduced the demi-glace was, and what an asshole the waiter was. And based on your circle of family and […]

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“What I want is what I’ve not got, and what I need is all around me…”

by Katie Pizzuto August 19, 2013
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So I’m standing there in the dimly lit kitchen opening my first bottle in Dave Matthew’s Dreaming Tree portfolio and my brain starts singing, “Don’t drink the water, don’t drink the water…” which is rather appropriate because 1. I’m drinking wine instead of water, 2. It’s a lyric from one of his songs and 3. […]

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“I’ve got some news for you, and you’ll soon find out it’s true…”

by Katie Pizzuto August 12, 2013
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“You can call me an asshole…” Just when you think you can’t stand another wine label with a cute critter, or a romantic chateau, or an abstract painting, this asshole gives you something new to hate…Hitler wine labels. Alessandro Lunardelli, of Azienda Vinicola Alessandro Lunardelli, and his Italian line of “Fuehrerwein” have been stirring up a shitstorm […]

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“Sweet you rock and sweet you roll…”

by Katie Pizzuto July 23, 2013
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There are few things more difficult than trying not to take credit for something you want desperately to take credit for. Wait, OK, that is a far flung exaggeration, but it’s damned difficult, trust me. When I first tasted Liddabit’s Beer and Pretzel Caramels at a market where Fulton’s Fish Market used to stand, I […]

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“Alright, ‘cuz I got my own world to look through…”

by Katie Pizzuto July 5, 2013
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When I was young, Fourth of July fireworks were always a huge event. Macy’s would put on a tremendous show over the Hudson River and we would either sit on our porch (when we lived right on the Hudson River), sit on someone’s rooftop, or as I got older, walk halfway out on the George […]

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“I’m not made of wood, and I don’t have a wooden heart…”

by Katie Pizzuto June 20, 2013
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When you’re raised in a split family, with your father a thousand miles away, you learn to appreciate the value of a parent differently. While I was fortunate enough to grow up with a wonderful stepdad—a phenomenal one to be honest—the heart often yearns for the blood that helped make it, as iron is drawn […]

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“Ah shut up silly woman, said that reptile with a grin…”

by Katie Pizzuto June 10, 2013
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I have never, in my 42 years of life (unless there’s a childhood story my parents somehow forgot to regale me with), made a scene in a restaurant…until last week. I have never raised my voice at a server, argued with a manager or slammed my hands on a table…until last week. Countless times I’ve […]

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WORDLESS: “This is the end, beautiful friend, then end…”

by Katie Pizzuto August 6, 2012
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“Well, we’re big rock singers, we got golden fingers…”

by Katie Pizzuto July 1, 2012
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I was once at a friend’s party, commiserating (over what was probably one too many shots of good tequila) about how pitifully mundane most music on popular radio is. A woman sat up altogether waaaaaay too proudly and said, “I do like Nickelback, though. They rock.” Before my slightly pickled brain had a chance to […]

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