ABOUT TRAVEL, CULTURE, DRINK ("The sense of smell explores." - Brillat-Savarin)
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I know making and reading comments on this blog isn't easy, so I'm posting a selection from the beginning. I like receiving them and appreciate those readers willing to jump through the electronic hoops and actually post.
Hi, The topic that you have discussed in the post is really amazing, I think now I have a strong hold over the topic after going through the post regarding Melbourne Bars . I will surely come back for more information. on San Francisco Chronicle Q&A about Nose, more
Just finished reading Nose and I was absolutely blown away by the breadth and depth of information. I am starting to read it again just to catch details I might have missed. An incredible read and a fascinating look into the American wine industry. I was wondering if anyone has shown any interest in making a documentary out of it. I think it would go a long way in rekindling the interest in California wines. I also finished reading Nose, and I thought that was very entertaining-could also be made into a series. I wish there could be more wine related programs to educate and entertain. Thank you for your contribution to wine and I look forward to reading your next book. onOn Writing: Napa Redux
Hello Jim, We met at Rams Gate signing. I have a small winery in Pt. Reyes Sta. I am reading "Nose" with much enthusiasm. Would it be possible to get a dozen copies of your book, signed for our tasting room? Also for my employees? Thanks, Steve Doughty firstname.lastname@example.org onHere's my bio, a live radio interview, and a review of Nose
Thanks, Jim, for posting this remarkable travel guide to Portland! From beautiful gardens to thought-provoking art, from live entertainment to a book-filled room to stay, and from coffee to a local brew, you've covered everything a tourist - or local - could want! I enjoy sitting at an outside cafe on some comfy, not-too-hot-from-the-sun patio furniture and just people-watching when I go to a new place. Are there a lot of outside cafes in Portland, as well? Thanks again for all the must-see tips! onGo: Portland Redux
James - I am extending an invitation to you to be our guest on an online show I host called 5ive O'Clock Somewhere on Toutsuite Social Club. Our show covers a wide variety of lifestyle content, particularly Food, Wine, Tech, Film, Music, Art, Cocktails, Authors, and much more. Our platform enables “viewers” to log in with their webcams and JOIN the show live, like they are sitting at the table with us! We have an opening on our Wine Wednesday show on March 20 and it would be great to have you on to discuss your new novel, Nose. We would like you to arrive no later than 4:45 PM in studio for the show that starts at 5PM sharp. If you can't join in person in our Napa based studio, we could have you join us via webcam. Your segment would be about 20 minutes and you’ll be interviewed by our set of awesome hosts, which includes me . It’s EASY and FUN! (We drink cocktails and wine on the show, so get their early for a drink before you go on for best results). The show is INTERACTIVE onHere's my bio, a live radio interview, and a review of Nose
looking forward to reading more of your work. we have recently written something on wine you might like http://ecoclimatesolutions.com/2013/02/climate-change-to-effect-the-future-of-wine/ onPost coitumida hassanon
I have read your two books on the Napa Valley. I will be in B.C. at the bloggers conference and look forward to your keynote. onBloggers, northward!
You didn't discuss my Italian white wine grape of choice, vermentino. Grown up and down the Ligurian coast, and in Sardininia and elsewhere. What could be better after a hike in Cinque Terre than a bowl of pasta with pesto and a cold bottle of vermentino wine! Does the Nose know this grape variety? JT on Some Italian maybes
I could not agree more with you about the Belle Glos pinot noir. You have a good comment on it. I understand your point. on A glass of open space?
Too much of a good thing. Our bodies have policies. Breaking these policies can have mild to severe results, from the hangover to the clap. Happy to say I’ve had countless bouts of one and none of the other. After all, I’m on a wine site rather than a skin site or medical site. There was never a time when the hangover didn’t hurt, but lately, I’ve been more sensitive to it. Or maybe “good-sensed” to it. Hangovers always hurt, but being mid-30’s, they hurt more. One new urban legend which came to me from a doctor-friend (a toxicologist, nonetheless) was to drink half a 5 hr energy drink before getting after it. No kidding, it helps a little. on Doc on France
Great article and wonderful stories.... chemicals or the molecules of smell (or taste) are not the only things that influence our experience... past experiences, how our neurons are wired, the environment in which we are swirling - much more than the molecules. on Sniff, sniff...
Thank you Jim: A worthy tribute to the refinement of a derving monument to the social life. When I was sixteen, my fater took me to the Owl Bar at the Belvedere Hotel in Balimore. A refuge for the enlightened. I was a bit tentative but he insisted that we sit at the bar. He explained to the barman that I was to be introduced to life that day, and procceded to order two Hendrick's martinis: up,dry,cold,twist,NOW! The barman approached us with the two drinks, but was cradeling them in his warm hands....not the stem/ He only made it two paces before being rejected. on the third attempt they were accepted. I knew as the aroma acosted my sences...that I understood. Could not have been genetic, since this was my step father. The signal came from a higher place. After we finished the first round, my father explained that if I could appreciate a Martini, speak French and sail, I could accomplish anything in life. I bought a 53 foot sloop, maried a French speaking woman, and the rest is on Dr. Silvius's revenge