April 29, 2013
Bordeaux almost always refers to a red blend. But the dry whites of Bordeaux are underappreciated, especially those from Graves. So I was intrigued by this elegant California homage to the style from Napa's Chimney Rock. This Stag's Leap district star, known for pricey cabs, blends sauvignon blanc with sauvignon gris, a pink-skinned grape that adds an unusual texture to the wine. Most popular sauvignons these days are almost garishly bright. But this one, while still aromatic with lemon, apple and tropical notes, is softened and enriched by the gris, which adds opulent weight to the wine as well as a complex, savory finish.
May 10, 1987 |
They met by chance on a beach in Hawaii. Although they came from different cultures, they quickly discovered they had a lot in common. Both, for example, were great lovers of wine. In fact, each had his own winery, Robert Mondavi's in California and the Baron Philippe de Rothschild's in Bordeaux. If they joined forces, if they conspired, they could make beautiful wine together. Rothschild, who once complained that "California wines are like Coca-Cola; they all taste the same," had apparently changed his mind.
June 2, 1989 |
It is practically an axiom of the modern detective story that a policeman's lot is not a happy one. But what if it's a gay one? This intriguing proposition is at the cold heart of Yannick Bellon's La Triche, a juicy film noir that keynotes the opening day of the American Gay Film Tour at the Roxy Screening Rooms. La Triche is the kind of movie whose easy sophistication mocks Hollywood's nervous and tentative treatment of homosexuality. The measure of the difference can be found in comparing Bellon's film to Making Love, Arthur Hiller's gingerly attempt to chronicle the problems of a doctor who leaves his wife for another man. In La Triche, which is set in seedy Bordeaux and practically sighs with world-weariness, much the same situation arises.
August 1, 1993 |
I am in the center of the world of wine, and I am intoxicated. Oh, the wine is great. But it's not the wine. What makes my heart sing and my head spin is, rather, the sense of time that springs from this ancient region of southwestern France, the awareness of earlier streets beneath these stones, of a past that sinks down beneath the gritty limestone soil. Under different names and different rulers, Bordeaux has prospered here on a graceful bend in the Garonne River for more than 2,000 years.
June 4, 2000 |
I didn't come to Bordeaux looking for Eleanor of Aquitaine. My youthful infatuation with this best-known of medieval queens had been gathering dust in my mental attic, so it was my past as well as hers that came back to haunt me when I found myself walking in her traces on a long weekend in this ancient city. Suddenly there she was, in spirit at least, entering the city through gates in walls whose shadows still linger, wending her way through streets that retain their tangled medieval courses if not their 12th-century houses, and stopping before the Cathedral of St. Andre to arrange her skirts, headdress, and entourage before entering the church to be married - not once but twice, the second time a match with the future Henry II of England that would change the destinies of England and Aquitaine, Eleanor's possession in southwestern France.
April 20, 1990 |
A team of men and women tennis players from Bordeaux, France, concluded their four-match tour in the United States by defeating Philadelphia, 4-1, yesterday in a doubles competition at the Racquet Club. Before arriving in Philadelphia, the French team had played matches in Boston; Newport, R.I.; Tuxedo, N.Y., and New York City. The French squad clinched the match when its women's pair of Anne Ryman and Jeannette Guardia defeated Philadelphians Mac Ryan and Kaitlin Curran, 6-2, 6-1, for a 3-1 lead.
October 27, 2000 |
Among the many portraits of artists attempted by filmmakers, precious few manage more than a superficial and sometimes far-fetched connection between the life and the work it shaped. Carlos Saura has long dreamed of making a film about Francisco Goya and over the years it took to bring Goya in Bordeaux to the screen, he clearly gave much thought to convincingly linking the painter's incomparable legacy to the events that defined his development. His approach is unique and boldly conceived.
April 10, 2015
BU ZZ: Hey Marnie, what's the meaning behind all the different shapes of wine bottles? Marnie: Interesting question, Buzz. The vast majority of wines come in one of four classic bottle shapes. Each one traces its roots to one of the world's most famous wine regions. Buzz: OK, give me a lesson. Marnie: Bordeaux-style bottles, which are the most common, are narrow, cylindrical and high-shouldered. Burgundy-style bottles are wider with long, sloped shoulders, and most often used for chardonnay, pinot noir and Rhone blends.
April 24, 1991 |
CAMPUS KUDOS Get out the noisemakers and confetti. The University of Pennsylvania is rated as having the third best business school, the sixth best medical school and the 10th best law school in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the nation's graduate schools. Penn State and Princeton are said to have the 12th and 17th best engineering schools, respectively, and Thomas Jefferson University is rated as the third best medical school whose main mission is primary care. A HELPING HAND Forget the flowers and candy; let your secretary take hourly breaks from VDT keyboarding today - National Secretaries Day - and every day. "Work-rest cycling" could prevent the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome, a potentially crippling hand disorder, says the American Physical Therapy Association.
April 26, 2012
BUZZ: WHEN did they start making wine with chile peppers, Marnie? Marnie: I think you may have your wires crossed, Buzz. Where did you hear that? Buzz : I read it right on the label of the wine my buddy brought over last night. It said "Chile. " My gut can't handle spicy stuff the way it used to, so I didn't open it. Marnie: Oh. No need to worry. That's not "chile wine"; it's wine from Chile in South America. Buzz: Red wine from South America?