September 17, 1994 |
I love robust California zinfandels, merlots and cabernet sauvignons. But you may have as strong a passion for chardonnay, wine coolers and beer. I love biking 20, 40 and 60 miles on my custom-made Klein, Campagnolo-fitted road bike. But you may hate biking and rather play tennis, golf or just watch television. How come there's no conflict between us on these strongly held values? The answer's easy. I drink my zinfandel and bike my 40 miles, and you down your wine coolers and play several sets of tennis.
October 2, 1986 |
A strike against a group of California wineries, including two of the nation's largest, apparently collapsed yesterday in the face of a threat by the wineries to hire permanent replacements for the strikers. Although union ballots on the wineries' contract offer still were being counted yesterday after voting in several wine-region cities, union leaders acknowledged that their members appeared ready to accept the wage cuts and other concessions demanded by the winemakers. "We may have lost this battle, but we'll never lose the war," said Lonnie Sloan, vice president of Local 186 of the winery workers' union.
August 24, 1988 |
For a real "cooler," drink water! When the weather's hot and you're thirsty, a sugary wine drink is more likely to make you hot and dry than it is to cool you off and quench your thirst. A cold beer or a gin and tonic will have the same heat-producing effect. Even sugary soda pop, lemonade and iced coffee can heat you up. Thirst is the body's natural mechanism for replacing fluid, and the closer a drink comes to calorie-free, the better choice it is as a summer drink. For pure refreshment and replenishment, nothing beats plain water, whether from the tap or bottle.
December 27, 1990 |
"Tis the season to be jolly. But the way people get jolly seems to be changing. Once alcohol flowed freely at holiday parties, and quarts of vodka, whiskey or rum were standard gifts for employees, clients and acquaintances. But with alcohol awareness increasing, many people in Bucks County will be drinking a little less this season. Throughout Pennsylvania, holiday alcohol consumption fell 4 percent between 1988 and 1989. In Bucks County, overall consumption dropped 2.3 percent, or by 39,411 gallons, between 1988 and 1989.
June 26, 1998 |
Before last week, the last time I tasted hard cider, I was about 9. Granny was in the kitchen cooking up some possum stew, and Uncle Jed was out by the cee-ment pond, whittlin' his stick. Me and Cousin Jethro snuck into the root cellar and found Granny's jug, threateningly marked XXX. Talk about "bubblin' crude," that cider had us flying for the rest of the afternoon. My family, naturally unnerved by this boyhood episode, loaded up the truck and spirited me away to Pennsylvania, land of the America's most regressive booze laws.
July 21, 2011 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Less than two weeks remain for proponents to gather support for posing a November ballot question that could turn this famously dry Shore town into a haven for fans of BYOB restaurants. If they can't gather 747 signatures from local voters by Aug. 3 to call for a referendum, the issue will recede, as it has several times before. If they are successful, the battle over whether to allow diners to bring their own beer and wine to eating establishments could shift into higher gear as foes campaign to preserve the town's family-first brand.
September 10, 1986 |
David Brenner's new late-night television talk show didn't quite die during its premiere, but it certainly slipped into a coma. The most interesting thing about it was an injury to his guest the day before. If Brenner's new Nightlife series doesn't soon show some zip, an insomniac's favorite tick on the dial will be Channel 29 at 11 p.m., when WTAF is running this syndicated series each week night. Monday night's premiere was slow enough to make a speed freak drowsy. Brenner lucked out with his first guest, Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who had sustained a shoulder separation in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
October 3, 1986 |
Half a dozen three-piece-suited executives fumble through their briefcases, pausing to listen to the drone of flight information. One savors the last drag of his fourth cigarette as he settles into another half-hour wait in the USAir lounge at Philadelphia's International Airport. Slouching into his chair, another man yawns loudly and closes his eyes for a nap. A young girl, her nose pressed against the glass window, follows the slow descent of a DC-10. "Is our plane here yet, mommy?"
July 20, 2012 |
"WHAT are you, a girl? Is this Girls' Night Out?" That's what a friend, an investment banker, said on a recent evening as the waiter delivered my glass of rosé wine to the table. I considered my manly friend, from his pink tailored shirt to the insipid Coors Light he was drinking. "At this stage of my life," I said, "I'm comfortable enough in my manhood to drink pink wine. " Yeah, that's right. I'm man enough to profess my fondness for rosé wines, especially on a steamy summer evening, before dinner as the sun begins to set. Maybe while poring over the sports page, too, if you need to. Fortunately, it's a good time to try rosé wines, with quality worldwide as high as it's ever been.
February 28, 1996 |
Vintners in the famed Napa Valley get giddy when they contemplate the growing cadre of customers like Suzanne Patmore. The entertainment-industry executive used to spend no more than $10 for a bottle of wine. Yet there she was on a recent Friday night, clutching a wine magazine's list of recommendations as she strolled the aisles of a chic liquor shop in Los Angeles, scrutinizing labels on bottles marked $20 and up. "I'm sort of branching out to decent stuff, to things that actually rate on the Wine Spectator scale," said Patmore, 28, as she stood in line at Wally's.