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April 4, 2009

Comment of the Week

I'm always happy to get nominations for Comment of the Week, but this is the first time any one has gotten several votes. Michael A. Gray made it under My Favorite Wine Blog.

When I read certain reviews, I must confess that I feel sorta' stupid. Two of my guilty pleasures in this world are wine and cigars and I can't even describe them properly. When I drink a glass of wine, I don't get blueberries, strawberries, kumquats, beetroot, fennel, cocoa butter or old leather. If it's a red wine, it tastes sorta' reddish to me and if it's a white, the flavor's on the white side. Okay, I can tell the difference between a Beaujolais and a Maneshiewitz Concord Grape. But that hardly suggests a sophisticated palate. When it comes to cigars, it's even worse. No cedar, loam, chocolate, pumice, fire-roasted chestnuts or once again, old leather. What comes through, loud and clear (I'm embarassed to admit) is smoke. And if you ask me to review a $10 hand-made Robusto, the best I can tell you is "it tastes pretty good. Sorta' deep and...I dunno'...hearty." I really envy the people who discover juniper berries, charcoal and just a hint of maple sap in a bunch of rolled tobacco leaves. Or pick up the tang of anchovy paste and jicama in a Pinot Noir. ...

Remarkably, this week we also had a Link of the Week:

I have the perfect side order for these comments: link

Posted by: Bob UU | April 2, 2009 10:35 AM

And while I'm giving out random awards, how about Comment That Made Me Laugh Out Loud of the Week:

Ok, my second theory is that United simply cancels flights that aren't full. EL

Or, if I happen to be booked on them.

Posted by: Eve | April 2, 2009 9:32 AM
Posted by Elizabeth Large at 9:59 PM | | Comments (5)


I had to chuckle at this. I like wine, and can certainly tell the difference between what's good and what's not. But I took a wine-tasting class recently, and for the life of me I couldn't pick up all the flavors the instructor was telling us we should taste--berries, chocolate, leather, etc. I'd look at the person next to me and we'd both shrug...okaayyy.

Yes, yes, and yes!

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Mr. Gray's comment was too good not to get the award.
Bob UU's and Eve's were good as well.

I love it when people taste wine and describe notes of "lead pencil."

Stacy - makes you wonder just how much lead they've ingested over the course of their lives.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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