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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Indiana wine shipping law unconstitutional, judge rules

Parts of the Indiana law that regulates shipping from out-of-state wineries are unconstitutional, Federal Judge John D. Tinder has ruled.

Tinder ruled Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis that the law erects an unfair trade barrier and violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. His ruling reads as follows:

The court finds the wholesale prohibition, Ind. Code § 7.1-3-26-7(a)(6), to be unconstitutional insofar as it bars wineries that possess wholesale privileges in states other than Indiana from seeking a Direct Wine Seller’s permit. The court also finds the requirement of an initial face-to-face transaction between a winery and customer prior to direct shipment, as described in Ind. Code §§ 7.1-3-26-6(4), 7.1-3-26-9(1)(A), to be unconstitutional. These two conditions constitute a form of economic protectionism and violate the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

The court does not find Indiana’s general prohibition of direct shipping, Ind. Code § 7.1-5-11-1.5, to be unconstitutional except with respect to the two specific conditions in the statutory provisions cited above. Nor does the court find the statute allowing an Indiana farm winery to sell its product onsite and at certain other locations, Ind. Code § 7.1-3-12-5, to be unconstitutional.

Here's the crux of the biscuit: Tinder's order stops the state from enforcing the rules he declared to be unconstitutional. Call your favorite out-of-state winery to tell them the good news (don't forget to get your charge card out first) — and buy that man a drink!

Addendum: If you'd like to read the entire 77-page decision, here's the PDF. I'm no Legal Beagle, but it's worth noting that only wineries that have registered with the State of Indiana, paid their $100 fee and agreed to pay sales tax to the Department of Revenue will be allowed to ship directly to consumers. So in the short term, you won't be able to legally order wine from the fabulous little mom-and-pop winery you stumbled upon in Temecula, but you will have a shot at getting some of the low-production wines from brands already distributed here. It's not quite unfettered free enterprise, but it's a start....
M. Zane Grey, 8:52 AM | link |

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2005

Mad-DogsRustic but satisfying, the Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2005 (Jumilla, Spain; $10) opens with an herbal tobacco nose. What follows is a medium-bodied wine with flavors of dried cherries and dark berries, supported by plenty of firm tannins; the finish is quite dry. A Monastrell / Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz blend, this wine would really shine with grilled sausages or pinchitos. (If you make pinchitos, you'll want to make a dipping sauce for them). No Englishmen appear on the label, but there is a Jack Russell Terrier — perhaps a potential playmate for Jane!
M. Zane Grey, 10:15 AM | link |

Friday, August 24, 2007

Say it ain't so: Chinese wine consumers defrauded

I am just shocked. Shocked.

According to news reports, wine consumers in China are being defrauded on a massive scale!

As hard as it is to believe, some Chinese producers are giving homegrown wines names like "Valley Napa," printing bogus vintages on labels, and mixing imported bulk wines with homegrown juice. Investigators have found that many wines consist of "little more than water, pigment and alcohol, with trace elements of grape juice" the state-run China Radio International says.

Chinese labelling regulations aren't quite as strict as those of the United States or European Union, so producers can easily — and legally — mislead consumers about the vintage and orgin of wines. This will change in January, when new rules coming into effect make labeling regulations more similar to those of the West.

Guess I'd better hurry up with that posting for the Beijing Craigslist — I have a few cases of relabeled Charles Shaw ’61 Château Pétrus that I need to unload before the end of the year. Maybe I can trade them for a container of Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton bags....
M. Zane Grey, 8:41 AM | link |

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

This is perfect

Deadlines seem to all come at once, and while I have a couple of great ideas for some WineCanine posts, they'll have to wait until the paying customers are taken care of.

And on the topic of great ideas for blog posts, today's Rhymes with Orange strip pretty much nails it:

Cave-Blog



I read Rhymes with Orange daily at the Seattle P-I.
M. Zane Grey, 11:17 AM | link |

Monday, August 20, 2007

Toad and Badger together again

Todd "Dr. Toad" Williams, the proprietor of Toad Hollow Winery, died last Tuesday. He was 69.

A former bartender, restaurateur and saloon keeper from Versailles, Kentucky, Williams founded Toad Hollow in 1993 with Rodney Strong, who had just sold his winery. Strong, a former Broadway hoofer whose nickname was "The Dancing Badger," died in March of 2006 at 78 years of age.

Together, Williams and Strong built Toad Hollow from a 3,000 to 100,000 cases per year business in a little over a decade, and earned a loyal following of fans of their unoaked Chardonnay. The brand also includes several other whimsical labels, including Cacophony, Eye of the Toad, Askew, Risqué and Le Faux Frog.

Williams is survived by his brother Robin Williams, the actor and comedian; another brother, McLaurin Smith; eight nieces and nephews; and his wines.
M. Zane Grey, 8:33 AM | link |

Friday, August 17, 2007

Pansy and Virginia

Boy, am I ever busy today! So rather than bore you with a halfhearted review of the mediocre wine I tried last night, here's a video of Pansy the Horse and Virginia Mayo dancing to music by The Drill.

M. Zane Grey, 11:00 AM | link |

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Beauzeaux Red Blend 2005

I'd been aware of Beaulieu Vineyards’ Beauzeaux Red Blend for a little while, and since I'm a fan of their wines I was curious about it. So when I saw a bottle of it at a local shop for about $6, I decided to give it a try.

Beauxzeaux is yet another "kitchen sink red," along the lines of Red Truck, Red, Five Reds, Rabid Red, House Wine Red and a shelf full of others. BV lists eight varietals on the back label, including a couple of pretty obscure ones. (Lagrein? Valdiguie? Wozzat?) What sets Beauzeaux apart is its price, since its competition all sells in the $10 - $15 range.

So, I cracked the screwcap, poured myself a glass, and ... wow, was it ever acidic! And hot, too, even though the stated alchohol level is a reasonable 13.5 percent. As much as I wanted to like it I wasn't, and was considering moving on to the next candidate, a $7 Malbec from Santa Julia.

Then it dawned on me: Beauzeaux needed to chill out. After 15 minutes in the freezer, the acids had moderated, the heat wasn't noticable, and a pleasant cherry-berry nose had emerged, followed by a medium bodied quaff that tastes ... well, red. And the fact that it was about 55°F made it even more refreshing. Beauzeaux is a perfectly good wine, well-suited for pizza, burgers and parties — as long as it can keep its cool.
M. Zane Grey, 9:06 AM | link |

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Chakana Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

ChakanaUpon pouring a glass of the Chakana Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (Mendoza, Argentina), your nose is greeted by aromas of brambly blackberries and cedar. In the mouth the wine is medium-bodied, with flavors of dried cherries and tobacco and firm, steak-taming tannins; the finish is long and dry. It's unmistakably Argentine, and very good.

Chakana consistently makes excellent wines at reasonable prices. This Cab, which is one of the four varietals offered in their range of entry-level wines (the others are Bonarda, Malbec and Shiraz), is a great value at $10. Chakana's winery is new and efficient, and the cost of producing this line is further reduced by using oak tank staves instead of wooden barrels for aging. Purists may scoff at such methods, but the fact is that they do allow winemakers to achieve the effects of barrel aging at a fraction of the cost. If the result is more control for the winemaker and better inexpensive wine for me, I can adjust my thinking!
M. Zane Grey, 8:44 AM | link |

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Blogroll

As I was making a couple of changes in the links to the left today, it occurred to me that I never had introduced them. Well, there's no time like the present to correct that oversight!

Members of the first group, Big Dogs, are probably familiar to you already. They're the major print publications that rate wines; they can be found online as well, some by subscription only, others for free.

I use the term Favorite Bitches in the nicest possible way. Bear in mind that "bitch" is the term for a female dog, and that dogs are nice. The women listed under this heading are smart, funny, have incredible wine knowledge, and offer free email newsletters that you probably wouldn't regret subscribing to.

Indianacentric are those links that connect you with — you guessed it — other Indiana-based sites. Emily and Christopher are a couple who have visited a goodly number of Indianapolis restaurants and written down their impressions; Feed Me/Drink Me is the must-read Indianapolis food blog written by a team headed up by BrainGirl; the Grapevine Cottage site is a wealth of recipes, wine reviews and articles from that Zionsville wine shop; Indy Ethnic Food is a user-driven site full of news and reviews of Indianapolis' ethnic restaurants, foods and festivals. The Curious City is a site put together by Indianapolis advertising agency Young and Laramore, and even though it's a bit outdated it still contains some good information; My Plate or Yours? is a Bloomington-based blog I just added today — the proprietor likes food and takes mouthwatering photos of it, visits Indiana restaurants that I've never heard of, and is a dog person; The Hungry Hoosier visits restaurants all over the state too, and shares his stories and recipes.

Urban Indy doesn't have much to do about food, but it is all about sensible urban development, and in my mind is worth keeping up with. The Indianapolis Blog Ring contains more than 40 blogs, some of which you may find interesting.

Go click some links, and happy reading!
M. Zane Grey, 7:21 PM | link |

Curmudgeon convention and repast reminiscences

Some fellow curmudgeons and I (just don't call me a "cur") had some drinks and appetizers at the Friendly Tavern in Zionsville recently, and got to reminiscing a little about how it used to be before its fernification and remodeling in the 1980s.

Zionsville was still a farm town then, although things had changed enough that there was a steady stream of customers up the street at Adam's Rib, where they served rattlesnake, lion, camel hump, alligator and a host of other exotic dishes alongside the more conventional (beef) prime rib. The Friendly was still old-school — high ceilings illuminated by indirect lighting that consisted of light bulbs tucked away in guttering; a jukebox; a big jar of pickled eggs on the bar; and it wasn't unusual for someone to drink too much and get into a fight on Saturday night.

The Friendly's food has come a long way since then (try their broasted chicken wings or their Rueben sandwich), and I can't say that I miss the pickled eggs. I do fondly remember one of their former specialties, though: freshly-made crinkle-cut French fries, drenched with melted butter and served alongside a frosty mug of ice-cold beer. Topped with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, they were an irresistible treat that I have never seen anyplace else.

These days, of course, if a place offered hot buttered fries on their menu, you'd have to sign a medical release form before they'd serve them to you....
M. Zane Grey, 8:16 AM | link |

Monday, August 13, 2007

Summertime....

And even if the livin’ ain't easy, the food sure is good.

Some old friends got together a couple of nights ago, and here's what we had:

• Grilled flank steak that had been marinated in Italian dressing
• Sliced yellow and green squashes (OK, zucchini), eggplant and onion, tossed in olive oil and herbes de Provence then grilled in a grill basket
• Chunks of fresh melon
• Bi-color corn on the cob
• Sliced tomatoes
• A simple and delicious sorbet pie (layer two different flavors of softened sorbet in a pie shell and refreeze).

Here's the great thing: With the exceptions of the onion, beef and pie, all of our food was grown within five miles of where it was consumed — and, simple as it was, everything was really good!

The beverage selection included Bombay Martinis, Tanqueray and Tonics, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Chakana Cabernet Sauvignon (more about that soon) and various beers and ales, including the excellent Domaine DuPage French Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company.
M. Zane Grey, 9:06 AM | link |

Friday, August 10, 2007

Sebastiani Chardonnay 2005

Sebastiani's Chards can usually be summed up in two words: oak bomb.

But not always. The 2005 growing season was long and cool, and the Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay 2005 turned out better because of it. Since the fruit wasn't as intense as it is in a normal, hotter year, winemaker Mark Lyon dialed back on the oak and malolactic fermentation, and the result is a medium-bodied, mouthfilling and refreshing wine. A citrusy nose leads to apple and pear on the palate, and the finish closes with minerals and clean acids. Vanilla from the oak is well-integrated.

The suggested retail for this wine is $12, but if you shop around a little you should be able to find it for a couple of dollars less. At either price it's a great value, as it compares favorably with some wines that cost twice as much. (In fact, I know someone who exchanged a bottle of a $22 Chardonnay that he likes for two of the Sebastianis.)

This is an excellent hot-weather wine, with just enough oak and malo to remind you what it is you like about California Chards without the feeling of having had Smucker's butterscotch topping ladled onto your tongue. It's a cocktail wine that is well-mannered enough that it can stay for dinner, particularly if you're having grilled chicken or lobster.
M. Zane Grey, 8:44 AM | link |

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Fish Heads

Remember the 1990s Indianapolis humor ’zine called Fishheads? Doesn't it seem appropriate that one of the Fishheaditors was (and still is) in the restaurant business?

M. Zane Grey, 9:24 AM | link |

Miss Prism on Breakfast

Miss Prism, a research biologist who also is a talented and off-the-wall lyricist, has written a new poem that is essentially a breakfast manifesto. I'm going to take it to heart right now, and grill a sausage, fry some eggs and make a nice piece of toast.

Many of Miss Prism's verses have been set to music and animated by the fabulously talented Eclectech. (My favorites are The Tinfoil Hat Song and The Daily Mail Picnic.)
M. Zane Grey, 8:07 AM | link |

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Heat wave wine break

Tree-DownUnless I'm safely ensconced someplace where the air conditioning works really well, wine loses quit a bit of its appeal for me when the temperature is in the mid to high 90s. Oh, I can manage to get down a little crisp, cold Sauvignon Blanc, but when it's this hot my very favorite beverages are water and ... beer. WineCanine drinks beer and even prefers it sometimes. There. I've said it.

Lately I've really been enjoying the Domaine DuPage from Two Brothers Brewing Co., which has lots of flavor and just enough hoppiness, yet still manages to come off as light and refreshing.

Wheat beer is my hot-weather favorite, though. After helping my editor saw up the tree that fell across our driveway yesterday evening, nothing could have possibly been better than Harpoon's unfiltered UFO Hefeweizen garnished with a big slice of lemon. We'll have it again after we saw up some more of the tree today — yay!
M. Zane Grey, 9:34 AM | link |

Olive oil fraud rampant, say news reports

According to a story aired yesterday on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, the Italian extra-virgin olive oil business has become so lucrative that adulterated olive oil has become the biggest source of agricultural fraud problems in the European Union.

Olive oil is sometimes mixed with "lamp oil" — made from spoiled olives that have fallen from trees and can't legally be sold as food — or other types of vegetable oils, including soy and canola. The FDA doesn't routinely test olive oil for adulteration, NPR says.

An even more detailed account of olive oil fraud appears in the current issue of The New Yorker. The incentive is certainly there: One investigator told writer Tom Mueller that the profits from dealing in adulterated olive oil are "comparable to cocaine trafficking" without the associated risks.
M. Zane Grey, 8:34 AM | link |

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Hendry Chardonnay 2006

This Hendry Chard uses no oak or malolactic fermentation, but it has a creamy mouthfeel, flavors of apple and pear, plenty of food-friendly acids and a clean, juicy finish. It retails for about $22; pair it with grilled chicken, shellfish, or white cheeses.

The Hendry Ranch in Napa Valley is divided into several blocks, each of which is planted with the grape variety that is best suited to the environmental conditions of that particular plot. Proprietor George Hendry is also a physicist, and applies his scientific training to producing top-notch fruit and excellent wines.
M. Zane Grey, 9:31 AM | link |

Monday, August 06, 2007

Fannie Farmer: The woman behind the cookbook

Fannie_FarmerOf all the cookbooks on the kitchen shelf, my favorite is my 1979 edition of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. The recipes are well-written and easy to follow, and the results are always tasty. It's a heckuva resource, and if I could only have one cookbook this would be it.

I've always been aware that Fannie Farmer was a real person, but it wasn't until just recently that I decided to do a little research on her. What I discovered was that she was a remarkable woman who was largely responsible for standardizing the system of measurements used in modern recipes and who contributed greatly to the understanding of convalescent diet and nutrition.

Farmer was born in Boston in 1857 into a family that valued education and expected their oldest daughter to go to college. However, she suffered a paralytic stroke when she was 16 and still in high school and was unable to continue in school.

It took her some time to recover from her stroke, and at the age of 30 she enrolled in the Boston Cooking School. Her time at the school coincided with the height of the domestic science movement, which evolved into what is now known as home economics — cooking and nutrition, cleaning and sanitation, and household management.

Two years after Farmer graduated from the school, she became its principal. It was there that she wrote her best-known work, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, in 1896. The book became so popular that later editions were commonly referred to as "the Fannie Farmer cookbook," which the book eventually came to be named.

While Farmer is best know for popularizing standard measurements, she devoted most of her career to developing diet and nutrition for the ill, and she wrote another book called Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent. She was invited to lecture on the topic at the Harvard Medical School, where she educated doctors and nurses about convalescent diet and nutrition. She strongly valued presentation, and understood that an ill person with no appetite would be more likely to eat a bread-and-butter sandwich trimmed into the shape of a heart than to bother with a piece of bread and a lump of butter.

Farmer suffered two more strokes late in her life, but continued to invent recipes and to lecture from her wheelchair up until 10 days before her death at age 57 in 1915.
M. Zane Grey, 11:28 AM | link |

Friday, August 03, 2007

THINGS TO DO (8/3 – 8/4)

Here is the most recent installment of Evan Finch's occasional Things to Do for People Who Do Things email newsletter.

Unusual Animals
Harrison Center for the Arts
Friday, August 3
 
As part of IDADA’s regular First Friday event, the Harrison Center will be presenting a very cool-sounding show tonight called “Unusual Animals,” co-sponsored by Asthmatic Kitty Records and curated by Future Rapper. There’ll be art by Casey Roberts, and Elizabeth Sparrow Boring, and a bunch of other people. And there’ll be music. Also, representatives from Big Car (itself a fantastic organization) will be in attendance, presenting performance art, accompanied by music from More Animals From The Arctic. In short, it’s the usual Harrison Center onslaught of surprise and delight. Admission is free, as are snacky things. Kids are welcome. Come at 6 PM, stay till 10 PM. The Harrison Center is located at 1505 North Delaware Street.
 
Phone: 317.396.3886
Web: http://www.harrisoncenter.org and http://www.idada.org

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Welcome To The Monkey House
Indiana Repertory Theatre Upper Stage
Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 19

I know about this event because a guy from ShadowApe Theatre called my cell phone two days ago and left a really long message about how his troupe (which is very good, by the way) is going to perform adaptations of various Kurt Vonnegut short stories at IRT this month. You have to admire that kind of marketing moxie. Tickets to the show are $25 each (available through IRT), and performances will happen on weekends at the IRT Upper Stage, starting this Friday. For more information (and show times) phone IRT, or check the website(s) below.
 
Phone: 317.635.5252
Web: http://www.irtlive.com or http://www.shadowape.com

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Punkin Holler Boys
Willowfield Lavender Farm in Mooresville, Indiana
Saturday, August 4
 
Beloved local hillbillies the Punkin Holler Boys will be bringing their musical stylings to the Willowfield Lavender Farm this Saturday, from 5 to 8 PM. Bring your own chair and food and drinks and stuff, then settle in and feast at least three of your senses. Admission is $2.00, and the farm is located at 6176 East Smokey View Road in Mooresville (directions are on the website). NOTE: Event not recommended for those suffering from lavender allergies.
 
Phone: 317.831.7980
Web: http://secures6.brinkster.com/LibbyOConnor/default.aspx

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Summerfest
German Park
Saturday, July 7

The Indianapolis Liederkranz will be holding its annual Summerfest in German Park (8600 S. Meridian Street) from 5 to 11 PM this Saturday. German food and drink (i.e.; beer), plus music by Jay Fox and the Bavarian Showtime Band at 7 PM. Try the hog knuckles. They’re gristle-icious.

Phone: 317.266.9816 or 317.782.9216
Web: http://www.indyliederkranz.org

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Latex Novelties
Melody Inn
Saturday, August 4

Formed in 1978, the Latex Novelties can legitimately claim to be Indianapolis first punk band. Anyways, they’re getting back together to play a show at the Mel this Saturday. Open bands include The Sleazies, M.O.T.O. and The Midnight Creeps. The cover is $7, the Melody Inn is just north of 38th on Illinois, and the night will allegedly start at 9 PM. Can a Yellow Jaundice Babies reunion be far off?

Phone: 317.923.4707
Web: http://www.myspace.com/latexnoveltiesband and http://www.melodyindy.com

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LINKS NO ONE ASKED FOR

Like Indiana? And beer? And history? Well then, you should like this:

http://indianabeer.com/history.html

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M. Zane Grey, 12:27 PM | link |

More changes in store for wine packaging

As wine aficionados still struggle to come to terms with screwcap closures comes news that further changes to the old familiar wine bottle may be in store.

The Treasury Department is considering a new rule that would require alcohol content, serving sizes and nutritional information to be included on all alcoholic drink packaging. Don't expect to see any immediate changes — the department will gather comments on the proposed rule through Oct. 29, and if it decides that label changes are in order it would make the information labels mandatory three years after a final rule is published. (It will be interested to see how many servings a 750 ml bottle contains — six restaurant pours, five therapeutic five-ounce portions or, as the Roman Legionnaires intended, just one.)

In Great Britain, the Sainsbury’s supermarket chain is experimenting with selling wine in plastic bottles. The chain is offering a private-labeled Australian Rosé and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in a plastic package, which looks exactly the same as a glass bottle but is 12.5 percent lighter. The trial is one of the company's projects to be more energy efficient (and something for which soccer teams playing in England will be grateful, no doubt).

The wine is shipped in bulk and bottled in Britain. Sainsbury's says this means nearly twice the amount of wine can be transported per container, which reduces the environmental impact of transportation and, by extension, carbon emissions.
Reducing the weight of all glass wine bottles sold in Great Britain to the lightest available could reduce carbon emissions by around 90,000 tons annually, Sainsbury's says.
M. Zane Grey, 8:13 AM | link |

Thursday, August 02, 2007

New Ohio wine law sets standard for absurdity

Living in Indiana, it's easy to become jaded by the mishmash of ridiculous laws governing the production, sale and use of alcoholic beverages. Since that legislation is traditionally crafted by a strange-bedfellow alliance of industry lobbyists and the religious right with no consideration of how the consumer might be best served, it's easy to see why there is a market for entire legal firms that specialze in their interpretation.

But after one lives in the Hoosier state long enough, what was once ridiculous becomes normal and we can take pleasure and solace in ridiculing other state laws that are even more dysfunctional than our own. And that brings me to a section in a recently-enacted Ohio law which reads:

"Sec. 4303.233. No family household shall purchase more than twenty-four cases of nine-liter bottles of wine in one year."

Wow. One one hand, I'm absolutely opposed to the concept that the government should be able to restrict how much wine my household purchases, but as restrictions go, I could probably live with just 24 cases of nine-liter bottles per year. I don't know how many Salmanazars are in a case, but even if it's just one that works out to the equivalent of 24 cases of 750 ml bottles annually — and since the law doesn't specifically forbid it, I assume that an Ohio household could supplement its annual allotment of Salmanazars with as many Magnums, Marie-Jeannes, Double Magnums, Jeroboams, Rehobams, Imperiales, Methusalehs, Balthazars and Nebuchadnezzars as necessary, as well however many 750s may be required for normal, day-to-day consumption.

Y’know, maybe despite my advanced years I should just go ahead and sign up for the LSAT — I think I know just exactly what my specialty would be....
M. Zane Grey, 9:02 AM | link |

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Two More Bottles of Wine

Emmylou Harris at Red Rocks, vintage 1984.

M. Zane Grey, 8:25 PM | link |

Tipsy tales of the rich and famous

The rich may be different from you and me, but when they consume too much alcohol the line between The Four Seasons and Connor's Pub gets pretty blurry.

A story by Frank Bruni in the Dining section of today's New York Times chronicles some pretty spectacular cases of drunkeness at top-tier restaurants. After all, alcohol is alcohol, and while Bordeaux and Montrachets may be exclusive (and expensive) beverages meant for those with refined tastes, after a few bottles the effect they have on judgement and motor skills is pretty much identical to what can happen after glugging down a dozen shots of Jägermeister.

If anything, Bruni's article suggests, the well-heeled can go on benders of more epic proportions then even the most determined of college students, simply because their actions carry no consequences for them (other than the inevitable massive hangover, that is). In a city where taxis are the preferred method of transportation, where's the incentive to cut off a blotto customer who is treating his friends to $7,000 magnums?

Author Phoebe Damrosch includes a few drunken-patron anecdotes in Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, a memoir of her time of employment at Per Se, the New York restaurant owned by Chef Thomas Keller, who is perhaps better known for his Napa County restaurant The French Laundry. Such anecdotes make amusing reading, and serve to remind us that the rich aren't really that different — except, as Ernest Hemingway said, they have more money.
M. Zane Grey, 8:04 AM | link |