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I had a great glass of 2000 Vallone Brindisi Rosso Riserva at the bar at Lippa. It reminded me so much of my precious Apollonio Copertino Rosso Riserva 1993 (also from Puglia and also negroamaro) that a tear came to my eye.

The Brindisi was poised, elegant, slutty, “sweet” and dry! (Remarkable trick of that Puglian Negroamaro – makes it so darn food friendly, cheese-friendly for chrissakes! I mean, how many dry reds have you had that go well with cheese? Yah, like, none; that’s what I thought.) It was earthy, musky, downright muddy; it made me feel dirty. But it also had a focused, ripe, clean raspberry aroma, pure and innocent. Imagine a beautiful, dark-haired, church-going Southern Italian maiden, armpit hair o’erflowing, crotchless leather trousers, pubes wild and unkempt. She hasn’t bathed in four days, she’s lordosed and squashing a handful of raspberries into a pile of mud and fresh dung as the aroma of her ripe womanhood wafts over her exposed bonch and 'sfintere.' That’s what the Brindisi was like!!!

I had never been to Bari, but I imagined the air redolent of Brindisi and Copertino; I saw the sun-drenched olive groves and the glistening Mediterranean in the distance like a jewel. This wine was a jewel - a wine of paradox. It both danced lightly on the palate and clumsily announced its awkward presence. It was cheap and drank like money.

Date Written: May 31, 2004
Author: John Slocum
Average Vote: 4.28571

06/4/2004 Will Disney (4): that's a wonderful image in the second graf - thank you. i like these kinds of "news you can use" shorts.
06/4/2004 qualcomm (4): wine doesn't go well with food
06/4/2004 scoop (4): splendiferous detail work.
06/4/2004 TheBuyer (4): I love those wild, unkempt pubes.
06/4/2004 Jon Matza (5): Only complaint: I get tired of the cliche about Southern Italian women squeezing raspberries into mud and dung. Yes, they do it a lot. But not always.
06/4/2004 Mr. Pony (4):
06/4/2004 Dylan Danko: Excellent! The Lerpa's comment below also made me laugh. I believe the douche actually thinks that.
06/4/2004 Dylan Danko (5):
06/4/2004 qualcomm: i've seen your unrefined palate in action, danko, so do not attempt to fuck
06/4/2004 Dylan Danko: You wouldn't know a Napa Chappellet Chardonnay from a Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf-de-Pape. DON-DON NOODLES! DON-DON NOODLES! Fucking douche.
06/4/2004 Ewan Snow: Ha!
06/4/2004 qualcomm: as i recall, you liked dan dan noodle until it burnt your anus
06/4/2004 Ewan Snow: oh, now it's "dan dan"?
06/4/2004 qualcomm: that's how it's always been spelled. pronounced don, though.
06/4/2004 Dylan Danko: The Lerpa is wrong or at least there are two spellings. Do a google search and stop obsessing over my anus.
06/4/2004 qualcomm: grand sichuan spells it dan dan.
06/4/2004 qualcomm: and what danko doesn't mention, in typical krugmanesque fashion, is that "dan dan noodle" outnumbers "don don noodle" on google by a factor of 6.
06/4/2004 Ewan Snow: Who cares, it's transliterated anyway. And what's your beef with Krugman? Is it the same as the Brookline crowd's consensus beef with Denby?
06/4/2004 qualcomm: no, he just bends facts to his ideology like all those other columnists, but danko's fond of him
06/4/2004 Jon Matza: Lerpa and Snow: you should try forming your opinions by consensus like those of us in the Brookline group! It's much easier & safer than always having to maintain your intellectual independence & integrity like you guys. If you like you can join us, and as a token gesture of goodwill we'll even allow you to keep admiring Denby!
06/4/2004 qualcomm: but who will take on the role of leader? you guys have lewis, but our corporate culture is so decentralized, we might not be able to fall in line...
06/4/2004 Ewan Snow: For the record, I have no opinion about Denby. I never even heard of him before I heard you guys say how much he sucked.
06/4/2004 John Slocum: What's Denby? I'm in charge of the Brookline group. And Monies.
06/6/2004 Jon Matza: Lerpa, that's part of the integrity I was talking about that intellectual renegades like yourself hold onto. Let go & join us!
06/6/2004 qualcomm: who am i talking to? you or your puppeteer?
06/7/2004 Jon Matza: makes no difference, does it?
06/8/2004 John Slocum: Yah, Matza - got him!
01/26/2011 scoop: Denby wrote a brilliant and devastating critique of Modern Times that really nails how pessimistic a movie it is and how dark a filmmaker Chaplin is, no lol.