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Drunken Opossums, Mouthwatering Fungal Funk, Exploding Peaches, and Allegations of Widespread Flaccidity – My Magazine Articles….

A list of my past magazine articles, below. All can be found in PDF format here = http://www.scribd.com/BrainWines – Argentine Wine (South American Tour de Vino, Carne, y Cerveza – Part 1 of 2) – Beer (Boiled flowers, fungi sex, dirty whirlpools and ant colony algorithms) – Bourbon (Corny, delectable and a toast to the French) – […]

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Champagne – sublime flavours of yeast carcass, exploding bottles, sparkle capture, and smaller as actually better.

The tang of rotting fish, the layered stench of an overripe cheese, and the tangible face-spank of a bloated carcass are all proud members of guild vomitas. Apparently, the taste manifestations associated with death are not high on our culinary favorites chart. Exceptions occur such as “1,000 year-old” eggs, fermented fish sauce, “stinky tofu”, and, […]

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Beer = Boiled Flowers, Fungi Sex, and Ant Colony Algorithms

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      Are you aware that one of your favorite things to drink is a waste product from a sexual orgy of fungi? I thought not. 8,000 years ago a farmer left some barley outside in a shallow container. It rained that night. The next morning the farmer thought his harvest was ruined as […]

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Dining in Napa Valley = Ad Hoc, Bank Cafe, Bounty Hunter BBQ, Mustard’s, Morimoto, Celadon, Dean & Deluca, Press Restaurant, Bouchon, Angele, Rutherford Grill, Market Restaurant, Martini House, ZuZu, etc.

Dining  in Napa is THIS good….. “Asking for extra cabbage was a first for me.” Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to a past magazine article of mine that I posted on Scribd. I suggest hitting the “full screen” button. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25949595/Napa-Valley-California-Dining-Guide-to-Wine-Country Recommended Restaurants http://www.adhocrestaurant.com/ http://www.celadonnapa.com/ http://www.mustardsgrill.com/ Bank Cafe (inside the Westin) http://www.latoque.com/bankbar.html […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Napa Valley, California, USA / Quick Guide – Introduction to a few of my favorite wineries

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In a two-part Napa Valley series I wrote for my past magazine column, we documented a recent tour through Napa’s wonderland… Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to this article that we have posted on Scribd. We suggest hitting the “full screen” button below the article, then the zoom buttons. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25949562/Napa-Valley-Wine-Guide-California […]

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CACHAÇA and Rum – Seasick mobsters, 145-year-old yeast, and bad hair dye-jobs

What do: – Pinga – “The Evil” – “The Damned” – “The one that killed the policeman” – “The water birds will not drink” ….have in common? They are all names for Cachaça, a fiery spirit that stands on the bronze medal step for world booze production. Rum doesn’t even come close to the podium […]

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Drunken Opossums: A crash course in the evolution of Tequila and Mezcal

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The kick of caffeine was allegedly discovered after humans witnessed twitchy, spasmatic goats dancing at what some consider the world’s first rave party.   Those hairy revelers had, minutes before the imaginary techno beats commenced, been gorging wild coffee beans.  Similarly, Tequila may be the end result of our surveillance of a seriously tipsy opossum.  Certain […]

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South America – Tour de Vino, Carne, y Cerveza – Part 2 of 2: Chile

“Chile produces some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon, at least one astounding Pinot Noir (see below), and a host of nice whites. The real grape star of Chile, however, may end up being….” Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to this article that I have posted on Scribd. I suggest hitting the “full […]

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Coffee – Facts, and The Twisted Tale Of

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Infiltration of Enemy Lines Wearing a Fashionable Turban, Caffeine-Fueled Revolutions, Allegations of Widespread Flaccidity, and Exploding Peaches – the Eccentric Saga of the World’s Second Most Traded Commodity. Excerpts… “There are two main types of coffee, Arabica (high quality, and the topic of discussion here), and Robusta (a much cheaper, and higher caffeine content varietal […]

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