Category Archives: Commentary

Nibbling at the Edge of Stale Ideas

“People have nothing to say, but they are afraid of saying nothing, so what they do say comes out flat and vapid and meaningless …” ― William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands I was at Pebble Beach Food and Wine this past weekend. These big productions don’t really have much to do with food or…

Fifty K’s South of Woop Woop

Click here to see our current wine selections: Australian wine – let me rephrase that – Australian fine wine – hasn’t really been on most people’s “wine radar” in the US for the last 10 years. But it is interesting that even if you take away Yellow Tail (which is the second largest selling wine…

We Have a Wiener – Winner!

          It has been a suspenseful wait for the announcement of the winner of the “I would rather be a loser in Portland…” contest. It was challenging sorting through all of the entries, which we assessed during Married to Jonas commercial breaks on E! Ultimately, the decision seemed beyond Guy du…

Loser Chooser

  Rounding a corner while walking the dog recently, I came upon one of Sellwood’s vaguely iconic bars. I knew it was one of Portland’s favorites because of the telltale surrounding wall of bar funk floating in the evening air – stale beer, fryolator oil left over from before the Bhagwan left, and whatever disinfectant…

Birds of a Feather

    It’s June and the signs of early summer are everywhere. Occasionally, the sun even comes out. Oregon drivers are more distracted than usual, but if you listen closely, you can hear their plaintive “sorreeee” call as they whiz through a stop sign. And city bicyclists are showing their summertime plumage of moral superiority…

WAR IS PEACE ! FREEDOM IS SLAVERY! IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!

  I experienced a brief moment of real terror recently (full disclosure: it might have been gas) when Chuck Norris released an advertisement stating that “civilization is on the brink” and if America chooses wrong with this election, we are destined for “1000 years of darkness”. (Statements like this can be a real help, as…

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth – Henrik Ibsen

We like May. In Portland, May is the first month of the year when you can (with some confidence) sit outside in your backyard or in the patio area of a local restaurant and enjoy a glass of wine and not get rained on. Of course there are plenty of Portlanders that will do this…

The Food Taliban

Portland is a place where you can buy a beat up Tuff Shed storage unit; poke a dozen nail holes in the roof for light; use empty plastic mayonnaise buckets as chairs and a two-by-ten as a table; use your clock radio for “ambiance”; beat two eggs in a coffee cup with the fork tool…

Be Prepared – Canned Food Pairing Issues

A moderate 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook the sea off the Oregon coast on Wednesday morning. Another reminder that it is only a matter of time before the “big one” strikes our little island of righteous indignation – better known as Portland. So over the past couple of years, we have made a small effort toward…

Invisible Hands – Mysterious Ways

I had the great pleasure of meeting with André Ostertag at our Guy du Vin offices a few days ago. I have been a follower of his wines for many years, but this was the first time that I had ever met him and had the opportunity to speak with him about his wine and…