POPE BENEDICT SAYS GOOGBYE .. Caio !!!
The POPE’S LAST TIME BEFORE THE CROWD At St.PETER’S SQUARE
POPE BENEDICT LEAVES THE VATICAN In HELICOPTER
Word Association Game. You Say “Argo” I say Overrated. Argo Won The Oscar for Best Picture of The Year last Night. I saw the picture it was good, maybe ever very good, but great as people have been throwing around for most, please give me a break. If Argo is the Best Picture of The Year for 2012 / 2013 then the Hollywood and the Motion Picture Industry is in trouble and serious delusional, as is a good part of the U.S. population who seem to be mostly followers who jump on each and every Band-Wagon that comes along.
Yes, I saw Argo. I like it. It was enjoyable and I felt I got my moneys worth. But it didn’t bowl me over as being a great or phenomenal picture. Having heard the hoopla about the movie before I went, I felt myself sitting in the theater, waiting for greatness, excitement something to move me and make me feel and say, “Yeah, this movie is great.” Guess what ladies and gentlemen, I didn’t. The movie was good, I liked it, the expectation were of greatness with all the press was saying, guess what, Argo is good and maybe even as High as Very-Good, but Great? Or The Best Picture of The Year, “Far From It my friends.”
In the past two months or so, I’ve really gotten tired of hearing all the over hyped BS about this movie being so good, “Great.” Not !!! And give me a break about Affleck getting robbed by The Academy for not getting a Best Director Nomination. That was actually a good call by the Academy, the bad call came last night when Argo was awarded The Best Picture Oscar. Is this wheat Hollywood and the rest of the movie business calls Best Picture Quality? Sad! Very Sad. Let’s hope Hollywood can come up with something a lot better next year, cause Argo just doesn’t cut the mustard, despite what the masses of American “Followers” think. You need to do better guys (Hollywood).
Can Your Hear Me Knocking, The Rolling Stones “Sticky Finger” Got my Coffee! Yes I’m having my coffee, at my favorite local cafe in Greenwich Village. They’ve been playing The Stones, one great song after the other. Maybe it’s Grrrr, the Rolling Stones latest compilation album with tons of great Rolling Stones Hits and that big Gorilla on the cover. “Rock On.” Yes, drinking my coffee, a favorite pastime, reading the paper (NY Times and Daily News), listening to The Rolling Stones. What’s Better than that? The Stones, The World’s Greatest Ever Rock-N-Roll Band and ma Coffee. “I Love it!” Thank God they’re not playing any “Rap Crap” or any of the other Horrible Music they make these days. No, just great quality, good ol Rock-N-roll, and the best, The Rolling Stones. Just thought I’d let you know. And think about, “What Could Be Better Than Coffee and The Rolling Stones?” Not much, or a lot of things you might say, but just for 3-Bucks, I got my Coffee, sitting in a nice quiet relaxing Cafe listening to Keith, Mick, Charlie, Mick Taylor, and Ron Wood, The Rolling Stones and Coffee, “No It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than That.”
PS .. also playing, Sympathy For The Devil, Satisfaction, Ruby Tuesday,19th Nervous Breakdown, Dead Flowers, and-on-and-on .. “The Hits Just Keep Coming.” This is a simple pleasure of life my Friends …
The ROLLING STONES “STICKY FINGERS” One of The STONES Greatest Album featuring the Great MICK TAYLOR on Guitar “CAN YOU HEAR ME KNOCKIN” One of ROCKS All-Time Great “GUITAR RIFFS” by Taylor intros the song…
PS … STICKY FINGERS Was The ALBUM That First Brought The WORLD The ICONIC ROLLING STONES Emblem THE LIPS and TONGUE Designed by The Late GREAT “ANDY WARHOL”
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
La TAVOLA …. Available in PAPERBACK and KINDLE on AMAZON.com
Yes there was a Triple Header of Brunello the other day. Well two days and for me any way. The Main Event of Benvenuto Brunello, or as we New York Italian Wine People call it, simply “The Brunello Tasting” which is held every year in New York and a few other chosen cities around the globe. The tasting is for the release of the latest and current vintage of one of Italy’s and the World’s Great Wines, Brunello di Montalcino … Wines made of 100% Snagiovese Grosso aka Brunello. Wine made only in Montalcino (nowhere else in the World). Wine made in the highest standards of winemaking and according to the standards and specifications of The Consorzio Del Vino Brunello Di Montalcino and the Italian Goverment. Brunello must be aged for 2 years in oak barells and 2 years in bottle before being released 4 years after the vintage and 5 years for Brunello deamed Riserva. Thus at this Brunello Tasting in 2013, The Brunello Consorzio and its producers ….
KEVEN ZRALY TALKS BRUNELLO “Brunello Seminar-Tasting Gotham Hall”
“THIS GUY KNOW WINE !!! “
The Great Kevin Zraly held a Brunello Seminar at The New York Brunello Tasting 2013 …And for the few lucky enough to attend, it was quite a great event. Great, yes great, and Mr. Keven Zraly in my book is quite great when it comes to knowledge of wine, his Love and approach to it, drinking, tasting for his own pleasure and knowledge as well as the Drinking, Tasting, and Education Kevin imparts on those in his classes, readers and owners of his famed Windows On The World Wine Course (Book), and anyone as I’ve Just said “Lucky Enough to Attend One of Mr. Zraly’s Wine Seminars,” in this case for one of Italy’s and The World’s most esteemed wines and one of Kevin’s 3 Favorite Wines (Kevin’s words) Brunello di Montalcino.
“Don’t Touch It! Don’t touch it !!!” shouts Kevin Zraly, near the beginning of his seminar. He know there are always people on every level of experience at any one of the many wine seminars he has conducted over the years, including the most experienced and at least one or maybe several people who have never ever been to a Seminar Wine Tasting like this in their lives. This maybe their first one, “Don’t Touch Don’t touch!!!” It’s quite funny and a bit shocking the way Kevin does these as he sets the tone for his style of wine seminar, which is “No Muss No Fuss No BS,” and as Mr. Zraly says no English Poetry, in an effort to say there will be none of that overdone pontification, just straight normal talk, and talk even a beginner could grasp about wine, and with Kevin his approach will make you love the object and the subject of “Wine” even more. That’s what a great wine educator does. There are not many better than Kevin Zraly, “if any?”
Yes, the seminar was quite wonderful. If being at the most important Brunello Tasting of the year wasn’t enough, and being the first in the World to taste the 2008 Vintage and 07 Riservas, in a beautiful setting like Gotham Hall, in The Greatest City in The World, and as the Head of The Brunello Consorzio stated this glorious day, “New York Is The Greatest and Most Important Market in The World For The Producers of Brunello di Montalcino.” Yes Sir “It Is.” Yes those at The New York Brunello Tasting were among-st the first in the World to taste these fine wines, and Mr.s Zraly made that point, as well as stating how wonderful the Wines were, that we were very fortunate to be drinking them, and that Brunello was along with Bordeaux, one of his 3 Favorite wines in the World to drink. Myself and Michael Colameco (Who is The fine host of “Real Food” one of TV’s Best Cooking Shows on PBS) sitting next to me at the seminar, we both surmised the third of Kevin’s 3 Favorite Wines of The World had to be Burgundy. This we need to find out.
“Smell it 3 times. Cover the glass with your hand. Sniff! Toast the person sitting next to you and drink. Think about it for 1 minute at 15 second intervals. Do you still taste it? What do you taste?” Well, we tasted 8 very fine offerings of this fabulous wine, Brunello di Montalcino. The wines were all wonderful, and being at Benvenuto Brunello in such a gorgeous setting as Gotham Hall and being led in a Tasting of Great Brunello by one of the World’s Greatest Authorities on Wine, this was a combination that was unbeatable. Being in the Italian Wine and Restaurant Business for more than 25 and writing for another 8, I can tell your that I’ve been to many a incredible wine event, like: a Vertical Wine tasting and Luncheon with the Marchese Piero Antinori, Dinner at Spark’s Steak-House with Jacopo Biondi Santi and his wines, as well as lunches and dinners on many great wine estates in Italy. The kind of events people would kill to be able to attend, I’ve been to many, and this Brunello Seminar tasting with kevin Zraly shall be filed in my head with some of those other great wine moments. It was most enjoyable, and I’m so glad I made it (almost din’t go).
So Bravo Brunello! And Bravo Kevin for your passion, love of the wine, and the way you lead others, in your very Zraly Direction.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
BRUNELLO SEMINAR with KEVEN ZRALY .. January 31, 2013 …. Afternoon Seminar
WINES: BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO
1. Palazzo – 2008
2. Fanti -2008
3. Tenute Sivio Nardi – 2008
4. Donatella Cinelli Colombini – 2008
5. Uccelliera – 2008
6. Palazzo – Riserva 2004
7. Col D’Orcia 2001
8. IL Poggione Riserva 1999
An overall assessment and thoughts on the 8 Brunello’s we tasted. First off, they were all very good to wonderful to remarkable. A great line-up including some excellent producers and very fine vintages of recent years. It seemed an overall consensus that pretty much everyone (Writers, Restaurant People, Wine Professionals,and Hobbyists) in the room liked each and every wine we drank, all wonderful wines, and with Kevin “Cheer-Leading” us with his love of wine and Brunello, I believe everyone enjoyed these wines even more than if they had tasted all 8 in another manner than this great tasting-seminar.
As all wines were wonderful, I must admit that there were 3 wines that we all got a bit more excited and super-charged over. These wines were; the Brunello Uccelliera 2008, the Brunello Col D’Orcia 2001, and the Brunello IL Poggione 1999 … Without going into any, as Kevin Zraly would say “English Poetry” these 3 wines were just wonderful. The kind of wines you light up over and just saying “Wow,” is enough to say that they had everything you want in a great Brunello or any great wine, great aroma, Wonderful Taste combined with “Perfect Balance,” and simply greatness.
Again, a great tasting, overall Benvenuto Brunello, lots of great wines, wonderful people, and a fine Seminar-Tasting of Brunello conducted by Mr. Kevin Zraly. Again, Bravo!
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke