Friday, January 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Charlie Lane

Remember him? (If not, you're too young to be reading this site. Go to bed.)

He's 102(!) today. Best wishes to him, and others:

Actor Charles Lane is 102. Actress Anne Jeffreys is 84. Actor Paul Newman is 82. Actress Joan Leslie is 82. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 78. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 72. Actor Scott Glenn is 68. Singer Jean Knight is 64. Activist Angela Davis is 63. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 59. Actor David Strathairn is 58. Singer Lucinda Williams is 54. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 52. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 49. Actress-comedian Ellen DeGeneres is 49. Hockey star Wayne Gretzky is 46. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 44. Actor Paul Johansson is 43. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 37. Actress Jennifer Crystal is 34. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 33. Actress Sarah Rue is 29. Country musician Michael Martin (Marshall Dyllon) is 24.

Paul Newman. Bob Uecker. Corky Laing! Lucinda Williams (cool). Eddie Van Halen. The Great One. And me.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Shameless self-promotion

I made my debut as a food critic in the Rocky today, sampling a neat little place near LoDo. If you're stumbling around there late night and need a protein/carb infusion, the buffet's open midnight-3 Friday and Saturdays.

This will not become a regular gig, but it's fun.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A drinking game for SOTU

Every time Bush says something that violates free-market principles, take a shot. Bet you'll be out cold by the 10th paragraph.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

My favorite winery hits the big 1-0

Mary Baker reports that she and Dan Panico are celebrating the 10th anniversary as owners of Dover Canyon Winery in Paso Robles. Congratulations!

We discovered Dover Canyon in 1998 at Paso's first October Harvest Tour and immediately singled it out as a favorite. Over the years, Mary and Dan have purchased a vineyard and moved to a more remote location on Vineyard Drive (with almond trees, which friend Arthur King loves to forage around when we're there). They make wonderful wines and are terrific hosts and great people.

I wrote a bit about Paso wines in general and praised Dover Canyon in particular here.

If you decide to not click through, however (how dare you?), here's the big news: Mary says

Our limited production will require us to start a waiting list this year. We still pack our own wine clubs, without the use of a wine club service. As many members can attest, if you tell me your last name, I will remember your first name. All of our wine club membership applications, changes, requests, and order fulfillment are handled by the owners.

So what are you waiting for? If you enjoy luscious zins and rich Rhone varietals at reasonable prices, order some soon!