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Steven Spanbauer
Chicago, IL
Sometime wine professional, jungian kung-fu artist, narratologist
Interests: Old Norse Sagas and the current comic book Saga, obscure alpine grape varieties, folktales, meat and its various preparations, napping, rare medical disorders.
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It's official. New England Claw Chowder Robaina (a.k.a. Chowder, or Stinky, or Shithead) has been awarded 100 points by me. While the Jack Russel may be the Montrose of pups, Chowder, as a member of the distinguished Border Terrier clan, is definitely a Cos. But a 100 point Cos, which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Proliferation Massale
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Moon Palace, Koehler-Ruprecht, Larmandier, Burn Cottage, Dard & Ribo. Notes to follow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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Yes, the posts are out of order and furthermore I'm blogging from the comfort of home. Writing while on the road is somewhat less glamorous than it seems especially if the only method you have to compose and post your writing is an iPhone, a buggy app and indifferent WiFi... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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Nadi Foucault is not the sort to suffer fools lightly. For that reason alone I would be willing to admire him but after visiting his cellars I've come to praise him as well. Chacé is an unassuming place which bears a strong resemblance to any of a number of small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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I just got to Paris last night and am finally feeling 100%. I've got some posts to catch up on but since the weather is beautiful here in Paris I'd rather spend the time outside and about. Look forward to a recap of gneiss and easy with pork ears (Pepiere),... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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As many of you already know, I dread the pleasant little chit chat one engages in at social gatherings when eventually the topic comes around to what you do for work. Wait, I should back this up and observe that I don't like chit chat at all, under any circumstances... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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This was my first visit to the Vallee de Marne and the weather proved to be particularly brooding. The sinister clouds made the greens, browns and slate colors more vibrant and the tiny villages perched mid-slope surrounded by vineyard and crowned with pointy medieval churches gave an impression of ancient... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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Version 1.1 of Alice & Olivier de Moor. Thanks to Jose Pastor and Joe Dressner who pointed out the typos, I've decided to repost this entry with all the corrections. I've been blogging via an iPhone and it has corrected some words in interesting ways so my apologies... It took... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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After a thoroughly invigorating shower in Chablis, shower pressure that would have pleased Kramer, and a less than invigorating drive through the Cote des Blancs and deep into the Cote de Bar we were ushered into the cellars at Ulysse Collin. Olivier Collin's first vintage was 2004 after he took... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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Pork cheek pot pie! Just saying. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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It took far too long to start tasting wine today but when the tasting started all my concerns melted away. First up was Olivier talking and Alice pouring. Alice & Olivier de Moor This estate I've followed for years first when Vezan brokered them into Wisconsin, later with Roy Cloud... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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Woke up with a powerful urge for a croissant and smiled with the serene knowledge that I was in the right place to get one. I wandered around the Place de la Bastille in a drizzle while eating some pretty decent version of the pastry. An awesome way to start... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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After a long day of trolling around Paris from the Marais to the 20eme for lunch back to the Marais and then off to the Ile de la Cite via the Place de Voges. All that walking resulted in a mighty appetite so I was pleased to hear that my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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After the ban on restaurants was lifted the 17th century places like the Ile St-Louis became a center for this bustling new trade. A simple walk down Rue St-Louis en l'Ile will show you dozens of restaurants, many of them dating back several hundred years. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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The word restaurant comes from restauration, i.e. restorative broths. These broths were the first menu items legally sold in Paris as medicinal soups to get around the medieval ban on selling pre-cooked cuisine. Eventually the Parisians came to their senses and the city literally abounds with brasseries, cafes, salons and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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Behold the brutalist architecture of Charles de Gaulle airport. Next to Miami this is one of the most user-unfriendly airports out there. Bienvenue a Paris and despair! Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Proliferation Massale
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For me the smell of coffee is like an aromatic alarm clock waking me up to the first rays of dawn over Ireland. Strangely as my sluggish, sleep-deprived brain start to grasp where I was I had a sudden remembrance of my grandmother relating to me as a young child... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Proliferation Massale