Tuesday, July 24, 2012


James Douglas Morrison
December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971
In his younger days, he was a god. 
I missed the anniversary of his passing.  He would have been sixty-nine this year.

In my youth he was a Dionysis of inspiration who possesed the Divine Madness of the gods. 


Warm summer days and evenings are perfect for a chilled glass of rose.  There's an accent over that e, but I have no way of placing it because Blogger doesn't allow for symbols, so for the record, I'm referring to the wine and not the flower.  I am especially enamored of two wines from different regions in the south of France right now.  Domaine Sorin has a lovely rose (imagine the accent) from the Bandol region of Provence on the coast.  The winery and vineyards are about five miles inland from the shore with views of the Mediterranean.  The days are hot and the cool breezes from the sea at night are perfect conditions for growing the grapes.
The wine is made from 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre and is light with intense flavors on the nose and palette of strawberries, watermelon and cranberries.

Domaine de Fontsainte (fount of the saint) is named after a spring at a monastery near the winery.  Saint Simeon.  The vineyards are in Boutenac in the Courbiers appellation in Languedoc near the Pyrenees.  The wine is made with 70% Grenache Gris and Noir, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Carignon and 10% Cinsault.  On the nose are notes of fresh strawberries, raspberries and cherries.  The soils are gritty and gravelly in this region and the grapes are hand picked.  The winery is built on an ancient Roman site and coins from the 5th century were found in the soil.  Both wines go well with fish and grilled vegetables or just sitting on the porch sippin' and enjoying the sunset.  I call it 'Porchin' it.'  Both wines retail for under $20.. 

It is on my list of thing to do to visit both these wineries next fall at harvest.  Anyone want to join me?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


A traveling salesman is going door to door peddling his wares.  He knocks on a door and a young boy about eight years old answers the door wearing only his mother's panties and bra with a cigarette in one hand and a scotch on the rocks in the other.  The salesman is visably shaken and taken aback as he stammers and finally gets out, " Uh, hello young man, uh are your parents home?"  The young boy looks at him incredously and replies, "What the fuck do you think?"

Monday, July 02, 2012


Finally!  If you watch his talk show, he's been dropping hints for quite some time now.  Check out the gun show on his boyfriend. I wonder what Oprah would think of him texting and driving?  Towleroad has the story of how he sent the news to fellow gay journalist, Andrew Sullivan.