Sometimes reality can overtake you, run you down, smack you in the face, and unlay your best-laid plans. And then smack you again in the face, a little harder, just to remind you who's boss.
couple of weeks back we wrote a real humdinger of a writeup for today,
where Benazir Bhutto and Dan Fogelberg teamed up to fight a rampaging
tiger who was trying to take Paris Hilton's inheritance away and spend
it all on steroids for its evil master, Roger Clemens. Believe you us,
it was even more hilarious than it sounds.
In light of
recent events, however, we feel that a more sober explanation of the
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prison cell - if you've got a broadband connection, your TV back home
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without the strain on your back and damage to your home that would
result from moving your actual living room. You can even watch on your
cell phone, if it's fancy enough.
There. Was that so hard?
Sometimes we forget that you don't need to make crass, offensive jokes
to move merchandise. Sometimes, all it takes is a worthwhile product
and a little plain speaking. Maybe if Robin Wright Penn had kept that
in mind, Sean Penn wouldn't be leaving her.
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Third Place in Derby #22 (Other Words Of The Year), with 252 votes!
so boring up on Cranberry Mountain. Boring and soft. It's like a big
carpet up here. Mmmm. Maybe there won't be any hikers today. Isn't
there another monster up at the top anyway? Why is he even here if I
have to stop everyone? He really should earn his keep. Maybe I could
say I got outsmarted. Maybe I'll make a little sign to scare the dumb
people away. Most of them just want to hike anyway, right? There's
nothing to steal on this mountain. This comfortable, comfortable
mountain. It won't hurt to just take a little break.
This shirt was designed by: dekonstruct, who probably works from home, where there's a Playstation and an X-Box and he doesn't even have to wear pants.
Wear this shirt: because you couldn't be bothered to go do your laundry. Dude, The Price Is Right was on.
Don't wear this shirt:
around St. George. He's kinda old and his eyesight is getting bad and
when all you have is a lance, everything looks like a dragon.
This shirt tells the world: "I'm just two cups of coffee away from going all Maurice Sendak on you."
We call this color: Grendelberry Red
3X - M: 14" x 9.14"
S-WS: 10.5" x 6.85"
Color(s): - Pantone Black C - White - 285 C - 2915 C - 1485 C - 485 C
It's time to stop the madness before somebody gets shot. Just
because we've only featured California, Oregon, and Washington wines
here doesn't mean that we're taking sides in the East Coast-West Coast
feud that has rocked the hip-hop and wine worlds alike. So we're
extending the olive branch of peace to our East Coast brothers by
putting the spotlight on our first-ever New York state winery.
that Standing Stone is merely the beneficiary of geographical
affirmative action. Just check out the long list of raves they've
received from Wine Spectator and the like. They didn't get to
be one of the oldest planted wineries in the Empire State by relying on
the kindness of strangers. And if you think the relatively chilly
climes of the Finger Lakes region are an impediment to crafting
exquisite wines, it's time to get hip to the ice wine trip.
of the ice-style wines in these three bottles are made thusly: the grapes are
left in the fields well into hockey season, long after the leaves have
fallen off the vines and the Washington Capitals have started
rebuilding for next year. The grapes freeze, thaw, and refreeze several
times. Don't freak - it's all part of the plan. Then, after they're
picked, the chilly fruits are put into subzero storage until they
freeze into rock-hard, delicious little BB's of pure flavor. When
pressed, these frozen grapes come out syrupy-thick and syrupy-sweet. A
few months of careful, small-lot fermentation later, and holy Syracuse,
you've got yourself a resplendently sweet dessert wine, with a touch of
the rimy hoarfrost about it.
You've probably gathered that
ice wine is kind of a pain to make. An expensive, labor-intensive pain.
That's why they come in these skinny little half-size bottles. You want
bigger bottles? Make your own. Anyway, with all this flavor, you won't
miss the extra milliliters.
While these two bottles of
Standing Stone 2006 Vidal Ice were just released, their 2001, 2002, and
2004 forebears all received 90 scores from Wine Spectator.
The Vidal grape specializes in two things: producing high sugar levels
in cooler climates, and blowing your freaking mind. With its apricot
nose, hazelnut and pineapple palate, and lightly lingering finish, the
Standing Stone 2006 Vidal Ice succeeds on both counts.
lone bottle of Standing Stone 2006 Cailloux takes its name from the
slate and limestone beds under the vineyards where it's grown. (Yes, cailloux
is French for "stones".) That's where this Chardonnay-based blend gets
its mineral tang and sturdy structure, in pleasing contrast to its rich
banana and melon flavors. At last, you can stop drinking Mountain Dew
with your cr�me br�l�e.
About New York, someone once said,
"If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere." But he wasn't
talking about ice wine - good luck getting your vineyards to freeze in
Lodi, especially with all the global warming and whatnot. These
luscious dessert wines could only have come from a place like the
Finger Lakes area in upstate New York, and a winery like Standing Stone.
The ice wine cometh!