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Showing posts with label Just Talk. Show all posts

Site Design Change

After much deliberation I came to the conclusion that needed a new look. Well, this is the look I decided on. I think it's much easier to read, the photographs "pop" off the page much better, and I've got more room to write and add other items of interest. Let me know what you think.


As someone who loves wine and all the paraphernalia that goes along with it, I've decided to partner with to highlight items that I would like to have and think my readers might be interested in. Easily accessed by clicking on the 365Corks Shop photograph above, or by clicking on the Shop link underneath the photo, I've found highly rated items that I would personally love to have, and in some instances, do. There's Spiegelau and Riedel glassware and exquisite Laguiole Corkscrews. In the Wine Gadgets Section there's the Vinturi Wine Aerator, the Waring Pro Double Bottle Wine Chiller, the PEK Supremo Wine Preserver as well as several other top-notch items. I've highlighted lots of great books and DVD's about wine and wine travel. I've taken the time to identify and highlight great wine coolers by Haier, Vinotemp and Danby. For a special treat visit the Money No Object? section. And last I've added a section for My Camera Loving Friends that highlights all of the equipment I would love to have and that is highly rated. All purchases are backed 100% by the Amazon reputation for being a great online retailer. Take a look and let me know if you think I should add anything. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and Check out the Wine Lovers Shop!


Just a quick recommendation of a movie #1 and I watched last night. Once, a sweet little love story that takes place in Ireland, this is a boy meets girl, boy kinda falls in love, type movie with lots of really good music. Filmed on a low budget, this film has the feel of a documentary as a majority of it was filmed with handheld cameras. Not a huge time committment, I think it was about an hour and twenty minutes, it made for an enjoyable viewing experience. Be sure to check out the "Special Features" section if you rent this on DVD as it is interesting how the whole film came together. I give it 4Corkscrews, which is similar to a thumbs up! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and Check out Once!


Just a short post regarding a couple of movies #1 and I've recently seen. We're big Netflix fans so we have a constant flow of movies arriving in our mailbox. Our most recent DVD was of The Bourne Ultimatum. This is the third in the Bourne series and ranks in that place behind the other two, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy. If I was giving corkscrew ratings I'd have to give the first one 5 Corkscrews, the second 4 and this last one 3. My major complaint, I guess, about the Ultimatum was that it felt like one long chase scene from the start of the movie to the end. They filmed in a lot of beautiful locations but it is hard to see much at the speed this movie moves in. I'm sure the fourth edition can't be far behind but I'm beginning to wonder how many rogue CIA-types there can be. Surely they've exhausted that story line.
A movie we received prior to that was Eastern Promises starring the great Viggo Mortensen with an excellent supporting role by french actor Vincent Cassel. A decent plot line and fine acting made this an enjoyable movie and I would probably have given it 3 1/2 Corkscrews. Now if you want to see a 5 Corkscrew movie, pick up A History of Violence. This movie also stars Viggo Mortensen with an excellent, sensual performance by Maria Bello as his wife and directed by Eastern Promises director David Cronenberg. Suspenseful from beginning to end, this was a sleeper movie that I'm still recommending a year later to friends who haven't seen it.
New wine reviews in the hopper so be on the look out for that. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and rent the above rated movies if you want some great-to-decent entertainment.


Now some of you may be wondering why a wine blog has two cameras shown in its latest post. Today instead of giving advice on wine, travel, etc., I'm asking for advice. You'll see how this will actually have an affect on this site. A little history. About three months ago, or so, I decided to get serious about photography. Having some experience with Nikon at work, I automatically assumed that I would end up buying a Nikon for personal use. That was until I started researching which model to buy. After lots of reading and scouring the internet, as well as talking to a boatload of individuals with cameras, I've narrowed it to a Canon EOS 40D, Digital, or a Nikon D80. Now it would make this process so much easier if both of the manufacturers would send me one of each for testing and an unbiased review. And if that happens I will give each a fair shake. For some reason I'm not real confident that those cameras will be arriving on my doorstep anytime soon, so I'm asking all of you readers out there who have experience with either of these, to weigh in. And before I get lots of e-mail telling me it's not a fair comparison seeing that the Nikon D80 is so much less than the Canon EOS 40D, I will stipulate that going in. But does a $1400.00 camera, the Canon, perform that much better than an $800.00 camera, the Nikon? Let me know what you think and I'll post all comments. Now how is this going to affect this website? My plan is that once I purchase the winning camera, if I don't get one in the mail before that, I will photograph all of my reviewed bottles for inclusion in my reviews. I'll also post some of the photographs I intend on taking of other points of interest as well. I look forward to hearing your comments. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Tell Me What Camera to Buy!


I recently had the opportunity to review a copy of Dr. Fritz Allhoff's book "Wine & Philosophy". A compilation of a series of essays, it is a very good read that has lots of interesting ways of looking at wine. A historical look that spans various time periods and civilizations, this book lets the reader see how wine has been viewed over the many years it has been enjoyed by mankind. With chapters including "The Art & Culture of Wine", "Tasting & Talking about Wine" and "The Politics & Economics of Wine" to name a few, you can see that this isn't just any old book on wine. My favorite essay is entitled "Talk about Wine?" by Kent Bach. He points out that being able to talk about wine requires experience at drinking wine as well as learning a special vocabulary. This sums up my experience with wine and probably everyone who learns to appreciate the different varietals of wine available. That is also my excuse, I guess, for my continued quest to find different, affordable wines which I think with time, and trial and error, you start to develop a knack for. Check out Dr. Allhoff's book if you get a chance. It's an interesting read and would also make a nice gift for that someone special who enjoys wine. I noticed that it is also on sale at right now. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Wednesday, 9/26, Little Rock, AR
About a week ago I had a chance to sit down with the Editor of Sync Weekly, a cutting edge, weekly publication that is somewhat new to the area. She was planning an issue devoted to wine and had found the 365Corks site. She wanted to know what people just starting to discover wine should know and I tried to give some suggestions that I thought would be helpful. The publication just hit the stands today and can also be found online at their site. Entitled Wine Notes: Some basic knowledge will go a long way in learning to appreciate wine it lists several areas that their editor thought would be interesting to her readership. A very informative article that I was happy to be able to contribute to. Check it out if you get a chance as there are several other articles relating to wine that were very informative. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Tuesday, September 4, Little Rock, AR
As many of you know who visit my site often, and that figure seems to be growing daily, I primarily write reviews of a variety of wines that I think are affordable. On occasion I’ll also write a travel anecdote or a synopsis of an article I’ve seen that I want to share with fellow wine lovers. I’ve also written reviews a few times about really cool products I’ve tried and want everyone to know about. Today I wanted to put a few lines on paper about a great new business, or better yet, idea, that I literally stumbled across. was a web site I read about in an article in the Wall Street Journal that ran several weeks ago. When I got home from work the night the article ran, I had to check it out as the concept sounded like a great idea! I learned that it was a community of web site publishers and fellow bloggers who have the opportunity to check out a variety of different sites and products, and then write a review of them. As I already write reviews of wine I thought this would be right up my alley. And it was! I’ve discovered some great new web sites and products and have had the good fortune to meet other bloggers who are passionate about a wide variety of topics. I’m sold on and recommend that you check out their site if you’ve got a few minutes to discover something totally new. That’s especially true to my fellow bloggers listed in my Wine Joints I Like section. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and Check out
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