A Visit to the Fireman’s Memorial on 100th Street – 9/11

Last week my apartment building was the scene of a massive fire. Smoke still lingers in the halls and thoughts of moving swirl in my head. I also can’t say enough good things about the fire department in this city. I am reposting this because I also will never forget what they did for so many and the price they paid.


Riverside Park

This is a photo of the Firemen’s Memorial which was built in 1913 in Riverside Park. It was designed by H. Van Buren Magonigle (1867-1935), and the sculptures were done by an Italian sculptor named Attilio Piccirilli (1866-1945).

On September 11, 2001 the Fire Department lost 343 firefighters.

There was a large ceremony at the monument today. There were many handsome fireman in their dress blues in attendance. My thoughts today are with them and all of the other families for whom today is not just a national tragedy but a personal one.

I will be drinking a Dancing Bear Cellars Pinot Noir today to celebrate life. The wine is called the Shea Cuvee 2006 and is named after Danny and Joe Shea, the brothers-in-law of my friend and client Eric Munson, both of whom worked in the Twin Towers and died that awful day.


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Wine Region of the Week: Tikves, Macedonia

Tikveš is the wine region of the week. It is located in the Republic of Macedonia, a tiny nation in the Balkans, landlocked between Greece, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria and Kosovo. Apparently wine has been grown there for more than 100 years. The area, a fertile plain, looks beautiful in photos and is surrounded by mountains.... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Grapes: Pecorino from Le Marche, Abruzzo

Angela Velenosi was in town this week for some events that I organized for her. As a policy I do not write about people that I work for but that doesn’t mean I can’t reblog an old post, written before we did some work together. In any event, the point is Pecorino is an interesting grape, under represented in my view. I had the same sensations about it this week as I did years ago and just mentioned today that its viscosity reminds me of Chenin Blanc. I’m happy to see I am at least consistent in my tasting notes. October is a new month and I challenge myself to write a little each day. Let’s see how it turns out. Cheers


This week’s indigenous variety is called Pecorino. It hails mainly from Le Marche and from Abruzzo but there are also plantings in Liguria, Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria.

An early ripening grape, it is not susceptible to downy or powdery mildew. The grape has nothing to do with the cheese of the same name, Pecorino, other than some suggestions that the grapes got their name from the “Pecore” or sheep that used to eat them while grazing.

One of my favorite examples of Pecorino is from Velenosi Vini.

Pecorino 2012

This Falerio dei Colli Ascolani Denominazione d’Origine Controllata (DOC) wine from Le Marche was crispy and nicely acidic with hints of tropical fruit and flowers. I also find it slightly waxy in the same way that Chenin Blanc often is. It was perfect with the lobster roll I had today at the Pier in Wellfleet. Fishing with Dad and my nephew is great…

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