Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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None - August 19th, 2011  


In last week’s BottomsUp/Tastemakers we reported on Chef Mario Batali’s recent interview in Bon Appétit and how he sang the praises of the Northern Michigan food and drink scene. After his glowing reviews of area restaurants, wineries, breweries and the region as a whole, it is time to share some love back at the chef.

Batali and his restaurant partner Joseph Bastianich, along with Bastianich’s mother, chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich (a celebrity chef in her own right), partnered to launch the La Mozza label. The vineyard is located in Toscana (Tuscany) the central region of Italy famous for its Super-Tuscan blends with Bordeaux varieties.

The 2007 La Mozza Aragonne is a blend of primarily Sangiovese, a popular native grape of the region along with Alicante, Syrah and Carignan. This wine has an intense ruby red color and you can expect a spicy licorice aroma with subtle berry fruit notes. The spice and licorice come through on the palate as well, along with a slight citrus feel and more plum notes than berry in the flavor profile.

This is a tough wine in a good hearty way. Pair with grilled steaks or the traditional New England pot roast slow roasted with horseradish. Certainly this wine works well with red sauces and pasta.

A little history behind the name from Batali: “The name ‘Aragone’ refers to the Aragons of Spain, who together with the Medici family of Florence, dominated the region of Maremma in the 1500s. The sixpoint star depicted on the label, represents an aerial view of ‘Forte Stella, which is located in Porto Ercole just south of Grossetto, built by the Spanish around 1550.”

This wine is available in Northern Michigan, so look for it at your favorite shop. For details check out www.mariobatali.com ---Rick Coates

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