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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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None - August 19th, 2011  

LA MOZZA ARAGONE

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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