08-08-08 - 2

The new "Dry Creek" Cabernet at TJ's is pretty amazing. I know snobs never buy discount cab, but the $9.99 TJ-brand wine would be $40-50 on its own brand at a restaurant, so just pretend you're paying that. It opens with a nice subtle mellow fruit, proceeds into a soft tannin, it's far more balanced and subdued and than you normally get in discount wine.

The book "Once in Europa" was beautiful. It's definitely better than "Pig Earth". The poetry is awful, just skip it, and it sort of loses steam near the end of the main story, but somewhere in the middle the prose takes flight and carries you away.

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