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Nancy Wilschke
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"I can devour Thee"
I hope I will not seem comically lofty and idiotically dull when I say, I have been reading Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution during my lunch hours at work, and have found, on every third page it seems, paragraphs and phrases exactly descriptive of Ame...
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Forget the fruit basket metaphor -- it's time for wine/video game tasting notes
2006 Tinto Pesquera; current vintage, retail, about $32 . My fatheads know that I carry on a sort of perpetual border war with the Fruit Basket Metaphor. I get tired of, and I question the efficacy of, the endless comparisons of wine to cherries or lychees ...
2006 Tinto Pesquera; current vintage, retail, about $32. My fatheads know that I carry on a sort of perpetual border war with the Fruit Basket Metaphor. I get tired of, and I question the efficacy of, the endless comparisons ...
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Okay, so I may have been wrong
Some years ago, back in the days when At First Glass was well known enough for nice people to send me free stuff, I got a copy of Alice Feiring's latest book. It was Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally . I thought the book was a pretentious m...
Some years ago, back in the days when At First Glass was well known enough for nice people to send me free stuff, I got a copy of Alice Feiring's latest book. It was Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally. I thoug...
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Oatmeal cookies! Opera! Margaret Thatcher!
Dear things, my fatheads, we have discussed rather serious topics lately and it has been ages since we simply baked some cookies. Let's do that. If you combine two recipes from Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cookie Book , namely "Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies" and "Ol...
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Yard sign riposte, and a rich Napa cabernet
I was wondering when some bright soul would think up a riposte to the yard signs you see around the neighborhood, announcing in red and blue, "Proud Union Home." They cropped up, it seems to me, around the time of the 2012 presidential election, and they se...
I was wondering when some bright soul would think up a riposte to the yard signs you see around the neighborhood, announcing in red and blue, "Proud Union Home." They cropped up, it seems to me, around the time of the 2012 pr...
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(Pictures of) things forbidden by Islam
Pluot likes to think it has a reason to pay attention to the serious things of this world, even though a wine, food, and cocktail blog maybe shouldn't. It seems frivolous and disrespectful to the dead to do so; but it seems ignorant and disrespectful to the...
Pluot likes to think it has a reason to pay attention to the serious things of this world, even though a wine, food, and cocktail blog maybe shouldn't. It seems frivolous and disrespectful to the dead to do so; but it seems i...
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The customer is always right -- or, folks be lyin'
Or, folks be young and in love, therefore not listening, or folks have bad memories (which is very possible, mine falters too), or folks are being lied to. Although this last seems unlikely, when the lie we're annoyed about is so easy to check and to refute...
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Rediscovering Colette
As luck would have it, I spent part of the winter afternoon reading Colette's story "Bella Vista," in the collection The Tender Shoot (tr. Antonia White, 1958), on the same day that actor Louis Jourdan of Gigi movie fame (1958) died. That, the movie I mean,...
As luck would have it, I spent part of the winter afternoon reading Colette's story "Bella Vista," in the collection The Tender Shoot (tr. Antonia White, 1958), on the same day that actor Louis Jourdan of Gigi movie fame (195...
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Seeking
Every day brings us a new photo of a new atrocity. A man thrown from a roof; a man caged and burned. What do we seek? We seek a way for human beings to pass over a terrible cusp in our history; a way to accept and testify that God is good, not merely "compa...
Every day brings us a new photo of a new atrocity. A man thrown from a roof; a man caged and burned. What do we seek? We seek a way for human beings to pass over a terrible cusp in our history; a way to accept and testify tha...
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Oatmeal cookies! Opera! Margaret Thatcher!
Dear things, my fatheads, we have discussed rather serious topics lately and it has been ages since we simply baked some cookies. Let's do that. If you combine two recipes from Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cookie Book , namely "Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies" and "Ol...
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Cowbell, "dog whistle," more French wine
Slice of life: I am at work, and the radio station playing all over the store is Chicago's own hoary, too cool for words "classic rock" WXRT. I distinctly remember being confused, as a child of seven, about what "classic rock" meant. (The station went live ...
Slice of life: I am at work, and the radio station playing all over the store is Chicago's own hoary, too cool for words "classic rock" WXRT. I distinctly remember being confused, as a child of seven, about what "classic rock...
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2013 Domaine Laroque, from the land of the Cathars
Enclosed please find a tasty French bargain, a southern Rhône-type blend. Looks more daunting than it is. We love the romantic sounding appellation, Cité de Carcassonne. Although, really, Cité de Carcassonne is not an appellation , it is legally a lower-tie...
Enclosed please find a tasty French bargain, a southern Rhône-type blend. Looks more daunting than it is. We love the romantic sounding appellation, Cité de Carcassonne. Although, really, Cité de Carcassonne is not an appella...
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Writer; retail liquor department management.
Skills
Writing; drinking; cooking; baking; savoring; thinking.
Employment
  • WineStyles
    Store manager
    Remember WineStyles? Strange concept, largely defunct franchise as far as I know. But it got me started in the Industry.
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Female
Other names
Nancy Wilschke
Story
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Writer, food and wine blogger (isn't everybody?), retail floozie -- isn't everybody?
Introduction
Twenty years ago, I was writing (and publishing! huzzah!) deeply serious things for Commentary, First Things, and American Heritage. Remember the article damning Dr. Seuss as the most overrated children's book author ev-ah? That was me.

Then I started a wine blog called At First Glass, and after six years (New Year's Eve 2007-ditto 2013), despite proper efforts to keep it I lost access to my domain name. Blogger pulled the plug. I panicked and started Pluot that night, so as to have a place to import old posts, thirty or so at a time. This will account for the unusually mish-mash-y feel of Pluot's early life: Christmas here, springtime there, Thanksgiving wine pairings before summer "patio sippers." Jump drives are all very well, but my dear things -- my fatheads -- can't read those, can they?

So no more custom domain names for me. And I still do food, wine, beer, and cocktails. And I still publish myself. Welcome to Pluot. It's named for the plum/apricot cross. Huzzah.
Bragging rights
Published, legitimately, years before there were blogs. No kidding.
Education
  • Purdue University
    Liberal arts, history -- finally finished that B.A. at 40.
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