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Nancy Wilschke
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Food & Wine's Veal Meatballs with Mustard Greens

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2011 Bread & Butter chardonnay
Ooooh. Exactly what the name suggests: butter (and maybe bread), vanilla and cream, mangoes and I don't know what all. Also, a lesson in restaurant versus grocery store markups: a glass of this delicious liquid may cost you $10 at a local bistro. A whole bo...
Ooooh. Exactly what the name suggests: butter (and maybe bread), vanilla and cream, mangoes and I don't know what all. Also, a lesson in restaurant versus grocery store markups: a glass of this delicious liquid may cost you...
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Tin Cup whiskey, plus <i>The Bee Gees</i>
The newest thing. (One prides oneself.) Tin Cup whiskey, from Colorado. And, very delicious -- do we detect more than a hint of sweetness? -- in a whiskey sour. We here at Pluot like to do more than just eat and drink. We like to tell stories, too, or perha...
The newest thing. (One prides oneself.) Tin Cup whiskey, from Colorado. And, very delicious -- do we detect more than a hint of sweetness? -- in a whiskey sour. We here at Pluot like to do more than just eat and drink. We l...
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Total prosecco embarrassment! Oh wait
Once again I must write "in a tearing hurry," as Laurie the neighbor did in Little Women , because daughter is cooking dinner, which will be ready pronto, and tomorrow is my early day, which means I must get to bed early for my beauty sleep tonight. Of cour...
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The skirts of the dying year
"I suggest for the goats ... stalls sheltered from wind, facing the winter sun, ... at the time when cold Aquarius is setting and asperges [sic? "asperses" ? -- to sprinkle holy water on] the skirts of the dying year." Virgil, The Georgics , tr. C. Day Lewi...
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Double Decker red blend -- and Barzun's paragraph
I am no longer sure whether red blends really are all the rage, or whether salesmen tell me that because they know I got to liking red blends when they were all the rage. This one is very nice, too. Brought to you by the Wente family, who make the Food Netw...
I am no longer sure whether red blends really are all the rage, or whether salesmen tell me that because they know I got to liking red blends when they were all the rage. This one is very nice, too. Brought to you by the We...
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Projects
Now, my fatheads, you mustn't be appalled if I leave you to your own devices for perhaps long stretches in the next few weeks or even months. I have so many projects I am working on. (Projects is such a nice  strong word. It calls to mind not only paper and...
Now, my fatheads, you mustn't be appalled if I leave you to your own devices for perhaps long stretches in the next few weeks or even months. I have so many projects I am working on. (Projects is such a nice  strong word. It ...
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A quickie wine tasting, and notes on sweet and dry
2012 Fournier P ère et Fils Sancerre "Les Belles Vignes." Finally! Yes, here the sauvignon blanc grape really does smell like cat urine (the common "p" word is so ugly). I didn't believe it. Easy to imagine the wine pairing well with the Sancerre region's "...
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2012 Fournier P</b><b>ère et Fils Sancerre "Les Belles Vignes." Finally! Yes, here the sauvignon blanc grape really does smell like cat urine (the common "p" word is so ugly). I didn't believe it. Easy to imagine the wine pai...
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(Wine and) snickerdoodles, snow and watercolors, and ....
The gentleman friend was rather crabby. He was due to leave for the tropics the next day, a prospect which should have thrilled him. "Going home," "back to my people," he calls it. Maybe. Only it's not much of a thrill or a vacation when a man has to launch...
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The library downstairs
It's been ages since I spent a Saturday at leisure, reading magazines in the library atrium beside the burbling fish pond, and then going home to read a book on the couch all afternoon. Memo to the good people who dreamed up and wrote the article in Real Si...
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Occupation
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
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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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