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Nancy Wilschke
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The Red Snapper cocktail
I have unearthed some older photos. Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory. Don't worry, you may have a cocktail at the end.   Now amid the greenery and the orchids, the spilling water and the lovebirds, the klipspringers and the meerkats, we have also seen a lo...
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Wall of fish, and the Chicago cocktail
From Lincoln Park Zoo. It's meant to represent life in the waters of Lake Victoria. You may have a little drink, too, since it's ages since we tried a new one. Here, from our Calvert Party Encyclopedia (1960), is the Chicago Cocktail. Chicago Cocktail 1 and...
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Still in a hurry, but here -- Oz Clarke's book, and more Brancott
First, I cannot tell you what a complete revelation Joan Hickson is, "the divine Joan Hickson," one commenter on YouTube puts it, playing Mrs. Rivington in another Agatha Christie dramatization, Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980). In a cinched-waist, sky blu...
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Pluot goes to a virtual New Zealand tasting (and learns something new)!
A wine's body or mouthfeel or weight comes from soil, and its aromatics come from climate. This is according to the winemaker for Brancott, who led about 25 bloggers thru a virtual online tasting of 5 New Zealand sauvignon blancs last night, April 23. This ...
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Throwing away history
Hoarder or historian? You be the judge. It's a certificate of recognition -- the feel-good, self-esteem hippies were already in charge of education in 1978 -- in Intramural Soccer-Speedball for the school year 1978-1979. Note it's just recognition "in" the ...
Hoarder or historian? You be the judge. It's a certificate of recognition -- the feel-good, self-esteem hippies were already in charge of education in 1978 -- in Intramural Soccer-Speedball for the school year 1978-1979. No...
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2011 Flowers Sonoma Coast pinot noir
This is still, partly, why people stay in the wine business.Or at least it's one of the perks of it. When bottles have damaged labels, vendors replace them with better-looking product at no charge. They "write off," or kick back to the winery, or perhaps ju...
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Quickie research, before ascending
    I have had two customers lately ask me questions whose answers I did not know, so I have been compelled to do some quickie research. To wit: there are a whole bunch of wineries in Washington State, not just Columbia Crest, and I can give you a list pret...
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Responding to a faulty meme, because silence gives consent
This is the kind of  haughty moral equivalence, complete with adorable picture (and of course, it's of a child, an innocent), that stuns people into not thinking the logic through.
There isn't any. Christian bakers are not asking not to participate in a hom...
This is the kind of  haughty moral equivalence, complete with adorable picture (and of course, it's of a child, an innocent), that stuns people into not thinking the logic through. There isn't any. Christian bakers are not a...
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I'm in a hurry! So here are pork chops baked in cabbage and cream
My fatheads! -- I'm in a huge hurry. In less than ten days, I am actually moving , moving out of the apartment in the house where I have lived for almost 26 years, and where I raised my children, and out to a one-bedroom, third floor "walk up" -- or shall I...
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Among the Borg, laughing
I learned a few interesting things this week, and I'll burden my fatheads with them because, well, you're there. They are important things, too. First, on his radio show Mark Levin broadcast twenty-year-old audio from Barack Obama, only released on YouTube ...
I learned a few interesting things this week, and I'll burden my fatheads with them because, well, you're there. They are important things, too. First, on his radio show Mark Levin broadcast twenty-year-old audio from Barack ...
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<i>Bon Appetit's</i> Alsatian style Chicken in beer and cream sauce, 1987
It's been ages, my fatheads, since we simply cooked something new. On a gray rainy morning in April we will venture back to Bon Appétit magazine's hardbound collection, French Country Favorites , published in 1987. We'll choose Chicken in Beer and Cream Sau...
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About that murder in Chipping Cleghorn
Of course you may have a nice glass of wine, 2011 Ciro Rosso Classico, fresh, tart, Italian, but I must tell you I have at long last grasped what is the problem with the plot of the (otherwise completely wondrous) A Murder is Announced, I mean to say the te...
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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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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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