Wednesday Wine Pairing & Shortcut Icons

   Like little soldiers on my desktop, my shortcut icons are orderly, obedient and ready to spring into action when I need them.

My icons get me to work faster by opening programs with a simple click (or double click.)


If you are lacking an icon you use often, you can get it out in the open:desktop-open programs      desktop-create shrotcut

  • Click on the little Windows orb in the lower left corner of your screen
  • Click on “Programs”
  • Right click on any program in the list to open a cascade menu
  • Click on “Send to”
  • Click on “Desktop (Create Shortcut)”
  • The icon will appear.  Click and drag it where you want it

Please don’t leave it floating out there like Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Tether it to a neat row, preferably with icons of the same ilk:  Office programs together, internet browsers together, media players together, etc.

We’ll talk another day about using your desktop for storage.  That’s just wrong.  And untidy.

And now, a word from our extremely organized Wine Curmudgeon, Jeff Siegel.


Winebits 342: High alcohol, wine real estate,
and the norton grape


high alcohol wineNo more high alcohol, please: The British government, searching for some way to curb the country’s binge drinking problem, wants to limit the alcohol content of the house wine sold in pubs and restaurants to 12 1/2 percent. This is stunning news, even to the Wine Curmudgeon, who thinks lower alcohol is almost always better than higher. Somehow, I don’t think — regardless of any Neo-Prohibitionist developments here — that alcohol limits will ever happen in the U.S.

• More money than they know what to do with: The recession in the high-end part of the wine business is over, if people with more money than everyone else are any indication. The Grape Collective reports that “lifestyle” buyers, who don’t necessarily want to make wine or grow grapes but who think it’s tres chic to own a piece of wine country, are back in the market. Says one analyst: “Lifestyle buyers want a gorgeous house with a vineyard view, and then possibly a small source of income. They’ll generally take their grapes to a custom crush house and either sell or simply give away as business gifts.” The middle six figures will get you something in Tuscany, and Napa is actually a little less expensive. Maybe it’s time for the Wine Curmudgeon to call his Realtor.

You can’t beat the norton: Vinepar takes a look at the norton grape, long one of my favorites and too often overlooked in the U.S. The piece is a solid introduction to the grape, which thrived in this country at the turn of the 20th century and still makes delicious red wine. The best look at the norton? In Todd Kliman’s fascinating book, “The Wild Vine.” Or, as I wrote when I reviewed it, “Kliman offers some much-needed insight into the history of American wine. It’s a perspective that says, ‘Look, pay attention. Long before Robert Parker and scores and California, there was a U.S. wine industry. And if a few things had happened differently. …’ “

Quick, sweeties, go get Todd Kliman’s book and while you’re at it, order a copy of Jeff Siegel’s book, which is a delicious read, full of insight into the wine industry.  It’s full-bodied with a hint of sarcasm.  Not unlike me.  Just click on the link to his website upper right.



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