UNDayThe world’s great hope for peace is proving less adept at multiplying the bread at humanity’s table, and more adept at reducing the number of people at the table.

 

WinesOfPortugal2014There are many good wines produced in Portugal, available at relatively low prices. But for various reasons (including demand from China) some are not getting into the U.S. market.

CARM-Portugal (2)Our favorites from the recent Annual Grand Tasting/NY incude: White — 2012 Solar das Boucas Loureiro; Red — 2010 Monte da Ravasqueira Vinha das Romas, 2008 Quinta da Sequeirna Reserva Tinto; Fortified — Sogevinus Fine Wines Burmester Tordiz 40 Year Old Tawny Port.

Especially noteworthy was CARM 2008 Maria de Lourdes-red Douro, DOP, made from Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca grapes.

Filipe de Albuquerque Roboredo Madeira, of CARM, was on hand pouring his family’s wine.

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India-TimesSquare2Truth in her dress finds facts too tight.
In fiction she moves with ease.
–Tagore

Photograph: Stephen Wise

FeelingSick (2)With all the disease causing viruses going around—from influenza to ebola—it’s surprising and troubling that hospital workers in NYC routinely wear their hospital garb on public transportation.

IFAAS2014eIFAAS2014cIFAAS2014IFAAS2014dThe 26th International Fine Art & Antiques Show runs through October 23, 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

MeranoWineFestival2014MWF2014-MastroberardinoThe Merano Wine Festival, brainchild of Helmuth Kocher, now in its 23rd year passed through NYC yesterday. This years festival featured 42 wineries from 15 Italian wine regions.

Our favorites were: Baglio di Pianetto from Sicily, Citari from Lombardy, Casale del Giglio from Lazio, and Mastroberardino from Campania.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

IndianOn October 12, 1492 Admiral Christopher Columbus, leading a squadron of three Spanish ships, anchored off an island (in the Bahamas) which he later named San Salvador.

After 522 years of ‘progress’ in the Americas, some are realizing that the best hope for humankind is a return to some of the Old World ways.

ComicCon2014Helvetika Bold, the social justice superhero, is seeking a paradigm shift at New York Comic Con (or perhaps regression in the service of development).

Photograph: Stephen Wise

WaldorfBuzzAt the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel (recently purchased by Bejing-based Anbang Insurance Group), the culinary staff has come up with a honey-flavored brown ale, made with honey produced by bees housed on the roof of the hotel (bottom photo).

The Honey Brown Ale is a joint venture with Empire Brewing, located in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. The limited batch is only available at the hotel’s Peacock Alley, while supplies last.

The ale’s hint of caramel and nuttiness, with a subtle sweet finish, offers a great beer drinking experience, alone and with food.

WaldorfBees (2)Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

ISIS-CIAA wall in Queens, NY, painted by Banksy last October, now has this message.

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