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Plonk Patrol Fall Preview – Mishap at Trader Joe’s

I was off to Trader Joe’s for some autumn – weight reds. I had seen them jostling at the Charles Shaw floor display during  a mix and match case sale, but I wasn’t after Two Buck Chuck. Though it’s possible to do an extreme Plonk Patrol at TJ’s, I would still have to drink the […]

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Plonk Patrol Rolling on a River – The Lovely Loire

Ah, to be floating down the Loire on a houseboat as the resplendent chateaux slide by,overhead, billowing clouds sail through the azure sky; disembarking at a riverside vineyard and spending an afternoon sampling the treasures of the cellar. (And then stumbling back to the houseboat a la Patsy and Edy in the AB Fab episode “France”.) The idyll ends though – […]

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Breakfast and Plonk

No – this post isn’t about what plonk is appropriate for breakfast. There is only one wine suitable for that meal – champagne. Rather, after a late breakfast at the Ball Square Cafe – recommended by Chef Morgan from the Sunday Night Supper Club – I came upon Ball Square Fine Wines and Liquors. When I […]

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Plonk Goes Pink

I became reacquainted with roses when I began my wine studies at Boston University. I had originally met up with pinks many years before when Mateus had been my go-to wine for special occasions. At BU, I learned that roses were acceptable warm weather stand-ins for red wine. However, my instructors at  BU – as most true cognoscenti – […]

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Plonk Patrol Addendum – 90+Cellars Redux – and a Musing

90+ Cellars is everywhere these days – or so it seems. On Saturday,  Rodney was again pouring them for a tasting at The Main Course in Canton. And earlier in the week, as I  wandered the aisles of Kappy’s in Wellington Circle, I was confronted with a compelling display of these wines. Having found the two I […]

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Art and Plonk

I was off to Waltham to the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University for an afternoon of culture. The Rose had mounted a show from its own collection, a survey of  the art of the last 100 years.For a small private museum, the permanent collection of the Rose is somewhat legendary – a trove of key […]

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Plonk Patrol Road Trip – Sort Of

It wasn’t much of a road trip really – Google Maps calculated 21.4 miles with a travel time of approximately 28 minutes. But it’s spring and I wanted to be rolling along the highway with the sun roof open, the sun warming my bald pate. Besides, I hadn’t been to Bin Ends since early winter and […]

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Plonk Patrol at the Packy

Springtime value shopping. I’d been hearing the ads for Atlas Liquors on the radio for years. Since it was time for a springtime patrol, I decided to finally check out the place. Atlas Liquors has three locations – Medford, Roslindale and Quincy. I chose the Medford store since it’s closest to me. The place reminded me […]

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Fantasy Plonk Patrol

A further installment in value shopping – six wines, $72. Since transporting alcohol across state lines is illegal, the following is entirely hypothetical. No crimes were committed in the writing of this post. At the conclusion of a previous Plonk Patrol, I had threatened to move to New Hampshire, my fastidious shopping having been undone […]

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Plonk Patrol – Wine Warrior

Another in an ongoing series. I was energized, expansive and focused, having  just returned from a weekend at Kripalu – two days of yoga, deep relaxation and restorative message. I was ready for Plonk Patrol! I would be a Wine Warrior in quest for the Perfect Plonk! Since I had to do some grocery shopping, […]

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