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by Fred McMillin
When the Bard Starred
Sir Henry Guildford: Ladies, a general welcome from his grace...none here he hopes has brought with her one care abroad; he would have all as merry as, first, good company, good wine, good welcome.
[later] Ladies, you are not merry:--gentlemen, whose fault is this?
Lord Sands: The red wine first must rise in their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have 'em talk us to silence.
...Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, ACT I, Scene IV
The Rest of the Story
Those words were first spoken on a stage early in the 17th century. and since the Bard of Avon is our wine guide today, our wine must be from an estate that was in business when he was. It's the Italian Castello D'Albola, built in the 10th century, but converted to a villa the same century that Shakespeare penned his Henry VIII. Furthermore, I selected a red wine that the LADIES in my panel liked just as well as the men. The fairer sex gave it a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and did their best to "talk the rest of us to silence."
Wine of the Day
1997 Chianti Classico, Italy
Postscript—The Name Game
The gastronomic scene was just about as active as the Bard's pen early in the 17th century.Examples:
01/17/00—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
01/14/00—The Doctor's Encore
01/13/00—In Calaveras County
01/07/00—A New Winery for a New Millennium
01/04/00—Our Best Wine of 1999
01/03/00—Our Best Buy of 1999
This page created January 2000