David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 6/8/2016: Sauvignon Blanc Few things compare to summer in Duluth. With sunlight extending from 5 a.m. to almost 10 p.m., the days hold so much promise. After winter, the warmth of the summer beckons us out of the house to enjoy the…
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WINE SAVVY: Learn the Grape Malbec
David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 3/16/2016: Learn the Grape Malbec In the 1980s, South American wine was dominated by Chilean products. Chile makes merlot, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon blends. They were and still are inexpensive and mostly one-dimensional, meaning the price might be their best quality….
Unravelled: Carrick Wines Pinot Noir
Continuing on with wines for Thanksgiving. (Ok I know Thaknsgiving is over but don’t we all have a bunch of leftovers still?) Just tried this Pinot last night. It was introduced to us in our monthly tasting kit subscription, Taste Explorer Wine Club, by Tasting Room and we knew right away it was one of…
Solstice, Antarctica & Webcams
Summer solstice, 1995, I spent the night in Antarctica in an ice cave that I built with my fellow survival school classmates. The policy was that if you were going to winter-over on the ice, you had to go to survival school. You had to learn how to build an ice cave, how to start…
Eating Through France on $31 a day?
Looking over the receipts from my trip to France last September I was surprised to find that eating in France wasn’t as expensive as I thought it might be. Three friends and I spent 10 days in France: 2 days in Paris and 8 days along the Canal du Midi on a rented canal boat….
Unlocking the Canal du Midi
If you plan on renting a boat on a French canal you’ll have the clear through some locks. Don’t worry it’s easy. Here we clear a double lock on the Canal du Midi in mid September 2011.
Riding to the Top of the Eiffel Tower
Walking to the top of the Eiffel Tower is no longer possible. This creates long line at the entrance – but the trip to the top is easy and well worth the wait.
Two Days in Paris – Part II
Staying up as long as possible, pushing yourself past the point of exhaustion, and only succumbing to sleep when it’s bedtime locally, rewards the international traveler with a great night’s sleep and a fresh, clear-eyed approach to the following day. Paris was awake, it was Saturday and we had a full day to spend in…
The Gates of Hell
At the Rodin Museum in Paris you can view Auguste Rodin’s The Gates of Hell. Most of his sculptures, including The Thinker, were created for use in this piece. This sculpture was intended to be the main entrance doors for the Museum of Decorative Arts. He was commissioned in 1880 but continued to work on…