Issue 27

In Lieu of Wine

On Monday, April 24, 2017, my wife Sonja and I welcomed our second child, Zooey Elizabeth Gudgel, into this amazing world. She arrived ten days late, took her sweet time coming out, and for a few terrifying minutes stubbornly refused

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Wine Recommendation: Barnard Griffin

Rob Griffin graduated from the now-infamous UC Davis with the likes of Phil Wente and Tim Mondavi – names which, like his, we know from their wine labels, and having been advised by none other than the legendary Dinsmore Webb.

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Grape Expectations

I like a good movie. Hey, who doesn’t? However, if I’m in the mood for a suspense filled action thriller only to find myself watching a romantic comedy I most certainly will be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I can

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Nosh Summer Wine Flight

If you offered to pour me a glass of one of my favorite wines, or instead to pour me a glass of a promising wine I’d never before tried, I wouldn’t hesitate to request the latter option. To me, the

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Bartender Portrait: Phoe Mess

I sat down with Phoe Mess for this issue’s bartender portrait. Phoe and I have a known each other for over 10 years. We’ve mostly gotten to know each other as customers at some our favorite local bars, but she

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Employee vs. Apprentice: The Value of ‘How’ vs. ‘Why’

I barely remember Jerome Didier. I remember standing in an aisle of the grocery store where my father worked. I was staring at the collection of sewing thread, in every color imaginable. My dad was talking to Jerome. That’s it.

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Our Favorite Patios in Omaha 2017

With spring and summer making its appearance, patio season is now in full effect. The ability to enjoy some delicious food, beers and cocktails on a deck is, once again, ours for the taking. With that in mind, Food &

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Sodas in Which You May Not Be Entirely Aware Of: Kickapoo Joy Juice

Well, I have decided to write about Kickapoo Joy Juice, and I’m already regretting it. Sentence one, and I have all but given up hope. You see, usually there isn’t much documentation on these sodas I write about, so I

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Pesach Sameach! (Happy Passover!)

I remember vividly my first Passover Seder. I had been invited by dear friends, Lou and Rose Leviticus, into their home for this special Jewish celebration.  It wasn’t terribly unlike many of the other nights I had spent with the

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Wine, a Melodrama: How They Got it All Wrong, but it Turned Out All Right

Act 1, Scene 1 It is a cool, foggy evening circa late 1970’s or early ‘80’s. The curtain rises. Mandolin music plays softly in the background. Somewhere in the back room of a secluded local restaurant in Napa, California sit

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