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Jalapeño Noir...

Updated: Oct 5


Taco Bell recently released a Pinot Noir, Jalapeño Noir. Unfortunately for Pino Noir aficionados, they only did so north of the border. The wine, said to have "notes of wild strawberry, cherry, and beetroot," (Sounds suspiciously like Boone's Farm, eh?) sold out right away. Taco Bell suggested pairing Jalapeño Noir with a Toasted Cheesy Chalupa. Makes the palate sing, doesn't it?


While we long for a Jalapeño Noir release in the States, we're left to ponder what wine to pair with other fine foods.


The movie Sideways taught that a 1961 cheval blanc pairs wonderfully with an In-N-Out burger. What would you pair with a Big Mac? A Whopper? A Krispy Kreme? Thoughts? Anybody? Bueller. Bueller.


Looking at college football, I understand that schools are experiencing a loss of revenue from not having stadiums at capacity. I'd like to know if the losses will be offset by added TV revenue. TV ratings should be way up by season's end. Do colleges receive a fixed rate from the networks? Or, can a ratings boost add to what they're paid?


Two COVID-19 observations.


First, a salute to the parents who have become full-time teachers while also working full-time jobs. Wow!


Second, have any of you found yourself complimenting somebody's mask like you once did somebody's shoes?


Lee Trevino once noted, "Two things are not long for this word: Dogs who chase cars and professional golfers who putt for par." Shouldn't college football coaches who don’t cover the point spread be added to the list?


Recently I picked up a prescription at Publix and the pharmacist asked about my hat, a white number with a Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings logo. I told him I once covered baseball, which included coverage of the Winter Meetings. He followed with: "Did you know Babe Ruth?"


I explained that Ruth died in the 1940s.


He looked at me like, "And your point?"


I invite you to read more of my blogs, download free chapters from my books: Peachtree Corvette Club, The Streak and Retrouvailles.




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