One mid-winter several years ago, a writing friend of mine commented to his wife, “How have I gained so much weight this holiday season, I’m not eating that much, am I?” to which she replied, “Christ, you’re finishing every meal with Port and cheese!” This was obviously not a conversation had in the US as I don’t feel that there was ever really a time in our history wherein we drank all that much Port (Madeira, yes as we essentially had the process ‘created’ for us) and it’s been mainly […]

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