All posts by Sandy Wasserman

I've been in and around the the Phoenix wine and restaurant for over 17 years. I've seen and learned a lot and now I'm sharing it for the world to see.

“Knight & Day” or “MI4”- It’s your call!

I was’nt quite sure what to expect from the new Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz action flick “Knight & Day”. What I got was typical action adventure which could have been easily the next installment of the Mission Imposssible(MI) series. Throw in some of Cameron’s sass and sexy appeal, plus her and Tom’s whimiscal banter and you get an entertaining action film w/ a sprinkling of a romantic comedy on the side. Typical MO in Hollywood these days.

Tom plays”Roy Miller”, a susposedly rogue agent trying to protect an infinte battery and it’s inventor “Simon”(Paul Dano) while being chased by the agency and real rogue agent(Peter Sarsgard) . Enter Tom’s mule June(Cameron Diaz) just trying to get her sisters wedding in Boston.
After surviving a plane crash the two travel the world trying not to get caught. Plenty of shoot outs and chases to keep you interested. With June not knowing whom to believe or trust she starts to have feelings for Roy. Ya think its’ coming to an end and then the grand finale and payoff.

Entertaining yet predictable, this should be the summer blockbuster their studios expecting it to be.
3.5 out of 5 corks.

Why it’s good to be a wine consumer now in 2010.

With more wine on the market than ever before it’s good to be wine consumer. Figure that not just is there more wine being imported from all over the world, all 50 states have bonded and licensed wineries. Keep in mind you’re going to see more and more wine hitting our shores from countries you least expect i.e. China, eastern Europe, etc then take into consideration the economy you have lots of supply & growing demand= lower prices. Prices are lower than they have been in previous years, high end wineries are either dropping prices or selling of wine to “negociants” like Cameron Hughes, Heron wines & Castle Rock, just to name a few. Big box store and small retailers are having private labels bottled for them or “exclusives” as we say.
There is no better time to try a new varietal(cabernet franc, grenache)you’ve always been curious about. Or how about something from a part of the world you’ve be hesitant to buy(South Africa, Portugal). Quality of wines are far above where they were thanks to new technology, colleges offering course in wine making and winemakers and grape growers experimenting and pushing the boundaries.

At some point the economy will do a 180 and things will be good again, wineries will increase their prices when inventories level level off & demand comes back. But will prices go back up to where they were? Who knows, if consumer will pay that high prices again after seeing that they can pay significantly less for the same wine. It’s only a good time time to be a wine consumer if you take advantage of it. Playing it safe and drinking the same wine will generate the same result, but trying new wines at this time should generate new experiences & new found favorites.

So take advantage of the wine economy 2010 and don’t let these opportunities pass you by and leaving you wondering “what if”.

Welcome!

I know what you’re thinking “uhhh! not another blog about food, wine & restaurants, etc”. That has been my reluctance to do a blog. But after being in wine and spirts industry for over 17 years, I figure “hey, why not an insiders perspective”. So in addition to food, wine & the Phoenix dining scene I will also feature some current events & something new I’ve been involved in of the last few years… film producing. So come and join the party, agree or disagree with me, let me know what you think.
Cheers,
Sandy