2014 Domaine du Caillou Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe

No, YOU look ridiculous. I was told I need to do this to get a little Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe in my face. And it was worth it. Sour cherries, peppered fruit, dried strawberries and cherries, and Italian herbs on the nose. Lavender and stewed strawberries on the palate with a whiff of dried meat and tart, tongue-watering acidity.

4/5 bones


Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

14.5% abv


the bar au

thanks to @zuuki16 for the prompt!

  • winston and pharah are bartenders at overwatch bar
  • lucio’s the dj
  •’s the bar’s spirit animal
  • she chills in the corner with some ridiculous fruity shit mixed with mountain dew
  • once she mixed the mountain dew up with some strong vodka ‘accidentally’ and got so fucking wasted she couldn’t form a coherent sentence
  • tracer’s a regular
  • she always orders the same thing
  • a double malt scotch with strawberries
  • she doesn’t get drunk very easily but when she does she goes really really quiet
  • just sits there and stares off into space
  • when lucio sees that he always puts on her favorite song to cheer her up again
  • it’s sweet
  • widow sits in the corner and drinks loads of wine
  • like 5000000 gallons of it
  • the good stuff- chateau de beaucastel chateauneuf-du-pape 2013
  • no one knows where she gets the money to drink a hundred-dollar bottle of wine every day but she does so okay
  • symmetra likes vermouth and a little curry powder in her alcohol which is weird but pharah tries it and it’s really good
  • mercy walks in one day, slips out of her suit jacket (MERCY IN A SUIT I NEED JESUS) and sits at the counter
  • winston’s busy in the backroom so pharah walks over
  • “how can i help you?”
  • “have you ever seen someone die?”
  • jesus mercy what kind of question is that
  • pharah blinks.
  • “yes, i have.”
  • “then you know how it feels.”
  • pharah nods slowly. after a moment, mercy drops her head into her hands and sighs softly
  • “i’m sorry, i’m a mess. uh…”
  • “here.”
  • pharah sets a thin glass in front of her
  • “tequila. helps you forget.”
  • mercy drinks six of them.
  • she’s even more wasted than during the ‘epic vodka misplacement of 2015′
  • “-and i just really want to-”
  • “uh huh”
  • mercy cuts herself off, goes cross-eyed for a second. “you’re really pretty.”
  • “yeah?”
  • “yeah.”
  • and then mercy sighs and slumps face first onto the counter
  • “okay, you’ve had enough.”
  • “i’m fine” mercy slurs, propping herself up. “i’m totally good.”
  • “um, do you mind if- what’s your address?”
  • “I don’t knooooooooooowwww. i think, um, i don’t know,”
  • “okay. do you mind if i take you back to my place and let you crash in the guest room?”
  • “are you-” *hiccup* “-propositioning me, pharah?”
  • pharah sighs, practically carries her inside. mercy grabs her like a koala, tugs her down onto the guest bed- and immediately falls asleep
  • pharah untangles herself and goes to her room
  • the next morning, mercy’s somehow moved to the kitchen and she’s halfway on the counter, dangerously close to the stove
  • pharah grabs her. “jesus!”
  • “that’s my name” mercy says cheerfully, then winces
  • pharah breaks out the painkillers
  • mercy complains until they take effect
  • and then she looks at pharah. “i’m sorry for that. uh… did i do anything embarrassing last night?”
  • “rest assured i have more than enough blackmail on you about your last five boyfriends and your last twelve girlfriends. dealing with the illicit, are we?”
  • “oh my god.”
  • and then she introduces herself properly, and pharah almost dies at realizing that she’s the dean of overwatch university
  • anyways once mercy stops being a mess they hang out together
  • and then one day mercy just tosses her book to the side, leans over, and kisses pharah.
  • pharah kisses back.
  • they date and then they get married
  • pharah offers her tequila at the wedding with a wink and mercy laughs.
  • “nah. i think this is something worth remembering.”
  • “you think so?”
  • “dork.” she kisses her.
  • and toast the king champagne.

Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, and a special welcome to the wonderful Jandy Nelson, who took a little break from her book tour to chat with us. We know it’s only been two days since I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN went on sale, but we’re betting many of you have already torn through it (go ahead, try to put it down once you’ve started, we dare you). So whether you haven’t yet started or you’re already done, stick around for a few to get to know the mastermind behind one of the most affecting books you’ll read this year! 

Name: Jandy Nelson


Available: September 16, 2014

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Virginia Woolf. Tie for first.

What’s your favorite thing about your book?

It’s done finally! And also: Noah’s invisible paintings.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?

Heathcliff, for obvious reasons.

Where do you write?

I work in complete darkness like a lunatic mole so unfortunately I can’t take a picture. It’s a pitch-black room with sound machine blasting and I also wear earplugs. The computer screen provides the only light and it’s like a portal into the story. It’s fantastic!

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?

The guy who hid a family of Jews for all of World War II and no one ever knew he did it. He/she is my favorite hero/heroine all across history. The secret unheralded ones who perform heroic acts of charity/bravery/compassion/kindness without acknowledgement.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?

I am SO not a funny tweeter! I’m way too slow for twitter! It’s like being in a room with billions of crazy birds.

What is your favorite season?

I love melting, sweltering heat, but summer in San Francisco, where I’ve lived for 27 years, is pretty much of a tundra experience. I think I’d be a good candidate to live on Venus where I hear the daytime temperature is around 900 degrees.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go?

I’m quite happy in my house at the moment! I just painted all my walls the coolest shades of coral. Oh, I know! Changed my mind! I’ll go here:


Do you have any writing rituals?

See question #4. And I also abide by John Dufresne’s First Commandment of Writing Fiction, which is: “Sit Your Ass in the Chair. And sit it there daily. Slap on a seatbelt if you must, but sit.” Here’s a photo of my lucky writing chair to prove my devotion to the ritual of sitting the butt down! (Because of its extraordinary luckiness I can never replace it! No matter what.)


What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Being on a roll with the writing. But after that great writing day I want to go on a picnic with everyone I love, (both living and dead if possible), where we will all eat crusty bread with this amazing cheese I just discovered called Bonne Bouche and drink Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the sunshine by a river, trees swaying, birds chirping, the whole marvelous shebang.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

I used to live in Paris and I hung out at a bar called Le Mazet. It’s changed now, but then it was the only place in Paris where buskers could exchange the coins they made playing music on the streets into bills—so there were these amazing nights when all these blues/punk/flamenco/rock/folk/classical/gospel/every-kind-on-earth musicians would be there at the same time, all playing together. It was some of the best live music I’ve ever heard, night after night—but there was this one night I remember that just had a sublime, synergistic combination of musicians playing and singing together and I swear the whole place rocketed straight into the stratosphere. That was the one!

What are you currently working on?

My new novel, THE FALL BOYS & DIZZY IN PARADISE, is about two brothers and a sister living in a hot, dusty Northern California vineyard town called Paradise. Their father mysteriously disappeared sixteen years earlier and the story begins when this strange, enigmatic girl shows up and sends all their lives into tumult. Like I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, it’s a love(s) story (many different kinds of love), but this one has some serious trumpet playing, food making, grape crushing, break ins and outs, dreams shattered and pieced back together, time lost, love lost and found, and a band called Hell Hyena and the Furniture. I’m really excited about it!


So are we, Jandy! 

Keep up with Jandy on Twitter or by visiting her website!

Add I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN to your ‘to read’ shelf on Goodreads.

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2007 Vignobles Brunier Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau

Keeping an eye on my Vieux Télégraphe, in case anyone tries to steal it. Red cherries, currants, black cherries, and blackberry preserves. Green and black olives. Black pepper dusting. Anise and bay leaf. Dry earth. All on the nose. Lots of warmth from the alcohol and great acidity on the palate. Starts with tart red cherries and juicy black cherries. Licorice notes throughout the palate. Tastes almost like a not-too-sweet black cherry pie. Fuller and darker as the wine opens - more preserves and leather with a peppery finish. 

3/5 bones


Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

14.5% abv

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, FRANCE

2012 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pâpe

Merry Christmas, everybody! I’m hanging out with this dude today… He told me he had a hard night of work last night… Red and black cherries on the nose along with leather, mushrooms, dried wood, olives, pepper, and eucalyptus notes. Bright red cherries on the palate with lots of herbs, tart fruit, and leather. Cheers! Hope Santa made it to your house last night!

4/5 bones


Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

16% abv

Chateauneuf-du-Pâpe (Rhône), FRANCE

1991 Chateau de Beaucastel

This is a rare treat… It’s not often I get to taste stuff this showy… Do you?

The ‘91 right now is in a glorious peak of development showcasing earthy tobacco and leather aromas with plentiful garrigue, dried fruits and flowers, mineral notes and a heady grilled/smoke/brulee character. in fact, this seems to rise from the glass like campfire smoke, aspiring upward in pleasant waves of complexity. On the palate this is refined and bright, despite the maturity. Leathery, brety notes make this my kind of juice. This is long and caressing on the palate, and back when CDP was allowed to be lean and elegant they made beauties like old cheverolets… That’s big car comfort AND elegance (the cadillac of southern Rhone?).

Suffice to say, I’m more than happy with this brief moment to taste during a busy dinner service.



Just wanna bring this back right now.


my favorite brand of wine made even better. 

Sunset North of Chateauneuf du Pape, Provence, France, 2 January 2016

Licensed under Creative Commons -NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Germany (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 DE)


General consensus is that restaurant week menus are usually more of a miss than a hit. Occasionally a restaurant does manage to offer a taste of its regular fare to diners looking to experiment frugally.

My experience is that steakhouses are a good value for restaurant week. They offer many of the same cuts of meat, all packaged in the $35 three course prix-fixe format.

The example above, Delmonico’s @ 56 Beaver St.

-Iceberg wedges with blue and bacon

-Petite Filet Mignon

-Flourless chocolate cake

The wine was a 2007 Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape which was enjoyable, but probably needs more bottle aging as it was tightly wound and confusing. The corkage fee was $29. -NI

프랑스 론 지방 남부의 그르나슈로 만드는 샤또네프뒤빠쁘. 그 중 내 맘대로 최고 생산자라 꼽는 도멘 Pegau. 프랑스어로 읽음 쁘고일 텐데 페가우라 부르고 싶다;; 2003년은 작년 추석에 마시고 감탄한 와인. 2000년 세 병, 2003년 두 병 더 샀다. 확실히 평론가 아무나 하는 게 아니다. 점수가 93점 정도인 2000년과 98점인 2003년은 다르다. 전자는 좀 더 차분하고 조용하며 맑은 느낌. 후자는 “바로 이게 샤또네프뒤삐쁘다!” 싶은 진한 응축감과 부드러움. 이 2003년은 정말 최고다. 따자마자 진짜 훌륭하다. 미국에선 125불 정도인데 우리나라에선 얼말까?