Welcome back to this month’s “you ask and I’ll answer.” For those of you just tuning in, you can find me at Michael@passionvines.com. I welcome you to email me with any wine-related questions and I will use this monthly column to answer them. While I will not be able to answer all of them in print, I do promise to always provide an answer via email. This month we talk wine education, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Shiraz and the Downbeach Seafood Fest.
When my family first purchased a summer house in South Jersey back in 1989, one of the first places we went to get fresh fish was Bob’s Seafood in Absecon. I was only 11 years old at the time, but I have distinct memories of loving pretty much anything my parents brought back from Bob’s. A few months ago when I was deciding what shacks to include in this column, it dawned on me that I had not featured Bob’s Seafood. This had to change.
On a recent afternoon in the office we were perusing the depths of DoorDash in search of a new restaurant to try. Most of the places were either spots we had hit already or names that we had never heard of and weren’t piquing our interest … until we came across an Italian place with a name we couldn’t simply ignore — Holy Grandma.
Rock music has always been a little threatening. When it first came out in the 1950s, even something as mild as Elvis’ shaking hips were famously considered too risqué for young viewers. And who could forget the images of Beatles records being steamrolled and burned by those who were certain they were tools of the devil himself? Rock music has a history of being scary to some people, but an actual horror movie-style scary rock singer? Well, that didn’t exist until Alice Cooper came along.