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1948 Birthday Wine: 70 Year Old Blandy’s Madeira Bual Review

70 years ago:

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Dewey did not defeat Truman. Babe Ruth died. Gandhi fasted one last time. A young Laurence Olivier premiered Hamlet. Mary Leaky found the missing link in Kenya.

Also, in 1948, my mother in law was born.

Now choosing any birthday gift presents challenges. What do they like, want, or really need? How much is too much or too little? But a 70th birthday…for my mother in law. We had to impress her. She did not need more stuff.  I knew she likes wine. But then again, she lives in wine country, has access to tons of it. What could my wife and I possibly get her that she could not?

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Syrah, “Syrocco” Domaine des Ouleb Thaleb, Thalvin (Alain Graillot), Zenata, Morocco 2008

Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Jordan and more to follow. While revolutions burn through Arabia and North Africa, one monarch has quietly avoided wholesale annihilation. King Mohammed VI of Morocco. His de jure constitiutional parliamentary monarchy kinda, sorta works. When … Continue reading

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