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 V.17 No.19 | May 8 - 14, 2008 

From top left: The chicken satay appetizer, $5.25, and Lotus Café pad Thai with chicken, $7.25.
Tina Larkin

Restaurant Review

Lotus Café

Even Buddha eats here

No Burqueño with a penchant for dining out can deny that Albuquerque is home to more than its share of Asian restaurants. I once considered creating a review template just so I could cut back on typing "rice," "noodles" and "pad Thai." But that wouldn’t be fair. Or ethical. So here I go again …

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Clockwise from left: Pedro and Susana Balbo stroll the Dominio del Plata vineyards in Argentina; Merry Edwards sorts grapes in Sonoma; Helen Turley has helmed several succesful wineries, including Martinelli Winery; Winemaker Heidi Schröck is gleeful about her namesake winery in Austria; Champagne queen Eileen Crane is president and winemaker of Domain Carneros by Taittinger.

Grapevine

The Women of Wine

Changing the world one glass at a time

For too long, oenology (een-ology, the study of wine) was considered off-limits to the average American consumer. Wine knowledge was a carefully guarded male stronghold of stuffy sommeliers, grumpy English professors with big, red noses and the wealthy. But in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the wine industry began selling its products in the United States with a more inclusive approach. A methodical marketing scheme began with easily understood White Zinfandel. Wineries started selling people on Chardonnay and then Merlot, varietals that were easy to drink, whose names had a ring of sophistication. People took notice. It was a one-two punch, and consumers were knocked out by wine and its mystique.

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Bite

Mini Port Cherry Pie

Tonight we buckled down with some fresh groceries and even fresher ideas for the May wedding we’re catering for our friends. It’s the first training session of many, and the results were kickin’. So kickin’, in fact, that we’re humming that Warrant song. (Cold drink of water, such a sweet surprise, put a smile to your face 10-miles wide.) All night, swing it!

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