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                Come join the editor Jennifer Barnick as she searches for the Champagne Life....

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Sparkling Wine

Feature Speaking with Fred Frank about his father Willy Frank

Sparkling Wine Review Real champagnes with real terroir by John Euclid

Industry News ...a brief survey of sparkling wine news

First Person

HelloGoodbye Cassandra H. Katsiaficas says hello and Wayne Scheer says goodbye

Passion ForumSuzie Sims-Fletcher shares the joy blue fake fur and PB&Js

Under the Goldlight—True Tales of Drinking ChampagneDave Brown sets out to see if lightning can strike twice

Life Before Ten The sneaky mean bully exposed by Rose Tolstoy

Art & Literature

The Marcia Reed Virtual Gallery The paintings of Marcia Reed

Drinker's Poetry Deborah M. Priestly and Robert Slattery

Fiction "The Woman" by La Vonne Schoneman

TRUE new non-fiction by J. Blake Gordon

Film in ReviewAnna Luciano reviews a current release; Fritz Voigt ponders a current DVD rental, and David Sirois gives us a great movie that won't be checked out

Other Goodies

Founder's Page Greeting from Dr. Timothy Smith

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I just read Suzie Sims-Fletcher's piece in Goodbye of HelloGoodbye, and was struck with her strong, heartfelt style. The story sneaked up on me, starting out like pleasant, somewhat ditzy banter, and then just NAILED me with the depth of her feeling. An artful unfolding. Thank you, and congratulations.  -Charles Rankowski, Portland, Maine.


So are you saying that wine is the best thing to drink, if you're going to choose alcoholic beverages?  And if so, why is it better?  What makes wine better for you than other drinks, like whiskey or a pint of Guiness?  i've been doing research on drinking for years, and i have found that all types of alcohol, (although i'm still on the fence about malt beverages, i.e. Mike's Hard Lemonade) have the same marked health benefits.  Maybe i should be contributing to your magazine.
jeff wojtowicz - PharmD student


I wanted to say how much I enjoy Peter Hammers articles. 
I live in the states and I always enjoy reading your information on the Internet.  Keep up the great work!
Lisa Young



Love your magazine. The artwork by Gilles Mascarell is fabulous, very compelling and full of energy.  I also enjoyed the article "Four Essential Glasses Every Home Should Have" by Felisha Foster. I did however realize that we're about three short at my house but plan to make that a project in the new year. My personal wine education has suffered greatly in the past few years since some very wine-knowledgeable family and friends moved north so I truly appreciate finding this magazine and will look forward to more great articles.

Sincerely, Janie B.
Mobile, Alabama


Great column! (Universal Prayer) I could really relate to that one.
David Sirois has a fine talent for painting an
entertaining story with colorful and layered depth.


San Francisco, California



I wanted to say how much I enjoy Peter Hammers articles.    I live in the states and I always enjoy reading your information on the Internet. 
Keep up the great work!  
Lisa Y.



Dear Jenn,

Thanks for the "Remembrance Weekend"
Excellent writing.
It hit the nail on the head.

All the best,
Jim S.
Seattle, WA


Dear Editor,

Thank you so much for this great magazine. I love the
mixture of art, letters and sparkling wine. I've never seen
anything like it, and it works so well. When are you going
put something in the Magazine Shop?

Austin, TX


I just read " Under the Goldlight- True Tales of Drinking Champagne ". I thought it to be a hilarious account of his experience. Keep up the good work.

Ted Stone-
Waltham, MA


Dear Editor,

Today I read In Search of the Champagne Life for the first time, and found it captivating. Jennifer Barnick has a bright and compassionate view. Her take on aging and the circle of life moved me. I cannot wait to read the previous columns.

Palo Alto, CA







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