The row over faux
I was quite amused to read your article "Invasion of the Purse Snatchers" [February 2004] about the widespread thefts of designer intellectual properties. Those working-class ladies apparently aren't aware that fake couture handbags can be spotted a mile away.
Rather than breaking the law in the pursuit of luxury, perhaps these ladies should be shopping the aisles of Wal-Mart, where their handbag budget, and perhaps good taste, actually belongs.
Joseph M. Gyulay
Grapes of wrath
I am disappointed that your holiday wine picks ["Stylish Holiday Bubbles," Cellar Notes, December 2004] did not include the outstanding locally made vintages we are so fortunate to have available at our fingertips.
We here in the Cleveland area are privy to some of the bestwineries in the world. Our local winemakersnumber among the bestanywhere. One need not venture far to findahearty Cabernet, alight and airyRiesling or a fruity Catawba. We are fortunate to have almost 100 wineries in our state. Whether you try Avon Lake's John Christ Winery Cabernet Sauvignon or Ashtabula's Markko Wineries Estate Riesling, you will be thrilled at the outstanding quality and craftsmanship.
Let us not forget our own. This winter, take a short car ride to your local winery and discover the romance of Ohio wine. It will be love at first sip.
John Christ Winery
Editor's note: There were no local wines appropriate for December's Cellar Notes, which focused on Champagnes and sparkling wines (this is not a Champagne region). This month's column on Rieslings, however, does feature an Ohio wine by Debonné.
Regarding " 'Jingeling' All the Way" (CityLife, December 2004), what a rush of memories! It seemed only a short time ago that my mother and I took our annual Christmas shopping trip downtown. She would make sure I was properly dressedand when the Yellow Cab arrived, our journey began. I will always hold those memories dear. The hustle and bustle of downtown Cleveland, the steam rising from the street grates, the smell of those warm roasting nuts, that long escalator ride up to Halle's seventh floor.Mr. Jingeling kept me a believer in the wonders of Christmas andI can still hear the magical sound of his keys and see that special twinkle in his eyes. "He was a right jolly old elf," to steal a phrase.
Cleveland was lucky to be the home of such a special character. Mr. Jingeling should always be a special part of Christmas in Cleveland. Long live Mr. Jingeling and thanks for the many warm memories.
Casting wide ripples
Your avid fly-fisherman story, "Steelhead Commute" [My Town, December 2004] is a delightful read even here in faraway Guatemala!
Finca Los Nietos, San Lorenzo El Cubo, Guatemala
Corrections: A photograph on page 114 in the Home & Garden Guide of our February issue was miscredited. The photographer was Marc Anthony and the room was designed by Hollywood Homeware.
Eric Mull was the photographer for "The Single Life" in the February issue.