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The weather is actually starting to get warmer, so it is a good day to recommend a wonderful summer beverage – a 2003 Braida Moscato D’Asti from Italy – which has just a bit of effervescence and a crisp taste that is perfect after dinner…or just for sipping on a warm evening.

Beforehand, if you’re enjoying a burger or steak, try a 2001 Rolling Hills Shiraz/Cabernet from Australia…which is big and juicy and absolutely wonderful.

If you happen to be coming to New York anytime soon, try and get tickets to see James Earl Jones in a revival of “On Golden Pond.” While not the world’s greatest play, this production benefits from having one of the world’s greatest actors onstage in the role Henry Fonda played in the movie. And he’s fabulous – never overly sentimental, Jones is an enormously robust presence who hides the slow diminishment of his faculties with bluster and arrogance, qualities lost in the Fonda performance. Leslie Uggams hold her own as his iron-willed wife, and this is an “On Golden Pond” worth seeing.

Finally, “Kingdom of Heaven” is a miraculous movie in that it manages to be wishy-washy about the Crusades. It’s probably because producing a movie about conflict between Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land requires a level of political correctness that doesn’t serve the subject…but while the battle scenes are remarkable and the movie looks great, it never manages to be very moving. I liked director Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” much more…but then again, it had Russell Crowe instead of Orlando Bloom. “Nuff said.

Finally, here are the sci-fi questions of the week:

• Will you be watching the final episodes of “Star Trek: Enterprise” tonight and bemoaning the fact that, for at least the foreseeable future, this science fiction icon will be in dry dock?

• And, do you have your tickets for the premier next week of “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”? (I do...for 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the first local showing of the last movie of the series.)

Have a good weekend. Sláinte!!
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