I can't agree more with the article in The Guardian, that mass produced wine which includes nearly every bottle on the shelf in the US is as far removed from what wine supposed to be as Taco and donut from the idea of food.
Advocates of natural wine believe that nearly everything about the £130bn modern wine industry – from the way it is made, to the way critics police what counts as good or bad – is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong. Their ambition is to strip away the artificial trappings that have developed in tandem with the industry’s decades-long economic boom, and let wine be wine.
Simple as that, but can't be mass produced:
Natural winemakers believe that none of this is necessary. The basics of winemaking are, in fact, almost stupefyingly simple: all it involves is crushing together some ripe grapes. When the yeasts that live on the skin of the grape come into contact with the sweet juice inside, they begin gorging themselves on the sugars, releasing bubbles of carbon dioxide into the air and secreting alcohol into the mixture. This continues either until there is no more sugar, or the yeasts make the surrounding environment so alcoholic that even they cannot live in it. At this point, strictly speaking, you have wine. In the millennia since humans first undertook this process, winemaking has become a highly technical art, but the fundamental alchemy is unchanged. Fermentation is the indivisible step. Whatever precedes it is grape juice, and whatever follows it is wine.
Make Jahn, who was a rock critic at the New York Times, had a great piece on how he entered the field and his encounters with Bowie and Morrison.
Then he went off to a room, by himself but with the bottle he was carrying (in the hand I didn’t break, I guess). The other Doors and several others of us were in the control room listening to a playback when Morrison emerged and proclaimed “if I had an axe I’d kill everyone here ... ‘cept my friends.”
Jeez, Jimbo, the hand wasn’t that bad.
Or maybe it was. Nominally over money, the Doors rescinded their verbal agreement to work with me, and home I flew. I would defy their lawyer and write my quickie paperback without them. That is what I did in March, blasting Doors music the length of 113th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. I kept the whole $1,000 that was left after deducting the expense of flying to LA to break the lizard king’s hand.
Interesting article exploring what is a tree published in Knowable Magazine.
If one is pressed to describe what makes a tree a tree, long life is right up there with wood and height. While many plants have a predictably limited life span (what scientists call “programmed senescence”), trees don’t, and many persist for centuries. In fact, that trait — indefinite growth — could be science’s tidiest demarcation of treeness, even more than woodiness.
Take longevity. A classic example of the Methuselah-ness of trees is the current record-holder, a 5,067-year-old great bristlecone pine that grows high in the White Mountains of California. (That tree was almost 500 years old when the first pyramids were built in Egypt.)
The Silk and the Flame offers an intimate look into everyday life in China, where the economic boom of the cities stands in stark contrast to the poverty experienced by those living in the countryside.
Among the precious few highlights screened in the Panorama section, Jordan Schiele’s The Silk and the Flame (2018) reminded us that documentary can be a vehicle for great storytelling.
Out of the still-heated rancorous debate about the 2016 presidential election upset emerges A Campaign of Their Own, a unique sidewalk-level history of the Sanders campaign.
The White House asked to borrow a van Gogh. The Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead.
Over the course of a year in partnership with a professional research firm, Cards Against Humanity is running a different sort of opinion poll with more unusual questions. The early results are at Pulse of the Nation.
They asked people if they’re rather be “dumb and happy” or “smart and sad”. The “dumb and happy” respondents were more likely to say human-caused climate change is not real:
The majority of black people surveyed believe a second civil war is likely within the next decade:
65% of Democrats surveyed would rather have Darth Vader as President than Donald Trump:
And one’s approval of Donald Trump correlates to a belief that rap is not music:
Many of the responses were irrational — Darth Vader would be much worse than Trump and Democrats believe that the top 1% of richest Americans own 75% of the wealth (it’s actually 39%)…and people with more formal education guessed worse on that question. The divide on rap music is racial and generational but also points to a lack of curiosity from many Americans about what is perhaps the defining art form of the past 30 years. But the worst is what Americans thought of each other…Democrats think Republicans are racist and Republicans don’t think Democrats love America. The polarization of the American public continues.
360 view of Barcelonetta Beach in Barcelona.
I am looking forward seeing Michelin Stars Tales From The Kitchen on the big screen.
Sébastien Bras, left, and his father Michel at Le Capucin, the pair’s restaurant in Toulouse, in 2014. Sébastien now runs the acclaimed restaurant Le Suquet, in Laguiole. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images
High pressure of three star rating in the gastronomical bible leads some chefs to either close their business entirely or request to drop off the list according to a timely article in The Guardian.
One of France’s most celebrated chefs, whose restaurant has been honoured with three stars in the Michelin guide for almost 20 years, has pleaded to be stripped of the prestigious ranking because of the huge pressure of being judged on every dish he serves.
Bras said that like all chefs he sometimes found himself thinking of Bernard Loiseau, the acclaimed French chef who killed himself in 2003, an act widely seen as linked to rumours that he would lose his third Michelin star. “I’m not in the frame of mind,” Bras said.
Photo taken on i-Phone from the garden. Clouds worked as a protective screen.
Social media star Celeste Barber has 1.8 million followers on Instagram.
During the game the Australian comic displays social media snaps showing people in various stages of undress and asks the audience to guess which have been allowed to stay up and which have been taken down by the moderators.
Often the difference, she says, comes down to appearances: “One of them is a banging hot model and the other one is, well, me.”
Light of the Soul by Pierre Gonnord is at Festival Portrait(s), Vichy, France, 16 June to 10 September. All photographs: Pierre Gonnord; he is represented by the Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid
Noteworthy GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS exhibit by Sergey Borisov at RuArts Gallery.
When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973 he saw the opportunity. La fábrica was born. 45 years later it transformed into a spectacular and unique home.