Archive for April, 2015
“On the midnight street
No moon and no stars
No one around to calm you down
And to soften the stings to my heart
The dream is sand in my hands
The dream becomes sand in my hands”
-Morrissey, Good Looking Man About Town
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
First, an explanation of why I have been several months behind on writing up producer features here on 1WD (Amici, Red Car, some high-end KJ brand stuff, and several Sicily items are all in that pipeline, waiting patiently for me to get my act together). The short version of the story: I am getting divorced, and it’s an enormous time, energy, and emotion suck.
So now those of you who have been giving me crap about only posting references to my paying gigs know why I am so behind on things (I barely have enough bandwidth and energy to get the paying work in on time). I am the one who filed, so I am not looking for any pity here (and I am having far more good-to-great days than bad at that moment). Everything that has transpired on the home-front since my marriage crisis started has more-or-less showed that ending the marriage is absolutely the right thing to do, so little sleep is being lost on that front now. The kid is also doing great, so the tippy-top priority is well in-hand.
While I am not fishing for sympathy, I do want to tell you that I am deeply grateful for the enormous and touching outpouring of support that I have received about this situation, both publicly and privately, from so many of you. I will never, ever forget it, and not one sunset passes right now that I don’t list those words of encouragement near the top of my list when I review the things for which I am most grateful right now.
So I hope that you’ll understand why today I am giving you yet another pointer to more of my paying gig work (I know, I suck)…
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I am aware that it’s been a long, oh, I don’t know, five whole minutes since I last talked about a Fix.com article, but the fine folks over at that website have seen fit to publish yet another of my modest attempts at edu-taining the wine soaked masses yearning to be… well… edu-tained.
And so, because I’ve nothing more pressing to do (this nanosecond, anyway), I point you to my Fix.com take on wine prices (why they are what they are, and roughly what to expect with each increasing price band), titled Behind the Tag: The Scoop on Wine Prices. Once again, Fix.com’s images make my words look good.
In the attempts penned to answer the question “why does a wine cost what it costs?” I’ve yet to find any version that cannot be boiled down to the following answer: “because that’s what they think you’ll pay!” Of course, that’s not long enough for a standard article, but the devil’s in those pesky details. And the details are particularly, interestingly, peskily devilish. Like a black hole, a wine’s price incorporates a whole lot of data that isn’t necessarily visible (at least, not at first).
Also interesting, I think, is that the subjectivity of a wine’s upper price point (after normal economies of scale are taken into account) is the entire reason why wine critics have any power whatsoever (think about it…). We often talk about the diffusion of wine criticism, and the dwindling power of traditional wine coverage, but rarely do we make the mental leap to connect that decrease in critics’ power to the increase in wine quality at all price points (itself most probably a result of the earlier efforts of critics calling wines on the carpet… but now we’re well into black-hole-event-horizon-crazy recursive-ness, Interstellar style, so let’s just shut up about it now). Better quality products naturally require less direct critical assessment of their quality, after all.
Anyway… the full Fix.com infographic take on wine prices is embedded below after the jump. Enjoy!
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- 11 Chateau Panis Mialhe Minervois Les Eglises (Languedoc-Roussillon): The church bells here are ringing tunes of rustic amicability. $13 B >>find this wine<<
- 13 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley): Drinkin' like a queen, spendin' like a pauper. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 13 Prinz Salm Two Princes Riesling (Rheinhessen): Punching above its weight in the refreshing-length-of-lemony-finish department. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 13 Inman Family Whole Buncha Love OGV Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Whole buncha tasty, but kinda hogs the dinner table. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Eschewing richness of mouth for richness of deeper rewards. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
- 13 Helfrich Riesling Noble Varieties (Alsace): Mineral-and-tropic lightening, and the thunder has a nice, refined ring to it, too. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Signorello Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Whoooaaaaa, easy there, little bison, you're a little too wound up $90 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sweet, oaky & ripe meets poised, lithe and… ok,and powerful. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 13 Domaine la Croix d'Aline Saint-Chinian (Languedoc-Roussillon): Like a local bluegrass band, this one's just endearingly rustic. $13 B >>find this wine<<
- 14 Saint AIX Provence Rose (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence): Once again, Provence proudly proves why Provence is… well… Provence. $19 B >>find this wine<<
It might not yet be quite hot enough outside for this topic, but the good folks over at Fix.com have published my take on Sangria (that most warm weather of wine-related beverages), complete with their always-on-point graphical talents (which often make the majority of my accompanying words superfluous, but hey, they’re paying so I’m not complaining).
Personally, it takes a *mighty* fine Sangria to sway the taste buds of this particular wine lover, but I’m nowhere near snobbish enough not to find enjoyment in a good one. Hopefully, the Fix.com guide will maximize your chances of mixing up a superior Sangria batch, as we provide some tips on what to try (and what to avoid) when utilizing different wine styles as your Summertime liquid fun base material.
The full awesomeness of Fix.com’s Sangria infographic are below after the jump, with the full article available at http://www.fix.com/blog/sangria-for-wine-lovers. Enjoy (responsibly)!
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