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"A sweet, rich, fragrant, pure expression of refined Pinot Noir that, after half an hour, was fully aroused, more soft fruit, with a hint of raspberry. On the palate, it was distinctly sweet, mouth-filling yet with a relatively modest alcoholic content (13%), a velvety texture, a touch of sprightliness and a refreshing finish" … or so they say - we don’t really have the $6,000 a glass it would take to find out for ourselves.  

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Remember kids, drink your wine before it turns to dust

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It was a three-bottle kind of night.

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Louis Latour Pino Noir Bourgogne

Overall: a smooth, almost thin (I think wine snobs say ‘translucent’) proper red-colored pour, better as the night went on. 

Tastes like: cherries at sunset

Hangover risk: we’ll see tomorrow

Makes you want: to wear fur to the film festival that you already have tickets for

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the beach and, you know, a coupleabottles of nice wine.

theatlantic:

The Historic Healing Power of the Beach

Long before the beach was a theater of bodies stuffed into tiny suits, exposing as much skin as possible to the sun, beach-going was often a strictly medical undertaking. For centuries we looked to the sand and surf as a fully-stocked pharmacy. But first, we had to get over our fear of the sea.

Any 17th-century European pirate could tell you terrifying tales of sea monsters dwelling in the dark waters. A pirate was about as likely to swim in the sea as a pilot is to jump out of his plane.

“In the Judeo-Christian biblical tradition, the boiling sea is where great awful beasts come from,” says Dr. Robert Ritchie a senior research associate at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, who is researching a book on the history of beach-going and seaside resorts. “The fear of the sea has biblical origins with the great flood destroying all creatures. As it retreats, it rips away the land leaving all kinds of detritus behind.”

In fact, no one thought of the sea as a particularly friendly place.

Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

Source: theatlantic
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“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”

- Rumi

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What did the Etruscans drink before wine? This deliciousness.

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Overall: Low-key, low acidity blend - a pretty basic earthy edition from Burgundy. How about those graphics though, eh?

Tastes: Like sweet berries and smoke

Hangover risk: Iffy

Makes you want: To hang out on the porch on a sunny afternoon.

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This week’s Whiskey endeavor, Tap 375, Maple Canadian Rye

looks like: Something you’d drink from a jug. The jar is sort of jug shaped too.

smells like: A drunk guy working at an old time candy shoppe.

from the bottle: The problem with spiced whiskeys is that they are for girls. Not neat girls who make oil paintings or know how to change a car’s oil. The kind of girls who just have to ask you where you got new shoes from. This one, thankfully, isn’t like that.

plus a cube or two: Mildly syrupy (think the crusty edge of pancakes at the back end yet with a body made of smoke and golden wheat.

good with: Popcorn made from scratch. With a knife.

Tough as nails spiced whiskey rec from Vinderful’s Whiskey Correspondent.
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"I was made for another planet altogether. I mistook the way."

- Simone de Beauvoir (via feuille-d-automne)

Me too, Simone.

(via feuille-d-automne)

Source: amandaonwriting