Category Archives: Dispatches From Academia

Food & Wine Thursdays: A Blast from the Past

Due to some pressing work and personal commitments, no new post this week. In the mean time, please enjoy this vintage F&WT from way back on March 22, 2012. Natural Wine, Noise Music & the Deliberately Obtuse Anyone involved in … Continue reading

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Not About Wine: Here’s to You, Mr. Roberts

I had a feeling that the Affordable Care Act would be upheld, largely because of Chief Justice Roberts siding with the “liberal” wing of the court on their ruling on the Arizona immigration law. I thought it would be 6-3, … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Natural Wine, Noise Music & the Deliberately Obtuse

Anyone involved in the wine business, at least in cities where there is also a vibrant music scene, knows that there is a lot of overlap between the wine world and the music world. In Los Angeles, where I work, … Continue reading

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Not About Wine: In Praise of Fair Weather Fandom

I’m not a big sports fan. At least not any more. I’ll catch a Cal football or basketball game every now and then and I’ll rarely turn down an invitation to drink beer and eat unhealthy food while watching any … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Biodynamics & Nazism, Same Time, Same Place, Coincidence?

(Preamble: I’m in no way equating the practitioners of Biodynamic farming with adherents of National Socialism in terms of philosophy, but merely making note of their shared origins in a tumultuous period in European history.) Biodynamics, as I’ve mentioned several … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Tempranillo, the Other Noble Grape

The term “international varietal” is batted around quite a bit in the wine world. It’s used both favorably to describe grapes whose combination of hardiness, quality and market-friendliness has given them  cosmopolitan reach, being planted in virtually every wine growing … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: On Wine Accessories

There are exactly three things you need to enjoy good wine. They are, in order of practical importance: Corkscrew Appropriate wine glasses. Decanter. That’s it. I promise. Perhaps the area of the wine world that draws my ire more than … Continue reading

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