That’s me and Melanie Tarlant when I visited during the smashing 2018 harvest. Plenty of Tarlant surprises coming up. Stay tuned.
Managing editor Christy Frank pushed me to write (practically) an entire issue dedicated to the Brutal Wine Corporation. I rebelled. And then gave in.
What was there to say about the Brutal!!! journey, I wondered. Who cared? But once I started peeling back the layers I realize the vibrant phenomenon underneath. There was enough to uncover, to explore, to examine, that it really could be a book.
When I give talks, I often say that wine provides an unparalleled life metaphor and the Brutal!!! examination provides and abides. In that crazy concept, how it formed and where it went is a study in human nature and group dynamics. Fascinating, I think. But, I’ll let you decide.
Hey! Did you catch Mike Colameco’s Real Food on Channel 13? In April we filmed at the now gone Hemlock (I miss Diego’s restaurant so much). We dissected the selections that I plunked on the list and how they worked with chef/owner Diego Moya’s food. Tremendous fun. At some point the episode will resurface. (As will, hopefully, Diego in front of a NYC stove.) I’ll keep you posted about both.Remember, of course, that there are wine tastings coming up.
Hudson area folk? I’ll be at Rivertown Lodge on November 2nd from 5pm to 7pm with a two-hour tasting and introduction to natural wine, its past, present and future. $50 + tax. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Then it is the return of Isabelle Legeron’s RAW Wine.
November 1st in Montreal
November 4th & 5th in New York
November 11 & 12th in Los Angeles
RAW will sell out, so you definitely need to book your tickets. I’ll be posting suggestions on how to manage and who to taste with in a few weeks.
Finally, heads up! Pascaline and I will be hosting a few select friends from across the pond at Racines on Sunday November 4th from 7pm on. There will be a special prix fixe from Paul Liebrandt, fun things to eat if you don’t want a proper meal, wine flights, pairings and many subscribers of The Feiring Line to raise a glass with. I’ll be sending out a more specific email soon.
Where to Eat in Napa & Sonoma
Travel forty minutes from Glen Ellen to Sebastopol, in the wrong direction, for lunch? Absolutely the right decision.
The subversive artist known as Banksy, famously infamous for his hit and run art had hit again. In the fall of 2018 his “Girl With Balloon” was auctioned off at Sotheby’s. As soon as the gavel came down at £1,042,000 the piece started to self-destruct as it rolled through a hidden shredder tucked into the bottom of its frame. Shortly after, Banksy’s authentication agency, Pest Control, legally designated it as a new piece named “Love Is In the Bin.” Analogies to the Brutal Wine Corporation don’t seem so farfetched.
Thibault Chauvet (no relation to Jules) has worked at Verre Volé, Zev Rovine Selections and is now head sommelier at Noma’s sibling restaurant, 108 in Copenhagen. I sent him an email with some questions and his answers were too good to keep for myself.
I'm hunting the Leon Trotskys, the Philip Roths, the Chaucers and the Edith Whartons of the wine world. I want them natural and most of all, I want them to speak the truth even if we argue. With this messiah thing going on, I'm trying to swell the ranks of those who crave the differences in each vintage, celebrate nuance and desire wines that make them think, laugh, and feel. Welcome.