Posts Tagged: wine

Cocaine Wine

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In 1863, chemist Angelo Mariani created Vin Mariani, a combination of Bordeaux wine and coca leaves (you know, where cocaine comes from). As you can imagine, it was an instant hit. Advertisements promised to “restore health and vitality,” cure malaria, and be “especially adapted to children.” Many believed in the medicinal properties of alcohol at the time, and incorporating the newly-discovered cocaine seemed almost too good to be true.

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“Grassy Notes with a Tang of Acids and a Hint of Vanilla”

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That’s not from the back of a wine label, but rather the mouth of a chemist describing “that old book smell.”

Specifically, lead scientist Matija Strlic, explained the compounds as a “combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness, this unmistakable smell is as much a part of the book as its contents.”

Pairs nicely with a soft goat cheese and best consumed curled up in a comfy window seat.

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Our Brains On Art

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“While Rembrandt was an astonishingly talented artist, our response to his art is conditioned by all sorts of variables that have nothing to do with oil paint. Many of these variables are capable of distorting our perceptions, so that we imagine differences that don’t actually exist; the verdict of art history warps what we see.”

Jonah Lehrer explores how the brain perceives art.

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 3/14-3/20

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This week in San Francisco, The Monthly Rumpus puts on its best pasties, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is on, and food culture rocks SFMoMA with Sidebar: Wine! at How Wine Became Modern.

Monday 3/14: Catch some titillating literature — and, oh, Lady Monster: Queen of the Fire Tassels — at March’s Monthly Rumpus.

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