Posts Tagged: wine

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: No Wound

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Maybe I can touch it and show it to you. If I convince you, we can call it real. And then perhaps it will be.

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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 […]

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A Library of Wine

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Napa Valley is one of the most bountiful producers of wine so perhaps its unsurprising that it’s also home to a comprehensive collection of writing about wine. Founded in 1962, the non-profit Napa Valley Wine Library has 3,500 volumes including books, periodicals, newsletters, and oral histories. And while the library might not be a top […]

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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.” […]

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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 […]

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