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Earth Panorama: Grape harvest, Shea Wine Cellars, Newberg, Oregon.

This is kind of an unusual Earth Panorama post, as it’s not scenery-heavy, but I found it very interesting. These are workers sorting grapes and preparing to put them into … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Decider speaks: my (fictional) conversation with George W. Bush.

Last night I had a dream about George W. Bush. I dreamed that I was at his presidential library–which in reality is called the George W. Bush Presidential Center–and happened … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Breathing new life into Croatian wine. [Guest post by Robert Horvat.]

By Robert Horvat The accession of Croatia in the middle of last year was an important step in the integration of the smaller nations of Europe to the European Union. It … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

Earth Panorama: Another Byzantine cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey.

This amazing medieval church, dating from the 10th century, is carved from stone in Cappadocia, an ancient Byzantine province. The church is known in Turkish as “Üzümlü Kilise,” or the … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

It started with a bad glass of wine: the St. Scholastica Day riots.

Six hundred and fifty-nine years ago today, on February 10, 1355, two Oxford University students, Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield, went down to a local pub, called the Swindlestock … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

Earth Panorama: Jesuitenschlösse hillside winery, Merzhausen, Germany.

This lush hillside winery is on the grounds of a Jesuit manor house built in 1666 in Merzhausen, Germany, in the region of Alsace. Although we know for a fact … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Belle Pente Winery vineyards, Carlton, Oregon.

This lovely panoramic view from 360cities.net of a hillside strewn with trees and grapevines is located near Carlton, Oregon, and is the home of Belle Pente Winery. The Willamette Valley, … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

The environmental history of German wine: the amazing chronicle of Dr. Karl Müller.

If you know anything about wine, you’re well aware that it’s a creation that’s extraordinarily dependent on its environment. The difference between a good wine and a bad one usually … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Heavy metal viticulture: wine, Wacken and song!

So this is the weekend of Wacken Open Air, the biggest heavy metal festival in the world, and although I’m not able to attend this year I’ve been watching the … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

America’s first oenophile: imagining Thomas Jefferson’s wine cellar.

Thomas Jefferson was a man of many passions as well as talents. In addition to being the author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia and … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 1 Comment
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