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Sustainability vs Veganism


Posted By on Nov 9, 2019

Here’s the thing. Despite what would probably seem the common-sense view of the relationship, approaches to sustainability and veganism, at least in wine-making, don’t necessary overlap. Indeed, depending as always on how you define things, at times they are in opposition to each other. This is an observation worth exploring. I am not taking sides in the issue. Rather, my goal here is to point out that things are, as always,...

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The Wine Spectre


Posted By on Jun 23, 2019

A spectre is haunting the wine world – the spectre of labels. My apologies to Marx. His spectre – that of communism – was something feared and resisted by the old guard, and thus to be welcomed. The spectre I am referring to is the old guard and thus perhaps a spectre to be exorcised. The terms we use to describe wine – the labels – are a spectre I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. To be blunt, are they more limiting than...

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Recently the LSH gave a radio interview to a local station, Cambridge 105, on sustainable insects and wine. Charlotte Payne, the insect half of the I&W team, did most of the talking. I’m LSH for a reason, after all. At any rate, here’s a link for those who want to give it a listen: Friday Foodclub: Insects and...

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A plea to wine writers

A plea to wine writers


Posted By on Feb 7, 2019

It’s a simple one, really: Please do your research. Or, if necessary, get someone to do it for you. I suspect this request is going to be a bit like yelling into an empty wine barrel: it might make some noise, but unless someone’s listening, it might not be of much use. Now, the disclaimers: Mistakes happen. I understand that. Despite the best efforts of yourself, your editors, and whomever else may read a piece before...

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Up to now, I haven’t really posted links, or commented much on wine news.  This one, I think is a worthwhile exception. I won’t say much, since it’s a short piece, and I think rather self-explanatory.  I’ll just note two points: First, that I think it’s heartening to see even something like the AOC system (aka, bureaucracy) taking climate change and sustainability seriously.  Second, for those who...

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In short, no. The longer answer is the classic anthropological one: It’s complicated. Whatever the answer, we are probably stuck with sustainability, as a word and as a concept. There are two things I want to explore here. One is the term ‘sustainability’ itself, and the second the issues and concepts it conveys and the ones it obscures. This post is inspired by three things. Conversations with Charlotte Payne, the insect half of...

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