Wine Obsessions: The Ballad of Elbling

Wine Obsessions: The Ballad of Elbling

The first sip on Elbling…   It is the oldest cultivated grape in Germany, yes older than its more famous cousin, Riesling. The Romans drank it, and LOVED it. It’s grown in the Upper-Mosel region of Germany in Kimmeridgian limestone soil, similar to that of Chablis in France. Unlike Riesling, Elbling is decidedly dry in style, every time. There are only a few people…

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Wine + Movies with Juliana: Volume 3

Wine + Movies with Juliana: Volume 3

Have you ever had that feeling where you’re not sure if you’re awake or if you’re dreaming? Perhaps you’ve had a moment of intense deja vu. Perhaps you’ve had one too many glasses of wine. Perhaps you have a feeling that the world around you isn’t as real as you’d like to believe. This question is what propels the 1999…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 9

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 9

In this edition of Music & Wine, I am focusing less on a specific album, and instead reflecting on the career of one of my favorite singer/songwriter/poets, Leonard Cohen. November 7 marked 3 years since his passing and I took a moment to read a few selections from his collected works and listen to bits and pieces from his albums,…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 8

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 8

I remember distinctly the first time I heard Natasha Khan’s project Bat for Lashes.  MTV was on in the background at a party (back when they would still play music videos…remember that?) and the video for “What’s a Girl to Do?” came on.  She was riding a bicycle flanked by other bikers with animal heads on riding straight ahead and…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 7

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 7

Making a mixtape is a lost art.  The time, dedication, and creativity it took to link a series of songs together under some thematic pretense in order to evoke a certain feeling from the listener – joy, pain, love, affection, nostalgia…whatever it might be.  Sure, nowadays you can make a playlist on Spotify or apple music or whatever, but it’s…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 6

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 6

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve shared musical musings with you all.  In that time, I have seen live shows (Anberlin, Carly Rae Jepsen), I have listened to a few delightful new albums which may be the subject of future reviews (Willow, Thom Yorke, Cassius, Banks), and I have consumed a bit of wine (too many to…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 5

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 5

In a dramatic shift from Carly Rae Jepsen, I’ve decided to dive into the newly released composition from Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams.  While I don’t have the technical speak to break down the piece as intelligently as a music student, I was immediately drawn to the long piece for it’s cinematic and evocative style, transporting you to…

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