About:Blank can be considered an inevitability of one's online journeys, though many a virtual traveler can spend their time without ever encountering the phenomenon. Part of a vast family (but not to be confused with any other similarily named personages, aliases, objects, paraphenalia, bound published texts, functions or any imitations thereof), it has not been without its share of jealous detractors. Its very reputation was nearly besmirched, yet remained largely benign compared to more terrifying finds. Indeed, it continues to persevere, even in analog form.
Wildman of the Loire, Didier Dagueneau RIP Didier Dagueneau, iconoclastic motorcycle driving beard-sporting winegrower of France's Loire valley, died today in a private plane crash. Dagueneau pushed winemaking in his region to a new level; his Silex (100 percent sauvignon blanc), farmed biodynamically on flinty soil, is a profound wine. I recently tasted the '99 Silex, one word: incroyable. A wine that redefines sauvignon blanc and makes you happy to be alive. Dagueneau also pushed younger colleagues like the cidermaker Eric Bordelet to pursue their craft at a higher level: the result is Bordelet's Granit pear cider, from 300 year old biodynamically farmed pear trees.