This Q+T is brought to you, in part, by the magnificent wines of Mr. Sean Thackrey. I spent the afternoon on pilgrimage to Bolinas, CA to pick my favourite US winemaker's brain. Again. Which may have involved a sniff or two of the good stuff.
I've been a fan of Sean's wines for over 20 years. Although not a collector, as collecting would require not drinking the stuff faster than I can procure it, I do believe Sean has a rare gift. In a world of computer control, Sean is the analogue that digital cannot emulate. He stands head and shoulders above the commercial dross. Set apart by a singular vision. I'd love a photo of him in a sweatshirt emblazoned with "Zero Fucks Given." With an elven grin on his face to prove he means it. To create complexity and greatness takes more than science. It takes art. And instinct. Vines with deep roots. And the right diet. For both the plants, and the man. It's tough to describe to those who have never experienced his magic. It's the wine of a self taught savant.
Which leads us to our reads for today. In which we ponder plants, and roots, and nutrients. And our own gut and the instincts and insights it provides us. Given the above, our suggestion is that you call your finest local wine store and procure a bottle of Mr. Thackrey's wine to sit down and inhale while you read. Or watch the movie. And remember, that even the best wine in the world tastes only as good as the company it keeps.
read: the hidden life of trees
It's always smart to remember that we don't know much. And that there is a lot to learn. Turn a few pages of this book written by a German forester and be ready to be blown away. Perhaps Avatar's "Ewa" isn't so far from the truth after all...
Before Fleming discovered penicillin, and Pasteur pasteurized, the human race had no reason to live in fear of bacteria. Discovering that certain strains can kill led to an unplaced blanket fear. Have a read about gut instinct, your second brain, and the powerful feedback mechanisms that control everything from your metabolism to your attraction to the blonde at table number 4.
Watch it. If only for the scene with the Cheval Blanc. Then pull out your favourite wine, your favourite friend, and emulate.
and now time for a cockatil...
ORION OLD VINES, SEAN H. THACKREY, VINTNER
I've never met Charles Bowden, but he hit the mark in a piece he wrote for GQ in 2014
"A couple of years ago, I was sitting in my backyard in the dark of night when a neighbor knocked on the door and delivered a bottle of wine that had arrived in the mail during my absence. I immediately ripped out the obnoxious cork and retreated to the blackness of the yard, tipped the bottle to my lips, and guzzled down about a fourth of it in one swallow. I noticed, in my sensitive way, that the wine had a bottom like Bessie Smith in her blues prime. I flicked on my cigarette lighter and read the label: 2000 ORION OLD VINES, SEAN H. THACKREY, VINTNER. The wine, by the glow of my Bic, looked to be darker than a banker’s heart, the label unreadable. I polished it off in a few more guzzles and realized it was the best bottle of wine I had ever tasted. This was yellow-sunshine LSD with a cork. It was red and huge and endless. It was richer than two foot up a bull’s ass, with hints of nothing but endless statements about everything."
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