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Jenny Holzer, White Shoes, and Old Lovers

I started getting into Jenny Holzer because my work-in-progress is a novel whose protagonist is an artist – specifically, a female artiste. Immersing myself in the careers of artists who identify as women, I came upon Holzer’s “truisms” — a collection of short phrases printed on posters and originally distributed around New York City in random public places, in the late 70s. Later, the truisms became part of an installation at the Guggenheim which included a LED text loop that spiralled around the inside of the museum as if it were traveling along a snail’s background. Holzer’s whirlwind of words, lights, and objects designed to make us consider the weight of language has once again taken over the Guggenheim, with some very timely updates. It’s a powerful use of space and absolutely unmissable if you’re in New York this summer.

Life on Mars

I arrived in Marseille after a week-long writing retreat in rural, central France as well as a few days in rainy, chilly Paris, and I basically wanted to do two things: I wanted to swim in the Mediterranean, and I wanted to dance. My closest friend has moved to Marseille and she was more than happy to meet my wishes, bringing me immediately to the Valon des Aufles district to enjoy Campari spritzes while watching a gorgeous sunset over the Med. The next day we met at the Vieux Port to board the “beach bus,” which took us only fifteen minutes along the coast to absolutely gorgeous beaches and rocky swimming spots. Being at the Vieux Port and riding on that bus, my mind flickered with scenes from the 2016 Netflix series Marseille, in which Gerard Depardieu plays the left-wing mayor of the city, up against anti-immigration and gang-fueled coalitions. The series portrays Marseille as a rough, fervent city whose stunning hills and rocky coastlines are shadowed by corrupt politicians.

This October: My Writing Workshop In Italy

A few months back, I announced that I’m offering a writing workshop in Italy this coming October. This workshop is something I envisioned back in 2022, when I realized how much I love teaching writing online and how much more satisfying it could be to connect with other writers in-person. The one thing missing was a good location. I wanted to offer the workshop in Italy, I knew that much: Where the incredible food and ever-growing natural wine scene inspire and nourish me. Where the language fills me with passion.

Meet Sonia Gambino of Gustinella

In the inaugural episode of the LA MESCITA podcast, I’m keeping it pretty simple: I’m reading a profile of Sicily winemaker Sonia Gambino of Gustinella, whose incredible story is shared in Honey Spencer’s new book, Natural Wine No Drama. I’ve also interviewed Honey for the newsletter, so check that out either before or after you’ve listened to this reading. ShareHope you like this! I definitely plan to work on more podcast episodes soon. What would you like to hear on future episodes?xRachelSubscribe now(P. S.

Can Natural Wine Be No Drama?

Ten years ago, the main debate in natural wine was sulfites. Did they add them? How much? When? Did they want to stop adding them? Were they the first in their region to not add them? Never since MSG had a chemical substance (which, to be fair, does occur in nature) provoked so much debate, grist, and at times, petty arguments. I’ll never forget the time I watched an Oregon winemaker dose her barrel with sulfur. She sniffed the wine through the bung hole and didn’t like what went up her nose. Quickly, she procured a white tablet, threw it in, and watched as the liquid inside foamed.

Waste Not, Want Not

If I had a cat, I would name her Agnes Varda, and hope that she helps me see the world in the way the late French filmmaker did. I watched The Gleaners and I (Les glaneures et la glaneuse) on Mubi, and it felt like this film made 24 years ago was so precisely describing the major problems of society—waste, specifically food waste, and the way we look the other way in general toward overproduction or imperfect products. I don’t know why it made me so emotional but perhaps it was the random moments of beauty that Varda finds, such as when she forgets to turn off the camera after filming some gleaners taking the remains of the grape harvest and the lens cap “dances” in a vineyard. Varda sees grace and elegance in the accidental scenes that other directors would throw onto the cutting floor: waste. Or my emotion may have been due to the fact that Gaza is on the brink of famine and its captors are murdering the people trying to feed its innocent civilians.

That Continuous State: A conversation with publisher of Melbourne magazine Veraison

Natural wine has a problem, and Moira Tirtha knows it. Probably, you’re wondering: Which problem are we talking about here? The too-white problem? The marketing-heavy problem? The nobody-knows-what-the-fuck-natural-wine-is-so-they-just-grab-the-cutest-label-problem?All of the above. Natural wine’s problem is in Melbourne, where Tirtha lives. It’s in the Adelaide Hills, where I live. It’s everywhere.

Meet Me in Melbourne (or Tuscany)

You’ve come for the Triennial at the National Gallery, or perhaps to search for rare vinyl, or catch one of your favorite collectors doing a set at Waxflower. Maybe you’re passing through Melbourne, or—in the language of the Kulin Nation—Naarm before heading out to the vineyards of the Yarra Valley. Or maybe you’ve been too long in a viticultural region and you’re desperate for some culture: a stroll down a street peppered with iconic Victorian architecture to a tiny contemporary photo gallery, before dropping into Napier Quarter to sip a martini while reading one of the copies of Paris Review they keep by the large, handsome windows. Fine, while you’re at it, a little anchovy soldier will do the trick. Hm, isn’t that zero-zero mecca Public Wine Shop just up the road? Perhaps a little vintage shopping around Smith Street before heading up there to drink something culty… Or over to Samuel Pepys for a quick glass before checking out the historic art deco cinema on the same street?In case you can’t tell, Melbourne is one of the places in Australia where I feel most at home.

Canons ! Les vigneronnes en biodynamie à Nantes

Grace à elles Canons les vigneronnes de France et d'ailleurs en vins naturels. Elodie Et Marie ont monté Canons, un salon nantais de vins naturels exclusivement autour des femme de vigne. Ce salon existe depuis 5 ans à l'Agronaute.

I Thought About the MAR Interview

I started reading the Marissa A. Ross interview while I prepared dinner, my phone propped up and my eyes glancing over intermittently at the screen between chopping coriander and slicing mushrooms. I finished reading it in bed, with a glass of my husband’s Sauvignon Blanc; then, I read the response by L. A. -based natural wine personality Mas Vino Please, and tried to understand why I couldn’t align with her sympathy toward MAR.

Kidev Erti

Kidev Erti (qui veut dire « une autre » en Géorgien) vinifié par Lapati Wines est un Pet Nat rosé fait à partir du cépage Tavkveri. Une belle attaque vive, nette et précise, une touche élégante de rondeur de fruit rouge en milieu de bouche, et une jolie amertume en fin qui fait saliver et qui persiste… Avec ses bulles fines, c’est juste sublime ! Tout est parfait, tout est maitrisé. C’est le genre de vin dont on ne se pose pas la question de savoir ce qui va ou ne va pas. On a juste envie d’en reboire… Tout simplement. Dans cette bouteille, il y a ce truc en plus, inexplicable, que tous les vignerons espèrent atteindre chaque année… Définitivement le meilleur Pet Nat que l’on a pu goûter en Géorgie, mais surement aussi de notre carrière de dégustateur… !     L’article Kidev Erti est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.

The White Noise of Everyday Life

It was weird, explaining to my husband, who has lived in Australia for most of his life, why it’s unsurprising that a train in the U. S. that was carrying known dangerous chemicals would be able to evade safety regulations, simply through lobbying and prioritizing profits. Of course, I also had to explain that for many Americans, there is no apparent contradiction between voting for “pro-business” politicians, and the lack of restrictions on capitalism, even when it endangers human life and the environment. Weirder, was having just finished reading White Noise, an incredibly prescient 1986 novel by American writer Don Delillo about a midwestern American town that experiences a chemical spill and a subsequent “airborne toxic event” that is at first reported to be a “feathery plume” and is later upgraded to “a black billowing cloud.

So You Wanna Be A Winemaker?

Has the Natty Wine Bug Bit You?You are young and impressionable, or you are young and wild, or you are not-so-young but for whatever reason, you have fallen in love with this very silly thing called natural wine. You live in a city, or a medium-sized town, and — double-major in International Relations and Classics be damned! — you get a part-time job at wine job, which provides you with $15 an hour plus opportunities to taste wines made by interesting-sounding farmers in places like the Loire Valley, or Lazio, or even the Republic of Georgia. You work your way around the wine scene, meeting one importer after another, appearing at industry tastings, and learn to pronounce words like “élevage” and “veraison. ” At one industry tasting, you get really drunk and go to the after-party with all the cool kids in the scene. Then, a Big Wine Fair™, you meet all the winemakers of your dreams! There are scruffy men with raspy voices who speak to you about the “cosmos”; a couple with stern faces and wide-rimmed hats profess their allegiance to moon cycles; a young woman pours you a gorgeous concoction that reminds you of Kool-aid but of course you don’t say that, you say, “stonefruits.


Tentation est un vin Lapalu fruité, acidulé, floral, avec une rondeur gourmande et des tanins fins. Une bouteille qui porte bien son nom… C’est la « petite » cuvée du domaine qui se sirote comme une limonade fraiche en été. Pas très complexe (pour le prix c’est normal, mais la finale est quand même longue), on est dans le plaisir immédiat sans prise de tête. Attention grosse buvabilité ! L’article Tentation est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.

Join Me In Italy This Year!

Greetings from warm, summery Australia and a very not-dry January. I’ve been blending vermouth and preparing to release my 2022 wines, so there’s lots of tasting going on here. Earlier this month I had a piece of memoir, or we could call it travelogue, published on the British beer/drinks site, Pellicle Mag. Hope you enjoy reading this liquid diary of two months in France and Italy. Also, the illustrations for the article are amazing! ADIEU, BONJOUR: Rachel Signer's monthly newsletter is a reader-supported publication.

Nothing To Hide?

A few months ago, I did something I’m not very proud of: I got into an online battle of words with an Instagram influencer in the wine world. She is a Black woman based in the U. S. who gained a strong following, including me, during the surge in awareness of racism in the wine industry that followed the “Valentina Passalacqua” scandal. Of course, when I say “surge in awareness,” I’m talking about white people, or folks who pass as white, who have been able to go through life without awareness of racism — a privileged vantage point.

Restons Nature

Restons Nature du Domaine Kumpf & Meyer est un Pet Nat délicat élaboré avec soin par Julien Albertus. Un assemblage de Pinot Gris et de Pinot Auxerrois fun, frais, avec une petite texture due au temps passé sur lies. Des bulles pour faire la fête ou un apéro des copains. Il y a des arômes de melon, de pêche, de citron frais et zesté. Et comme tous les vins du domaine, c’est sans sulfite ajouté ! L’article Restons Nature est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.


Anarchiste de Kumpf & Meyer (Julien Albertus) est un vin orange de Muscat issu de 2 millésimes différents. 5 jours de macération en grappes entières pour les 2017 et pressurage direct pour les 2020. Complexe, il y a pas mal d’agrumes, de la poire, de l’abricot, du litchi, des épices, une matière légèrement tannique (sans lourdeur ou agressivité) et une jolie trame acide qui permet d’affiner le vin. Très belle découverte ! L’article Anarchiste est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.

My Osso Buco Recipe, For You!

Friends in the Northern Hemisphere heading into mid-winter, this one’s for you! And, if you’re one of my Aussie or NZ readers, tuck this baby away for autumn. Recently, a friend asked me for a recipe for her community cookbook. I began making osso buco about two or three years ago on cold days, and over time have perfected it to the point where I don’t measure anything—it’s a beautiful recipe in that you really don’t need to pay attention to details, it’s really forgiving. You taste it throughout, adjust seasoning as necessary. Some people blitz the mire poix mixture, while I prefer to leave it chunky.


Brouilly signé Pierre Cotton est une bouteille qui nous a fait vibrer par sa profondeur. Comme à son habitude, notre vigneron arrive à maitriser à perfection l’équilibre entre amplitude et finesse, minéralité et rondeur. Y a pas mal de fruit dans ce Gamay, mais aussi des épices. Et avec un petit peu d’aération, c’est fou comme le vin se complexifie. Vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés ! L’article Brouilly est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.


Le Beaujolais de chez Pierre Cotton est un vin de plaisir immédiat. Frais, fruité, gourmand avec des notes de fraises des bois, de cerises et de framboise. Une bouteille à partager avec des rires et une bonne planche de charcuterie. C’est le vin du Beaujolais comme on l’imagine, mais avec cette âme en plus, normal puisque c’est signé notre vigneron préféré du coin… ! L’article Beaujolais est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.

Eau Forte

Eau forte de Jean-Claude Lapalu nous dévoile tout ce que le Gamay peut exprimer. Floral, fruité, épicé… C’est un vin complexe qui évolue dans le verre. À la fois fluide, pur et ample, c’est une bouteille qui nous a beaucoup ému. Y a une vraie âme, un truc qui percute notre soi intérieur… Mais cela n’est pas surprenant puisque Lapalu fait partie des vignerons du Beaujolais qui nous a toujours impressionné ! Ps : Les vignes sont âgées de 45 ans sur des sols granitiques. Macération carbonique de deux semaines et élevage de 6 mois en barriques L’article Eau Forte est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.


Philibert signé Julien Merle (Domaine Lubrifiant Social) est un 100% Gamay juteux, fruité et souple. Quelques tanins plutôt fins et des épices pour donner un peu de caractère. C’est le style de vin qu’il faut boire sans se prendre la tête pour une soirée pizza entre copains/copines. Sans grande prétention, c’est un très bon rapport qualité/prix ! L’article Philibert est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.

One New York Writer's Reflections on Being a Dad

I am the mother of a nearly-three-year-old, also known (to some) as a “three-nager. ” The only respite I get from parenting is approximately twenty-one hours a week when our daughter attends daycare (mercifully government-subsidized in Australia). Eventually, she will attend school—as much as I find the idea of homeschooling compelling in various ways, I simply cannot imagine that I could ever provide my daughter all the socialization and education she needs, plus, when would I ever get a break, and what about my career? So, she will go to school—a public one, because that’s what I believe in and what I want for our family. Along the way of raising a child, parents make thousands of decisions, fretting over each one intensely because they have real consequences for our children, potentially permanent ones. Also, because they have financial impact on us; they create family dynamics; they influence our mental health.

Alma Mater

Alma Mater (Terre Nourricière en latin) est une des grandes cuvées du Domaine Jean Claude Lapalu. Sa particularité ? Un 100 % Gamay macéré (entre 40 et 50 jours) en Qvevri (amphore en terre cuite géorgienne), puis élevé (entre 7 et 10 mois) en cuve. Le résultat ? Un jus riche et complexe, mais qui garde beaucoup de finesse, d’élégance et de fraicheur. C’est ce côté velouté qui reste en bouche et qui nous transmet pas mal d’émotions. On est clairement là dans un vin de gastronomie.

It Was The Best of Times, It Was The

Hi friends,Busy times here on the farm, where we’re spring pruning the vineyards and I’ve been working on labels for my 2022 wines. Those of you who follow me on Instagram are aware that I’ve changed the brand name—it’s now CLEOPATRA WINES. Fun times in the world of trademark conflicts! At least the sun has come out. I’m loving being outside, in the vines and the flower and veggie/herb gardens, getting my hands into the soil. I’m over on TikTok by the way, if you want to check out some pruning and farm life videos.

Côte du Py

Côte du Py (Morgon) signé Jean Foillard est une cuvée classique du Beaujolais ! Une bouteille qui a participé à la réputation de notre vigneron et du vin nature en général. Gourmand (avec des notes de fruits rouges et de cerise, de rose et de pivoine), ce petit bijou sait parfaitement manier élégance et tanins fondus. À chaque gorgée, on ressent un vigneron qui maitrise son sujet… !   Note : un vin que l’on peut garder quelques années dans sa cave (si l’on n’est pas trop impatient…). L’article Côte du Py est apparu en premier sur Vin-Satori.