Archive for October, 2006

Wine: Leelanau Cellars Autumn Harvest

Posted in Wine on October 15, 2006 by brokenheadphones

     Leelanau Cellars has a series of vins-de-table for each season; the recent dramatic change in the weather here in the Great Lakes prompted me to give the Autumn Harvest a try:

Sharp and brisk on the palate, with a smoky, apple-y undertone which definitely brought to mind memories of good Frankenmuth cider, and the smells and tastes of autumn in Michigan.  A lingering, spicy finish.

I feel like an idiot typing all of that ‘sights and smells of Michigan autumn’ jive, but y’know, that’s what they were GOING for, and I have to say, as someone who doesn’t even LIKE autumn, that if their wine managed to invoke that sort of stuff in me without my hating it, it must be pretty good, n’est-ce pas?

This is not a serious, fou-fou-wine-snob wine; this is a casual, easy-drinking, friends-over-on-a-friday-night kind of wine which should suit most casual foods really well (I had pasta with mine), and of course, could not be better suited for its season.

Tough To Argue With

Posted in Music on October 11, 2006 by brokenheadphones

Blender Magazine’s “50 Worst Things Ever to Happen to Music, sez Us“.  I disagree with number 19, though.

Dogs Might NOT Be Devolved Wolves. Huh.

Posted in Infectious Agents on October 6, 2006 by brokenheadphones

Deep Science Moment here: While clicking through across the ‘net, I came across this at The Anomalist.  Apparently there’s been a fair amount of research into the origins of dogs which suggests that they might not have come from wolves originally, but might have been a distinct species all along.  Even though I saw this at The Anomalist, this is real, hard science by real scientists.  The article is pretty complete, if long, but may require some small knowledge of cladistics, morphology, and some of the outside works referenced, such as the one about Dimitry Belyaev’s nigh-legendary attempt to breed a strain of silver foxes, and what he actually GOT.  Pretty common stuff if you’re a furry fan, though.  Anyhow, here it is.