Unsinkable Heavies

Unsinkable Heavies are a subgroup of the mega all-star Funk Orchestra, Polyrhythmics. The music is decidedly greasier, dirtier, and full of EGO ! Big solos, spinning leslies and a no holds barred, “taking it to the top” approach to classic soul/jazz tunes and their own compositions. “Raw Musical Adventurism” at its finest!

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Daily Wine News: Where Are All the Natural Wine Bars in America?

“Over the past five years, natural wine in America has become a trend… it is to the beginning of the 2020s what the craft cocktail was to the onset of the 2010s. But most of the best places to drink natural wine in places like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, even if they call themselves wine bars, don’t behave very much like their French counterparts.” In Eater, Meghan McCarron wants to know where all the great American natural wine bars are. “Maybe the mistake people like me make by mooning over natural wine bars in a city halfway across the globe is that we’re ignoring the drinking culture that is already working here. Beer is much more welded to American identity than wine is; it’s also much cheaper (the opposite is true in France).”

Elsewhere in Eater, Jordan Michelman declares rosé de saignée the undersung star of the Champagne category.

Is To Kalon a vineyard or a brand? Constellation is fighting neighbors who want to put it on the register of historic places. Aaron Romano reports on the ongoing debate in Wine Spectator.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers his notes on the most recent Wine School, Rioja Gran Reserva, and announces what’s up next: Valpolicella.

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni offers his impression of the 2016 Barolos.

Tamara Gane rounds up a list of America’s wine trains in Wine Enthusiast.

In Decanter, Jane Anson delves into the story behind the Sydonios wine glass.

Sassy Spain

February 15, 2020 (Sat): Spanish wine history dates back to around 1100 BC when the Phoenicians founded the trading post of Cádiz in southwestern Spain, though many archaeologists believe that grapes were first cultivated sometime between 4000 and 3000 BC, much before the wine-growing culture[...]