CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Most wine lovers know that Thomas Jefferson tried unsuccessfully to grow wine grapes at Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia. They might be surprised to find that Virginia now hosts 257 wineries — and 2,500 acres of Vinifera plus 500 acres of hybrids. Although no threat to Napa Valley — Virginia native Andy Beckstoffer owns more acres of vines than his home state grows — it was interesting to visit some of Virginia’s most acclaimed wineries. And yes, most of the wine I tried was good, if more like Bordeaux than Napa wines. I mostly visited wineries that were recommended by those in the know, but I found almost all the wines to be well-made and unflawed. A few stood out as excellent. Serious challenges Unlike growing grapes here, the process can be challenging in the southeastern U. S. The biggest problem is the humidity and rain, which can foster fungi. Growers have to spray often with sulfur or other fungicides, and they also expend a lot of labor opening up grape clusters to the air and sunlight to encourage drying. Grapes with open clusters and thick skins do best. Many tout viognier as the best Virginia white grape but it seems that each winemaker has a different vision for viognier. Most didn’t succeed. The reds were lighter in body than here, but comparable to good Bordeaux and Italian wines. Cabernet sauvignon is a challenge to ripen in many areas — just as in Bordeaux — but merlot and cabernet franc do better, as does petite verdot. Malbec has thin skins and tight clusters. The temperatures aren’t necessarily much higher than here, but they don’t drop at night, so the grapes may not develop enough acid. Most growers pick grapes less ripe than here partly for fear of fall storms, but this also helps maintain acid. At any rate, the wines are unusually moderate in alcohol, typically under 13 percent. Another problem is the soil. Rich clay soils are common. they’re great for vegetables, but not grapes. Lean, rocky, sandy soil is rare. Many of the best vineyards are on rolling hills, or even steep mountainsides. They don’t have restrictions on hillside planting as erosion isn’t generally a problem with the verdant growth. Oddly enough, the growers don’t seem to have as many problems with insect pests, but that may be partly because they are generally isolated. Most are bothered by vertebrates including bears and deer. Birds are a top. Source: napavalleyregister.com
When history moved beyond the Cold War, it became possible for historians to develop a more nuanced understanding of the role of the Communist Party in American society. Books such as Mark Naison’s Communists in Harlem during the Depression and Maurice Isserman’s Which Side Were You On. : The American Communist Party during the Second World War treated party activists as men and women organically linked to the... There were of course scholars like Harvey Klehr who continued to insist that they were automatons serving almost as foreign agents but it was difficult to square that view with the evidence found in the new historiography or in films like “Seeing... As a former member of the Trotskyist movement I found myself identifying very strongly with the experiences of these dedicated veterans of the CP left even though I had a much different ideological background. When I read Vivian Gornick’s The Romance of American Communism not long after dropping out of the Socialist Workers Party, I was struck by how similar my own experience was to that of ex-CP’ers, particularly those who took factory jobs in the hope... Gornick’s book combines her own reflections with oral histories, mostly those of rank-and-filers, including Karl Millens who recollects “Going into Industry” (a term we used as well) in brutally frank terms:. What can I tell you about the years in industry. They were, for me, slow, imperceptible, pointless death. I spent seventeen years working beside men I never had any intimacy or shared experience with, doing work which numbed my mind and for which I had no physical facility. Its sole purpose was to allow me to grow close to the men and be ready to move when a radically pregnant situation arose. Well, I was never close to the men and no situation arose, at least none I would ever know how to move into. I looked up this passage in Gornick’s book a few days after I read what the late Gladys Scales had to say in A Red Family: Junius, Gladys & Barbara Scales. Source: www.counterpunch.org
The American Taekwondo Association World Expo has returned and is already underway in Little Rock, where the association has its headquarters, with workshops, competitions and demonstrations continuing through Sunday, mostly at the Statehouse... The Tournament of Champions is 1:30-6 p. m. today and 1-6 p. m. Friday. The new season's tournaments are 8 a. m. Saturday and Sunday. There's also a Family Fun Night with rides, games, food trucks and opening ceremony events, 6-10 p. m. Friday for ATA members, friends and family in First Security Amphitheater. Spectator admission for the weekend is $10, free for kids 5 and younger. Call (501) 568-2821 or visit ataonline. 2 FINE ART. For the 57th year, some of the best painters, sculptors, sketchers and photographers will display their pieces in the annual Delta Exhibition, Friday-Sept. 20 at the Arkansas Arts Center, East Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock. George Dombek is the juror for this year's exhibit. Gallery hours are 10 a. m. -5 p. m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a. m. -5 p. m. Sunday and admission is free. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit arkarts. Professional and amateur filmmakers will fight to beat the clock when the 48 Hour Film Project returns. This is the 11th year for Little Rock's version of the international competition. It kicks off at 6 p. m. Friday and ends at 7:30 p. m. Sunday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave. , Little Rock. Screenings of submitted films will follow later in the month. Registration is $175 per team. Call (214) 755-6803 or visit 48hourfilm. com/little-rock-ar. See story on Page 4E. 4 FUNCTION. Handcrafted chairs, baskets, fiddles and other pieces make up "Art. The Life and Work of Arkansas Living Treasures," the newest exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St. The exhibit focuses on the works of Arkansas artists and artisans who practice traditional crafts and will be open Friday-Feb. 15 in the museum's Cabe Gallery. A reception for 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p. m. Friday, will include music by fiddle champion Clancey Ferguson and beer from Arkansas brewer Saddlebock Brewery. Hours are 9 a. m. -5 p. m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p. m. Sunday. Admission to the gallery is free. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit historicarkansas. "Light Through the Pines," a collection of 100 current photographs (and one video) by a. Source: www.arkansasonline.com
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