Fewer Distinctions

Art, writing, beauty, music, philosophy, fashion, commerce:
A cultural ticker tape by Andrew Lipsky
Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises

A champagne made from pinot noir which mysteriously survived the phylloxera that ravaged European vineyards in the mid-18th Century, after which European vines were resurrected through grafting to American rootstocks which were naturally resistant to the phylloxera, a form of insect or aphid.  Today, wine descending from these hybrid vines is almost universal.  One of the very rare exceptions is Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises, crafted in the old tradition from little more than an acre of grapes outside of Épernay in the heart of Champagne.  Gilles Descotes, the vineyard manager at Bollinger estimates, "For every 500 hours of labor in modern vineyards, it takes 1,800 hours in these vineyards." Ghislain de Montgolfier, the president of Bollinger, concedes, "We have no scientific reason that I know for why we don’t have phylloxera."  Eric Asimov, writing in the New York Times in 2006, relates, "It was sedate for a Champagne, the bubbles soft and delicate, the color golden, bordering on amber. It was bone dry and quiet at first, but with a little air, it took on richness. It was still lively, graceful yet intense, with a succulence that comes from good acidity. The toasty, nutlike flavors were precise and finely etched. This was a profound wine, and though it came from pinot noir, it had the majesty of an old white Burgundy.”

* See A Champagne True to Its Roots by Eric Asimov in the June 14, 2006, New York Times

Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises

A champagne made from pinot noir which mysteriously survived the phylloxera that ravaged European vineyards in the mid-18th Century, after which European vines were resurrected through grafting to American rootstocks which were naturally resistant to the phylloxera, a form of insect or aphid.  Today, wine descending from these hybrid vines is almost universal.  One of the very rare exceptions is Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises, crafted in the old tradition from little more than an acre of grapes outside of Épernay in the heart of Champagne.  Gilles Descotes, the vineyard manager at Bollinger estimates, "For every 500 hours of labor in modern vineyards, it takes 1,800 hours in these vineyards." Ghislain de Montgolfier, the president of Bollinger, concedes, "We have no scientific reason that I know for why we don’t have phylloxera."  Eric Asimov, writing in the New York Times in 2006, relates, "It was sedate for a Champagne, the bubbles soft and delicate, the color golden, bordering on amber. It was bone dry and quiet at first, but with a little air, it took on richness. It was still lively, graceful yet intense, with a succulence that comes from good acidity. The toasty, nutlike flavors were precise and finely etched. This was a profound wine, and though it came from pinot noir, it had the majesty of an old white Burgundy.”

* See A Champagne True to Its Roots by Eric Asimov in the June 14, 2006, New York Times

Maud Welzen in Fall 2012 Ralph Lauren

Maud Welzen in Fall 2012 Ralph Lauren

"That’s it, sweetheart, just like Mommy does."

"That’s it, sweetheart, just like Mommy does."

In The Devil Wears Prada, Andy is torn between Miranda Priestly and Miranda’s all-consuming world, and Andy’s friends/boyfriend, the social/romantic world she has come to know, worlds which seem mutually exclusive.  I found Andy’s friends to be unpersuasive, sad, and unsympathetic, and was rooting for Miranda all along.

In The Devil Wears Prada, Andy is torn between Miranda Priestly and Miranda’s all-consuming world, and Andy’s friends/boyfriend, the social/romantic world she has come to know, worlds which seem mutually exclusive.  I found Andy’s friends to be unpersuasive, sad, and unsympathetic, and was rooting for Miranda all along.

Poppy Delevingne at the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge, on February 22, 2014, at the Desert Palm Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Poppy Delevingne at the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge, on February 22, 2014, at the Desert Palm Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Poppy Delevingne at the Gucci beauty launch event hosted by Frida Giannini on June 4, 2014 in New York City.

Poppy Delevingne at the Gucci beauty launch event hosted by Frida Giannini on June 4, 2014 in New York City.

Ine Neefs in Fall 2014 Valentino RTW in Paris

Ine Neefs in Fall 2014 Valentino RTW in Paris

Ine Neefs in Gucci Resort 2015

Ine Neefs in Gucci Resort 2015

Ine Neefs in Spring 2015 Pucci

Ine Neefs in Spring 2015 Pucci

Ine Neefs in Spring 2015 Victoria Beckham

Ine Neefs in Spring 2015 Victoria Beckham

Sanne Vloet in Spring 2015 Oscar De la Renta

Sanne Vloet in Spring 2015 Oscar De la Renta

Sanne Vloet in Spring 2014 Antik Batik

Spring 2015 Oscar de la Renta

From the Spring 2015 Michael Kors show

From the Spring 2015 Michael Kors show