Pinot noir, whose French name refers to its pinecone-shaped clusters as well as its distinctive dark color, is a notoriously troublesome grape, flourishing only in relatively cool climates such as those of Burgundy, Champagne and a scattering of other pockets around the world. Wine snobs have long exalted burgundies and champagnes, and now they’re learning not to turn up their cultivated noses at certain pinot noir–based wines made elsewhere.
Was a Mad Max reboot necessary? Wrong question.
"The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer took place on Wednesday, 29 July 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom. Their marriage was widely billed as a "fairytale wedding" and the "wedding of the century". It was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million. The United Kingdom had a national holiday on that day to mark the wedding. The couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996."
Thirty-three years ago, the world celebrated the first royal wedding to inspire a modern media frenzy.
Today in 1957, Jack Paar debuted as host of NBC’s Tonight Show. But he’s arguably better known for his exit than his entrance: Here is Paar’s sudden, teary-eyed on-air departure from the show in 1962:
"In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison-a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder-unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France. The sinister story that Vanity Fair journalist Maximillian Potter uncovered would lead to a sting operation by some of France’s top detectives, the primary suspect’s suicide, and a dramatic investigation. This botanical crime threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world’s greatest wine. SHADOWS IN THE VINEYARD takes us deep into a captivating world full of fascinating characters, small-town French politics, an unforgettable narrative, and a local culture defined by the twinned veins of excess and vitality and the deep reverent attention to the land that runs through it."
A true-crime account of the plot to poison the world’s most expensive wine.
"Step right up, ladies and gentlemen: Jenny Lewis has a new album, and it’s everything her fans could have hoped for. The Voyager is her first solo album in six years (her most recent release was I’m Having Fun Now, a collabo with her boyfriend, Johnathan Rice), and it follows the breakup of Lewis’s band, Rilo Kiley, the death of her father and a severe bout of insomnia. According to Lewis, the new album “tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest.”"
Jenny Lewis’s album Voyager hits shelves today. If you’re not excited, check out the video for “Just One of the Guys,” below. We’ll wait.
"David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle (/ʃəˈpɛl/, born August 24, 1973) is an American comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, and actor. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed minor roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Blue Streak. He co-wrote himself into his first lead role in Half Baked (1998), which was directed by Tamra Davis."
Dave Chappelle is back, but the jury’s still out on whether he is better than ever.
"World War I is the great obsession of British novelist Pat Barker (b. 1943)—and the lode she has mined for her best books, like the in-progress trilogy that continued, in 2012, with Toby’s Room. Through precise observation of the war-altered lives of her characters, who include historical figures, Barker masterfully conveys the conflict’s full magnitude. This map connects Barker’s books with other art arising from the ashes of “the war to end all wars.”"