Are we all members of the Confederacy of the Humbled?
Remembering back to a profound setback in the course of an enviable life?
The Confederacy is there waiting, like the Red Cross.
(The concept comes from Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. Remember Towles from his well-received, Rules of Civility.)
Now for some of us Confederates, life after oblivion sometimes takes a leap forward.
Towles is there to mute our pride and self-assurance – making us remember the third parties who contributed to that spurt – by their advice or more tangible help.
To remind us that “beauty, influence, fame and privilege are borrowed not bestowed.”
To encourage us to be not “…quick to envy, not easily impressed, not quick to take offense.”
To caution us against adulation, to temper ambition with sympathy, and to treat condescension with “…an inward smile.”
I am a member.
Today’s post deals with a page from “Wines by the Glass.”
Even if you’re not interested in wine, read it to better understand that there is a lot to learn about everything.
Life is fun.
Today is Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Good morning, my friends.
This is my seventy-second consecutive daily posting.
It is 6.09am
A lovely day.
On the screen: The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American Technicolor swashbuckler from Warner Bros., directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, that stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude Rains. The film concerns a Saxon knight who, in King Richard's absence in the Holy Land during the Crusades, fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla band against Prince John and the Norman lords oppressing the Saxon commoners.The Adventures of Robin Hood has been acclaimed by critics since its release.
In 1995, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
I’m at my desk.
Dinner is leftover bones from two porterhouse steaks, leftover ribs from a veal breast, and a faux Blanquettes de Veau from that same veal breast. All delicious.
from “Wine by the Glass,” found in its own section on the website.
A small but important segment of fine wines is sweet, having a noticeably higher sugar and alcohol content than most table wines.
The alcohol and sugar combine to render the body of a wine ‘viscous’. Inversely, the wine’s viscosity is a measure of its sugar and alcohol content.
When we move a rich, sweet wine around in the glass we can see the movement as sluggish.
This resistance to flow is an informal method of determining the degree of a wine’s viscosity, or, a measure of the alcohol and sugar content of the wine.
The Mechanics of Judging Viscosity:
The time-honored but totally informal mechanic of measuring viscosity is to swirl the glass so the wine is racing around the interior of the glass.
Stop abruptly and, holding the glass straight up and down, watch the wine adhere to the inside of the glass.
Notice that instead of racing to the bottom of the bowl, the wine will form into a dozen or so rivulets and slowly stream to the bottom, seemingly in defiance of gravity.
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