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Posts published by “Alastair Bland”

Cork: An Industry Sinking

Grape variety, place of origin, and price: These are likely the main factors that determine which wine bottle lands in your shopping basket, but perhaps…

Laboratory Vineyards

For ten years, Abe Schoener has been recording the unfolding history of California’s climate and geology — but he is not a government scientist drawing…

Hand-fishing For Swamp Monsters

Cypress boughs dangle over the still, mocha-muddy waters of an Oklahoma swamp as a gaggle of drawling Southern country boys walks waist deep through the…

Chasing A Sea Snail?

They’re clammy. They’re rubbery. They’re often deep-fried in vegetable oil. And though the red abalone of California was once a staple of dirt-cheap seafood shacks,…

More Brews & Booze From Around the Globe

I previously served up a short listing of alcoholic beverages of the world — and I’m glad I’m merely writing about so much booze. For…

Booze Cruise

Where there is sugar, yeast will find it — and so we have alcohol. The natural wonder we call fermentation has been discovered and replicated…

Love On The Road

People’s paths cross endlessly as they make their brief journeys through this world, but only occasionally do eyes meet and sparks fly. Even less often,…

Football or Rugby: Who’s Tougher?

Super Bowl Sunday is over up, and I’ve been asking local pubs here on the South Island of New Zealand if they caught the world’s…

Faux Pas

The Turks were so patient for putting up with me this fall as I cycled around the western half of Turkey. I cringe now when…

Going Up

Gravity dictates the truest mantra on Earth: What goes up must come down. But give me a bicycle and a mountain, and I’ll break that…

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