Le nouveau est arrivé! Today is the third Thursday in November, which marks the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau, the young, just-bottled wine from this year’s harvest. If you have memories of the ubiquitous Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais nouveau bottles that crowd the market this time every year, the memories probably aren’t pleasant. Debuted in raucous street parades in New York and Paris, most nouveau in recent decades has been insipid, weak and marked by a Bazooka bubble gum flavor that tends to overstay its welcome on the palate. But you can always count on California to reclaim a derided wine tradition and turn it hip again. Two years ago, I did a deep dive into the revival of nouveau efforts in the Golden State and was shocked to find nine (9!) examples. Well, the scene now has fully ballooned: On Friday, Oakland natural-wine temple Ordinaire will host 23 (!!) nouveau producers for its now-annual celebration, including Inconnu, Frenchtown Farms, J. Brix and En … [Read more...] about The California nouveau wine craze shows no signs of slowing
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Uber Uber’s shares fell on a humiliating first day of trading in May and have closed above the $45 price of the initial public offering (IPO) on only two days since. The ride-hailing firm reported a $5.2bn loss for the three months to the end of June. Its biggest quarterly loss was weighed down by IPO expenses, but investors worry it might never make money. In a highly unusual move soon after a stock market debut that valued the company at $82bn, Uber has cut more than 600 jobs to rein in spending. But the big concern is slowing revenue growth. Its core ride-hailing division managed only a 2% increase in the second quarter, and faces fierce competition and pressure, starting in California, to improve workers’ rights. Uber is branching out into food delivery, freight services and self-driving cars but that requires investors to believe chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi and his team can make a success of these businesses. Lyft Shares of Uber’s ride-hailing rival have … [Read more...] about Floating or falling? Tech companies that made stock market debuts in 2019
The last thing Steven Gerbac was expecting to hear was “Mission grape.” Gerbac, the winemaker at Rusack Vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, had come into some mysterious vine material. On nearby Santa Cruz Island, the Nature Conservancy had found a single rogue grapevine hiding within a big stand of eucalyptus trees near a creek. Could it be Zinfandel? Elsewhere on the island were withering, neglected Zin vines — remnants from the long-defunct Santa Cruz Island Wine company, which had farmed vines here for a few decades beginning in the 1880s. But the vine in the eucalyptus grove did not look like Zinfandel. What was it, and how had it ended up here? “This one vine must have escaped up the creek,” Gerbac says, and a seed drifted onshore. He sent cuttings to UC Davis, which turned back a perfect match for the Mission grape — a variety once ubiquitous in coastal California, much rarer now. More By Esther Mobley Wine & SpiritsBy … [Read more...] about Mission revival: State’s first wine grape, circa 1760, rides again
In the echoey theatre of modern political gesture, welfare has recently had one of its periodic stagings. A minister has honed his ideological credentials; columnists have extracted culture war content; tabloid journalists have parroted shamelessly grossed-up figures and patrolled Bondi beach for dole bludgers. Yet for once it was worth cocking an ear. For if the world of employment is facing upheaval, then so is its counterpart of unemployment. And if the future of work is, as many argue, increasingly flexible, casual, various and scarce, it’s arguable that those short of it will steadily face exacerbated economic risk. What might a welfare system of the future look like? What is the potential of ideas such as a universal basic income or a negative income tax, long discussed by economists, mostly beyond the ken of politicians? Despite its regular depiction as a peeler of lotuses for layabouts, Australians have reasons to be proud of their social safety net. Australia’s … [Read more...] about Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come?
From an edited press release:A new restaurant has just opened its doors on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. Carvery Kitchen brings together traditional deli with a healthy, California twist. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant brings well-known Los Angeles restaurant family and chefs, Roman Shishalovsky and his daughters, Diana and Karina, back to the quality fare that brought them attention and notoriety at Roman's, located in the Valley in the early '90s, and Fresh Cutt in the late aughts. All dishes at Carvery Kitchen are developed personally by the Shishalovsky family and are quintessentially Californian. Each exemplifies "the art of the deli" by melding crisp farmers market produce, freshly-baked breads from well-honed personal recipes, slow-roasted meats, fish and vegetables and delicious spice combinations. "Our vision, my daughters and I, has been to share our passion for extraordinary food by creating new takes on traditional dishes," said chef/owner Roman … [Read more...] about Restaurant Opens on Ocean Boulevard — Carvery Kitchen