Cell Intelligence

There have been times when I’ve thought about whether human cells are intelligent or not.  Sometimes I thought they’re being smart was simply a metaphor. I’ve studied them, written about them, have a book about discovering their intelligence, but what does that really mean? I recently revisited the work of one of the scientists I talk about in my book – Guenter...
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Tasting Shapes

The idea of perceiving wine as shapes is not a new one.  What is new is capturing the shapes in wine through the microscope.    British wine writer and critic, Pat Simon, former wine consultant to the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Agency, and Master of Wine for 40 years, wrote in Wine Tasters’ Logic that he made mental images of a wine, formulating shapes as he learned. His lexicon...
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Wine and Intention

Can we, with our thoughts or other unmeasurable manipulation, change the taste of a wine? Well, I won’t tell you how but      it has been done Perhaps it was magic 3 glasses of the same 2008 cabernet sauvignon were treated ‘mysteriously’ with crystals and thoughts Voila! The simple wine became fruitier with one experimental variation, and softer with another. Here are what...
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Wine and the Mind

A few months ago I met with winemaker Pete Hoffmann who explored with me the potential that the energy of mental focus directed by crystals can change our pleasure of wine. I was an open skeptic willing to be open to the experience. We sat in Graton’s Wildwood Cafe with 4 glasses of wine in front of us…. I won’t bore you with the details. The wine we used was a Napa Valley cab....
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Tensegrity Revisited

The term “tensegrity” was coined by futurist Buckminster Fuller to describe a principal of design.  This principal states that in order for a structure to maintain its integrity, it must balance the forces placed upon it, inside and out.  His famous geodesic dome is a human-made example of tensegrity. Tensional integrity describes structures that are kept stable by  the...
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Wine’s Inner Terroir

Wine portrait: Pinot Noir 2008 hope & grace. The French use a term “terroir” to talk about a wine’s expression of place.  They say that only certain wines express terroir which means they express the land and its temperament. We experience terroir  as sensory qualities of  a wine’s nature, its personality and spirit. What influences ‘terroir’ land where...
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