Holiday Gift Guide - Shared, Everyone's Power Grow Stronger
Behind on your holiday shopping? We feel your pain. And we are here to help with some gift ideas from IAmElemental friends that "pair well" with our action figures.
Have you ever heard of the four gift theory? It goes like this: Something They Want, Something They Need, Something To Wear, Something To Read.
Something They Want: IAmElemental action figures, of course!
Something They Need: The Girls Will Be "Girls in Action" 2018 Calendar - We love everything about Girls Will Be, but we especially love their new calendar! The perfect gift. Be inspired all year long by these young girls & all they represent. Passion. Courage. Dedication. Determination. Perseverance. Fearlessness.
Something To Wear: Rita King is a Futurist who often looks to the past for inspiration. The entire IAmElemental team owns this amazing amphora necklace (2" tall). The hollow treasure has a scroll inside with a message from the sirens, from Homer's The Odyssey: "Sail on, wiser..." It goes beautifully with our Wisdom Warriors, doesn't it?
Something To Read: We love Wendelin Van Draanen as much as we love her books (like her Sammy Keyes series). She is a real life Superhero who uses her Superpowers to write the most remarkable stories. We are never NOT reading a Wendelin Van Draanen book aloud in our house. They are the perfect. Every last one of them. Link in Bio
When visiting Hamilton Russell Vineyards I was quite intrigued by the different fermentation vessels used ⚱️When making wine an important decision to make is what to use as fermentation vessel (and for ageing purposes if needed). Vessels for both purposes are available in a variety of materials and in many sizes. Some interesting fermentation vessels include: ➡️Clay amphorae - which offer two to three times greater oxygen transfer rates compared to barrels. ➡️Concrete vessels - which is inert and flavourless and provides ease of temperature control. Concrete also allows oxygen transfer, to a limited extent. The egg shape encourages movement of the fermenting wine, and enhances texture-building lees contact. Hamilton Russell also makes use of ➡️French oak barrels and interesting antique ➡️Chinese vessels!
A day with Josko Gravner.. "In my life i have tried out any of what industry would call the "latest technology" in my cellar. I was young and enthusiastic and that's why the first disagreements with my father arose. My motto was "quantity and quality". In order to get there I thought i needed everything that can be found in a cellar nowadays, be it small or large.
Seeing my enthusiasm and my tendency to overdo it ,my dad would smile, hoping that sooner or late I would go back on my steps. And that's what i did. I started getting rid of all the extra equipment i had bought, sgarting with steel wine tanks and ending with barrique barrels. I don't think it is possible that, over the last few decades, five thousands years of winemaking history have been erased so easily. This is my cellar. There is no modern technology or special effects here. This is a space where amphorae from the Caucasus are gently cradled by my land. I love this place because is simple and functinal." .
From Costador, the same Catalonian folks that brought us the Brisat, comes this clay bottle of Sumoll Negre! Amphorae fermented and aged red isn’t something you see everyday, especially since we were only able to get 1 case! #gowanuswinemerchants#gowanus#brooklyn#amphorae
The amphora is back! At José de Sousa winery it never left... The ancient way of making and storing wine in clay amphora, like the Greeks and the Romans did, is high fashion today. Although the number of amphorae users is quite low they are very much talked about and as they often belong to the natural wine movement they have received a lot of attention lately. And these deserve the attention they get!
Appearance: Amber (with a Perth sunset) due to skin contact and amphorae.
Nose: A vibrant bouquet that continues to open up with aromas of marmalade, chamomile and orange zest.
Palate: With time, the acid balances out and complex notes begin to shine through. Gingerbread, cloves, honeycomb, and grapefruit are all finished with a beautiful dryness. The palate is long and the spice characters linger on the tongue for some time. A beautiful reflection of biodynamic winemaking and terroir.
Tonight @pairingspdx will be pouring the 2016 Flat Brim Cabernet Franc as part of their wine club release! @beckhamestate will be there offering some of their wines as well. 5-8pm tonight! #winetasting#amphorae#seeyoutuere#pdxwine
Začínám si trochu ujíždět na #Garnacha#Grenache :-) Tohle víno je NÁDHERNÝ! Teda blbý je, že má 95 z Wine Advocate Roberta Parkera (i přes to, že je to biodynamika, částečně z amfor a další fuj hipsta praktiky), a bohužel cenově už pro mne mimo kategorii na běžné pití. Ale jednou vyhraju v loterii (až si vsadím, což nedělám a dělat nehodlám, takže... asi nic) a pak si podobná vína budu užívat denně! #wine#spain#priorat#amphorae#biodynamic#finewine#amazing#clositerrasses#fun#fb