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Fall 2015

The Art of Alcohol

Something about alcohol seems to inspire creativity. American rum, Mexican mezcal, even our old friend, wine, are each being re-invented. Some of these innovations are purely hedonistic, while some are driven by the limits of our natural resources. Our Fall issue also introduces you to artisans dedicated to the perfect Italian shoe; the traditions of letterpress printing; and a new, quintessentially American approach to the bonsai tree.

Fall 2015

Mezcal’s Dance with Extinction

Our burly white pickup truck is rolling down the highway about ten miles east of Oaxaca, Mexico, when the ominous dilemma that will define the future of mezcal rises into view. To my left, sitting beside me on the pickup’s…

Story and photography by GRACE RUBENSTEIN

Fall 2015, Summer 2017

Rum’s Revenge

In Brooklyn, a former nuclear engineer borrows from the Caribbean’s traditional methods of distilling rum, reviving America’s first spirit in the process.

By BRYCE T. BAUER

Fall 2015

The Revival of Nero’s Wine

Throughout history vintners used clay vessels to age their wine—until the French discovered the marvels of the oak barrel. Now—for fun, for distinctly different flavors, and to save some fine old trees—a few wineries are giving clay a second chance, Roman style.

Story by TIMOTHY TEICHGRAEBER
Photography by CLAIRE BLOOMBERG

Other Topics In This Issue

Fall 2015

Printing with Love

In the capital of digital disruption, old styles of book making still flourish. See some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s masters of letterpress printing at work.

Story and photography by DOUGLAS CRUICKSHANK
With TODD OPPENHEIMER and CLAIRE BLOOMBERG

Fall 2015

The King of Cake

Nono Colussi learned his trade in a bakery that has been in continuous operation since 1720. He is now a master of a culinary art that is nearly extinct: making mouth-wateringly light cake out of naturally yeasted dough.

By OWEN EDWARDS

Fall 2015

The Vegetable Detective, Take Two

A California biologist finds toxic metals in kale, gets slammed for it on the Internet, and then finds evidence that this metal could be more troublesome than he had thought.

By TODD OPPENHEIMER
Photography by CLAIRE BLOOMBERG

Fall 2015

The Soul of the Italian Shoe

In Venice, Italy, a city built for endless walking, a determined young woman named Daniela Ghezzo has mastered the rare art of simultaneously beautifying and comforting the human foot.

Story and photography by ERLA ZWINGLE

Fall 2015

The Bonsai Kid

At six o’clock on a July morning, during one of the hottest stretches in northwest Oregon’s recorded history, Ryan Neil trots out the door of his hilltop home and down a short gravel path in his nursery to check on…

By NANCY LEBRUN

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