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Languedoc Wine and all that jazz

Dec. 9th, 2009 | 08:41 am
location: Languedoc, France

I am starting yet another wine project. And this one is infinitely well received! Hoorah!

My new bilingual video blog is called Love that Languedoc. Odd episodes are in French. Even episodes are in English. It involves me scurrying around the region of France where I live and being really happy all the time. I interview wine makers, wine experts, wine drinkers, my family, local personalities, etc. We drink wines as we talk. We talk more. Then we drink more. And people are actually watching! And famous winemakers are like "Hey, Ryan. Let ME come on your show."

And there are occasional Bonus episodes that involve me eating cheese that tastes like goats or god knows what.
SNEAK PEEK:


So my life here has been really good because it's a beautiful region and the food is good and my wine is good and the work is fun. But NOW it's impossibly good. Because on top of all of that, I get to drive around and drink tons of other people's good wine. The Languedoc has so much to offer and I sincerely encourage you to check out the blog from time to time.

Or join
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Et buvez du vin Languedoc en moderation!

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MasterGrape Blog

Apr. 3rd, 2009 | 09:37 am
location: Villemoustaussou, France
mood: determineddetermined
music: Oh Hallelujah I'm a Bum Again - Al Jolson

Maitre Raisin is so dreamySo I'm writing nerdy articles about wine and various topics.

The most popular so far have been
Wine and the Free Culture Movement
Wine and the Origins of the Chair
Indie Drinks and Indie Music - Why Pabst Blue Ribbon is bad

It's been getting a lot better feedback in quantity and quality than some of my other writing. So I would encourage you to go and enjoy some of those posts.  I start discussions on nerdy subjects, relate apparently arbitrary subjects to the world of wine, do little design and art projects, etc.  This week, I'm doing a shoutout for the G20 summit by posting a different Depression-era recording every day of the week (and a lot of them are related to the overarching themes of the blog like farming, wine, and being a hobo).  Doesn't that sound fun?

If you don't think hobo anthems that mention wine are "your thing", listen to this and your mind will be changed: HALALULA I'm a bum again!



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Tomber les Sarments! Vineyard pruning

Jan. 13th, 2009 | 08:39 am

Here's another little video about vine pruning. It's sort of a sequel to the video in my main lj blog that showcases those electric snippers. This one is about tearing down vines once you've cut them with the shears.

Fun.




More at the wine maker blog

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Vine Pruning

Jan. 9th, 2009 | 06:32 pm


This is one of the artsy fartsy videos. My dad didn't feel like narrating the tedious process of winter pruning so I let the camera wander much as our minds wander during this numbing task.

Basically we just go to every plant and cut off all of last year's growth at the spur leaving one short cane on each side of the plant. Then you rip down all the stuff you just snipped so as to clear the way for new growth!

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Facebook O'Vineyards

Sep. 29th, 2008 | 07:47 pm

So I hardly get to update this anymore, but I try to do regular updates over at my Ryan O'Connell winemaker blog.

I wanted to swing by here briefly to remind my LJ friends who tend to be younger and more Internet savvy that I made a fan page for O'Vineyards on facebook. If we're not facebook friends, we should be. If you're not a facebook fan yet, you should be. I think this link will work, but maybe it won't. O'Vineyards is delicious!

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Wine Tasting with Winemaker

May. 21st, 2008 | 10:59 am


See my glamorous life as a winemaker in action. Oh, nothing better than a slow Saturday. Stand there, talk about myself, drink my own wine. Good day.

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Internet money and picking locks

Apr. 18th, 2008 | 04:19 am

So I am getting paid to write about useless stuff that I know. I know about a lot of useless stuff, so things are looking up. The first such example is a comprehensive compilation of all my lock picking knowhow: Lock Picking Guide

Short little thing. Lots of videos. I get paid $25 for writing it which takes a couple hours and is sort of entertaining in a masturbatory appreciation of my own knowledge kind of way. And then I get paid more based on a lot of other variables that I'm not allowed to talk about.

Enjoy.

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me me me

Mar. 7th, 2008 | 05:37 pm

I'm becoming rather obsessed with creating an Internet meme. Or at least a good one-visit website.

I was looking at Google queries for my O'Vineyards website and a lot of people were asking goofy or interesting wine questions. They're flat out typing full sentences like "Why don't some people have vineyards?" and "Do French McDonalds serve red wine?" and I am answering those funny wine questions. The FAQ format is much easier to type up than full articles/essays because it's so short and conversational. Sometimes, it's downright jolly. I don't know that it's actually funny but it's at least trying to be a little funny.

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Dear New Orleans,

Dec. 14th, 2007 | 10:24 pm

Call me. Everybody in New Orleans: I will be there on Thursday, Friday and maybe a little longer. 813 846 8585. Make haste.

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Oops. Whoops. At least it's not Poops.

Nov. 26th, 2007 | 10:18 am

I botched my hair cut. We'll see if I can bring it back from the dead. I might have to just let somebody else touch my hair for once. The last time I really messed up a hair cut, I was at the start of my post-Katrina semester and I knew I didn't care. I remembered laughing and thinking it was wonderful to be so confident that I could do no wrong (especially in something as silly and unimportant as hair care). It sort of feels goofy to be in a situation where I don't feel that free anymore. But balance in all things. I guess it's good to care a little sometimes.

This weekend, I spent a lot of time with some very nice people who unintentionally made it very clear how affected my aesthetics are. I mean, I always know that it's a bit of a pretense to act like you have no pretense. I always hear DNR talking (he's got this lecture where some Greek boys walk into a theater and they're from a town where everybody wears jewelry and does their hair and wears pretty robes... and the famous greek guy in the theater yells "affectation!" and then these boys from another town come in and they're all muddied and sullied and intentionally dirty and uncaring about their appearance and odor, and the famous greek guy yells "MORE AFFECTATION!"). But it really struck home this weekend.

I always kind of just guide myself on comfort level. I feel comfortable looking a certain degree of sloven. It's just my zone. But then I wasn't really comfortable this weekend. And I'm not really comfortable with this botched hair cut. What if I'm changing? I'm cool with waking up in a year and being a guy who cares a little bit more about how he looks, but what if it's some wild spiraling descent into being a douchebag? So here's the thing, livejournal friends: if I look like I'm in a downward spiral to becoming a tool, stop me and say something like "Hey, Ryan, are you really comfortable with the person you're pretending to be?" If I forget that I wrote this post, I will probably be like "Whoa, you are like a voice inside my head that has captured my gentle, critical tone perfectly!"

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