Gopnik on wine … again

‘Between the rhetorical and the real lies ritual. And wine is a ritual thing before it is any other kind of thing.’ ‘ … it is not wine that makes us happy for no reason; it is the alcohol that makes us happy for no reason. Wine is what gives us a reason to let…

Gopnik on Coffee and Wine

‘French cooking was made not merely in the space between caffeine and alcohol but in the simultaneous presence of both, thus blending, in sequence, the two drugs by which modern people shape their lives. Good food takes place in the head space between them … Modern life is regulated by these drugs, morning to night–one…