Take New Orleans’ rogue politicians, her historic architecture, her love of living well, her creative cuisine and her kick-ass football team.
Blend with care. Paste on an irreverent label. Wait for the right occasion and samurai off the corks with a saber.
The pour is a trio of artisanally-crafted wines — Loula’s Revenge, Double Shotgun and Crooked Mayor, all from New Orleans label Vending Machine Winery. Owner Neil Gernon, 37, has been in his cups since he was 23, working his way through the wine business in its various incarnations. Last year he and his wife, Monica, decided to take the plunge, working with wine maker Christopher Vandendriessche from White Rock Vineyards to create a handful of wines made to pair with Crescent City cuisine.
“Crooked Mayor” is 100 percent cab, and “Loula’s Revenge” is pressed from chardonnay, both high profile grapes. But “Double Shotgun” packs a 50/50 cab franc/petit verdot blend, quite unusual, with herbal and green pepper notes that beg to be decanted and served with wild things, say a ragout of goat spiced with pimenton.
All three wines, $25-$45, can be found on the wine shelves at Village Café; call 981-8085 for more info.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.