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Lyn Farmer
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James Beard Award winning journalist, educator and evangelist for luxury in wine, food, music and art
James Beard Award winning journalist, educator and evangelist for luxury in wine, food, music and art

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Spirited lessons at a Hennessy warehouse in Cognac, France: 
1. In Cognac, a trip to the warehouse district usually means going to the best part of town;
2. Mold is good - the black spores feed on evaporating alcohol, so breathe deeply and allergies be damned; 
3. In Cognac, you don't lose esteem points for refusing to spit. This stuff is too good to waste;
4. These folks respect age. I felt right at home.
5. Cobwebs are respected - spiders eat the mites that would otherwise loosen the strips of wood that hold barrel staves together. Could be good to spend Halloween here....
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A Kansas City restaurant stands up to a disgruntled Yelp reviewer who trashed the place in a review without actually dining there - great. At the same time, 1,700 French chefs have signed a petition calling for a ban on online negative reviews. Who is accountable anymore? 
http://www.lynfarmer.com/engaging/2014/10/12/yelping-and-whining
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Even in South Florida where it's still warm, this is a knockout cocktail
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Two weeks before harvest, Ugni Blanc destined for Domaine Hine Cognac. Just a bit more ripeness and it's good to go.
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 Rustad Media lit up my laptop yesterday with a dazzling time-lapse of Norway. I love Norway, and even more now that photographer Morten Rustad's images rekindled my affection. I write about his video on the latest blog post
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A rainy night made for an idyllic setting for dinner at Hennessy's Château de Bagnolet on the outskirts of Cognac. There is just something special about placid water after a rain, especially if you have a glass of XO in hand...
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Celebrating the Momofuku Pork Bun - a new post on the blog is making me hungry http://ow.ly/BTr2G 
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Smart chopsticks analyze the food you're about to consume. Not powered by electric eel either. http://flip.it/bEvCc http://flip.it/WRaTK
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When I was in my 20s I met Kay Swift, the first woman to completely score a hit musical. Young and naive, I planned to interview her for a documentary I was producing about her friend George Gershwin. It was only at the end of our conversation I really understood how amazing her own music was. I've loved her songs ever since, and I have never heard anyone do justice to "Can't We Be Friends" the way done here by the great Tony DeSare. He imbues the song with all the class, subtlety and shy wistfulness Kay Swift gave it in the 1929. I think Kay would have loved this performance; I sure do.
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I've interviewed hundreds of creative pros over the years, but few have provided as inspiring, even transcendent experience as Chateau Musar winemaker Serge Hochar. The story is on the Engaging the Senses blog
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