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Forever Young, Osteria Veneta. Part III/III

Osteria Veneta’s wine menu is heavy. The cursive script has to be deciphered line by line. The only white available by the glass is a Bianco di Custoze. The menu lists the varieties it is made from: Garganega, Fernanda and Chardonnay. It’s the 2014 vintage and costs €7 for a glass (€28 for the bottle). This is comparatively good value—a liter of Acqua Minerale costs €6,50. The red on offer is a Valpolicella Ripasso: Corvina, Rondinella, Merlot from 2012 at €8 a glass or €32 for a bottle. The wine-list says the producer for both is “Campo Reale”, which isn’t much information to go on, but probably refers to “L’azienda Agricola CampoReale di Mario Lavarini,” a producer who specializes in Valpolicella wines. Does it matter where a wine is from; how old it is; how much it costs?  Carpe diem: work, drink, eat, live. Life is about doing something, not being someone. Judge a wine by what it “does” to you. It’s either tasty or it isn’t. Renaissance humanists took the opposite view. It’s about being someone …

Essay Collection: Thinking, Hard and Soft

Steersmanship requires connected thought. As information technology weaves itself into life, what happens to our sense of time? Can organic activity be digitised? The essays in Thinking, Hard and Soft range from Proust, Homer and Zhuangzi to Cybernetics and AI, all washed down with a healthy dose of wine. Available on Leanpub. Here is what some readers have said about “Thinking, Hard and Soft” so far: “Thought provoking. An example of how mankind can muddle through the opposition and find a way to do the right thing in the end.” Simon Dakin, Business Systems and Information Manager “Very well written… Very few people publishing in LinkedIn can write like this. And that’s probably a large understatement… a rare ability to fuse philosophy, science, technology, history and original thought…” Stephen Cummins, CEO & Founder AppSelekt, CSO Academic Innovations “Beautiful!” Douglas Levin, Professional Sommelier & Wine Writer