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Champagne: Grapes or Sugar Beets?
You can’t grow grapes in Champagne unless you own land designated for grape-growing. Anywhere else and you are relegated to the pedestrian production of corn, sugar beets or other crops. But if your land has the right soil (lots of chalk) and good drainage (so the roots of your vines are obliged to dig down deep into the mineral-rich bedrock), then you can produce grapes for one of the world’s great wines. And the value of your land multiplies in value by ten times or more.
In the background of this snapshot there is forest; in the foreground, and on the slopes in front of the forest, there are vineyards; and on the valley floor is a small village and its lowly, earth-hued agricultural fields. La Champagne. Less than a two-hour drive from Paris.
Addendum: La Champagne, with the feminine article, denotes the region; le champagne, masculine, is used for the wine.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…