UN-USUS ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN today that the US is “prepared to do more” in Syria. This after six years of American intervention in that country, supporting the rebels seeking to topple the Assad government and plunder the country. No one has done more to aid in the destruction of Syria (beginning with “Gay Girl in Damascus”), including 400,000+ deaths and millions of refugees, than the United States, — albeit through Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey.

“Corruptio optima pessima.”

Wine-Patel1Wine-PatelRaj Patel presented his 2013 Napa Valley wines at DAG Modern in NYC, 4/6.

After just 10 years of making wine, Mr. Patel has joined the elite ranks of California wine producers — with his winemaker Luc Morlet from Champagne, and grape contracts from some of California’s best vineyards (including Rutherford).

The Patel 2013 Malbec succeeds on all cylinders; the Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon are distinctive and satisfying new interpretations of familiar grapes, terroir, and style.

Lauder-Greenberg3JudyGlickmanLauderLauder-GreenbergLauder-Greenberg2An exhibition of photographic works by Judy Glickman Lauder opened at Howard Greenberg Gallery this evening, and runs through May 6.

The show, which presents Glickman Lauder’s work since the 1970s, includes a range of subject matter — from nature and street photography, to Cuba, the Holocaust and self portraits — all from a deeply soulful perspective, expressed by poet who has mastered her craft.

AIDSFoundation-Christie'sAIDSFoundation-Christie's2With a spotlight on works by Ansel Adams, Christie’s NY will be holding an auction of photography, April 6, to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This at a time of renewed interest in the role played by American biological warfare researchers, at Fort Detrick in the late 1970s, in manufacturing and spreading the AIDS virus during genetic engineering experiments.

Reflecting on an Ansel Adams photograph, one can experience the splendor of truth to be found in nature, but also the nature of reality itself, and be terrified of the cost of contradicting that “beginningless and endless, primordial ground.”

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Topaz2017Topaz Arts in Woodside presented an immersive meditative installation, 4/1, with Todd Richmond’s laser forest, and dance accompaniment by Paz Tanjuaquio.

ThePhotographyShow17The Photography Show (presented by AIPAD) is at its new location, Pier 94, through April 2.

GuggenheimGuggenheim-MagritteGuggenheim2Visionaries: Create a Modern Guggenheim, is an exhibit presenting the early years (1929-1949) and collections that set the stage for the museum’s creation, and with it surrealism and expressionism in America.

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Wines-SpainClosLentiscusWines-SpainMinatoIncreasing numbers of wine producers from Spain are innovating in the right direction, which means cleaner wines (with fewer or no additives). The results are joyful for mind, body, and soul. From a recent tasting Manel Avinyo’s Clos Lentiscus (Methode Champenoise) sparkling wines were superb, with no sulfites. Also of note were two Mencia blends: Nanclares Minato de Rana 2014, Ribeira Sacra and Cobero Tinto 2013, VdT Valle de Liebane. In the Minato, Mencia is blended with Garnacha. In the Cobero Tinto, Mencia is blended with Palomino.

There’s more to good wine than ‘just good taste,’ and these wines from Spain embody that.

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