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A Guide to Wisconsin
Wisconsin saw the first planting of wine grapes in 1840, but with several failed attempts at successful wine production, due to the extreme cold. However, the wine producers of today have overcome these freezing conditions by focusing on hybrids that are able to handle too cold. Despite these conditions, wine producers of Wisconsin have found ways to successfully make wine from both the grapes and other berries from this region – truly proving that vines then thrive almost anywhere.
What type of wines are made in Wisconsin?
Wines from Frontenac, Marquette, Leon Millot, Valiant and famous ice wines.
The hybrids most commonly grown in Wisconsin, include Frontenac, Marquette and Leon Millot, which were specifically created to withstand some northern American colds.
- Frontenac, a red variety, is often matured in Minnesota oak (as opposed to traditional French oak) which offers a completely unique flavor spectrum. When using Missesota oak, these wines often echo those of Rioja wines from Spain – where American oak is also commonly used.
- Marquette, another red variety, is not only able to withstand the freezing temperatures but is resistant to several other common vineyard diseases – which makes it a nearly-perfect grape. This variety has been known for its complexity and generosity with aromas of leather, tobacco and pepper.
- Ice Wine, which can only be produced in the world’s coldest of regions, and plays a huge role in the focus on Wisconsin as a region.
Wisconsin ice wine is the result of grapes physically freezing on the vines before being picked and pressed. The water, which has frozen solid, allows for pure sugar to be extracted from the grapes. The result is an ultra-exclusive and highly sweet and concentrated dessert wine that few others can compare to.
Outside of Wisconsin, other famous regions producing ice wine include Mosel, Germany and Niagara, Canada.
Wisconsin has also dabbled with the production of wines from other berries like boysenberries. Boysenberry, which is a cross of European and American berries are capable of producing high-acidity wines with rather intense flavors.
Wine Barrel at Wollersheim Winery in Wisconsin
When are grapes grown and harvested in Wisconsin?
Harvesting takes place from late August to late October.
Similarly to other famous growing regions in the northern hemisphere, the grapes of Wisconsin are harvested between August and October. Ice wine grapes, however, are harvested much later to allow for the cold temperatures and the freezing of the grapes.
These months of August to October are often the most active and exciting times in the wine-growing regions, as they include several unique festivals, celebrations and harvesting activities.
During these harvesting months, companies like Dells Wine Tour is an excellent service to make use of to do scenic wine and city tours, to truly see the magic of the harvesting season.
How to perfectly pair Wisconsin wine with food
Always match the weight of the wine with the food.
When doing any food and wine pairings, there are several aspects to take into consideration, including the weight, flavors, sauces and protein of a dish. With that, there are several great dishes that pair with the wines of Wisconsin.
- Frontenac, with its similarities to Spanish wine, has a great affinity with Spanish food. Here, any cured meats like Chorizo and ham would be the ideal protein to base your meal on.
- Marquette is a variety that can easily be paired with foods that are simpler and more casual, like cheeseburgers, bangers and mash or burritos. It is the type of wine that is perfectly suited for home-cooking.
- Ice wine, with its sweetness and richness, is often the perfect wine to have after a spicy Asian meal. The wine still possesses enough acidity to make it a great food-wine.
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Top 10 Side Quests – Gambling
When Andrzej Sapkowski hinted quite unambiguously in 1998 that the story of Geralt of Rivia was over, no one hoped for the return of the hero. But after almost ten years, the guys from CD PROJEKT RED offered a worthy continuation – and filled the most Slavic fantasy in the world with dozens of new challenges for Geralt and his comrades. Moreover, even the secondary tasks were thought out so well that they are hardly inferior to the quests of the main storyline. We offer to recall the most unusual side effects from the entire Witcher series.
Beauty and the Beast (The Witcher, 2007)
If Vincent is disenchanted, the happy couple will get married. The task is not easy: all three recipes of traditional medicine will have to beg from local druids. Getting the ingredients is also not easy: for example, such a rare alchemical component as the tears of virgins could only be found at the Order of the Flaming Rose. However, if Geralt does not kill the werewolf by mistake during the investigation, the couple has a good chance of a happy ending – so rare in the cruel world of The Witcher.
This quest refers to several popular fairy tales at once. First, of course, is “Beauty and the Beast” (in the book cycle, it turned into a story about Nivellen and Brooks). Secondly, here you can also find a fragment from “Wild Swans” by Hans Christian Andersen. To heal her beloved, Carmen had to weave his shirt with her own hands – however, not from nettle, as in the original, but from dog parsley ( and here you can also see an allusion to superheroism – after all, the guard Vincent receives superpowers and uses them to fight crime at night . — Approx. chief editor)
Pilgrimage (The Witcher, 2007)
Most of all Grandfather loves fragrant elf meat
One day in the Vizima swamps, Geralt meets an old hermit. He asks to accompany him to the sanctuary of Melitele, and at the same time to deal with a handful of utopians, echinops and archispores. In gratitude for the help, Grandfather invites Geralt to drop in on him “for tea and books.”
Everything would be fine, but during the visit it suddenly turns out that the old man is a cannibal, who, however, adheres to strict principles: for example, he never eats children. By the way, this is a reworked character of the original: in the “Lady of the Lake” there was also such an Old Man-Forester. True, the book Grandfather also tried to rape Ciri, and then eat her.
How to deal with the cannibal is up to Geralt. You can kill him by fighting with several Echinops, or you can leave him alive – then he will willingly share his knowledge of the swamps.
Trouble with a troll (The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, 2011)
“Trouble with a troll”
And in the third part, in the quest about a certain Temerian shoemaker, you can meet three talking rock trolls at once: Ogg, Pogg and Rogg
The witcher’s code forbids killing intelligent creatures, and Geralt has seen more than such monsters. Playful gods, talented troll artists, dubious “all-gods” and even talking ghouls – whoever the White Wolf has encountered. One of the most memorable acquaintances took place near Flotsam, where Geralt received an order for a troll. From the locals, he learned that this troll is quite harmless and even helps with the repair of the destroyed bridge. That’s just for some reason he began to drink terribly.
After a short fight, the drunk admitted that he was saddened by the death of his girlfriend: the other day someone from the village killed her. To improve the situation, Geralt had to not only investigate and expose real monsters, but even play dice on the troll’s head. In a word, a great chance to understand the psychology of the relics of the period of Conjunction of the Spheres.
A bag of feathers (The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, 2011)
Elton in Russian voice acting sounds wonderful about and constantly uses Polish words
But in the vicinity of Vergen, a hermit named Elton asks Geralt to get twelve harpy feathers. However, this amount is not enough, and the eccentric asks to bring as many as sixty pieces, and on the third run – eight more. Only after that Geralt finally receives the coveted bag of orens. And a little later, the strange owner of the shack can be found in a ridiculous costume of a huge yellow bird.
Well, what can I say? Everyone has their fetishes.
Of course, you can send the eccentric with his requests to hell. But then Geralt will not get an amazing trophy – a pointed nose in the shape of a bird’s beak!
Hangover (The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, 2011)
The Hangover tattoo will stay with Geralt until the third part. However, if desired, it can be reduced
Every fan of the series knows that Geralt’s comrades are not averse to having a good time. And each time in a new way: either they ask to steal lard with pickles, or they play strangers, dressed in dresses. But the biggest party was at the Blue Stripes barracks in Flotsam, where they celebrated the desecration of the statue of the god Veiopatis. Among the entertainments are throwing knives, competitions on the hands and showdowns with peasants.
Next – in the spirit of The Hangover : Geralt wakes up naked on the river bank, with a tattoo on his neck and a severe hangover. From the brothelmaman, he learns that at night he and his friends tried to literally swim across the river astride her girls. Several hours in a row! They, of course, did not swim anything. But there will be something to remember at the winter quarters in Kaer Morhen…
The spitting image of the witcher (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, 2015)
If you hand over the deceiver, then in a couple of days you can find him working in the fields
On his way, Geralt keeps meeting colleagues: the mysterious Berengar, treacherous witchers from the school of the Cat, and Leto from Gulet was a full-fledged antagonist in the second part. And once, while passing through the village of Zalipye, Geralt heard the headman swearing at another witcher. He supposedly knocked up his daughter. But real witchers are fruitless! Geralt spared no time and found this mysterious Don Juan. He, of course, turned out to be an ordinary rogue who simply bought the Wolf School medallion from a traveling merchant.
The deceiver can be released or sent to court. The elder will certainly pick up the would-be witcher an occupation according to his vocation.
Fool’s Gold (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, 2015)
There are plenty of pigs of all kinds in the game!
But the inhabitants of the village of Svorki find themselves in the trap of another vice – greed. All its inhabitants, except for the local fool, suddenly turned into pigs. And this happened after they visited a strange cave, where the sanctuary of a certain pig deity is hidden. It was it that cursed the golden gifts that the villagers coveted.
To dispel them, the legendary Butcher of Blaviken briefly became a shepherd – and successfully drove the “flock” back to the cave. He also managed to remove the curse. But, unfortunately, the Kmets did not become smaller pigs: the witcher barely kept them from reprisals against the same village fool who told them about the treasures.
Eternal Rest (DLC “Blood and Wine”, 2016)
Many spouses fight until death, and some even after it. Just such a pair of ghosts lives in the same crypt in Beauclair: ex-husband and wife make noise at night like the most dangerous monsters. From their abuse, Geralt learns that her husband was a gambler during his lifetime and lost all his property due to debts. Yes, and the wife is not a mistake: she went into religion and donated the last money to the “novices” of the prophet Lebeda. One way or another, they cannot rest next to each other and ask the witcher to “settle” them. And as a reward they promise playing cards for gwent.
If the husband’s urn is taken away, the wife will tell that she buried the card in the rose garden. But it won’t go so smoothly with her husband: the former gambler will deceive Geralt. Then, on the way to the coveted map, you will have to deal with tomb raiders and another gwent lover. Another reminder that humans are sometimes worse than any monsters.
Beauclair Safari (DLC “Blood and Wine”, 2016)
The pinnacle of professionalism – take a selfie during the battle!
Beauclair, the white pearl of intoxicating Toussaint, has long attracted artists. True, many such figures are rather strange subjects. Take Count Beledal: he is a professional photographer and a passionate nature lover. That is why he hired Geralt to accompany him during a walk through the Bokler forests. The local fauna does not want to pose for a photo in any way – you need to force it somehow. But Beledal does not tolerate violence against animals, so Geralt has to put his swords away and arm himself with charm. Well, or at least Axiom.
You still have to fight with one of the “photo models”, but a wonderful picture will remain as a keepsake, which will definitely decorate the interior of Corvo Bianco. And upon returning to the camp, the count’s servants will explain to Geralt his quirk. Beledal’s daughter fell off her horse as a child and has been bedridden ever since. Photos are her only window to the world.
What horses talk about (Blood and Wine DLC, 2016)
You can also ask Roach why she always appears at the first call of the witcher
The most unusual quest in the series is dedicated to Roach, the faithful companion of the brave witcher.
One hermit not far from Beauclair was pestered by the bloodthirsty spirit of a horse, but Geralt could not find any trace of the ghost. And, in order to somehow advance the investigation, he agreed to taste the martyr’s mushroom potion. Geralt did not see the ghost, but he felt side effects: Roach suddenly spoke in a human voice. The fighting girlfriend not only impressed Geralt with her wit and extensive knowledge, but also showed excellent detective skills, taking matters into her own hooves. It was she who guessed that the horse that pursues the hermit is not a ghost at all, but a haze into which her lover has turned.
This knight once beat his horse to death. And now, in order to remove the curse, he needs to receive forgiveness – also from the horse. The roach is a merciful creature, and therefore it nobly forgave the unlucky owner. The only pity is that the action of the mushroom elixir ended too quickly.
If Geralt doesn’t drive up to Shani, Vitold will do it instead
And yet, we can’t help but mention a couple of main tasks that will definitely not leave anyone indifferent.
Olgierd von Everek’s touching story from the Hearts of Stone expansion contains an interesting quest. As a test, the immortal hero asks Geralt to arrange real fun for his deceased brother Vitold. Just in time, Shani’s friend is planning a wedding – that’s just how to enjoy the celebration if the ghost cannot dance with the lady or knock over a mug of beer? Therefore, Witold, not at a loss, moves into the first suitable person – Geralt himself. Not only does the witcher continually lose control over his own body, but also an annoying and very unceremonious interlocutor has settled in his head.
Beauclair himself seems to have been stolen from a fairy tale. It culminates in a series of quests in the Land of a Thousand Tales, the childish but violent fantasy of sisters Anna-Henrietta and Syanna. Here the developers came off to the fullest and turned inside out several well-known fairy tales: Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Little Match Girl. But it’s better to see it with your own eyes.
Because of the Land of Stories, it is easy to miss another equally interesting quest “The Long Night”, in which Geralt meets Oriana, the mysterious red-haired girl from the cinematic trailer. We advise you to replay the ending of the expansion to find out why he is after her, and at the same time get to know the Hidden One, the oldest high vampire in the Witcher world.
And for those who want to shake the old days, we recommend that you remember the fan quests for the first part from the Polish studio Ifrit – five of them were even included in the Gold Edition. Here you can participate in the organization of Geralt’s wedding, look into a couple of villages with their own quirks, and even help the monsters in saving the Horror! All adventures are well designed and filled with references to the original and books by other authors.
Like everyone else, he killed his beloved: “Fantastic Carmen” by Yuri Bashmet – Marina Aleksandrova
February 7, 2020, 17:52 — REGNUM It seemed that the famous lines of Oscar Wilde from “The Ballad of Reading Prison” should certainly be heard from the stage of the Moscow “Helikon Opera”, where the audience-listeners could enjoy an amazing synthetic production – both dramatic, operatic and ballet – fastened with the images of Carmen, a woman who preferred freedom to life itself, and her beloved Jose, a failed owner and murderer. The poems of the refined but unfortunate Briton were never heard – instead of him, his great compatriot Shakespeare played his important part in complex polyphony …
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Under the sky of Helikon-Opera
Marina Aleksandrova © IA REGNUM
The play by Yuri Bashmet and Pavel Safonov is just as strange and far from classical as the interiors of the theater on Bolshaya Nikitskaya. And for all that, the spirit of the classics is powerfully present in it, and even the clown noses and costumes that sometimes appear on the characters, the conclusion of the story of Carmen and Jose in the frame of modernity and the invasion of the sultry Spanish flavor of the dank Petersburg Dostoevshchina and the gloomy contours of the Elsinore castle do not destroy the main themes are the perversions of Love under the dark influence of the Ego and its transformation into Passion, and then into Death, like wine into vinegar.
This is not at all that noble death from high Love, as in the tragic stories of “Romeo and Juliet”, “Layla and Majnun”. This is the case when one who is not able to love, but who only knows how to appropriate and be jealous, practically a walking dead man, grabs a living one and makes a thing that you can already dispose of at your whim – but what is the point in this possession now?
Organizing Committee of Yuri Bashmet’s Winter Festival in Moscow
The performance begins in a mental hospital for criminals, among high and cold tiled walls, reminiscent of a morgue rather than a hospital. The radio delivers scandalous news – the famous film director Jose is suspected of killing his beloved actress Carmencita out of jealousy, who, according to rumors, preferred the brave Formula 1 racer from the Red Bull team to him … Jose (actor Mikhail Trukhin) is disoriented and has lost his memory police doctor (Yevgeny Stychkin), subtly similar in habits to Porfiry Petrovich. Dostoevsky begins to winnow almost immediately. In the corner of a sinister room with a lone gurney and five
For some reason, there is a piano littered with sheets of paper, supposedly fragments of scripts, by the doors leading into the foggy darkness. It turns out that Jose filmed his Carmencita in The Idiot as Nastasya Filippovna, and in Hamlet she was Ophelia. Well, of course, of course, there was in his career a musical film “Carmen” to the music of Bizet.
Ghost of Nastasya Filippovna
Organizing Committee of Yuri Bashmet’s Winter Festival in Moscow
And music comes and begins to incarnate in various bodies, ghosts of the inflamed brain of an intellectual killer. And it doesn’t matter at all in whose image Carmen and Jose are – themselves, the director and actress, or Nastasya Filippovna and Rogozhin, the arias sound the very famous ones. And only in the ballet parts everything is “as it should be” both inside and out, they refresh the feverish delirium of a madman, lead to gaining memory, repentance and recovery.
Dance of the Bold and Free
Organizing Committee of Yuri Bashmet’s Winter Festival in Moscow
What is sickness and what is recovery? The disease is in the inability to love – that is, to think not about yourself, but about who is nearby. One well-known psychotherapist told in his book about a wealthy client who complained of intimate problems with his beloved – apparently – wife. The poor fellow spent a lot of money, tried everything and was already ready for divorce or treason. The doctor asked him one single question: what does he think about in bed. “Of course, about how to have fun!” the man exclaimed irritably. “Try next night to think about your wife and how to please her,” was the answer. The rich man left, slamming the door. A few days later he returned, radiant and elated, wrote out a check for a huge amount and said: “That’s it, thanks, there will be no more sessions – I have absolutely no reason to go to you!”
Unfortunately, the protagonist of the play recovers too late. Only by destroying his beloved body, which did not want to belong to him entirely, does he remember Carmencita’s soul, her desires, and where she loved to be. What he could give to the soul, he could – before sinking into insanity – give only to the body: to bury the woman he had slaughtered in a place that she would like if she were alive. Truly tragic irony and substitution!
“Love is an activity, not a passive affect,” wrote the famous psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, “it is a help, not a passion. In the most general way, the active character of love can be described by the statement that love means first of all to give, and not to take. What does it mean to give? Although the answer to this question seems simple, it is full of ambiguity and confusion … The commercial nature is ready to give only in exchange for something. Giving without receiving anything in return means for him to be deceived…
Love is an active interest in the life and development of what we love…
Respect is not fear and reverence; it means, in accordance with the root of the word (hespicere = to look at), the ability to see a person as he is, to be aware of his unique individuality. Respect means wanting the other person to grow and develop as they are. Respect thus implies non-exploitation. I want the person I love to grow and develop for his own sake, in his own way, and not in order to serve me.
Organizing Committee of Yuri Bashmet’s Winter Festival in Moscow
Neither the simple soldier Jose, nor the venerable director Jose, nor the Russian merchant Rogozhin, nor the Prince of Denmark passed this exam. The former killed their loved ones, mistaking the desire for complete possession for love, replacing respect with idolization, while the latter, completely absorbed in his experiences, intrigues and hypocrisy, simply did not notice either Ofelia’s love for himself or his own for her until it became too late. However, Marina Tsvetaeva spoke well about the strange love of Hamlet:
— She is at the bottom, where the algae is or… Gone to sleep in them — but there is no sleep even there! — But I loved her, Like forty thousand brothers They cannot love!— Hamlet! And the last aureoleSurfaced on the riverside logs. .. – But I loved her Like forty thousand… – Less, All the same, than one lover.
The design of the performance creates the complete impression of delirium. The whiteness of the empty walls that presses on the brain is suddenly covered at random with incoherent phrases and drawings, the floor is strewn with scarlet petals, as if covered in blood, and Carmencita – a chilly blonde in an exquisite red dress and barefoot (Olga Lomonosova) completely breaks the classic idea of the wild gypsy Carmen – and yet magically confirms it. The doctor, of course, personifies the conscience of the hero – the very one that haunts Tsvetaeva’s Hamlet.
After the performance
Marina Alexandrova © IA REGNUM
The only drawback is some weakness of the dramatic component of the performance, sometimes slipping inaccuracy and optional phrases in the dialogues. Next to great music, one wants to see and hear something of Dürrenmatt’s level. However, a frame is a frame, and, perhaps, one should not demand from it that it be more beautiful than the picture enclosed in it.