Joan Baez's is a voice I have known since my earliest days. The soft lilting of her voice soothes like a gentle balm and, once you've heard it, it becomes utterly unforgettable. You may also know her as a social activist, which she has been all her life. Her touching song, "All the weary mothers of the earth" speaks about mothers, of course, but also about workers, farmers, soldiers... those sometimes overlooked as merely cogs in the wheels of production. A beautiful melody with equally beautiful poetry. Make sure to spend time with her lyrics, too.
"I approach winemaking the same way I approach writing. I can have a plan and a structure, but there's discovery along the way," says Sonja Madjevski of Casa Dumetz Wines. Sonja was a journalist before becoming a winemaker and still writes today. Apart from Casa Dumetz, however, which will focus on Pinot Noir moving forward, Sonja also runs two other brands: Clementine (for Rhöne wines) and The Feminist Party (for Grenache and Grenache-based wines). Impossible not to include this last brand in our International Women's Day pairing, right? You'll have a chance to try this outstanding wine on Sunday March 25th for our Women's History Month celebration as we hear from this powerful voice in the wine industry.
I try not to include products in our pairings that are difficult to find but it was simply impossible for me, like above, not to include the Ruth Bader Ginsburg cheese in our pairing for this special day. Dancing Goats Dairy is fairly new and is located far away on the North Shore of Massachusetts, also selling only in that state. However, not only the name but the story behind the strong woman who created the company and the saucy blend of this cheese (a cow and goat Cheddar jack made with whole black peppercorns), should make for a pretty fantastic pairing. Let's hope this cheese and this wine find one another someday.
Though most of us have heard of César Chavez, fewer of us have heard of Dolores Huerta, most definitely a force to be reckoned with in the labor movement and in the struggle for workers' rights. Very much an orator and organizer, Dolores was known for her outspokenness on behalf of the downtrodden and underrepresented – Sí, se puede! – and we celebrate her life along with the lives of Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Malala Yousafzai at the end of this month. We hope you will join us.