Z Line Vermouth: Photo Essay

Many folks only know of vermouth as ‘other part’ of a martini. The dusty, little-known bottle on the shelf of almost every bar might be identified by a single tasting note: dry or sweet. But, oh, all the things vermouth can be! Vermouth is a fortified and aromatized wine, meaning: wine with extra booze and…

Object History

My first job in an archive was in early high school, a winter internship at my hometown’s historical society. Inside a mansionous barn, I walked down dusty rows piled high with broken household objects, rusty farm instruments, crumbling papers and photographs. At the far end of this expanse was a bulky computer loaded with a…

Z Line Vermouth: The Recipe

Ingredients 100 pounds chardonnay grapes, harvested on a cool night 5 grams of Pinot Grigio yeast 1 gram SO2 4 bottles applejack or grape brandy 1 jar dichondra seeds[1] 1 jar safflower 1 jar mandarin peels 1 jar wild anise flowers 2 cups dried alfalfa 5 teaspoons wormwood 4 cups safflower and wild blackberry honey…

Seed Saver Sculpture

In early summer, my partner Alex gathered his family together to plant a garden in the raised beds behind his childhood home. Over a few days they cleared the wild plants that had taken roots, spread fresh soil, and planted a bevy of summer produce and herbs. The summer drew on, and Alex and I…

Lessons from the Produce Department

This past summer, I worked in the Produce department of a large supermarket in Portland, Oregon. This work allowed me to peek into the intersection of food production and consumption at the most common point of exchange: in the grocery store. It changed the way I look at food on the shelf, the way I…