Cogill Reviews: “Hustlers”

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Originally published in West Hawaii Today, September 20, 2019

“Hustlers” is more than just the ultimate feminist movie. It’s a sobering, insightful look at the good, bad, and ugly of chasing the American dream and offers a screen load of ideas about the way capitalism works.

It also features a nuanced, Oscar-level performance by Jennifer Lopez (Out Of Sight, Selena) as the leader of a group of New York strippers whose eye-opening professional life consists of grinding, pole dancing, dollar bills, music, sex, and demanding men.

Lopez eventually creates a family unit of ladies who find themselves in disparaging financial situations. So, what do they do? They create a way to scam their mostly Wall Street customers by drugging them and running up their credit cards. An illegal operation at best, and unsettling to watch. The film is loosely based on the book, “The Hustlers At Scores,” by Jessica Pressler.

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What To Drink Now: Rhone Style Wines

The early designations for Grand Cru wines came in Bordeaux, when the top wineries created a classification system in 1855, under French law, to designate who was the best, and what vineyards shone the brightest. However, the southern French Rhone Valley, with vineyards influenced by the Rhone River, and the Atlantic Ocean, pulls at the heartstrings of wine lovers, and winemakers, around the world. Winemakers celebrate the earthy, dense, textured red varieties of the Rhone, like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and floral, stone-fruit filled white Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Rolle, and Viognier, creating new world versions with old-world respect, across the globe.
EPOCH Estate Vineyards
Paso Robles is the ideal place to grow these Rhone varieties, particularly in the Adelaida District in the northwestern portion of the AVA. Though the region had plantings of missionaries dating to the 1600s, pianist, composer and prime minister of Poland, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, can be thanked for realizing the potential for the area early on. The musician and diplomat had traveled to California in the early 1900s, and quickly fell in love with the rolling hills of Paso, purchasing his Rancho San Ignacio, in the Adelaida area. Ten years later he planted his first vines, producing wine at the historic York Mountain Winery, not far from his estate.
Today, both of these prestigious properties are EPOCH Estate, led by geologists turned winemakers, Bill and Liz Armstrong. Lovers of the land, and Rhone variety reds, the duo have a keen ability to understand the soils that are key to producing their refined EPOCH wines.  Unlike many vineyards in California, Paderewski Vineyard has a lean, rocky, calcareous soil profiles, ideal for Rhone varieties, of which each is planted in the perfect location, keeping slope, sunlight, exposure, etc. in mind. EPOCH Sensibility shines with a delicate elegance, showcasing 100% Paderewski Vineyard Grenache with a hint of Mourvedre to round out the luscious palate, adding a bit of texture. Generous and fresh, showcasing raspberry, ripe cherry, pepper, and crushed stone.

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