New Year Night ...

Laurent send us this post about this unique wine, please enjoy it without moderation ...


Julie Gonet-Médeville is often called “l’antiquaire de Sauternes.” It’s a curious title. What does this lively young woman have to do with antiques? The answer lies in her family history: For more than half a century, the Médevilles have let their Sauternes age for decades in concrete vats. The wines never see the inside of a wooden barrel—they go directly from vat to bottle.

Like so many great discoveries, this original method came about by chance. In the 1930s, Julie’s grandfather, René de Médeville, was feeling the effects of the economic slump that had hit the whole area. He decided to build concrete vats to replace the barrels that were both costly and hard to come by. After a few years, he observed that the wines were breathing well, maturing more slowly and developing more complex aromas. Thus Château Gilette, a Sauternes petit cru, became legendary for its old vintages.
Unlike her two older sisters, Gonet-Médeville, 30, always wanted to be a winemaker. After studying law, she worked alongside her parents for seven years and, in 2004, officially took over her family’s properties: Gilette, Les Justices (a more traditional Sauternes) and Respide-Médeville, which produces red and white Graves. She also brought something new to the table: Champagne Gonet-Médeville, a small house founded by her husband, Xavier Gonet, a young champenois oenologist.

Does the couple ever get confused, what with producing wines that are so different from one another? “In a profession like winemaking, which can be tough and repetitive, diversity’s a good thing,” they insist. And although they’d like to experiment a bit on the Graves property and in Champagne, it’s hands off at Château Gilette: “You have to get used to the idea that wine put in a vat today won’t be sold for another 20 years,” Gonet-Médeville says. “It’s a whole different relationship with time.”


The Fallingwater House... an architectural icone

Fallingwater, also known as the Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence, is a house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The house was built partly over a waterfall in Bear Run at Rural Route 1 in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.

Hailed by TIME magazine shortly after its completion as Wright's "most beautiful job," the home inspired Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead, and is listed among Smithsonian magazine's Life List of 28 places "to visit before ...it's too late."
Fallingwater was featured in Bob Vila's A&E Network production, Guide to Historic Homes of America.
Edgar Kaufmann Sr. was a successful Pittsburgh businessman and founder of Kaufmann's Department Store. His son, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., studied architecture under Wright briefly.


Mike Di Meglio

It's not Usual to see in this blog modern bikes such as Moto GP, and coloured gear, but Mike is our local hero !
Congratulations to Mike Di Meglio, MOTO GP 125cc World Champion 2008. Mike, as a South West French rider win this 2008 hard championship on a spanish bike, a 125ccDerbi. He won the Grand Prix de France in Le Mans, first victory of a french rider since 26 years, Jean Claude Sélini has won the Grand Prix in Nogaro in 1982!!

Mike started his carreer in GP at 15, riding on a Honda during 3 years, one season in the Federation Française de Motocyclisme Team. He won his fist GP in Istambul in 2005.

2008, in the AJO Motorsport team, was the revelation:

GP of France, winner
GP of Catalunya, winner
GP of Germany winner
British Grand Prix, 2nd
GP of China, 2nd
We are so pleased to see Mike's victories, showing his capability in strong battles during this season, on dry and wet races!! Mike will start now a new stage of his carreer, in 250cc with an Aprilia, in the fabulous Aspar Team. We'll support him of course this season, and please Mike let's going on faster on the track!!


Books reviews (Christmas time!)

Jim Philips and Rick Griffin : two of the main illustrators from the psychedelic area 
Skate,Surf, rock, bikes and cars, very fun drawings and a good inspiration source.


Apollo XI ... Forty years ago

Forty years ago Vincent and myself made the incredible "Astronaut Club" .
We were mad about the Apollo mission to the moon and we were collected every single pictures or articles we were finding in our parents magazine.
It was 40 years ago and today i'm still so crazy when i read what happened this year in July 1969. It was 2 days after my birthday and 2 days before Vincent birthday... and here is the story for those who dont remember.

The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of Project Apollo and the third human voyage to the Moon. It was also the second all-veteran crew in manned spaceflight history. Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.

The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961:

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."


* Neil Alden Armstrong - Commander
* Michael Collins - Command Module Pilot
* Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. - Lunar Module Pilot


2008"Coyote days" video

hi everybody
 last August for th 11th "Coyote days" in Nogaro , we made a video trailer to show you 
the spirit of this "Gascogne"traditionnal week-end. Located in the center of south west, 
this country is well renewed for the "foie gras de canard" and old "Armagnac" beverages...
300 vintage bikes and 30 sides-car on the track for demos, all along the week-end and just for fun !
"Rendez vous"next year August 2/3  for the 12th days 

"Moto Légende" Show (Paris)

November 21,22th, "Parc Floral, Chateau de Vincennes"

Opening time 5pm on friday,, it was so impressive to see this amount of persons waiting in front of the door!!
This year, the exhibition celabrated the 40th anniversary of the 750 Four HONDA. Several models of theses were presented, all in very very high restauration level.
Two parts of the Parc Floral, one for all official vintage bikes/parts/books/clothes/wines dealers and different clubs/assocations and the second one for the swap meet.

In this show started in 1998, with hundreds of trade and autojumble stalls selling all items motorcycle related from complete motorcycles, spares, accessories and literature/memorabilia you are almost certain to find whatever you need.
I would like to thanks all the "MOTOS D'HIER" staff for their welcome in Paris, they presented a beautifull LAVERDA 650 only produced at around 40 units.

As a "Coyote Racing Team" member, the aims of my travel with "Pierrot and Daniel" from "Vintage Motorbikes", was to meet official dealers and invite them for the "Coyote Days" in Nogaro, and also meet track attendees and have feedbacks of our organization.

And also to distribute and present the Southsiders Blog of course........

I made a photo gallery for your eyes only enjoy it!



Betty Page

Legendary pinup queen Bettie Page was remembered at a private memorial service Tuesday as a taboo-breaking model who later gave it all up to become a devout Christian -- only to reenter the public eye as a sexy trendsetter.

"So it is only fitting that her final resting place be here, not far from Marilyn Monroe's final resting place," said Mark Roesler, chairman of Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide, which markets Page's image, during the rite held at the Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Memorial Park.

After the memorial service, Page's casket was taken from the memorial park's chapel to a shady grave site a few yards from Monroe's crypt.

Page, who died Thursday at 85, is most famous for the 20,000 photos taken of her by amateur photographers between 1949 and 1957.

In the final years of her life, Hefner helped her with legal and financial issues. "She appreciated that until the day she died

By Louis Sahagun
December 17, 2008


Racing In The Street

By Bruce Springsteen

I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396

Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor

She's waiting tonight down in the parking lot
Outside the Seven-Eleven store

Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch
And he rides with me from town to town
We only run for the money got no strings attached
We shut 'em up and then we shut 'em down

Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
I wanna blow 'em off in my first heat
Summer's here and the time is right
For goin' racin' in the street

We take all the action we can meet
And we cover all the northeast state
When the strip shuts down we run 'em in the street
From the fire roads to the interstate
Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up
And go racin' in the street

Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats
Calling out around the world, we're going racin' in the street

I met her on the strip three years ago
In a Camaro with this dude from L.A.

I blew that Camaro off my back and drove that little girl away
But now there's wrinkles around my baby's eyes
And she cries herself to sleep at night
When I come home the house is dark
She sighs "Baby did you make it all right"
She sits on the porch of her daddy's house
But all her pretty dreams are torn
She stares off alone into the night
With the eyes of one who hates for just being born
For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels
Rumbling through this promised land
Tonight my baby and me we're gonna ride to the sea
And wash these sins off our hands

Tonight tonight the highway's bright
Out of our way mister you best keep
'Cause summer's here and the time is right
For goin' racin' in the street


Le Chateau Marmont Hotel

Last May we spent, with my wife a week in Chateau Marmont Hotel during a trip to L.A visiting our friend Come.
You probably heard a lot of things about this place, the best & the worst, but the only way to have a good feeling about it, is to go there, even if its just for a drink.
Its a wild cool place to stay,you can meet a lot of people there, the food is fine the rooms are 1960's looking and the team is cool. Well in fact everything is ok but the price ... but forget about it and enjoy.

The Chateau Marmont is a hotel at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California built in 1927 and modeled after the Château d'Amboise in France's Loire Valley. It has served as the backdrop for a number of events in the lives of well-known rock stars and actors. Fred Horowitz, a local attorney, began construction on the hotel in 1927. His project turned into the Chateau Marmont, named for the street running across the back of the property. The Chateau Marmont opened in February 1929 as an apartment house, but high rents and the Depression kept renters away. In 1931 the building was changed to a hotel. The hotel was bought in 1990 is currently owned and managed by Hotels AB, run by celebrity hotelier Andre Balazs.

The Chateau Marmont was designed and constructed as earthquake proof, and has survived major earthquakes in 1933, 1953, 1971, 1987, and 1994 without sustaining any major structural damage. Nine cottages were built in the 1930s next to the hotel, which were acquired by the hotel in the 1940s. Two of the 4 bungalows at the Chateau Marmont were designed by Craig Ellwood in 1956 after he completed Case Study Houses. The bungalows are like miniature case study houses.

The hotel also has an exclusive, reservations-only restaurant serving California and Eclectic cuisine. The chef is Caryolynn Spence, originally of New York's Spotted Pig.

In 1982, John Belushi died of a drug overdose in one of its' garden bungalows.
Jim Morrison of "The Doors" used up what he called, "the eighth of my nine lives," after he hurt his back here while dangling from a drain pipe, trying to swing from the roof into the window of his hotel room.
Led Zeppelin band members rode their motorcycles through the lobby one evening to cheering guests, causing modest damage.
Fashion photographer Helmut Newton died on January 23, 2004, after his car crashed into a wall on the driveway of the hotel.
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante resided in the hotel for a brief amount of time in 1996. During this period, Frusciante was dealing with a serious drug addiction that almost claimed his life. The New Times LA interviewed Frusciante at the hotel and published an article about the musician in which his physical appearance was described as "a skeleton covered in thin skin" whose flesh was noticeably scarred and bruised from injecting himself repeatedly with heroin and cocaine. Frusciante was kicked out of the hotel shortly after the interview
Hunter S. Thompson was often a guest at the hotel.


USS Reagan ... and Come

Come just send us those pictures he took during his 2 weeks "cruise" on the USS Reagan Carrier Strike Group... This is wild, this guy is mad (sorry Come)
So if u're ready to take off, just take a look

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the service of the United States Navy. The ninth ship of her class, and the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, she is named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan.

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