Natural spotlight: The Magic Flight Launch Box

Here in Burgundy, we take pride in tending to the land the way it was meant to be – that means using minimal intervention, zero pesticides or fertilizers, and practicing sustainable, organic growing methods. We feel a kinship with nature, and admire others who take that approach with their products. One such product is the Magic Flight Launch Box, a portable vaporizer designed with elegance and simplicity in mind.

brightidea_w__62868-1456333315-220-290Magic Flight was started by a young man who studied philosophy. He brings that approach to the launch box, and each one has a unique aphorism printed on the back. Every MFLB is crafted by hand by their team in San Diego.

“The Launch Box is believed to be that ‘one simple idea’ whose time has come to create the next ‘right step’ in the evolution of human relationships…We view our vaporizer as a manifestation and symbol of our love, enabling so many people to literally breathe easier every day. “

The name “magic” brings connotations of the spirit that guides their company’s philosophy. Same goes for “flight” which brings the idea of freedom into the picture. Everything they do seems to revolve around this spirit, even the logo brings to mind the idea of vapor flowing through the air.

Is there another company out there that brings such a complete metaphysical vision to their product? We aren’t sure. Visit their website to learn more. Not sure the MFLB is for you? Try something with a bit more power – check out this list of the best vaporizers of 2016 for more ideas.

2016 Harvest Report in Burgundy

2016 saw mother nature deal a bad hand to Burgundy. Constant storms, hail, frost, and every other imaginable problem made for a rough year and many vineyards suffered at the hands of foul weather. However, harvest has come and gone again, and growers and vintners are making the best of a difficult situation.

  • Total harvest was down 20-30% compared to last year
  • A mixture of hail, mildew, and frost completely decimated some vineyards
  • They saw the worst frost since 1981, with temps dropping to around 21 degrees

The result? Some predict a sharp increase in prices for Chablis and other red Burgundy. Quality will be marginal to good depending on the skill of the winemaker and the overall quality of the grapes. Still, it looks like a minefield in terms of finding great bottles from the 2016 vintage. Only time will tell though.

On a bright note, some growers are reporting better than expected harvest quality thanks to better weather toward the tail end of the harvest. While Chablis might be the hardest hit area, other regions, especially the Cote d’Or seem to have fared better.

Some growers in Chablis have even employed “hail cannons” in an attempt to prevent hail from destroying further crops. This sort of surface to air attack has a very specific weapon. “What they do is spray silver iodide into the storm clouds to prevent hailstones from solidifying.” reports Gueguen.

Improved weather in Echezeaux made for a bright ending to the year
Improved weather in Echezeaux made for a bright ending to the year. © BIVB/Ibanez, A.
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Vines prepare for domancy after a rough year. Photo credit: Burgundy Diary
Floods don't help either.
Floods don’t help either.
Harsh frosts early in the vintage
Harsh frosts early in the vintage
Credit: Frederic Billet / @fredericbillet1 / Twitter
Credit: Frederic Billet / @fredericbillet1 / Twitter

This week in Burgundy wine news

For a small region, much has been happening lately in Burgundy. Harvest has ended, and winemakers are busying themselves preparing this year’s harvest.

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Harvest thefts are on the rise in Burgundy – according to thelocal.fr an increase in thieves have been pilfering grapes left on the vines.

Overall harvest levels are down 20+ percent thanks to early frosts that prevented strong growth in the early season, and the usual bouts of bad weather that growers fear.

Burgundy producers continue to make for attractive investments and we just saw Maison Chamby sold to France’s AdVini.

The “holy grail” of wine, a 1978 Romanee-Conti, sold for a record busting $18,000 per bottle at a recent auction in NYC.

The supermarket chain Raley’s was awarded “wine enthusiasts retailer of the year” thanks in part to their ability to source some elusive and rare vintages of Burgundy wine.

Last Bottle Wines takes a closer look at the Chardonnay grape, one of the premier varietals grown in Burgundy.