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    Brad Pitt evidently owns a very large property in Provence, France (1200 acres to be precise, which is about a quarter of the size of San Francisco). He and his wife Angelina Jolie had been renting the property as a getaway for a few years until they finally purchased the property for $60 million. Mr. Pitt decided he wanted to make some killer wine, and got together with Marc and Pierre Perrin to do just that. The Perrins are an equal partner which to me sounds like they made out like bandits.  “I’d like to pay for a large expanse of land, and I want to foot the bill for all the wine making stuff. You in for half the profits?”




    I love that. The best part about the wine is that I tried it before I knew anything about it a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it fantastic.


    Wine Spectator gives a nice blurb on it…

    “Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have released their first wine, a 2012 rosé from their Provence estate, Château Miraval. In a blind tasting of a flight of Provençal rosés at Wine Spectator’s New York office, the wine was refined and elegant, with pure flavors of dried red berry and tangerine, and a focused finish with flint and spice notes. It scored 90 points, or outstanding, on Wine Spectator‘s 100-point scale.

    The Miraval bottling, made in a partnership with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and featuring a distinctive Champagne punt design, can lay claim to being the most anticipated release of a rosé ever seen. The first 6,000 bottles of the wine sold out within five hours after being offered online in France earlier this month. Currently, the wine is being offered in the U.S. at pre-arrival prices from $23 to $28 at select wine shops and will probably retail for about $30 a bottle. About 15,000 cases will be imported, with the first arriving in April.

    The Côtes de Provence rosé is a blend of red grapes Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah and white grape Rolle (aka Vermentino). It was made using a combination of direct pressing and the saignée method and vinified primarily in stainless vats. Roughly 5 percent was fermented in oak barrels to give the wine added richness.

    According to Perrin & Fils general manager Marc Perrin, Pitt and Jolie participated in the blending sessions for the wine and also helped in the design of the label and the bottle. “It is not a celebrity wine—it is a great terroir and we produce a family wine, so that’s why we are there,” Perrin told Wine Spectator. The Perrins will distribute the wine from the partnership, which is called “Jolie-Pitt & Perrin,” and will split the profits with the couple. A Provence white is planned for release this summer and a red next year. All grapes for all the wines are grown using organic techniques.

    The 1,000-acre estate, which includes about 150 acres of vineyards, is located in the village of Correns and formerly made a rosé known as Pink Floyd, which garnered solid ratings. The previous owners built a studio at the château and the British group recorded their famed rock opera The Wall there in 1979. Pitt and Jolie purchased the 35-room estate for an estimated $60 million last year; they had leased it since 2008 with an option to buy.”

    Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie venture into winemaking


    As for me I wanted to throw some of my existentialism your way

    Side Note: This is an excerpt from a psychology paper I wrote, so you can totally sto reading here if you want. I just thought it entertaining.


    Existential Therapy

    Existential therapy utilizes a sense of awareness in the here and now. It does not incorporate personality, but rather an understanding of the differences in every human that causes them to be unique. These differences and the way that one interacts with another create an identity that is either genuine or fake. The primary goal of existential therapy is to help the client lead an authentic life (Oliveira, Sousa & Pires, 2012).


    At its very core, existential therapy is a quest for the meaning of life. Contrary to Douglas Adams’ answer in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” of 42; existential philosophy seeks to explore, in depth, one’s existence, and then use the realizations to explore a happier, more fulfilled life. In order to achieve these goals one must undergo anxiety when dealing with the existential givens and can therefore be authentically in touch with oneself (Hickes & Mirea, 2012).

    Existential Givens

    The source of this necessary anxiety is the existential givens, which are four different aspects of life that one needs to come to terms with. One must take responsibility for their own decisions. We have a freedom in life to live for ourselves, but with that freedom comes the weight of our decisions. Others cannot make these choices for us, and the realization of will cause anxiety. The second is that we are alone in this world. We are born alone, and we will die alone. One’s existence is unique in that no one else experiences life in the same way as any other person. A third existential given is the total lack of meaning to life. Once that is understood, a person can find and create their unique and individual meaning to life. The fourth is that everyone dies. The fountain of youth and the Holy Grail have yet to be found, and until they are there is a timeline that terminates for every living thing on Earth. Any of these givens can and usually will cause anxiety in a person. In order to move past the blockages that occur with them, one has to accept the reality of these givens and use them to create their own authentic state of being-in-the-world (Yalom, 1980).


    The way in which a person perceives the world and reacts to the world is called being-in-the-world. There are four stages or dimensions to this building of oneself: Umwelt, Mitwelt, and Eigenwelt (Binswanger, 1963) and Überwelt (van Deurzen-Smith, 1996). Eigenwelt is where one must begin their journey of self-discovery. It is your own world, your personal way of relating to yourself. This would be the psyche or how you create your existence internally as a result of external stimuli. The Umwelt is how one relates to nature and the world in the physical sense. It contains all living and non-living objects aside from the social dimension which will be discussed next. Once a person is comfortable with existing in their personal world, they can begin to relate to the external world in a healthier way. Next there is the Mitwelt which is how one reacts to or participates in the world of people. This is where existentialism crosses the boundaries of culture. It is understood that everyone is different and unique, and in existential therapy one needs to become authentic, caring and honest with everyone to achieve a healthy life. Finally a fourth dimension was extrapolated from the works of Binswanger by Emily van Deurzen-Smith (1996) called Überwelt. Überwelt is the quest one has for spirituality or a philosophical outlook on life. In order to obtain and keep a healthy existence one has to have an authentic amalgamation and extemporaneous participation with each of these stages or levels of being. “Such authenticity entails transparency, honesty, and openness to oneself in the midst of relating to the four dimensions” (Tan & Wong 2012).