Tanisha Townsend has one advice for you: “You don’t need to know a lot about wine to enjoy it!” The Chicago native, a sommelier in Paris and a rising voice among wine professionals of color, wants to make le vin free of judgement and accessible to all. She sat down with us for an interview. Also in this issue, read about the symbolism of wine in France! Done with your glass? Turn to our profile of Natalie Barney, the American heiress who reigned over Paris’s lesbian intelligentsia, and our story on the Covid castaways: couples, families, and employees who became stranded in the United States, Canada, or France due to travel and visa restrictions.