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When You Get Drunk, Your Accent Gets Real

When You Get Drunk, Your Accent Gets Real

People have all sorts of reasons for hiding their accents. Maybe they’re avoiding a collection agency on the phone. Maybe they’re running from a murky past or into a new life as a secret agent. Most likely they’re auditioning at a cable news network, where it behooves everyone to look and sound like the attractive robots […]

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Why Don’t We Swirl Cocktails?

Why Don’t We Swirl Cocktails?

You’ve tried it, maybe you failed miserably, or maybe you got a few good revolutions, took a sniff, and then downed the whole glass. Mic drop. Swirling wine, well, it’s a thing. Whether it’s a necessary thing—or as necessary, or as necessarily aggressive—as some people make it out to be, that’s another story.

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Does Bubbly Actually Get You Drunker Faster?

Does Bubbly Actually Get You Drunker Faster?

Unlike the kind of ugliness you’d see outside a beer-and-shot kind of dive bar (think ”Roadhouse”), things are usually pretty chill in movies where Champagne is consumed. Folks are laughing, maybe celebrating something, definitely Charleston-ing. And there’s generally some vague explanation about bubbly getting you drunk faster—a kind of giddy drunk that typically doesn’t devolve […]

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What Is A Grape Vine Clone?

What Is A Grape Vine Clone?

One concept that’s bandied around a lot but not discussed in much detail (we’ll admit, it’s kind of scientifically intimidating) is: the clone. We’re not talking about doomed sheep or jars of variously terrifying replications of Ripley from Aliens. We’re talking about grape clones. Even if you’re a more casual wine drinker, you’ve probably heard […]

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What Is Terroir?

What Is Terroir?

A winemaker in Burgundy, France vinifies Pinot Noir from the famous Dijon clone. A winemaker in the Willamette Valley of Oregon does the same. Tasting these wines side by side there are significant differences in quality and structure. Our Oregon winemaker has the same clone planted in two different vineyards a few miles from each […]

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Is There Arsenic In My Wine?

Is There Arsenic In My Wine?

Promise, this isn’t a fear-mongering post. But you could be drinking unsafe amounts of arsenic RIGHT NOW. Just kidding. Sort of. Not too long ago, the University of Washington conducted a study of 65 wines from four of the major wine-producing states in the Union—New York, California, Washington, and Oregon. Turns out that all but […]

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