Two Buck Chuck doesn’t exactly have a reputation for aging. While arguably the most well-known wine in America, Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine is more often the target of lampoons than accolades among the wine-drinking set. To be honest, I think they overdo it. The fact is, millions of drinkers enjoy Charles Shaw wines, and for that […]
One of the best white summer quaffers in the world of wine costs $10 and is probably sitting lonely on the bottom shelf in the French section of your local wine shop, tall, slender and green, filled with thirst-quenching awesomeness waiting to be snatched up and guzzled down. That wine is Picpoul de Pinet and […]
You’ve seen it. You’ve scoffed at it. Maybe you’ve done it in secret. It’s time to put down the judgment gavel and come out of hiding (that’s gonna be a popular phrase some day, count on it). Ice cubes have a certain place in the world of wine.* Specifically, in a glass of wine—most often, […]
It’s a cold, misty night. The moon casts a pale glow over the land. You’re feeling introspective, wistful…and very thirsty. The wine glass beckons. This is the hour that calls for the juice of the vine. You take up your corkscrew and reach for a vintage that’s laden with secrets: a shadowy bottle of Charles […]
We’ve all been in this situation before: we wake up after a night of fun and merriment with a terrible hangover. Normally we’d blame this hangover on ourselves, admitting we probably indulged a bit too much, but this time was different, because we seem to remember one of the guests saying the bottle they brought was […]
As proven by the thefts and hysteria surrounding the limited release of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, people will go to great lengths to get their hands on a hyped up, pricey bottle of booze. While there’s no doubt a high price tag can up the appeal of an alcoholic beverage, there are plenty of […]
On our first date, my ex-boyfriend took me out for a fancy Italian dinner. After he ordered us a bottle of wine to share, he quickly scanned the wine list and was disappointed to find that the bottles were not miraculously at a lower price point than the stuffy Upper East Side locale would suggest.
When I was 16, I went to visit a friend who at the time was attending culinary school in Florence, Italy. She was living in a charming, very old apartment overlooking a cobblestone street; we had a wonderful time visiting the small, local markets around the city and cooking simple, authentic Italian dishes, including, on […]