The January to do list is a gangly beast, the chimeric Obligations Monster most of us hope will go away if—per The Simpsons—we just don’t look. It doesn’t, unfortunately, and our usual escapes don’t help either. TV and Internet are already blaring tax commercials at us (“Come get your refund!” OR “Come find out how […]
Generally we prefer to make other things into wine. Grapes, for instance. But in the event that you don’t necessarily want to keep a certain bottle of wine, or you just have so much wine that some Mr. Wizard experimentation seems justifiable, you can also turn wine into other things.
The life of an oak barrel is an interesting one. Barrels are made at cooperages, which you’ll find in winemaking regions all over the world. From there, the barrels head off to winemakers who use them to age their wines. Barrels may then be claimed by craft brewers, who are experimenting more and more with […]
The easiest option here when it comes to DIY booze gifts: a four-pack of Robert Mondavi singles, with a nice bow on it. Less creative, sure, but you can get away with some ironic/kitsch points. But the holidays aren’t about things being easy. We want chaos, complexity, entirely over-involved recipes (trussing a goose is a […]
It’s the golden age of movies. Oh wait, no, that’s TV. Television has apparently become the new “serious” medium, where we learn hard lessons in which high school chemistry teachers become meth dealers, mythical kingdoms engage in nonstop torture/incest/wedding-crashing, and ridiculously attractive singles still struggle to find love despite being ridiculously attractive. And having huge […]
It’s December. There’s a chance there’ll be more than a few corks and empty bottles lying around. (And we mean before the season is over.) Why bring that all out to the recycling? First of all, you know your neighbors are shaming you from the window as you dump that baker’s dozen of wine bottles […]
You know the scene: loud bar, terrible song playing, reasonably tired bartender staring bullets at you as you sweat about your drink choice. Your mind goes for something familiar, something trustworthy, reliably so-so: “Gin and tonic!” Except you get it, and it’s, well, a Gin and Tonic, but not much more. And here you are […]
You love wine. You’ve got leftover corks. It’s depressingly dark out. We’ve got the perfect DIY/online shopping solution: light up your place, and your mood, with wine cork chandeliers (and luminescence accessories). Don’t let the term “chandelier” scare you off—no spiraling staircases necessary here. It doesn’t really matter if your place is big or small.
We gave you a few options last year, all of them wine-related, and those are still easy to put together if you’re looking for last-minute ideas. But we wanted to expand your booze-costume related options, because, let’s face it, not everyone can go as Donald Trump or “Lion-Eating-Dentist.” And since going to the costume store […]