Are you a sexy wine swirler? Are you a clumsy wine slosher? Do you even swirl bro? Does it even matter if you do? The act of swirling can be seen everywhere in the wine world, whether you are in that world or merely observing it.
You ever watch as a server—or dear, dear friend—pours wine out for you and a few other people? You’re thirsty, so you watch the levels in each glass rise. Maybe you’re really thirsty—or just scarred from that time your little brother got more ice cream than you in 5th grade—so you notice that some folks […]
There is quite possibly nothing more fun than spending the day exploring a wine region’s wine trail. Bouncing from one tasting room to another as you get to know a region and expand your palate, further determining what you like and what you don’t. But as with anything that involves copious amounts of alcohol, mistakes […]
Yeah, the world of wine is intimidating, and yeah, when we’re intimidated, sometimes we try too hard to fit in. But lest you go too far and pull some kind of Sandy Dumbrowski shameless self-abnegation makeover, we’re here to stop you from total surrender. Not to Danny Zuko, but the world of wine snobbery.
As Thanksgiving approaches, not only are people across the country preparing for the special meal by digging up family recipes, searching for casserole dishes, and scouring supermarkets for ingredients. They’re also storming wine retailers in search of the perfect wine to accompany the turkey (or its vegetarian counterpart), all its sides, and the pies.
Lipstick left on a wine glass serves only one purpose: to let old timey detectives know a dame was drinking with the suspect before he cheesed it. Otherwise, it’s just an annoyance, a lifestyle hazard for anyone who wants to combine the two hedonistic pleasures of looking kinda nice and drinking wine. And we would […]
I’ve never been a fan of extremely formal service, though when done well, it is certainly a pleasure to watch. I enjoy wine as part of my meal and have no interest in much of the pomp and circumstance. Though there are a few steps of service that are integral, others are merely part of […]
Yes, this “how to” video on the subject is set to “take-it-easy,” ”love-those-khakis” jazz. But double decanting does seem a little bit like OCD wine service. (And we’re talking an already tightly buttoned-up world, here.) But is there something to it? The concept of double decanting involves being able to both properly decant a wine—which many of […]
Wine tasting is intimidating. It doesn’t matter where it happens. You could be holding a glass of Merlot across from your grandmother at a bridge game. She asks “How does it taste, dearie?” You panic, throw the glass at the wall and scream “Why don’t you tell me how it tastes, grandma?,” and storm out.
So you’re sitting down for a meal at a fantastic restaurant that just happens to be BYOB (bring your own booze, or as we like to say, BYOW – bring your own wine). You greet the host, settle in at a table, and take out your bottle of wine. Now what? Do you go ahead […]