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 […]
For many people with kids, sacrificing some of the pleasures they used to enjoy pre-children seems like too much of a tradeoff just for the joy of having children – which is ridiculous. But that doesn’t prevent many of these individuals from still trying to take part in pre-child adult activities with their kids. Mainly we’re talking […]
I recently watched the movie Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which tells the story of the legendary Hollywood manager who’s credited with managing and helping to launch the careers of people as storied as Alice Cooper, Sly Stallone and Michael Douglas. He’s even credited with inventing the entire Celebrity Chef movement, Emeril Lagasse is […]
These magical weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas bring about one of the most amazing events the year has to offer: the office holiday party.