It’s a scene that could have taken place eight minutes ago or eight decades ago, in living color or on screen: a restaurant guest orders a bottle of Champagne. The sommelier sets glasses, presents the bottle and, upon approval, retreats to his or her station to remove the cork swiftly and silently. He or she […]
Oh, what, your friends are being all classy, drinking wine straight from the glass? Whatever man. You got this awesome new novelty straw, and you’re going to enjoy it. OR you are currently chewing an Everlasting Gobstopper, and you’ll be damned if you’re about to stop the everlastingness. Even if neither of those situations apply, […]
You know her. Maybe you’ve actually been her. Maybe you’re being her right this very minute, clutching a $40 bottle of Cabernet to your chest like its a tiny adorable endangered tiger cub. You, my friend, are the bottle hogger. What’s a bottle hogger?
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 […]