How To Learn About Wine

How To Learn About Wine

I had been studying wine hard for a few months. In fine dining, being a server with only a superficial understanding of the differences between the Rhone Valley and the Loire Valley is pretty nerve-wracking. You’re always eying that sophisticated couple that walks in and sits in your section. Is he wearing a mauve turtleneck? […]

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Chenin Blanc, The Perfect Fall Wine

Chenin Blanc, The Perfect Fall Wine

The last bottle of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc I opened was totally baffling; beautifully concentrated and floral, but with an initial undertone of something like burnt plastic that was an adjustment. After a few minutes of opening up outside in the inevitable fall air, it almost elicited a kind of melancholy in the glass. Metaphorically […]

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The Tinkerer’s Guide To Brewing Your Own Perfect Cup Of French Press Coffee

The Tinkerer’s Guide To Brewing Your Own Perfect Cup Of French Press Coffee

Good coffee is essential on any morning, but it’s especially necessary after a night of imbibing, but how to make good coffee — them’s deep waters. Your local beanied and tatted barista would have great advice if you could decipher their mumbling over the either ironic or unironic Belle & Sebastian humming in the background. […]

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Falling In Love With Muscadet Despite Its Branding Problem

Falling In Love With Muscadet Despite Its Branding Problem

Muscadet is an introvert. It smiles when it ought to, it’s well-groomed, but it doesn’t have the style of Burgundy or the panache of Bordeaux. This is not investment banker’s wine because it’s difficult to spend $500 on a bottle of Muscadet. Actually, it’s hard to spend $30 on a bottle of Muscadet. And like […]

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100-Point Wine: Will it Blend?

100-Point Wine: Will it Blend?

A while back I was watching a YouTube video of Tim Ferriss (of 4-Hour Workweek fame) jam a stick blender into a bottle of wine in order to “Hyperdecant” it. What bullshit. But, of course, how do you really know unless you try it? The claim is that you can “age” a bottle of wine […]

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