There’s nothing quite as bittersweet as drinking a wine, loving it, and then, over the subsequent years, seeing that wine get more and more expensive, to the point at which you simply can’t afford it anymore. On the one hand, you’re happy to have had the opportunity to drink the wine when it was still […]
Ten years ago, if you traveled to any wine region and visited its cellars, you’d likely find a barrel hall stacked high with small oak barrels. Not anymore. Now you’ll find these small oak barrels, called barriques, alongside a variety of others. Even the most traditional cellars might also have a concrete egg or two, […]
There are certain occasions in life — moving in with a significant other, traveling to a foreign country, giving a wedding gift — that just cry out for a gorgeous bottle of wine. But unlike birthdays or anniversaries, these are occasions that call for a bottle you may not want to drink right away. The idea of […]
Yeah, T-Pain and your bourbon have something in common. They both never thought they’d be on a boat. (“Poseidon, look at me.”) Of course, that’s only if you’re drinking Jefferson’s “Ocean” bourbon, which is purposefully set to sea. And no, it’s not left behind after a crazy drunken and/or stomach virus-fueled cruise. The boat aging […]
Unless you’re a wine aficionado, you probably haven’t explored deep into the world of oak. Chances are you know that oak can impart tannins, or vanilla, or char (depending on what you’re drinking). And chances are you’ve been forced to swallow down some buttery, flabby, aggressively over-oaked cheap Chardonnay.
You want to nod and look super important when someone mentions that a wine has been aged “sur lie,” or (and bless them), “on the lees.” And even though you thoughtfully take off your glasses and swirl your wine, inside, you’re paralyzed. Because what in the hell are lees? OK, for once and for all, […]
When a product claims to revolutionize a particular market, especially with some kind of fast-forward effect, a lot of us run to the store, purchase said product, and slather it all over our bodies, friends, and pets. Ask anyone who’s used a “rapid wrinkle repair” cream or tried to “Bulk up!!” or “Lose two dress sizes!!!” […]
Did you wake up in the middle of the night shouting “What the hell is white whiskey??!” Good, us too. And there’s a good reason it’s seeped into the collective unconscious. It’s out there, and (for some reason?) it’s not going away.