It’s the end of a long work week and it’s finally time for a treat yourself moment. You’ve been eyeing a bottle of wine at your favorite wine shop for weeks, and even though it’s a bit above your price range, you go for it. Back in your apartment, you put on some nice music.
There are few things in this world worse than opening a bad bottle of wine. It’s the adult equivalent of dropping your ice cream cone, or losing your sparkly balloon. What’s worse, wine faults aren’t always easy to detect, or possible to remedy even with a bar cart full of mixers or a case of […]
What’s the biggest, baddest, wine flaw of them all? Say hello to oxidation, your wine’s worst nightmare. But isn’t oxygen good for wine, you ask? What about everything we’ve learned about introducing oxygen to the glass (cue pretentious over-swirling of the wine) to bring out all of its deepest, darkest aromas? How can something we’ve […]
If we’re being honest, there’s a solid chance most of us have powered through a glass—or three—of less than perfect wine before admitting to some flaws (personal, or the wine’s). But when a bottle of wine has really gone bad, even the thirstiest among us can’t rationalize another sip. But how can you tell if […]
When you’re a young partier, a good night means no bottle left behind. When you’re a more, uh, matoor partier, the goal is waking up with leftovers, proof you didn’t chug that last half-bottle of Malbec and call an ex, or your boss, or that cute farmer’s market guy who really only gave you his […]
You may have only come in contact with the term “bottle shock” in relation to that terrible yet endearing movie staring Chris Pine about the 1976 Judgement of Paris where California wine beat French wine in a blind tasting.
You open a bottle of wine, and something just seems off, maybe the wine is a bit corked, or it’s simply past its prime, the wine may even have a reddish brown hue to it, indicating its age. Regardless of what’s wrong with it, you decide to drink it anyway – hey, it may be […]
Today Business Insider published a story advising readers that they should never order wine by the glass at a restaurant. They gave three reasons: Glass markups are higher than wines by the bottle. Wine people (snobs) don’t order wine by the glass, so neither should you. Restaurants sell unfinished bottles of wine as by the […]
Don’t be an ass: never tell a host you don’t like their wine. Dining and drinking with friends can be a bit of a contact sport. When people entertain in their homes, emotions often run high, and one’s feelings can easily be hurt. One of the surest ways to avoid hurting someone’s feelings is to […]