It’s impossible to tell the story of human history without talking about alcohol. Alcohol helped shape America and can be a tribute to the dead. It’s shaped secret ancient clubs and brought cultures together through unique drinking customs. But amid all the fuss surrounding alcohol’s importance in human history, people tend to forget that humans aren’t the only mammals […]
Yes. You could blame that savage hangover on the seven tequila shots you did last night. But we have a much better scapegoat. Genetics. The basic cause of a hangover, of course, is ethanol (the alcohol in our drinks), which causes dehydration and urination and probably some really bad text conversations.
People have all sorts of reasons for hiding their accents. Maybe they’re avoiding a collection agency on the phone. Maybe they’re running from a murky past or into a new life as a secret agent. Most likely they’re auditioning at a cable news network, where it behooves everyone to look and sound like the attractive robots […]
You’ve tried it, maybe you failed miserably, or maybe you got a few good revolutions, took a sniff, and then downed the whole glass. Mic drop. Swirling wine, well, it’s a thing. Whether it’s a necessary thing—or as necessary, or as necessarily aggressive—as some people make it out to be, that’s another story.
Unlike the kind of ugliness you’d see outside a beer-and-shot kind of dive bar (think ”Roadhouse”), things are usually pretty chill in movies where Champagne is consumed. Folks are laughing, maybe celebrating something, definitely Charleston-ing. And there’s generally some vague explanation about bubbly getting you drunk faster—a kind of giddy drunk that typically doesn’t devolve […]
One concept that’s bandied around a lot but not discussed in much detail (we’ll admit, it’s kind of scientifically intimidating) is: the clone. We’re not talking about doomed sheep or jars of variously terrifying replications of Ripley from Aliens. We’re talking about grape clones. Even if you’re a more casual wine drinker, you’ve probably heard […]
Before we get to the technical stuff, the first lesson of pouring Champagne, of course: pour with swag. And possibly a velvet serving towel on your arm. OK, we got that down. Now, assuming you know how to saber a bottle of Champagne (a party must), let’s move on to the pouring itself: how do […]
Here’s a radical idea: the most important thing that impacts a wine’s flavor profile isn’t the grape it’s made from. It isn’t even the winemaking style. It’s the climate. Take, as an example, Chardonnay. If you compare a rich, ripe, Napa Valley Chardonnay to a bright, tart, and lithe Chardonnay from Burgundy, in France, you […]
A winemaker in Burgundy, France vinifies Pinot Noir from the famous Dijon clone. A winemaker in the Willamette Valley of Oregon does the same. Tasting these wines side by side there are significant differences in quality and structure. Our Oregon winemaker has the same clone planted in two different vineyards a few miles from each […]