One of the great pleasures and perils of adult life: group dining. Pleasurable for obvious reasons—you gather friends, food, drink, and sup away the pain of yet another work day. Perilous, well, because not everybody dines “fair.” You’ve probably been there before, on one side or other of the equation. A nice big meal is […]
It doesn’t always happen the same way for every person. But it happens for all of us. Maybe you’re talking about how light your new vacuum cleaner is. Maybe you’re discussing the outrageous sodium content in soup. Maybe you make your first economical bulk toilet paper purchase. However it happens, something shifts in the wind, […]
You know who you are. Your tolerance is higher, or maybe you drank less than everyone else (it was wise to refuse that third shot of tequila). But now you’re the Last Man Standing*, and—depending on the circumstances of your night out—more than a few questions suddenly present themselves. Never fear.
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.
It’s the holiday season, and god help us all. But let’s be real about at least one thing, since the holidays are full of them: the “best” drinking nights of the year are wayyyy more often the worst. We look thirstily forward to them, we buy “special” bottles in anticipation, we allow ourselves a bit […]
Once you enter adulthood, you discover that there are a number of ways to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday. At last, you can venture beyond the confines of what your parents have planned. And you get to drink the adult beverages. The only downside is that you can no longer show up empty-handed, citing your status as a minor and […]
Yes, this “how to” video on the subject is set to “take-it-easy,” ”love-those-khakis” jazz. But double decanting does seem a little bit like OCD wine service. (And we’re talking an already tightly buttoned-up world, here.) But is there something to it? The concept of double decanting involves being able to both properly decant a wine—which many of […]
We’ve all been there. A friend with a weird (maybe) pimple on his upper lip offers you a sip of his beer. “You can really taste the grapefruit in the hops!” Yes, you can, but you’re also just staring at his lips… Or maybe it’s a coworker powering through a Happy Hour with an obvious […]
It’s a situation you have probably been in before: you’re being entertained in someone’s home and they offer you a drink that’s not exactly your cup of tea. Maybe you’re a red wine drinker and the host has offered you white, or you have an aversion to wheat beer but the host is obsessed with […]