To enjoy buying and drinking wine means we have to willfully succumb to certain fictions. We pretend, for instance, that we know what the juice inside the bottle will taste like. We do so based on visual clues from the words and art we see on the label, or if we previously tasted another bottle […]
On a shelf of glitzy vodka bottles that look like they were designed specifically for making bad choices at a nightclub, Tito’s stands out. (Or actually, with its humble brown label and lack of whipped cream or cotton candy flavors, it tends to not stand out.) A multi-billion-dollar “small batch” brand, Tito’s is now the […]
Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]
The likelihood of picking up a six-pack of canned beer and accidentally mistaking it for soda, thereby becoming intoxicated without realizing it, isn’t a problem for those of us with healthy eyesight, but if you’re blind, the likelihood of this occurring is a real possibility, especially if you live in a place where soda and beer […]
Ideally you want to get into a whiskey bottle, not spend all your time reading it like a cereal box. But to ensure you actually like what you buy, it’s probably a good idea to know how to decode a label.