It may seem hard to believe, but back in the day, religion, baby making, and booze were a holy triumvirate. It’s tough for our brains to grasp, structured as they are by a Judeo-Christian and then a post-Enlightenment scientific worldview. We’re trained from toddlerhood to compartmentalize the state, religion, and sexual reproduction into silos that are never […]
There are no absolutes when it comes to wine, and the magic of turning fruit into alcoholic bliss only serves to surround this science-based business with mythological status. In fact, untruths about wine are as common as gossip about Kim K’s booty and Gisele Bunchen’s workout routine. We’ve all heard that the “rules” of wine […]
If you keep making that face, it’ll stick like that. Dudes/ladies like it when you play hard to get. If you swim after eating, you will perish. And such. We’ve all heard this kind of scary ”advice” (or some variation thereof). And it’s kept us from realizing the dream—swimming with a hoagie. It’s also possibly kept us […]
In this era of craft spirits and, yes, even lawsuits about the hand-craftedness of craft spirits, it’s unlikely somebody would plunk a bottle of tequila in front of you, point at the worm floating around on the bottom, and challenge you to eat it. Unlikely for two reasons: well, we’re all much classier these days, […]
For a drink that’s so very everywhere, sake’s pretty misunderstood. And unless you’ve grown up with the stuff—or become one of a few certified sake sommeliers—it actually makes sense to not quite get it. As consumers, we’ve been sold a two-dimensional sake experience: hot or cold, served with sushi, and, yeah, that’s pretty much it.
We’ve all been in this situation before: we wake up after a night of fun and merriment with a terrible hangover. Normally we’d blame this hangover on ourselves, admitting we probably indulged a bit too much, but this time was different, because we seem to remember one of the guests saying the bottle they brought was […]
Almost anytime you taste wine with other people, someone will undoubtedly attempt to analyze that wine’s “legs,” making proclamations that these legs reveal information about the wine’s alcohol content as well as its body. If you’re unfamiliar with what “wine legs” are, these are the translucent streaks left on the side of the glass after […]
Those that prefer sweet wines to their drier counterparts often get put in a box by other wine drinkers.