Many have tried to distill Portland’s essence, but few, other than perhaps Gus Van Sant, have done it well. Distillery Row, a collection of tasting rooms in the southeast area of the city, is another happy exception. After the early 2000s boomlet in craft distilling nationwide, Portland producers banded together in 2010 to create a […]
There is a rule as old as wine itself: You cannot wear fragrance in a tasting room. “It’s a faux pas to even utter the word ‘perfume’ around wine,” Sarah Moll, sommelier and founder of wine events company VinSocial, says. Yet enter Kelly Jones, a perfumer who creates unisex fragrances and candles specifically designed for […]
In lyrics, as in life, Toby Keith gets it wrong. The man who crooned about needing whiskey for his men and beer for horses omitted one crucial addition: water. (Mr. Keith also apparently has no women friends, but this is perhaps not a revelation.) Last month, Scientific Reports published a study on the chemical benefits […]
When it comes to learning about wine, sparkling wines can be some of the hardest cases to crack. With various production methods, endless amounts of grapes, and various streams of bubbles that often taste similar, mastering the art of bubbly can seem impossible. Our solution? Throw an all-sparkling wine-tasting party, of course!
When tasting wine, we all know that one of the first crucial steps in the tasting process is swirling. Believe it or not, there is actually a scientific reason why we swirl our wine before we sip it — although we’re aware that many tasters take it to the extreme and look completely insane.
As you may know, lately we’ve been rolling our eyes at the many blind tasting videos claiming that expensive wine is for suckers. These videos claim that because certain people can’t tell the difference between cheap wine and expensive wine, that expensive wine in general is a waste of money. Look, don’t get us wrong […]