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Just Drink Prosecco

We’re just days away from New Year’s Eve, which means that amateurs across the planet will be imbibing far more booze than they’re accustomed to, and more likely than not, the intoxicating mixture will include a bunch of bubbly. Here’s why it should be a cheap bottle of prosecco and nothing else.


Happy Hour: 5 Ways To Make Old, Stale Wine Tasty Again 

Using things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life, but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting. Especially after a housewarming party or dinner shindig or any other occasion where a bunch of people show up at your house bearing fermented grape drinks, the potential volume of wine down the drain can amp up to tragic.


Happy Hour: I Zapped My Wine With An Ultrasonic Decanter, And It Tasted Pretty Good

Technology that can age wine within minutes sounds like it belongs in the same too-good-to-be-true boat as those ads for that “one food that kills belly fat.” But the inventor behind a device that claims to do just that, the Sonic Decanter, recently invited to me to test out this fantastical technology. Does it work? As it turns out, tasting a bunch of wines is fun either way.


A Brief History Of The Wine Corkscrew

The corkscrew, like so many other inventions, was borne out of necessity. For as long as we have sold wine in glass bottles sealed with cork stoppers, consumers have struggled to easily remove those corks. As soon as the earliest glass bottles arrived in late 17th-century England, inventors began dreaming up instruments to ease the removal of corks.


Happy Hour: Drink Boxed Wine

Any possible objection you have to boxed wine is wrong. I am here to tell you why.


This Artificial Tongue Can Taste The Tannins In Wine

Wine-tasting notes are famous for their verbal flourishes — for example, “kirsch, dried beef and baker’s chocolate” — but the liquid is ultimately just a collection of molecules, some sour, some bitter, some dry. And we’re getting better at quantifying taste. A newly developed artificial tongue uses the very proteins from our mouths to measure the dryness of wine.


The Miracle Stick That Makes Wine Taste Better In Seconds

The tricky thing about wine — especially the fancy stuff — is that since it gets better with age, what you buy off the shelf isn’t necessarily always at its peak. A few seconds with the Clef du Vin, though, will age it to perfection. And, if you’re not careful, all the way around to bad again.


Happy Hour: How Atomic Bombs Help Unmask Counterfeit Wine

As long as rich men are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for old, fermented juice, there will be schemers willing to dupe them out of their money. But if you’re dropping a cool half million on four bottles of wine supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson (true story), you want to make sure you have the real thing, right? You can, thanks in part to the atomic bomb.


Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine In Outer Space

The story behind NASA’s brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency’s focus was shifting from short, Moon-focused missions to possibility of longer-term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo programs came in dehydrated cube form, or squeezed from a pouch, and was universally regarded as inedible.


Inspired Alcoholic Pairings For Your Fast Food Weekend With Mates

Sure, beer and a burger is a match made in heaven. But like a sommelier at charcoal chicken shop, we’ve got the perfect drinks to complement your disgusting food choices.


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