As previously noted time and time again, I am a wine enthusiast. (Wino, if you’re nasty.) But I’ve recently taken my enthusiasm to a whole other level by becoming a member of Tasting Room by LOT18, an online wine club that tailors each boozy delivery to your specific palate.
Now, normally, I’m pretty low-maintenance about my wine. I’ve got four wine shops within spitting distance of my apartment, so picking up a bottle of red to go with dinner is never a hassle. As much as I love and appreciate wine, and am, in theory, always eager to try new varietals, I find myself sticking to the same handful of wines when I go to the store. The enticing thing to me about joining a wine club is the surprise. But the surprise factor is also what has kept me from joining wine clubs in the past — what if I hate the selection I’m sent? Given how expensive wine clubs tend to be — and their reputation for shilling mediocre vino — it’s never seemed worth the risk. Keep reading »
Are you still serving your cat a tepid bowl of tap water alongside their crystal plate of Fancy Feast? Ugh, how dare you insult them like that? Distinguished felines deserve a much more refined beverage pairing. Like wine. For cats. Thanks to a Japanese company, now oenophile kitties can partake in a vino just for them: it’s called ”Nyan Nyan Nouveau,” and while it doesn’t have any alcohol in it (probably for the best, as everyone knows there’s nothing meaner than a wine-drunk cat), it does contain Cabernet grape juice and catnip to get them feeling nice and frisky. [Kotaku]
How do I put this in a way that won’t lead my coworkers and family to stage an intervention? I am a functioning wino, by which I mean I drink a lot of wine, but I’m always on time for work, rarely get wasted or have drunken outbursts, and smell just fine, thank you. How much wine do I drink? LOL I’m not telling you because I don’t necessarily know that I could quantify it. And I’m not alone! A new study out of Iowa of all places (not the Napa Valley or my apartment?) found that most wine drinkers have no idea how much they’re drinking — or how drunk they are — because they’re just, like, not paying attention I guess? The Des Moines Register reports:
The study, published in Substance Use and Misuse, found that participants poured 12 percent more wine into a wide glass than a narrow glass. They also poured 12 percent more wine into a glass they were holding, versus one placed on a table. Color contrast affected pours, too. Participants over-poured white wine into a clear glass by 10 percent. There was less over-pouring when the wine was red.
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Wondering which wine pairs well with your favorite S&M love story? Look no further than Fifty Shades of Grey wine, presented by none other than author/oenophile E.L. James herself. The wine comes in two vague-but-sexy-sounding varieties: “red satin” and “white silk.” Here’s what E.L. James has to say on the official Fifty Shades Wine website:
“Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, reflecting the sensuality that pervades every encounter between Anastasia and Christian. I’ve always had a penchant for good wine, so helping to create the blends Red Satin and White Silk felt like a natural extension of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I hope all of you curl up with a glass to savor the romance and the passion.”
A bottle of official Fifty Shades wine will set you back $18, but if you already blew your Christian Grey-inspired merchandise budget on a pair of rhinestone handcuffs, don’t worry, you can always print out a picture of the book cover and tape it to a bottle of Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck. I guarantee it will produce the same effect. [ShortList]
When I was a kid I was obsessed with ring pops. Obsessed. So obsessed that even when one of my rotten brothers would throw my favorite watermelon one under the couch, I would retrieve it, rinse off the dog hair, and continue licking it while watching “The Magic School Bus.” So you can imagine my ecstatic reaction upon finding out that now, as an adult, I can get a ring pop wine glass. And use it to daintily sip actual wine while watching “The Magic School Bus” on Netflix. Maybe this whole “being an adult” thing isn’t so bad after all. [Neatorama]
It’s like the genius minds at Vinport Wines know my desires even before I do, as it never occurred to me that my life was missing “Star Trek”-themed wine until the company announced they were releasing three wines named after classic “Trek” episodes. For Vinport to send me all three – “The City on the Edge of Forever,” “Mirror Mirror,” and “The Trouble With Tribbles” — so I could review them based on my expertise in both wine drinking and “Trek” trivia would only be logical. Hint, hint. [Laughing Squid] [Photo: Splash News]
We came, we saw, we ate a lot of chips and drank a lot of wine. It’s National Potato Chip Day, and to celebrate our favorite snack food, we’ve created this video pairing the three new chip flavors with three different kinds of wine. At 11:00 in the morning. This was not a good idea.
“Wine isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely for me. Just tried for a sequence to the new album. Very exciting stuff. I can’t quite nail it down due to the being too drunk. #Tomorrow”
–Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill got a little too cozy with a bottle of wine and sent out a series of tweets to update fans on the status of the band’s upcoming album. The gist? It will get done once he’s slept off his hangover. You gotta love an honest rock star, right? [NME]
If you’re anything like us, your wine-drinking skills probably merit a trophy or two (examples: Most Improved Pallet and Best Balancing of Wine Glass On The Edge Of The Bathtub), so why not give yourself that trophy you deserve, in the form of a quirky DIY wine cork? If you still have your t-ball participation trophies floating around the attic, great, but if not, you’ll be able to find cheap (and delightfully flamboyant) trophies at your local thrift store for a buck or two. The only other supplies needed are a fresh cork and superglue. Oh, and some Merlot to sip while you get crafty. [Country Living]