Celebrities seem to be practically required to launch their own alcohol lines these days, and Drew Barrymore is the latest to enter the game. Her Barrymore 2011 Pinot Grigio, already available in California and coming to New York next month, won a gold medal earlier this month at France’s biggest international wine competition, reports the New York Post—which also helpfully reminds us that Barrymore was an admitted alcoholic at the age of 13. Read more…
As I might have mentioned (too many times to count), I am not an outdoorsy woman. I love my running water, flushable toilet and nightly glass of wine. But The Climber Pouch may inspire me to go camping for the first time. Or at least to drink outdoors more often. The park? The beach? Baby steps. This all-terrain wine transporting system allows you take your wine with you into the wilderness. Not only that, but the innovative packaging makes it as easy on the environment as it is on your palate. Each pouch holds the equivalent of two bottles of wine — so there’s 90 percent less waste — and has a spigot that keeps oxygen out for up to a month after opening. I’ll drink to that. Pouches up!
Ever wondered why you can’t quite detect those hints of vanilla and cardamom touted in a pricey bottle of wine? A new study finds that wine experts—like the wine writer who likely informed you of that cardamom in the first place—simply have a better sense of taste than most of the rest of us. Hundreds of wine drinkers sampled a chemical that gauges a person’s reaction to bitter tastes, and the wine experts were found to be around 40% more sensitive than casual wine drinkers, NPR reports. Read more …
In case you were wondering what space tastes like when fermented with your favorite varietal, you’ll be eager to try Meterorito, a Cabernet Sauvignon infused with a piece of 4.5 billion-year-old meteor rock. Winemaker Ian Hutcheon procured the meteor, which is believed to have crashed into the desert in Chile 6,000 years ago, from an American collector. Hutcheon claims that the meteor makes the flavors “livelier” and “more potent.” When you sip a glass of this wine, you’ll be “drinking elements from the birth of the solar system,” he says. Yes, please. I’ll take a case. Is that a nose of Jupiter I detect on my palate, with a hint of Mars, and a base note of the Big Bang? [Oddity Central]
You know, every time I start thinking to myself, Amelia, maybe you should have a dry month, a sign from the heavens appears and says, “Girl, are you crazy? Wine is your friend!” Such a sign appeared to me today in the form of Winerd, a trivia game for wine geeks/functional alcoholics. Basically, you taste different wines and try to figure out where they’re from (“Trader Joe’s, aisle 3!”) and how you would describe their flavors (“Woody!” “Like heaven!”). There’s a board and game pieces and somehow competition is involved. Honestly, it sounds a little complicated and will I even remember the wine factoids in the morning, once my Winerd hangover has worn off? Only way to tell is to play. I’ll get back to you. [$23.09, Cooking.com]
Amateur sommelier. Wine enthusiast. Wino. Whatever term you’d use to describe me, I like wine. I like wine so much, I save the corks for no reason. My inner hoarder thinks they’re too cool and potentially useful to throw away, plus they make me nostalgic for particularly good bottles of Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. Strangely enough, despite having a drawer full of wine corks, I don’t actually have any coasters to set my wine glasses on. (We winos are weird like that.) This Wine Cork Coaster Kit will solve both my cork-hoarding and my coaster-lacking problem, not to mention give me something to do when I’m drinking alone at night. Cheers! [$19.95 for 4, WineEnthusiast.com]
Halloween isn’t just about how many mini Butterfingers you can stuff in your face — for some of us, it’s also about getting crunk. Why not carry the cheap booze around with you with a costume that incorporates alcohol into its design? Oh yes, we are talking about a wine in a box, the famed drink of broke college kids everywhere. Brilliant, right? Anyone who goes as a Franzia box has an open invitation to be my trick-or-treating buddy for life. [Instructables]
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Today is your very lucky day. Because you can go to your local wine store and ask, “Hey, do you have any bottles of AC/DC?” and they will not look at you like you are crazy. Yep, the rockers from down under have released their own line of vino. Which I find strange because, when I think of AC/DC, the corresponding alcohol isn’t wine— rum and coke or Jagermeister shots seem more fitting for the guys who made their mark rocking out in shorts. But hey, they’ve tried to edge up the product by giving the varieties names like “Highway to Hell” Cabernet Sauvignon and “You Shook Me All Night Long” Muscat. Buying birthday gifts for my guy friends just got a lot easier. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
#320 on the list of things I’m thankful for: studies on the benefits of wine. The latest cause for popping a cork: it’s liquid sunscreen. Researchers at the University of Barcelona have discovered that grapes have the power to protect your skin from UV rays, the cause of sun-related skin cancers, premature aging and temporary burning.
Flavonoids found in wine (particularly Cabernets, Petite Syrahs, and Pinot Noirs) act as shields for cells at risk of breaking down from UV exposure, according to the research. Keep reading »