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How To Sample Wine Without Looking Like An Idiot


Have you ever ordered a bottle of wine at a restaurant, only to not know what the hell to do when the waiter presents you with the cork and looks at you expectantly? Wine aficionado Kathryn Borel is here to help. The author of Corked: A Memoir, Borel breaks the whole wine deal down for you into easy-to-follow steps, from sniffing the cork to swilling the juice. Service-y! [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Women Keep Secrets For 47 Hours Before Spilling The Beans

For some reason Wines of Chile, a commerce group akin to our Cotton Council, commissioned a study of 3,000 women in the U.K. to see how many secrets they told and how many they were able to keep. The study uncovered that (gasp!) drinking wine usually loosens women’s tongues and makes us a lot more likely to speak our minds. The study also found that women spill the beans in an average of 47 hours. Still, 83 percent of women surveyed consider themselves 100 percent trustworthy. But the vital information not mentioned in this report includes: why busting women on how much they gossip is a good way to publicize wine and whether there was a similar study commissioned to investigate the embarrassing conversational habits of men. [Daily Mail]

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Company Markets Wine For The Gays

Well, this is novel. A fine wine purveyor is targeting gay men with a line of special wines. Spanish UO! Wines has three vino options: Antinoo, Oscura Lágrima, and Ánima Blanca. Antinoo is a red: “young and mature, fruity, elegant, smooth…Mediterranean.” Oscura Lágrima, another red, is described thusly: “They say that the best sex is tumultuous like a storm cloud, and we’re inclined to agree.” Ánima Blanca is a white: “It’s fresh on the palate, potent…like a low whisper floating at you from behind your neck at just the right time.” Steamy! Nothing sells wine like sex, one imagines. Every bottle label features a hot, ripped dude in various stages of bondage/undress. Kinky! But where’s the line of wines for the lesbian ladies, UO!? [Notcot] Keep reading »

A Match Made In Heaven: New Wine Pairings At Epicurious

The culinary-minded boozehounds of the world (aka pretty much anyone who eats and takes a gander into the kitchen once in a while) will love this news: Recipe and food mega-site Epicurious is now recommending a few alcoholic grape juice options that jibe well with whatever recipe you choose to whip up. Working with the winos at Snooth, they’ve added suggested wine pairings, based on ingredients and preparation, to nearly 25,000 of the recipes in their archives. And according to the folks at Epicurious, “Each [wine recommendation] features the name of the producer, the varietal and the vintage, as well as a photo of the label or bottle and approximate price (which varies according to regional availability). Click on a bottle and you go to a wine detail page that focuses on that bottle specifically…For even more information, and to purchase wines, you can click on links to Snooth and various wine retailers.” And almost all the recs come in at under $20. Now, don’t chug-a-lug so many pre-dinner glasses that you can’t taste your homemade meal—or, maybe, for some of us less skilled cooks, that’s a good thing. [Epicurious] Keep reading »

Cook, Dress, & Drink Like A Porn Star

Yesterday we told you about porn star Jenna Jameson’s new perfume, “Heartbreaker,” and speculated about the scents other celebs might put out. But the question that is still weighing on my mind is, “Who in the hell would buy a fragrance concocted by a porn star?” (To be fair, I have a similar cluelessness about scents put out by trashy hos like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.) But the fragrance industry isn’t the only mainstream endeavor that porn stars have tried to infiltrate. After the jump, five products (that are not sex toys or sex dolls) created by members of the adult entertainment industry. Keep reading »

Doin’ It With Dr. V: Edible Aphrodisiacs

Hi, I’m Dr. V. I’m not a real doctor. I just play one on the Internet. What I am is a lady — -a lady who is a fool for love! And I love nothing more than sex. My deepest desires have happily led me on many adventures in the sack, but they have also, sadly, made me one of my gyno’s most valuable players. At least I’ve lived to tell the tale(s)! Every Friday, I dish the dirt on everything from getting freaky to getting freaked out. Let’s get this party started …

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what they say, ladies — the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Since we’re typically more interested in getting into his pants, here are some edible aphrodisiacs that are so yummy, he can already taste it! Keep reading »

Have You Given Up Champagne Toasts Because Of The Recession?

The Times reports that champagne sales are down this holiday season and not necessarily because people can’t afford the bubbly. Amid layoffs, foreclosures and other economic losses, as well as a shortage of the usual celebratory occasions like “mergers, closings, bonuses and office parties,” “People just don’t want to look extravagant today,” said Paul Grieco, a Manhattan restaurateur. “They still want to drink, so they cut out the Champagne and go directly to whatever they’re drinking with dinner.” Convinced this includes sparkling wine priced $10 to $20, “the sweet spot these days for good wine values,” the Times gathered a wine panel to taste test 25 bottles, admitting that, “While our price range was $10 to $20, most of the wines in the tasting were $15 to $20.” This makes total sense since a $15 bottle of sparkling wine looks so much less extravagant than a $15 bottle of champagne. “Let’s be honest,” the reporter mused, ”none of these bottles will match a very good Champagne. But they cost half what you would pay these days for the least expensive Champagne.” Half as much, huh? Clearly the Times has never heard of Andre.

So have you been cutting down on your Champagne toasts this holiday season because of the recession? And if so, what are you drinking it its place? [NYTimes]
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Crave: Popptags (Win Some!)

Gift-giving is stressful. The expectations! The expense! The exhausting trips to the mall! The possible disappointment! But the smile on the recipient’s face makes the trouble worth it, doesn’t it? Well, thanks to Popptags, everyone will grin when they get a gift from you, even it’s just a bottle of cheap Trader Joe’s wine. [$9.95 for 3, Popptags]

We’re giving away five sets of assorted Popptags, but you have to work if you want them. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, Nov. 28 through Thursday, Nov. 4—will be awarded with a set of three Popptags. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Porn On TV, Pregnancy, And Dr. Drew

  • One of Sweden’s state-run TV channels will be airing a trio of porn-tastic documentaries next week: “Inside Deep Throat,” “Ron Jeremy, Porn Star,” and “PopWhore.” A very educational evening, indeed. [Variety]
  • Women who are obese tend to miscarry more than normal weight women. [Medical News Today]
  • Speaking of pregnancy, 20 percent of first time mothers took six months after giving birth to feel physically comfortable having sex. [Times of India]
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    The Daily Squeeze: U.S. Alcohol Consumption, A Sad Story, and Mark Consuelos’ Second Job

  • Americans seem to be drinking less alcohol these days, specifically less beer and more wine. Hard liquor consumption has remained largely unchanged. [Reuters]
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