How New World Wine Resurrects Old Religion
I used to be a regular at a wine bar in San Clemente, a beach town in California where my wife and I lived when we were first married. The ‘Tuscan’ decor of the place was a little too vivid for my taste, but the wine was priced right and the owner was a great conversationalist. He would tell us stories from behind the bar about his travels to vineyards in Chile and New Zealand, and he had a charming populist streak. When people got too pretentious about the wine, he would roll his eyes and say: ‘Relax, it’s just a beverage.’
He was wrong about that, of course. Since its invention more than 8,000 years ago, wine has always been more than just a beverage.
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jul 16, 2014 -
"The idea that Medieval people drank beer or wine to avoid drinking bad water is so established that even some very serious scholars see no reason to document or defend it; they simply repeat it as a settled truth. In fact, if no one ever documents the idea, it is for a very simple reason: it's not true
posted by jedicus
on Feb 27, 2014 -
Bostonians Tyler Balliet and Morgan First love wine. Drinking it, talking about it, introducing other people to it. But wine, unfortunately, is often perceived to have an attitude, a culture of snottiness and pretension that puts people off before they even get close to a wine glass. Why swirl it? What's with that obnoxious sucking sound? What the hell is the deal with spitting it out? What about the confusing vocabulary
and snooty descriptors? When did wine become "sassy" or "understated", instead of "delicious"? [more inside]
posted by MissySedai
on Apr 30, 2013 -
- When my grandparents passed away my family rediscovered an old family recipe book that my great grandfather wrote by hand in an old ledger. [via mefi projects
posted by item
on Jan 5, 2013 -
Hula-Hoop comedy show
Annabel Carberry performs "A Glass of Red". This is a hilarious hula-hoop/dance routine about frustration, hula-hoop talent, keping your skirt down and control of a roudy audience.
posted by naight
on Jul 27, 2012 -
Yesterday, July 6th, was the first day of San Fermín or Sanfermines
in Pamplona, in celebration of Saint Fermín
. As is tradition, it starts with a rocket
, and turns into a giant, joyous, drunken party in the streets
. The events to follow
have changed over the centuries, with the addition of Riau Riau in 1914 (actual singing
, words and lyrics
, Spanish Wiki page with lyrics
) in 1914, and most recently, leaving of candles and red bandanas
at the Church of San Lorenzo
, following the singing of Pobre de Mi
. Oh, and there's the running of the bulls
, photos from yesterday's run
). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 7, 2011 -
Think making beer at home is legal? Depends where your home is.
In 1978, US President Carter signed H.R. 1337, which, among other things, provided an exemption from excise taxes on up to 100 gallons of homemade wine and beer
annually. It was still up to the individual states to decide whether or not to allow their citizens to brew.
33 years later, homebrewing
is a very popular hobby, legal almost all states.
and Alabama. [more inside]
posted by Marky
on Jun 13, 2011 -
"The most important event in the history of wine." Boutique winemaker Bill Wertzberger announces
a rather expensive new line of wine. "If you ever find a bottle of wine more expensive ... we will retroactively bill you for the difference, plus a few thousand dollars. Just to make sure that you
have the most expensive bottle of wine in the world."
posted by woodblock100
on Nov 21, 2010 -
Have you ever wondered why you can't get what you want, but, if you try sometimes, etc.? Mark Hicken, a British Colombian lawyer, is a great source of information
on the state(s) of Canadian liquor regulations. Sure, a little localised and dry, but that's the terroir, man. Also, he does point out some inanities
that have a relatively universal appeal.
posted by converge
on Dec 10, 2009 -
Alternative wine closures
are being resisted. Alcoa's new glass stopper with Dupont's vinyl ring
costs nearly the same as a cork (50¢ to 70¢ each), but requires new bottling machines. Although cheaper screw caps also prevent undesirable compounds
from tainting wine, and eliminates the need for horizontal storage, they change the purist aspect of the bottle and are not biodegradable. Naturalists point out the problem of having cork forests disappear
in the Mediterranean region from low demand.
posted by Brian B.
on Aug 30, 2009 -
is a culinary event featuring 5 chefs, 5 pigs, and 5 winemakers in a friendly competition for a cause. Each chef will prepare a 70 pound heritage pig from head to toe for 200 enthusiasts." (flash site) [more inside]
posted by mkb
on Apr 15, 2009 -
How do different wines taste?
An interesting visualization tries to answer the question of what is different about a Shiraz vs. a Pinot vs. a Cab, built from scanning keywords on 5,000 tasting notes over a five year period.
posted by mathowie
on Oct 31, 2008 -
is offering their product line for free until midnight Central time tonight. They implement versions of WINE, which allows one to run Windows programs under Mac OSX and Linux, including implementations focused on running games. [more inside]
posted by Kwine
on Oct 28, 2008 -
Wildman of the Loire, Didier Dagueneau RIP
Didier Dagueneau, iconoclastic motorcycle driving beard-sporting winegrower of France's Loire valley, died today in a private plane crash. Dagueneau pushed winemaking in his region to a new level; his Silex (100 percent sauvignon blanc), farmed biodynamically on flinty soil, is a profound wine. I recently tasted the '99 Silex, one word: incroyable. A wine that redefines sauvignon blanc and makes you happy to be alive. Dagueneau also pushed younger colleagues like the cidermaker Eric Bordelet
to pursue their craft at a higher level: the result is Bordelet's Granit pear cider, from 300 year old biodynamically farmed pear trees.
posted by Izzy
on Sep 17, 2008 -