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From the, “No, really?” department.

Be prepared to drink more if your glass is bigger.

We have enormous-ass pretentious wanker Riedel wine glasses of the sort that can fit half a bottle in a single glass.1 Do we abuse them for over-consumption purposes? Do you even have to ask?

  1. For the record, you’re not supposed to pour that much into them; you’re supposed to pour a regular amount and have a large volume of air in the glass because of Wine Wanker Reasons. []
2017-07-17T11:40:00+10:0026th September, 2016|Tags: wine|

Sow hat’s up with those enormous wine glasses anyway?

Fancy stemware, do you need it?

My husband recently discovered that, if he made friends with some local restaurant owners, we could get Riedel glasses for commercial, rather than retail, prices. A Riedel glass retail is about $30-60. The restaurant versions are about $5-20. So, hey. Now our house is full of really, really nice wine glasses. Go figure.

(Also, because they’re the restaurant versions, they are like indestructibly tough, despite being made from lead crystal and feeling like they’ll break if you so much as breathe on them. So, hey. Bonus!)

2019-04-29T11:41:11+10:003rd March, 2016|Tags: wine|

One hundred points of wine.

Just what does the 100-point wine grading system mean?

2019-04-29T11:37:50+10:0011th August, 2015|Tags: wine|

How to fake your way through a wine tasting.

Wine tasting really isn’t as intimidating as people seem to think it is. I’m not great with all the “mmm, blackberry” and “eurgh, capsicum” stuff either, but it’s okay, because as soon as someone in the group just blurts out a random taste, you can just chime in with a yea or nay, and the great thing about taste is that it’s subjective, and no one can actually tell you that you’re “wrong”.

Still, just in case you need them, here’s some more tips on how to fake it ’til you make it in the wine world. And you will “make it” if you drink enough wine. Basically, all the flavour palette stuff just comes from experience. Oh, and drinking more expensive wines. Cheap wines, i.e. the stuff most people drink most of the time, tend to be intentionally one note. So they’ll have one big dominant flavour and that’s all. If you’re all like, “I’ve never had a wine that tastes of freshly cut grass with a crisp aftertaste of floral and citrus!”, then this is very probably the reason why.

It’s not you, in other words, it’s the wine.

But, really. Just drink stuff. If you like it, you like it, if you don’t, you don’t. It’s not actually a test. (And anyone who treats it like it is is very likely a pretentious asshole who doesn’t know what they’re talking about anyway.)

2019-04-29T11:28:23+10:002nd March, 2015|Tags: wine|

Wine and popcorn.

I’m kind of a little bit in love with Skepchick’s series on wine, including this post on wine pairings.

Funfax: I’m not sure what it’s like where you are, but paired wine-and-chocolate tastings are All The Rage here right now. You will certainly not see me complaining about that!

2019-04-29T11:15:02+10:007th May, 2014|Tags: food, wine|

Wine wanking.

Rule 1 – Don’t use wine as an elitist weapon, it is grape juice and tastes nice.
Rule 2 – Share your wine, crack open that bottle you have been saving.
Rule 3 – Drink wine with food, it is one of life’s true pleasures.
Rule 4 – Drink good wine, to not do so is like smashing a good bottle.

–The Wine Wankers gives us perfect life advice.

2016-05-14T10:03:57+10:0015th April, 2014|Tags: food, wine|

On being “allergic” to wine.

My mother is actually allergic to wine, specifically Chardonnay, and it doesn’t give her a headache; it makes her break out in a rash.

Meanwhile, I am “allergic” to wine, mostly because of that one night at the Christmas vacation retreat thing where I had a bit too much red and then decided waking up at 5am the next day would be an awesome idea.

Protip: it was not. Also our unit’s balcony was covered in wine because apparently some people got into a “wine fight”. Engineers, right? Go figure.

2019-04-29T10:58:15+10:0011th April, 2014|Tags: food, wine|

Wine over ice cream.

Well. I know what we’ll be having at our next party…

(Related: there’s a local guy who makes wine ice cream, specifically red. He says he’s tried white, but it always ends up tasting too much like bananas.)

2016-05-14T10:03:56+10:0030th March, 2014|Tags: food, wine|