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This Valentine's Day, you may have arranged a fancy meal for your loved one. You've budgeted for everything: A few appetisers, entreés and a stealthily split dessert. When you get to the restaurant, the lighting is just right, the music is soothing, and you're feeling pretty good about where the night may lead. And then the waiter brings you the wine menu.

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In times past, it was pretty easy for an aspiring suitor to establish their culinary cred: simply take one’s Valentine down the road for the local version of surf 'n' turf and order a bottle of Lancers or Blue Nun to wash it down. Job done.

How times have changed. The interest in food TV has created a whole generation of home and wannabe restaurant Masterchefs. And wine has also been swept along: “natural”, “alternative” and biodynamic are les mots du jour.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


If you're just getting into wine, you probably hear about processes you're not familiar with, like decanting and aeration. But do you need to bother with that stuff? Fear not, future wine snob this is all you need to know.


When some people go on holiday they bring back magnets or postcards. I bring back booze. For a long time I was just bringing back beer to give as gifts or share with friends, but that eventually evolved to spirits as well. When I went to Scotland earlier this year my home whisky collection ended up getting a huge upgrade.

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There are two time-honoured truths about wine: All of it is good -- even at its worst -- and, when it comes to appreciating wine, nobody knows what the hell they're talking about. The latter truth reveals itself time and again, especially in studies about wine consumption. On that point, a team of scientists at the University of Adelaide proved just how easily we can be fooled into thinking wine is better than it actually is.


When I first started cooking for myself and others, I considered a steak dinner to be the epitome of sophisticated adult-ness, especially when served with an aggressively tannic bottle of red wine. I wasn't bad at making the meal, but one element always eluded me: The freaking pan sauce.


Using things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life, but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting. Especially after a housewarming party or dinner shindig or any other occasion where a bunch of people show up at your house bearing fermented grape drinks, the potential volume of wine down the drain can amp up to tragic.


Boxed wine has a bad rap. People look down on it because it doesn't come in a fancy bottle, and assume the contents are nasty and cheap. While that may be true for some brands, a lot of boxed wine is just as good or better than the stuff you drink with a nice dinner. Plus, it's easy to transport, stays fresh longer, costs less, and is better for the environment.


Wine is spoiled grape juice. It's old squished grapes mixed with yeast that gets you drunk. But a lot of people have a lot of things to say about wine, and maybe you've wondered what it is that gets them so jazzed over rotten grapes. Well, a lot of their enjoyment comes from biology, chemistry and psychology, as well as the kinds of molecules that travel from the glass into your body.