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.
There are literally millions of Android apps to choose from, but if you're looking to go beyond what Google Play has to offer then you're in luck. Thanks to a recent update, you can run Windows 7 apps on Android using a program called Wine 3.0.
Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we're putting a chilly spin on a classic winter warmer: Mulled wine.
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.
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.
Like boxed wine, canned wine is looked down upon by wine snobs, but that shouldn't stop us regular folks from enjoying it. Canned wine is actually a much more convenient option for all your outdoor drinking than bottled, or even boxed, wine.
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.
Wine is pretty dang delicious on its own, but you can also use it to add flavour to many dishes, from "drunken" pasta to sauces and stews. You might think you can grab any wine and toss it into a dish, but you should put a little more thought into it before grabbing any bottle you have.
Easter is rapidly approaching and, whether your serving ham, lamb, or just subsisting on Reese's eggs and hollow bunnies, you're probably going to want a drink at some point. Wine is always a good occasion beverage -- something about popping a cork just feels festive -- and we have some pairing suggestions:
Wine stains suck, especially when it's red wine on your brand new white shirt. There are lots of ways to banish such stains, but think about pouring yourself some milk next time it happens to you.
You might want to fill your glass to the brim with that fine chardonnay, but if you do, you'll diminish the experience a bit. There's a simple trick to pouring the perfect amount of wine in every type of wine glass.
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.