Spiked Juice

I have fondest memories of drinking Sturm at  Raschhofer Rossbräu, a bar/restaurant I frequented while living in Austria a decade ago, give or take a month.  It’s an effervescent,  not fully fermented red wine, which is cloudy and available only in the autumn.  Federweisser is the general term for this category of quick-fermented grape juice, […]

I Knew It!

Wine snobs incense me, and when they ask what flavors and smells I detect in a glass, I often opt to tell them I get a lot of dead yeast on the nose, distinct hints of vine fruit, and fermented grape at the finish. This Wall Street Journal article features a study confirming that wine […]

No Corkscrew? No Problem!

We’ve all been there, at a picnic or on a train, you remembered the bottle of wine, but not the corkscrew.  If you’re at a construction site, the simple solution is to drive a screw into the cork and lever it out with the claw of a hammer, but in a pinch, here are a […]

Offbeat Wine Picks

Just because you are on a budget, doesn’t mean you need to drink bad wine. OK, that was tacky.  If I ever write  like Rachel Ray again, please find me and slit my throat.  I’m not a connoisseur, but my pedestrian palate knows what I like and what I don’t and generally, people agree, so […]