If you’re closely tracking the wild swings in bitcoin’s value, it’s enough to make you crave a glass of wine–or several. The City Wine Cellar in Staten Island is now accepting the decentralized digital currency as a form of payment,presumably to help calm your nerves after hours of nerd mining.
I’m happy to report that a new era has dawned for Australia. The number of delicious Aussie wines I’ve tasted in the last six months has made me a believer. Read More
It’s summer, which means that it is officially rosé high season. And over the years, The New York Times has devoted a lot of ink to the warm months when it is socially acceptable (indeed, even encouraged) to sip the pink-tinted wine. Just today, the paper of record ran a story by Eric Asimov titled “Rosé: In Demand, but Not Demanding.” Which is great, because some alcohols just ask too much!
“A lot of people drink rosé more as a state of mind than anything else,” said one of the tasters in today’s article.
When it comes to wine, trends can be as damaging and despicable as storing your bottles next to a full-blast heater. Fads can even go so far as to turn perfectly good grapes mediocre—and sometimes worse. Consider, if you will, Exhibit A: Pinot Grigio.
“If you step away from any [Pinot Grigio] that says ‘Veneto,’ Read More
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It was in a cozy Brooklyn hideaway, Night of Joy, that we met our first female sommelier. Theresa Paopao had a deck of tarot cards, and we had begged her to give us a reading. (Which came out all swords, something Ms. Paopao claimed that she had never seen before; hurriedly shoving her cards back into a deck and shifting her chair slightly away from us.) We assumed that she was just another Williamsburg hipster.
“Actually, I’m the wine director for Momofuku,” Ms. Paopao told us. We gasped, audibly shocked into silence as if she had just casually dropped that she was a lumberjack or ran an advertising agency.
“But you’re a woman!” we sputtered.
Here Come the Stories of the Hurricane
“Pretty much anything they can get their hands on,” said Matt Barclay at Park Slope’s Bierkraft in answer to The Observer‘s question about what types of beer people were picking up in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.
The rush is, indeed, on at some of the city’s tonier beer and wine stores, as news of the storm’s approach rises toward an ursine belch.
Somewhere along the line, beer became as viable an option as wine for something to bring to a dinner party in New York. So be it.
Now what? Faux pas await you, ones you’d never find with wine.
For one thing, wine has labels to give even the cheapest hooch the veneer of respectability. No Read More
It is January and it is currently snowing outside. Is this the correct time to drink rosé, that summeriest of summery wines? The New York Times advises you to throw caution, etiquette, logic and sanity to the wind and do just that.
Times booze expert Eric Asimov’s campaign for the frivolous — but Read More
An important warning, courtesy John Kinnucan, tech consultant to Wall Street firms: Now that the authorities are reaching a key stage in a three-year, across-the-board investigation into insider trading, a glass of wine on the front porch just got a lot less calmly contemplative for high-powered financiers and their consultants:
John Kinnucan says Read More
In a political atmosphere defined by unbridgeable budget deficits, rising tax rates, and venomously argued cuts to public services, a widely popular initiative that promises $162 million of new revenue to New York State should coast through the legislative process with minimal dissent.
Last March, Governor Paterson watched his plan to legalize the Read More