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• The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Taking The Snobbery Out Of Studying Wine Talking about wine can be a bit intimidating, rife with terms like tannin and terroir. Master Sommelier Richard Betts is on a mission to help people enjoy wine as a grocery, not a luxury. Betts talks with NPR’s Jennifer Ludden about his book, The Essential Scratch and Sniff […]

• If You Drank Like James Bond, You’d Be Shaken, Too

If You Drank Like James Bond, You’d Be Shaken, Too

We all know James Bond had a hankering for martinis. But it looks like the international spy threw back far more , his martini of choice, than was good for him. Dr. Indra Neil Guha, a liver specialist, and his colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital in England spent a year poring over Ian Fleming’s James […]

• To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer. Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, […]

• Spanish winery to level 154 acres of California redwoods

Spanish winery to level 154 acres of California redwoods

The Spanish Artesa Vineyards and Winery has received permission from the state of California to level off 154-acres of northern California redwoods and Douglas Fir, in order to provide cooler locations for their climate changed vineyards According to NPR, this is a battle instigated by the increasing heat of climate change and a growing public […]

• True story. Man brews beer in his stomach.

True story. Man brews beer in his stomach.

A 61-year-old man in Texas has stunned medical experts in the US, after they discovered he was making his own home brew – in his stomach. The man spoke to nurses in the casualty department at his local hospital after complaining that he felt dizzy. The nurses gave the man a breathalyser test and he […]

• Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

When winemakers crush the juice from grapes, what’s left is a goopy pile of seeds, stems and skins called pomace. Until several years ago, these remains were more than likely destined for the dump. “The pomace pile was one of the largest problems that the wine industry had with sustainability,” says Paul Novak, general manager […]

• Beer Love: 50,000 Empty Beer Cans Made A House A Home

Beer Love: 50,000 Empty Beer Cans Made A House A Home

At first, all John Milkovisch wanted in 1968 was a covered patio where he could drink his beer at the end of the day. But a bigger idea was brewing. For years, he had been saving his empty beer cans. “While I was building the patio I was drinking the beer,” in an interview in […]

• Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails: Smoking Hot Trend Or Crazy Risk?

Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails: Smoking Hot Trend Or Crazy Risk?

Doctors use liquid nitrogen — a substance registering a wickedly cold 321 degrees below zero Fahrenheit — to freeze warts so they dry up and fall off. Yes, folks, this stuff kills tissue. So imagine what it might do to your stomach if you drink some. Unfortunately, a British teen recently found out the hard […]

• Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren’t many to choose from. Before the industry was deregulated in the 1990s, four major brewers — Asahi, Suntory, Sapporo and Kirin – controlled the manufacture of Japanese beer. But the major brands’ domination is ebbing, for reasons that have as much to do with Japan’s ancient […]

• Boxed Wine As Fashion Handbag

Boxed Wine As Fashion Handbag

Boxed wine just went couture, with a line by Swedish company Vernissage. Designed to look like a high-end handbag, Vernissage makes your wine-to-go even easier to transport, and you can show some style in the process. That is until you pop open the spout, and pour your chardonnay from a cardboard purse — that’s so gauche. Vernissage […]

• Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine

Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine

The next time you take a sip of your favorite wine, you might want to make your first toast to hornets. Or, more precisely, European hornets and paper wasps. That’s because those big scary flying insects whose stings can be especially painful may be the secret to the wonderful complex aroma and flavor of wine. […]

• What do Americans spend on alcohol?

What do Americans spend on alcohol?

The amount we spend on beer, wine and spirits hasn’t changed much in 30 years, but where we spend it has. What percentage of your spending goes toward booze? If you’re an average American consumer, 1% of your spending is dedicated to beer, wine and spirits — or about $1 of every $100, NPR reports, […]

• Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine’s Sweet Surge

Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine’s Sweet Surge

In the U.S., wine drinking has held its own during these hard economic times, and even grown in some unlikely corners. Moscato, for example, the Italian dessert wine, has gone from relative obscurity to the toast of the town. Hip-hop singer Drake, in his song “Do It Now,” gives it a shout-out. It’s also the […]