In the words of the Violent Femmes, “it’s just a habit
Seriously, this late-monthly-product-review thing
is becoming a bit embarrassing. But late again I am, because, well, my life is kind of bonkers. Awesome, but bonkers.
Anyway, today I present my take on another wine product sample, a take that was technically
meant to be published last month, but technically
I got all, like, too busy an’ stuff.
last month, I gave a sample of the Tribella wine aerator
(about $40) the once-over. Tribella is the brain-child of Skip Lei, who wrote to me that the product is an attempt to “complete the circuit of beauty from the bottle to the glass; My simple goal was to make the wine the hero, not some device.”
Simple, maybe, but loftily stated.
At this point, you might be almost
as sick of wine aerator products as I am, ...
“I was delayed, I was way-laid
An emergency stop
I smelt the last ten seconds of life…”
– The Smiths, “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before“
Sometimes getting a late start can be a good thing.
At least, that’s the kind of thing that I like to tell myself when I finally get around to writing up a tasting almost five months after it happened.
Take Ehlers Estate
winemaker Kevin Morrisey’s foray into Napa Valley viticulture as an example.
Originally from Media, PA, he began his winemaking career at the age of thirty-five, when he enrolled at UC Davis to study oenology. Prior to that, Morrisey was a junior Hollywood cameraman, slugging out a living behind the lens in Paris and Los Angeles.
Kevin Morrisey (image: ehlersestate.com)
When I met him for a tasting lunch in NYC late in 2015, he struck me ...
1WD is no stranger to the geeky details of alternative wine closures (see previous thoughts on touring the Nomacorc synthetic cork plant
, my write-up about screwcap closures for Publix Grape
, and an introduction to cork alternatives penned for Answers.com
). Some of us find shizz like that to be fascinating… potentially unhealthy, argue-about-it-vehemently-over-many-drinks
levels of fascinating (that’s why they call us “geeks).
The other 99.99% of wine drinkers probably (ok, definitely
) don’t spend anywhere near as much time pondering the developments in the alternative closure scene; it is for them (the normal people) that my latest Fix.com article has been penned
In this info-graphic-laden entry, we take a look at traditional cork, “technical” cork, glass stoppers, synthetic cork, and screwcaps, the Pros and Cons of which are all brought to colorful life by the Fix.com crew. Full embeddable graphic below ...
Recently, a 1WD reader wrote in to ask me what I thought about the recent spate of news indicating that alcohol is bad for your health. Here’s his initial correspondence, which he gave me permission to share with you all:
I was reading a few articles in Decanter for class when I came across one (admittedly attention-grabbing) article. The UK’s equivalent of the Surgeon General has apparently decided there’s “no safe level of drinking”. She has also cut the guideline maximum for men weekly to 14 units (a unit is approximately 2.5 US fluid ounces of 13% abv wine). Here is the article: http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/uk-alcohol-guidelines-no-safe-drinking-level-as-daily-limit-cut-287142/.
To put it mildly, I think this is complete and utter bullshit. It’s not that I think moderate alcohol consumption is bad–far from it. Indeed, I think there are people who should try to avoid alcohol completely, including those who have ...