Value Bordeaux is Not an Oxymoron

Value Bordeaux is Not an Oxymoron

The French, and Bordeaux wine in particular, have long cultivated an image of wanton elitism. The words Champagne, Luis Vuitton, and Douchebag, all carry an understanding of affluence before any mental cognizance of a product is even formed. The 2008 Bordeaux vintage, for instance, has set new standards in the...
What are the Best Android Wine Apps?

What are the Best Android Wine Apps?

The era of the modern mobile application began with the opening of the iTunes app store on July 10th, 2008, just over two years ago. That’s an entire geological era in interweb years, but to normal people it’s just two Christmases ago. If you happen to be one of those...
Sacrilegious wine talk:
Jointing a Chicken: A Moment in Vinous Clarity

Jointing a Chicken: A Moment in Vinous Clarity

Today I have the pleasure of providing some meaty content on my friend Joe’s blog, Suburbanwino.com. It’s a post that combines my love for typos, cutting shit up, mangled quotations of Henry David Thoreau, and of course, the Mâcconais. Maybe it’s about a chicken, too. What else could you want? Here’s a teaser: Chickens are...
New Zealand Wine Day at Kenmore Live Studios Chicago

New Zealand Wine Day at Kenmore Live Studios Chicago

Waitangi Day commemorates an agreement between the British Crown and the native New Zealanders, the Māori. Many modern Māori have protested the celebration because of alleged unfairness in the treaty. But, shoot, the only treaty that I’m aware of that we ever offered the natives here in the Americas was smallpox. But I’m no historian....

Take the 80 Sips Challenge Chicago

Bottlenotes and Cheeky Chicago are teaming up to challenge our midwestern palates to taste at least six different wines from the sponsoring wineries at a few participating Chicago restaurants between now and the end of the month. If your liver emerges from January victorious, you’ll receive a $25 gift certificate toward the 80 Sips Around the...
Wine Pr0n: An Introductory Essay

Wine Pr0n: An Introductory Essay

Most shower heads release about two and a half gallons of water per minute. I usually take about ten minutes, you know, depending on whether or not I condition my mane, which is in the preliminary stages of ‘fro greatness. I’m doing this because that shit’s impressive. Especially when I’m tasting wine, and people want...

Guiding the Blind

I am a regular guest on Wines.com’s blog the Wine Crush Blog and in this installment I take on Dara Grumdahl’s technophobic non-sequitur, read on. In a column titled “No, There’s Not An App For That,” Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, author of Drink This: Wine Made Simple, expressed her consternation over always being asked to recommend her favorite...
What's Your Favorite New Way to Learn About Wine?

What’s Your Favorite New Way to Learn About Wine?

The path to being a wine rockstar is littered with dead sentences, you literally need to read as much as you drink, and you need to be drinking a hell of a lot. There’s important stuff you gotta learn, like the difference between le Chambertin and simply Chambertin. You don’t want to be the fool...