Does wine have a soul? Some say that a living thing which isn’t human only forms a soul once it establishes a deep connection with a human soul. Compare, say, a pet dog or cat versus an animal that wanders isolatedly in the wild. When the wild animal is killed by prey—does its spirit linger beyond death? Meanwhile, with... Read more →
Our ongoing series on the essential craft beers that everyone ought to know. There’s been a trend afoot in the last few years of craft breweries producing session IPAs. Although the style is an old one (original English IPAs brewed in the 19th century were basically today’s session IPAs), the style has definitely made a... Read more →
For insight into the nature of French Malbec, which is the O.G. (original gangsta) Malbec—not Argentinean, although you’d be forgiven for thinking that—look to Cahors, a small wine region in southwestern France. The 2015 CLOS LA COUTALE Cahors, which is 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, at around $16 and brought to the U.S. by the... Read more →
The thing about Côtes du Rhône wine is, you never know what you’re going to get. This can either be a source of fun or frustration. Is it going to be easygoing and fruity, or bold and spicy?—medium-bodied, structured and tannic, or round and velvety? You can look at the alcohol content to get a clue—is it around 13.5% (most likely... Read more →
More is more. Wait. Isn’t less more? More drum ‘n’ bass and less bass and drum solos, more or less? Oh. The topic is barrel-aged imperial stouts, not double live albums from prog-rock dinosaurs in the mid-70s, doofus. Fine. What happens when barrel-aged imperial stouts, by definition “more is more” already, have extra... Read more →
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