Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.
There is no wrong way to enjoy a glass of wine. The delicious elixir, however, has long been subjected to rules and social conventions that have ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime. No doubt that many of these customs have evolved out of a simple desire to improve the experience of wine-drinking, but sometimes they can just be too stifling. If I want to drink my wine with a straw, then so be it.
Just because one chooses to drink wine with a straw out of a coffee cup, they should not automatically be denied the best experience possible. … Read more
Wine fridges have all the fun. They get to store wine, at a precisely controlled temperature, ready for consumption at a moment's notice. Better yet, they get to do all this while offering imbibers the freedom of choice of what wine they want at what temperature. But this doesn't mean a case of beer has to be left out in the warmth.
Wine fridges come in all shapes and sizes, yet all are designed to store wine at an ideal temperature depending on the wine. Many differentiate between red and white wines by offering dual temperature zones. The … Read more
Though I've never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner myself, I've been through enough holidays with my family and friends to know there are a lot of moving parts with the preparation and cooking that all need to come together at once. With several steps involved in roasting the turkey, the need to make numerous sides (such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy), along with other Thanksgiving favorites, it's no wonder the cook can get a little stressed.
While my personal cooking experience will be of no help to you during the holidays, there are a number of great … Read more
Tucked somewhere in the Amazon campus in Seattle, there is a room that has holds some very important racks of wine.
The bottles are handled carefully. With gloved hands, an Amazon photographer pulls each one off a wire rack and then photographs it so that online shoppers can see each bottle in a clean setting. An image of each bottle's label and description will be uploaded to site so shoppers can look at them in detail. This has happened thousands of times, for each type of wine Amazon sells. It is decidedly not how Amazon sells DVDs or books. … Read more
Wine goes through a remarkable transformative process while it ages. The flavor and aroma change, harsh tannins soften, and the mouthfeel can become smoother. However, not all that happens to wine as it sits on the shelf waiting to be consumed is a good thing. Wine can also go through a disappearing act, and not the good kind where it disappears as you drink it.
Generally speaking, most people probably do not carry their wine collection with them. Therefore, leaving it unattended means that it is vulnerable to theft. Of course, this is a very small threat in most instances, … Read more
The dilemma of how to enjoy a single glass of wine from an unopened bottle, without having to worry about quickly drinking the rest of it, is one that many have tried to solve. Plenty of wine preservation gadgets and systems exist to answer this quandary, with most relying on evacuating the air from the bottle in one way or the other. Rarely do they try to put it back in.
Always On is, undoubtedly, the most fun I've ever had in tech. And that's what I love the most about this show: it's been a celebration of all the ways that technology is truly a part of our everyday lives -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and occasionally the midair. I know we were best known for a sort of gleeful destructiveness, but the idea for the torture tests came directly from real-life stories and personal experience. And from your responses, dear audience, you've clearly had all the same kinds of experiences. (Well, maybe not … Read more
The Coravin Wine Access System pours a glass of wine without the need to open the bottle. No, this is not magic or osmosis at work here, but rather, a thin hollow needle is used to pierce the cork to get to the precious fluid inside. But that is only half the story.
Normally, as in the past many centuries, when a wine bottle was opened, the cork had to be removed with the wine inside subsequently becoming exposed to oxygen. This of course, gets the clock ticking on the drinkability of the wine. Now, by combining a wine preservation … Read more
I've heard most of the world's best headphones, but somehow missed the Sony MDR-R10. Only 2,000 were made. Production started in 1989, and at $2,500 a pair, it was the most expensive headphone in the world. The headphone cognoscenti scooped them all up years ago, and right now MDR-R10s rarely come up for sale. When they do, they usually go for more than $6,000!
The MDR-R10's 50mm "Bio-Cellulose Dome Diaphragms" are credited with producing the headphones' superclear treble and oh-so supple bass. The headphone also sported real lambskin-covered ear pads, and the … Read more