Sometimes a very special occasion that has been paired with a very special wine calls for a particular form of memento: the saving of the cork. Even if you do not participate in the occasional saving of the cork, you should at least be indirectly aware of the custom. I know I've seen trivets made from wine corks, bulletin boards and a handful of other odd, unexpected uses for that little plug of cork. I even used to live near a storefront that created a two-inch thick moat around their display window, filling it with hundreds (thousands?) of corks.… Read more
U.S. Cellular has just announced the LG Wine, a simple mid-tier handset with features like a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a one-touch speakerphone, and voice command. Appropriately, it's available in red and white versions.
You can get it for $179.95 without a contract or $29.95 after a two-year agreement and a mail-in rebate of $50.
Keeping wine chilled has been a little bit of a problem for me. If I try to put more than a bottle or two in the refrigerator, I don't seem to have room for everything else that should go in there. But my kitchen barely has room for me--it certainly doesn't have the space for a standalone wine cooler. I'm not about to give up any of my counter space for anything like that, either. Solutions seems to have found the one spot in my kitchen that I can fit a wine cooler in, though: the Under-Cabinet Wine Cooler … Read more
As part of an effort to wring more money out of its online activities, Google has begun permitting text advertisements for some hard liquor in the United States.
"This fall, we changed our policy around beer, for the first time allowing advertisements of its sale in the U.S. via AdWords. And starting today, in response to advertiser feedback we've received over the years, we'll permit the advertisement of hard alcohol and liqueurs that target the U.S.," said Amanda Kelly of Google's AdWords team in a blog post Monday.
Every year, I spend hours searching through wine paraphernalia for something I can give my uncle. He's a true wine aficionado and has just about every wine gadget you can think of, but I've found something new for this year: the Wine Arc. This graceful wine holder turns a good bottle of wine into an elegant centerpiece. It balances bottles midair, seemingly defying gravity. It is easy to suspend the bottle; simply slip the neck of the wine bottle into the Wine Arc and gently release it. The bottle will balance itself.
The Wine Arc is minimalist, but … Read more
This is no "bathtub gin wine" we're talking about here. WinePod has put together an impressive product designed to help budding enthusiasts take advantage of their passion for wine. Add grapes and yeast, follow some directions, (or along in the community) and you are on your way.
The Garagiste is similar to the Classic WinePod in that it produces four cases of wine, but the price is significantly lower which should create more interest in the budget minded. While the Classic sells for $4,499, the new model is available for only $1,999. The makers, ProVina, … Read more
A large part of the fun of hosting a holiday meal is showing your family and friends that you can bring it to the table with the best of them. I spend a somewhat ridiculous amount of time planning menus, creating elegant and impressive dishes, and imagining how impressed everyone will be. Because that's really the true meaning of the holiday: showing your brother-in-law that you're a better cook than he is.
Of course, presentation is half the battle--the table has to look as good as the food does, right? And I'm not above resorting to flat-out … Read more
A MoMA store gift idea for the wine enthusiast in your family could be this wine glass inside a bottle by Claudio Colucci. The carafe is hand blown so that a … Read more
I have a hard time with most corkscrews. I can generally get a wine bottle open without mishap, but it always feels like I have to do a lot of work for only a little result. With the Oster Inspire Wine Opener, however, I can get the cork out and the party started in a matter of seconds. This bottle opener even includes a foil cutter to remove seals.
The reason the Oster Inspire Wine Opener is so good at speeding up the process is the fact that it's an electric opener. It's cordless--the wine opener comes with … Read more
Google has joined the OpenID crowd, but just like Microsoft and Yahoo, you can't use the OpenID on Google, but you can use Google credentials other places. Unlike Microsoft and Yahoo though, Google has decided to tweak the OpenID implementation a little to make it better. That means that it's nonstandard and won't work for all standards-compliant OpenID servers. Bullies. We also admire the new DRM-free music store from clothing retailer, Hot Topic. Really.Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 842