Star Apps: Devo's Gerald Casale

Devo co-founder Gerald Casale dates his wine interest to 1978, after the band signed to Warner and moved to Los Angeles, during California's food and wine revolution. There the new-wave band member met and befriended many of the new-wave chefs -- Michael McCarty (Michael's), Bruce Marder (Brentwood Restaurant), Wolfgang Puck (Spago), Piero Selvaggio (Valentino), and Jeremiah Tower (Stars) -- as well as a new breed of sommeliers and winemakers. These soon-to-be culinary superstars often invited Casale to home dinners and encouraged him to try everything.

Devo went on to produce hits like "Freedom of Choice, "Whip … Read more

Get hypnotized by this LED rotating ice bucket

Finding the perfect beverage is a goal worth striving for. After all, nothing gets better than perfect. Why settle for a lukewarm drink when a crisp, cool, refreshing one could be had instead? Unfortunately, like all good things in life, obtaining top-level drink enlightenment requires some amount of planning. Luckily, there is a quality shortcut.

The Vinotemp Epicureanist Quick Chill Ice Bucket ($89) chills bottles of booze, wine and soda quickly and easily at a moment's notice. The efficient bottle chiller outpaces that other quick chilling option (but saves freezer interiors from burst bottles). By rotating the bottle in … Read more

Have VinGardeValise, will travel

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.

The VinGardeValise ($169.99) is a wine suitcase. When packed with a full case of wine, … Read more

Bendy straw wine aerator knows no faux pas

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

Beer and wine: Together at last in dual-zone fridge

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

Great iOS apps for planning Thanksgiving dinner

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

From Bordeaux to Warhol: Amazon goes high-brow

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

Keep tabs on the wine fridge anywhere you go

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

Disappearing wine trick replaces wine with air

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.

The VinEdge wine preserver ($29.95) is a simple wine gadget that requires no active participation from the wine drinker (which is a good thing). The spout affixes to … Read more

Episode 54: Saying goodbye to Always On

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