I am coordinating the memorial service for a good friend who died March 1st. The service is this Tuesday at a church without a commercial kitchen. I have 3 questions: My friend's widow is paying for the beverages, so there is no caterer involved. There's a concert, then speakers, so the refreshments won't be served until 9 pm. 1. How do I chill beverages (wine, beer, water + non-alcoholic choices) without a refrigerator? We are talking 170 people, in theory, which translates into a lot of liquids. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna
on Apr 11, 2014 -
I thought that, by law, all wine bottles in the US must show their % alcohol content. But recently in California I've bought wine which doesn't display the alcohol content on either the front or back label. Am I just not looking close enough?
posted by mono blanco
on Mar 3, 2014 -
I have an event coming up, and I’d like to provide some wine. The wine won’t be a focus, but some people will expect it, so I’d like to give them something. I don’t drink wine, and know nothing about it. My plan was to go to a local wine shop and explain that I need something basic at a lower price point. But, out of the blue, a friend offered to donate a bunch of wine that he’s had in his basement that he won’t ever use. My sense is that these were gifted to him over the years, but when he drinks wine, he wants something different. He’s got one to three cases of each of the following: [more inside]
posted by ericc
on Feb 20, 2014 -
I can't seem to stomach wine easily, even the smell is pretty awful, but I want to acquire a taste for it for special occasions. I'm tired of being the only person toasting with a coke! I don't like sour, acidic or alcohol tastes, so I may be out of luck, but if anyone has any recommendations I'd really appreciate it. I should also mention that the above mentioned flavours are all usually much worse when cold, so I'm hoping for a good room-temp wine.
Thanks in advance!
posted by Ellabelle797
on Feb 9, 2014 -
I'm a 57 year old woman who has never acquired a taste for wine. Maybe it's due to that Annie Green Springs incident back in high school (LOL). Anyway, I often feel odd woman out in social gatherings where everyone is sipping wine. Help me become a late in life wine snob. :) [more inside]
posted by OkTwigs
on Jan 25, 2014 -
A friend's wife enjoyed some Mommy Juice
white wine. But when he went back to the liquor store where he bought it, they were out. Does anyone know what ordinarily-available brand might be the same or similar (here in Rhode Island)? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt
on Jan 13, 2014 -
The only place the Internet indicates we can find this is the Christmas Market, which has ended for the season. I've called a few places but haven't found anyone who currently has this beverage on their list. Will be there the 28th - 30th, and if anyone could point us at a place where we could find a glass of Gluhwein, mulled wine, Glogg (insert appropriate diacriticals where needed,) would be most appreciative.
posted by dorgla
on Dec 27, 2013 -
I'm looking for a merchant in NYC who sells a good selection of French sparkling hard dry ciders (from Normandy and Brittany). Also great if said merchant has more diverse hard cider options (UK or Scandinavian etc.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull
on Dec 6, 2013 -
I find wide-bottomed decanters hard to pour from, especially when I'm sitting at a table. Can you recommend one that's not too heavy and can safely be used even by clumsy people? [more inside]
posted by wryly
on Nov 29, 2013 -
I have a bunch of bottles of probably not-super-awesome white wines. I'd like to make a punch for a party this weekend and am looking for a good recipe for a fall/winter punch. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia
on Nov 11, 2013 -
On Friday, I rented my first-ever tuxedo for a black-tie wedding. On Saturday, I went to said wedding. On Sunday, I noticed that there's somehow red wine stains on the tuxedo shirt, despite not drinking red wine and not having stains on any other part of the tuxedo. On Monday, I'm supposed to return the tuxedo. Help? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Oct 27, 2013 -
I'm defending my dissertation next week and the process has wrung all enthusiasm for academia right out of me. The whole enterprise has come to seem like nothing but an anxiety-ridden grind. In my small amount of free time before the defense and during the break I'm allowing myself afterwards, I'd like to read some novels that will delude me into thinking that being an intellectual is kind of, well, hot.
Examples and extended description below. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate
on Oct 26, 2013 -
A friend of mine is a red wine connoisseur currently located in the Southern U.S. I am located in Europe and am searching for a great Christmas gift. I don't know much about wine, except the kinds I like and not spending more than $10/bottle on one for myself. Are there any great, rare, or otherwise exceptional wines to which I may have access, that he would not? (Or, at least, that would have some significance coming from here) I am happy to travel basically wherever within Europe as long as it makes a good story. [more inside]
posted by ista
on Oct 11, 2013 -
I'm looking to buy a nice wine for someone who has done three things for me. Could you recommend a good wine that ties into the number 3 somehow? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr
on Oct 4, 2013 -
Last year we found a cheap red blend that we liked that was on the sweet side and had a very jammy taste, all for $5. Unfortunately, no one else seemed to like it, as it's been discontinued (Flying Heart from Trader Joe's). Looking for something with that sort of flavor profile, preferably less than $10.
posted by curious nu
on Sep 15, 2013 -
What are the most affordable and helpful wine stores in NYC? I'd like a wide selection of bottles $15 and under sold by nice, helpful, non-pretentious people. I am aware of Trader Joe's Wines and Astor Place Wines. I'm in Fort Greene, so anything in Brooklyn or Manhattan below 60th St is most helpful!
posted by Viola
on Aug 24, 2013 -
We have ten days to explore the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, seeking any recommendations for good places to visit, stay, eat. [more inside]
posted by biffa
on Aug 22, 2013 -
I'm looking for a culinary experience for a date in the SF Bay area or Sacramento area. Preferred budget ~$30-$60 person without drinks. Special details within. [more inside]
posted by agentofselection
on Aug 20, 2013 -
Near our house, we found a delightful Damson plum tree
, that's busting at the branches. We picked too many. I need your best preserving/canning/fermenting plans that can use up the rest of these. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart
on Aug 16, 2013 -
My memory suggests there was a very short film in the early days of HBO that had a father and son sharing a family ritual around drinking out of a chalice in an unexpected way. Can anyone point me to this? My -fu failing.
posted by sagwalla
on Aug 16, 2013 -
I'm going to be in Marseille for the better part of a week in early August, but won't have a car. If at all possible, I'd like to find a place where I can have a meal that consists of wine, cheese, and bread. Where can/should I do this?
posted by squorch
on Jul 31, 2013 -
I'm looking to get a good/special bottle of sake in Chicago. The problem? I know nothing about sake. Does anyone have recommendations for a $30 to $50 bottle of sake and ideas where I might find it here in the lovely Second City? Thanks!
posted by fiery.hogue
on Jul 10, 2013 -
Does anyone know of any recommendations for thick wine glasses? I am tired of thin wide glasses (that seem to break a lot) and I am NOT interested in plastic glasses. I know they exist, as I was at a bar a couple of months back while traveling, and they served wine in this very thick wine glasses. It was exactly what I was looking for so I asked the waitress, who asked the manager, but they didn't know where there were sourced.
I am just looking for a plain wine glass (red or white wine), with no markings or decorations on them at all, but the wine glass itself is very thick. I would need to be about to buy these online as well.
(And yes, I am aware that the thickness of the glass could affect that taste of the wine, but I am still looking for a thick glass.
posted by dbirchum
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I'm really embarrassed to be asking this question but apparently I've been embarrassing my husband with cheap wine. I don't know whose wrong here, so I'm asking you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 14, 2013 -
How much should I let my wine breathe and how much should I use a wine stopper? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jun 12, 2013 -
I'm looking for a wine club in the US, and I am a moderately snobby wine drinker. Price is important-ish (value more so than price), and I only want red wines. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine
on Jun 9, 2013 -
I have found a wine that I love beyond all others, but it's hard-to-impossible to find here and I need to find EITHER an alternative that tastes as close to this as possible OR a new supplier. The wine is a Franciacorta, the maker is Berlucci, and the particular wine is the Storica '61 Brut (61 is the name of the original vintage and is given in homage - it's not the vintage of the wine) and is the white not the red/pink version. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Jun 8, 2013 -
I was thinking about making wine ice cubes to keep my wine cold while drinking it without diluting it. My question is, will all the alcohol evaporate? Will it still be potent? If anyone knows for sure, please let me know. Thanks!
posted by Sully
on Apr 10, 2013 -
When I lived in Chicago, there was a great late-night coffee shop called New Wave Cafe in Logan Square that was perfect for after-work writing. I've been having a hard time finding a similar spot since moving to NYC. It doesn't need to be a coffee shop, but it does need to be well-lit enough that I can read, and calm enough that I won't be seen as preventing the establishment from doing business. Bonus points if the place has a neighborhood-y feel with a friendly staff. I live in Greenpoint, work in SoHo, and usually commute via bicycle over the Williamsburg Bridge. Any suggestions, Metafilter?
posted by eustacescrubb
on Mar 31, 2013 -
Why are large-format wine bottles predominantly named after biblical figures (e.g. this reasonably comprehensive Wikipedia page
)? The answer is not easily forthcoming on either the internet (although Google has
been asked "why do wine bottles have biblical names?" before) or in my collection of food-studies books. Any ideas?
posted by scrim
on Feb 19, 2013 -
I'm having dinner with some lovely friends who I haven't seen for ages. Coq au Vin will be the main course. What can I bring that will complement this dish in an amazing way? Wine, side dishes, hors d'oeuvres - all suggestions appreciated.
posted by h00py
on Feb 14, 2013 -
We're hitting -25C here for the next few days, so I thought I'd indulge in an experiment -- putting 2.5L of cheap kit Shiraz into a food-safe container with a loose-fitting lid outside and fishing the ice out at the end of every day. What should I expect? When should I stop?
posted by Shepherd
on Jan 23, 2013 -
Need to gift a wine bottle to someone who enjoys red wine. I don't know what type of red.
There are so many brands to chose from so since I don't know his taste I would prefer to give something from a recognized winery. Don't want him to think I picked the cheapest red :)
Couple of brands that come to mind:
Budget: up-to $50
posted by r2d2
on Jan 13, 2013 -
Please recommend a durable and easy-to-use corkscrew, preferably under around $15 and available via Amazon Prime. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad
on Dec 4, 2012 -
I absolutely love this recipe
by Gordon Ramsay but need to know the actual proportions to use, a good side-dish, an alternative to brill and a wine recommendation (both to use for cooking and to pair with the dish)
posted by Lucubrator
on Oct 28, 2012 -
My friend is starting a wine education company in Canada. He's trying to come up with a list of courses that would appeal to the widest audience. Right now he has a course on VQA wines, Italian wines, French wines, "How to find value wine", pinot noirs of the world (Oregon, Burgundy, California, New Zealand...) and is contemplating a course in Cabernets. Can you think of something that is missing or that would interest you more than what he has?
posted by jmmpangaea
on Oct 11, 2012 -
What do you get a super white wine connoisseur that's more special than a really great bottle of wine? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss
on Oct 1, 2012 -
We frequent a wine bar that features a self-service Enomatic machine. You load up a debit card and then serve yourself. My wife usually drinks wine and I normally order beers. A $50 bill may represent $40 charged up on the card, with only 2 beers actually brought out to me by a waiter. I've been tipping based on the value of what we actually consumed, so I'm doing the math on what my wife drank, even though it is all prepaid and self-serve. If I tip the full bill, the waiter that helps us the next time, when we may not need to add to the wine card, gets screwed.
Waiters of Mefi, am I doing it right?
posted by COD
on Sep 26, 2012 -
Are there any wines that will still be decent after 5 years at room temperature? [more inside]
posted by kerri13
on Sep 2, 2012 -
I am taking a last-minute, whirlwind tour of Switzerland from August 29-Sept 7th, and need budget lodging recommendations. [more inside]
posted by larthegreat
on Aug 20, 2012 -
I added some red wine to a hot pan containing some carmelized onions and garlic and spices and just-added cold ground turkey. FWOOM the wine ignited as if it were brandy in souvlaki. Wha? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Aug 19, 2012 -