I'm tired of feeling lousy the day after I drink and am thinking of stopping drinking any alcohol in any form, period. If you've done that, how difficult was it, what does it feel like?
We're finishing up our lengthy vacation Down Under; tomorrow is our last day in Sydney before flying back to Toronto, and one of our planned stops is the Oak Barrel, a really great and well stocked independent bottle shop. We've already bought a few very nice New Zealand wines (thanks to a few days on Waiheke Island) but we'd also like to bring home some good Aussie wines that aren't so easily obtainable overseas (IE no Yellow Tail or Jacob's Creek or other widely distributed wines). [more inside]
Last year, for a fundraiser, my organization had a paint-and-wine night. It was very successful and we'd like to do it again, but we're wondering -- is paint-and-wine still a thing, or is it played out? Is there some other X-and-wine activity we should do? Or will paint-and-wine still be a draw? [more inside]
Any suggestions for buying wine online in the US? There was a previous discussion here but from 2009, and I assume/hope there are new options available. [more inside]
I bought a bottle of something similar to a white zinfandel for a dinner party guest who cancelled. She's the only person I know who likes super-sweet white wines. We (stupidly) opened it tonight anyway, thinking that we'd give it a try, and no one could drink more than a few sips- it's so horribly, cloyingly sweet! What other drinks can I make with it to make it drinkable? [more inside]
Hi. I want a white wine in the $7 - $10 range that is drier than dry. Meaning, in my own limited experience, one that is less sweet-tasting to the palate than, say, Bay Moon (by Trader Joe's), Ecco Domani pinot grigio (Italia), & Veramonte (Chilean) sauvignon blanc, that being currently and slightly the most palatable, the less cloying. The greater the alcohol content, the better (I'm not a drunk and even if I were, no sermons, please...hic@!). I mean, I'd rather drink brandy than most wines. [more inside]
I am hosting an event tomorrow at a nonprofit and have promised a free sangria bar. I have three types of sangria in mind, but in the interest of saving money, I'm wondering if I can buy fewer ingredients that I can duplicate over two or all three recipes. I'm getting overwhelmed by all the potential combinations, plus a general lack of knowledge on how different liquors will mingle with certain fruit/wine flavors. Help! [more inside]
Hey wine buffs, looking for a winery in the Russian River area that sells wines similar to 'a good Chianti from Tuscany' - any leads? (Please go easy on me, I know nothing about wine.) [more inside]
Please give me recommendations for cooking classes, wine tasting and bartending classes in the Boston metro area. [more inside]
We just spilled a full bottle of red wine on a down duvet. How do we make it usable for tonight? [more inside]
I am a total wine droog and I want the red wine equivalent of: rich, chewy stout beer; dark, 80%+ chocolate; strong, smoky single malt; full-bodied pipe tobacco. [more inside]
Coming from Seattle, we'd like to travel through Washington wine country this year eating good food and tasting wine. Our ultimate goal is Walla Walla, but we assume we will probably stop in the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley as well. An acquaintance advises against visiting during Spring Release the first weekend of May due to crowds. When would be an alternate time to go that would still have nice weather but be easier to find lodging? We will have a car and would probably want to spend less than $200 a night at hotels.
We're going to Australia and New Zealand and plan on buying a bunch of bottles of wine (say, a dozen). Is it possible to send them back to the US, and if so, how? More inside. [more inside]
First of all: I don't think this is a capital-p Problem with alcohol. I just like it--specifically wine--a lot, and I have some vague sense that I should cut down or stop. Much of this has to do with the fact that my partner is a recovering alcoholic and doesn't drink at all, so I have some guilt with my dinnertime glass even as he says he doesn't mind. I know, intellectually, that alcohol is bad, mmkay, but that knowledge does nothing for my decision-making. [more inside]
What are some of your favorite wine based recipes? [more inside]
Recommend a built-in under counter wine fridge for me. [more inside]
I need to check about 10 wine bottles on a flight. I want to pack with cheap molded pulp inserts (either two-across or three-across), which I'll pack into a box like this. But I'm having trouble finding/buying those molded inserts. I need 4 or 5, and if I can buy them locally in NYC (or, better, my destination in Austin/Dallas), that would be great, as I leave pretty soon. [more inside]
Please recommend a book on how to do this. The more textbooky the better. [more inside]
I'm getting bored with my usual rotation and am looking for more or less everyday white wine recommendations, to go with dinner, with a few special snowflake requirements. [more inside]
What type of supplies should I have for a wine and beer service table at a charitable dinner? this is what we will have: White Towels, beer cups, Wine glasses, 2 wine openers, 2 bottle openers, Soda/iced tea, Beer, Wine, Ice, 1 large white ice chest, 2 Aprons, 1 ice scoop, 1 foil cutter, Volunteer shirts, 1 rectangle-8’ table, 1 rectangle tablecloth There will be pitchers of water on the tables so no need for bottled water am I missing anything for a 2 person service?
So, I have been hearing that a glass of red wine after dinner is good for health. Also, I like drinking wine but,till now, I have mostly been limited to a glass or so at restaurants. So, I am a novice about wines and don't know much about good wineries or sources. I looked up review sites, but I am not sure which review sites are trustworthy. What would be a good red wine you recommend? [more inside]
I'm trying to cut down on my alcohol consumption. What are some beverages that satisfy some of the same taste experience as beer or wine? [more inside]
I own a wine rack that holds 13 bottles, which is quite a supply for a single guy, so bottles end up on the rack for a few months. It's as much an art piece as it is a place to store the bottles, but the wine is strictly for consumption. In other words, none of the wine is valuable. I only buy 'em to drink 'em. How long can wine sit in a wine rack at room temperature in a well lit room before the wine starts to go bad? [more inside]
Planning on taking my wife to Temecula in mid-October for our first anniversary. I know the gist of what's available (e.g. wine, hot air balloons), but are there any specific recommendations you have? [more inside]
What are your favorite vineyards (the vineyard property, not just the wines they produce) in the northern Virginia area, specifically Fauquier County and Rappahannock County? [more inside]
Due to medical reasons, I can no longer drink carbonated beverages, including beer. So what kind of wine might quench my thirst after a long day at the lake? Any other suggestions like hard cider or lemonade that isn't carbonated? Margaritas obviously, but what else? I typically enjoy good old Bud Light so something along those lines.
In preparation for an overseas move, tomorrow evening I'm popping open a few bottles of wine I've carried from house to house over the years. Please recommend some fine cheeses (or other things, other than foie gras) that will go well with these wines: [more inside]
We're going to Paso this weekend! There's some recs on the Green from 8 years ago but many tasting rooms have closed and opened since then. What's your favorite winery to visit in the Paso area? (If you have a favorite coffee shop in San Luis Obispo that would be great to know too!)
Just over ten years ago I asked the following Question . So we're now coming up to our tenth Wedding Anniversary. Looking to get my wife something special, we're planning a trip away later in the year so that's sorted, but also want something for the day. My idea is for me to get a bottle of wine from every year we've been married. Now not knowing much about wine looking for recommendations for each year. Budget is to spend about £30-40 on each bottle, with the landmark years (wedding, kids born) spending a bit extra.
Wine-loving mefites: please give me your best wine resources, texts, online communities, podcasts, apps... and anything else you think would help a reasonably food-savvy mefite looking to move beyond "well, I remember I liked this one... I think?" [more inside]
My beloved friend showed up last night with a bottle of shitty homemade wine. Oh wow, this stuff tastes like medicine. I've successfully brewed champagne cider jack with him in the past, he's not dangerous so much as clueless at times, but this shit is like berry flavored ass medicine. Any vintners out there who can tell me if there is any way to go beside dumping the lot into the sink? [more inside]
How long will this wine that we blended last without sulfites? The winery guy and the Internet have different answers. [more inside]
I'm housesitting for a delightful family in a nice house, taking care of their dog while they're away for several days. I drank a bottle of their wine; it retails for $20 where I am and I'm not sure whether I should replace it before they come home. [more inside]
Years ago, a friend gave me a bottle of 1983 Vouvray as a wedding gift. The vintner is René Renier; I can't find much about him or the vintage on the internet. It got moved from house to house, and we don't exactly know how it's been stored its entire life (upright in the basement for the last few years, but before that, who knows). [more inside]
I would like to gift some wine to a friend in Manhattan. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
I'm home for the holidays and seeing many friends after years apart. I have five days, each consisting of brunch, lunch and dinner with others, and am looking forward to unimaginable quantities of free alcohol. I am a seasoned (pickled?) drinker that does not normally get hangovers but never have I been on such a social whirlwind with so many opportunities to celebrate. Does anyone have advice for overcoming the potential weaknesses of the flesh to rise to this challenge? Or, how to pace myself when offered so much free deliciousness? Details below [more inside]
Hi! I'm hosting a dinner party. One of the attendees is a professional chef. MeFi, what do I feed my guests? [more inside]
I love wine, but don't want to drink a whole bottle. Just a glass a night. Everything I've read, and my own experience, backs up the idea that the best way to seal wine is the screwtop and reseals as well as those fancy vacuum sealers. The only thing that seems better for a single glass is wine in a box. But I want more variety than wine in a box allows. [more inside]
Looking for somewhere online that sells cheap wine by the box. Anyone recommend a good website? [more inside]
We're looking to taste wines and see the pretty in October. Where's the jaw-dropping beauty and equivalent deliciousness? [more inside]
Where can I purchase Cisco fortified wine in northern Virginia or the metro DC area. Ideally I wouldn't have to drive all the way in to DC, but could be convinced if you're sure its sold a shop there. For what it's worth - acquiring the wine is for lulz purposes, not for "oh I really want to drink Cisco."
Last minute help needed for a birthday and mother's day gift for my mom and dad - fancy alcohol advice needed. [more inside]
I'm using the Winebottler program to install IE8 on my Mac (for testing a site). It looks great but doesn't seem to connect to the Web. Is there a fix for this?
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]
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?
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]
I like Chinon wine. What else would I like? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]