“How do I use this wine opening contraption?” “What if I get cork in the wine?” “What if the cork breaks in half?” “Why didn’t I just buy the one with the screw-cap?” “Can you please open this for me?” Being the closest thing my family has to a “wine expert,” it became clear this past holiday season how terrified some people are to OPEN a bottle of wine. No need to fret. Opening a bottle of wine should not be cause for alarm. With a few helpful hints and a little practice, you can soon be opening wine like a sommelier. Well, opening wine like a somm might be excessive. They meticulously cut the foil around the rim. They maintain eye contact with their guest the whole time. How about we just attempt to open wine, like, without fear? And I’ll throw in a few examples of extreme wine opening, for dramatic flair. Screw-caps: I’m going to assume you got this one. Righty-tighty. Lefty-loosey. … [Read more...] about Monte Belmonte Wines: How NOT to Open Wine Like an Ah-So
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On March 12, the National Book Critics Circle awarded the late Ellen Willis the top prize in its criticism category for The Essential Ellen Willis, a collection of over 40 years’ worth of Willis’s writing. Willis, who served as the first-ever pop critic for the New Yorker in the early Sixties, died of lung cancer at the age of 64 in 2006. She began writing for the Village Voice in the early Seventies, and became a staff writer here in 1979, where she remained as a writer and senior editor for the next decade. Edited by her daughter, journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz, The Essential Ellen Willis is a wonderfully motley assortment of essays, reported features, and political commentary. It also includes a generous helping of articles that originally appeared in the Village Voice. On the next page, you can read a piece she wrote for the cover of the July 29, 1981, issue, “Escape From New York,” which appears in the anthology. They don’t look real to me How can I … [Read more...] about Read ‘Escape From New York,’ From Ellen Willis’s Award-Winning Anthology
Culture John Legend LVE Rosé Is there a better way to cool down from the summer heat than with a glass of perfectly chilled rosé? No, there is nothing that quenches the thirst of a drinking-aged adult as remarkably as the crisp, sometimes dry, possibly floral, often juicy taste of pink summer water spilling down the throat on a humid afternoon in June. John Legend knows this, and it’s likely why the award-winning singer recently introduced his own rosé for adults to enjoy in the summer. As well-versed in wine as he is in music, Legend launched his new branded rosé on Thursday as an expansion of his wine label, LVE. Dubbed Côtes de Provence Rosé, the 2017 vintage is pale pink in color and boasts aromatic notes of peach blossom, raspberry and apricot. Upon first sip, drinkers are delighted with splashes of “fresh picked strawberry and white nectarine” on the palate, accompanied by a rich and lengthy mineral finish. Recommended … [Read more...] about John Legend’s New Rosé and 15 More Celebrity Wines to Try This Summer
By DAVID BROOKS Monitor staff Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Print Granite Geek One of the most amazing accomplishments of human ingenuity is good, old plastic.Unbreakable, waterproof, malleable, lightweight – plastic solves most shortcomings of every other material developed by humans in the 10,000 years before Bakelite burst on the scene in 1907. And because those clever chemists make it from lots of different-sized carbon chains pulled out of petroleum, we can alter its properties almost at will. Amazing! Too bad about the whole destroying-the-planet aspect, as we bury ourselves in discarded water bottles, lawn chairs, plastic bags, straws and automobile dashboards. If only we could recycle the stuff.We can, of course, and do – to an extent. But not much of an extent.Only about one-quarter of the plastic in the U.S. is recycled in some form, according to the most recent data, and that number might be falling because the cost is rising due largely to a crackdown by … [Read more...] about When your recycling isn’t recycled, and how to tackle the problem at Science Cafe N.H.