Every wine lover seems to have an “Ah ha!” moment. Was was yours?Learning how, from one of my friend’s parents, to take a jug of Carlo Rossi, sling it over your shoulder, and drink straight from the bottle. The wine sucked but at that moment I truly learned and understood that wine was meant to be consumed and enjoyed. Pure and simple enjoyment. It was Hearty Burgundy and will always have a fond little spot in my heart.

via Mike Dombrow | Twin Cities Wine.

Wine Pro: Mike Dombrow | Twin Cities Wine

It might sound crazy: conventional wisdom is that caffeine interferes with sleep. But if you caffeinate immediately before napping and sleep for 20 minutes or less, you can exploit a quirk in the way both sleep and caffeine affect your brain to maximize alertness. Here’s the science behind the idea.

via Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone – Vox.

Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone

The 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs in the World

 

The 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs in the World | Visual.ly.

Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker was crowned the best beer in the country at the Great British Beer Festival in London.

via BBC News – West Yorkshire Boltmaker beer crowned best in Britain.

West Yorkshire Boltmaker beer crowned best in Britain

Despite the cynicism over wine critique – and the rather grandiose adjectives lavished upon certain appellations – it really does matter where your plonk comes from, according to the researchers from the University of California Davis.

They are attempting to fingerprint “terroir” – the unique characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place bestows upon a wine.

Wine’s unique fingerprint

Tea | Daily Infographic

 

tea | Daily Infographic.

File this under: No S*** Sherlock!

A new study claims that marketing — not taste — may be responsible for your loyalty to that lite lager you’ve been drinking.

via Can you taste the difference? Study claims lite lager brand loyalty based on marketing, not taste – Story.

Can you taste the difference? Study claims lite lager brand loyalty based on marketing, not taste – Story

he decline has been long, steady and consistent. In recent years, when the figures have been released most media coverage has stated the percentage of school children who admit to having drunk alcohol – 39% according to the latest study – with headlines like "four in ten children boozing! Mass epidemic!" while deliberately avoiding telling you that this figure was, say, 61% in 2003 for example. The liars at Alcohol Concern would resort to using older data to artificially inflate the problem when more recent, freely available data showed the numbers were in sustained decline. The deliberate obfuscation around the issue even led to supposedly reputable newspapers writing headlines claiming that under age drinking was ‘soaring’ when they very data they were reporting on showed it was in fact falling, not rising.

via Pete Brown: The truth about under-age drinking.

Pete Brown: The truth about under-age drinking

Bud and Miller Are Trying to Hijack Craft Beer—and It’s Totally Backfiring | Mother Jones

The American brewing industry reached another milestone at the end of June, with more than 3,000 breweries operating for all or part of the month 3,040 to be precise. Although precise numbers from the 19th century are difficult to confirm, this is likely the first time the United States has crossed the 3,000 brewery barrier since the 1870s. Wieren 1995 notes that the Internal Revenue Department counted 2,830 “ale and lager breweries in operation” in 1880, down from a high point of 4,131 in 1873.

via U.S. Brewery Count Tops 3,000 | Brewers Association.

U.S. Brewery Count Tops 3,000 | Brewers Association