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STFU, You Probably Aren’t Allergic To Sulfites (Taking On Red Wine Headaches For Fix.com)

Vinted on December 27, 2016 binned in learning wine
Fix.com Red wine headaches

(image: Fix.com)

Ah, the holidays; time for family, friends, and overindulgence!

The latter, almost certainly, is the cause of your red wine headache, by the way.

In any case, that evil cranial pain some of you experience after drinking red wine almost certainly is not the result of a sulfites allergy. Seriously… statistically, the most likely reason that you have a headache is because you’re HUNGOVER.

I go into the specifics of this – and many other likely causes (and non-causes) of legitimate red wine headaches, in my latest article for Fix.com. If you suffer from the dreaded RWH (or know someone who does), hopefully this article can help you understand, mitigate, or even avoid getting a RWH.

And as we’re heading up to the close of 2016, and the subsequent imbibing that often comes with new year’s celebrations, I’m guessing that some of you might find this one handy (along with my previous tips on how to mitigate your hangover).

You’re welcome…

The way-cool infographic version of the article (complete with chemical formulations!) is included below after the jump.

Cheers – and watch your intake!

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Answers.com Wine Article Roundup, 2014 Holiday Shopping Edition

Vinted on December 23, 2014 binned in going pro

Don’t have your Winter holiday shopping done yet?

Dang, you’re probably screwed, then!

Oh well, best to start drinking, right?

Given that the holiday gift rush has been on my mind, the December 2014 Wine.Answers.com article roundup is all about wine-related gift action this month. Unfortunately, not all of the products are sure-fire hits, as you’ll see when you check out some of the review action below:

Wine Product Review: VinEdge Wine Preservation System 

I gotta admit, I did not “get” the VinEdge. I watched the videos, I tried multiple bottles, etc., etc., etc., but couldn’t get this thing to work consistently.

Wine Product Review: Napa Wine Chiller 

An interesting take on chilling wine, and a conversation-starter, no doubt. But when I used this thing, part of me was impressed, and the other part of me was scared to death that I was going to break expensive stemware. Read the review and you’ll see what I mean.

Three Great Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Wine Lovers 

And so, after those somewhat unsuccessful wine accessory attempts, I chose a different route and decided to recommend three stocking-stuffer sized wine gift ideas that I know are good choices for the vinously-affected.

Wine Book Review: “The Makers of American Wine” by Thomas Pinney

And to end on a high note, I offer my (glowing) take on Thomas Pinney’s excellent book, “The Makers of American Wine: A Record of Two Hundred Years.” This is the kind of book that most wine writers wish that they had the patience and chops to deliver.

Cheers – and Happy Holidays!


 

 

The Wine Snob: A Short Field Guide

Vinted on January 2, 2014 binned in commentary

Instances and identification of the Wine Snob in the wild

The wine snob is easily encountered but often difficult to successfully identify in the wild. This is because the wine snob in almost all salient ways physically resembles the human homo sapiens. Often, the only way to successfully identify the wine snob is via verbal cues.

The wine snob, isolated, is rarely dangerous and poses almost no immediate threat apart from annoyance. There are cases in which it has been reported that the wine snob will “leech” onto an unsuspecting person and follow them incessantly, carping verbal nonsense – the phrase terroir (tear-WARW) is often repeated – and requiring the person to physically remove themselves from the area to abbey the threat. However instances of bodily harm in these cases is statistically quite rare, and most “threats” from the wine snob have been completely overblown in the modern, scandal- and –shock-hungry press.

Identification of the wine snob cannot be successfully confirmed based on the presence of wine alone. This is an important enough point that it bears repeating and additional emphasis: not all specimens possessing a wine glass in the wild are wine snobs. The instances of wine snobs within any given wine-drinking population are still quite rare. Again, verbal confirmation must be obtained, as the presence of the wine snob also cannot be confirmed via nesting ground, habitat clues, tracks, diet or scat.

Wine-stained urine is not a reliable identification measure.…

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Answers.com Wine Article Round-Up, September 2013

Vinted on October 8, 2013 binned in going pro

A quick round-up of some of my articles from last month’s Answers.com gig, for your tomato-tossing enjoyment.

Continuing the series on getting insiders to talk about what to expect from various varietal wines:

 

On the wine book review front:

 

Odds & ends:

 

I should also mention that at the very end of the month I managed to sneak in my first contribution to the Why The PLCB Should Be Abolished blog, a smack-down of a shill of an editorial supporting anti-privatization efforts in Pennsylvania. Not a paying gig, but I’m hoping that one will pay in karma points one day when the PA Liquor Control Board finally goes the way of the dinosaurs.

Cheers!


 

 

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