Friday, November 17, 2017

I Spent A Couple of Weeks in Vegas!

You may be thinking, "Irene you nitwit! You live in Las Vegas! What's the big deal?" The big deal is that just because I live here doesn’t mean that I actually *go* here. Like many locals, I have a certain snobbery when it comes to hanging at The Strip. So for two weeks, I went to Vegas! On The Strip, baby!
Aluminum screwcap lined with plastic over a sustainable wine. {{sigh}}

You and I, Face to Face. On Cork. Part Last

I'm so tired of seeing the currently stylish attitude of bashing cork, often by people who claim to be environmentally conscious. Reread the articles! Screwcaps and synthetics ain't green! At all!

Research, Me, and Bibliography – Part Six

"There has never been a peer reviewed or scientific study done to corroborate the outlandish claims of 5-10% spoilage of wines due to the natural cork closure. This a fallacy, perpetuated by those with a vested, financial interest in selling alternative closures. I'm happy to have you quote me on that."

The Last Word on Pho in Vegas – From the Pho...

The key to a beautiful Pho is the broth. Even if I hadn’t learned that later, it’s something I knew intuitively; the aroma was intoxicating, fragrant, and heady.
How wine corks are made

Natural Cork, the Only Green Alternative – Part Five

The cork forest sucks up CO2 which is generated in part by the plastic and aluminum refining processes. "Endocrine disrupter" is not a phrase you'll see in relationship to cork. And there’s no such thing as a “cork spill.”

Aye Aye Mercaptan! T’aint Cork Taint! Part Four

You’d think that having all of those beautiful experiences among the stunning scenery and environment of wine country would make me long to be a winemaker. And you would be wrong. Oh so very, very wrong.
Varying wine closures

Sealing the Wines, or ‘Tis it Taint? – Part Three

I found that many people blogging or reporting online were satisfied with parroting the status quo. I call that lazy research and lazy reporting.

Cork Taint and Box Wine – Is it Possible? Part Two

In addition, the wine itself has direct contact with the plastic bag, which is a permeable, petrochemical-based material. If the wine has any decent acid in it, that immediately should be cause for concern.
Wine on Tap. Photo from Orlando Sentinel

99 Keggers of Wine on the Wall…

Beer lovers, after all, get to have growlers filled with their favorite beer on tap and take them home for their personal enjoyment. Why not wine folks?
Heck no, I'm not drinking box wine!

Can a Boxed Wine be Corked? The (re)Search Begins. Part One

Yes, I know that this topic has been covered ad nauseum by every wine blog, website, magazine, book, opinion, study, expert, editorial, blah blah blah. I saw the dead horse. I decided to beat it.