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Archive for January 14, 2014

Quiz: What Type of Wine Drinker are You?

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Ever wonder how you stand up to other wine drinkers? In this day and age it’s difficult to know everything about wine (because it’s such an enormous topic), so people choose to focus around the parts they love the most. You could be the best at buying value grocery store wine or be very skilled at understanding what wines cellar the longest. Take the simple 6 question quiz below to find out where you stand!


Quiz: What type of Wine Drinker are You?

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Types of Wine Drinkers

  1. Wine is a Grocery

    Wine is part of your life in the same way as toilet paper, coffee or bread. You love it, but mostly for its effects. Some say you’re lazy, but you could care less.

    What to watch out for:

    Yellow stickers. Just because a wine looks like it’s discounted doesn’t mean you’re getting a great tasting wine. A wine like this may have actually declined in flavor (e.g. a 5 yr old Prosecco) or was initially marked up in order to fool you. Yep — This kind of thing happens all the time.

  2. Wine Geek

    You are a wine min-maxer: minimum expense, maximum experience. You seek out hot value regions and learn new things in order to have a great time.

    What to watch out for:

    Bad information. There is a lot of faulty information online and off that can mislead your choices.

  3. Wine Snob

    You spare no expense with your wine habit and your obsession makes you look like a snob. To be fair, you’ve worked very hard to get where you are.

    What to watch out for:

    Ratings and reviews that appeal to your high-brow tastes, not all that glitters is gold… some is just hype.

  4. Wine is Art

    You love how wine bottles look and the colors of wine… maybe even more than the actual wine.

    What to watch out for:

    Beautiful labels and bottles catch your eye; make sure it’s something you want to drink before buying it.


5 of the Strangest Wine Accessories

The Corkcicle heads up the list of weird wine gadgets

© Hewy Wine Chillers | The Corkcicle heads up the list of weird wine gadgets

Are you that person who has everything? If so, you might be the next recipient of one of these superfluous wine gadgets.

1. The Corkcicle

Oh god. Your inlaws have just pulled up and there’s nothing cold and alcoholic to get you through the next two hours. You open the fridge door, see only milk and a flat, half-drunk bottle of Coke that was Sunday’s hangover cure, and think to yourself, “Who am I? Is my whole life a lie? Who let the dogs out?”

Luckily, you had the foresight to pre-freeze the Corkcicle, that most useful of wine accessories. Let us ignore the fact that that foresight would probably have been put to better use in chilling the wine itself prior to the arrival of your guests.

Despite the long, cylindrical nature of the Corkcicle, it isn’t the most phallic object on this list, which is quite an achievement. That distinction surely goes to…


2. The Bosch Corkscrew Attachment

The perfect gift for the wine enthusiast who’s a little bit “Home Improvement” – bring back Tim “The Tool Man’”Taylor. This will make even your pinot grigio with a sassy cartoon lady on the label seem manly. Grrrrrr.

3. The Rainman Decanter


Most people think it’s pretty special when a decanter appears on the table at a dinner party. But a decanter with eight holes? It looks more like a watering can – the makers even admit it’s a bit like a shower head. Practically speaking, it might not be so good for dinner parties, especially those with white linen tablecloths. If my gatherings are anything to go by, it’s a no-no.

Wine-Tank 4. The Glass Tank

Okay, let me just say that I know that this thing is more an exercise in interesting design than in necessity but LOOK AT IT. Can you imagine actually drinking from it without a) pouring it all down the front of your shirt, b) lamenting the presence of your nose, or c) looking like a raging alcoholic?

Wine-Clip5. The Wine Clip

The website for this weird wine accessory claims that the wine clip uses the power of feng shui to realign the chakra of the wine (okay, it actually says magnets and molecules).

I can only imagine that actually tasting a difference in the wine after using this thing is akin to drinking the Kool-Aid: you want to believe in its powers so badly after shelling out 30 bucks that you will throw your hands in the air and begin to sing gospel songs. Maybe the ability to suddenly sing in public without inhibition is what the wine delivers.

A bit of foresight, a corkscrew and a glass are all you really need to enjoy wine. Although a glass is arguably not necessary either. C’mon. We’ve all been there.

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Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru to present A Conversation with Composers

Jazz_Across_AmericasThe Afro Latin Jazz Alliance will host a conversation that explores traditional rhythms and music of Colombia and Peru and their adaption to the big band jazz format on January 22, 2014 at 7 PM at Symphony Space in New York. The session will feature some of today’s most vital composers and musicians on the New York jazz scene.

Artists include Gabriel Alegria, Laura Andrea Leguía, Gregorio Urbie, Pablo Mayor, Ivonne Parades, and Arturo O’Farrill photo by John Abbott. These musicians have both a clear connection and education in jazz arranging and composing styles and dedication to their indigenous roots. These are artists who perform jazz, but do not abandon their identities or culture. They embrace the American ideals and aesthetic in jazz and recognize those qualities in their own forms. The idea is to synthesize a hybrid that is neither American nor Peruvian or Colombian but really Pan American, not jazz, not Latin but a music of the future.

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will present two concerts on February 14 & 15th at Symphony Space titled, Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru.

Admission to the conference is free
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru – A Conversation with Composers is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

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