8 things you can do with old wine corks

Cork is one of the magic materials of the world which is fitting since its most common use is in wine bottles (wine being one of the magic liquids in the world). But what to do with all the wine corks you have after you finish a bottle of wine? Don’t just toss ‘em out, they can be used as alcohol soaked candles,… »8/17/15 8:30pm8/17/15 8:30pm

Netflix-Style Booze Recommendation Works Surprisingly Well

We all know that desperate feeling of standing alone, motionless, and confused in a bottle shop. You need to take a decent bottle to a dinner party but have no idea what to get. Wouldn't it be magical if a could just read the labels and tell you what's good? Well, yes it would be, and thanks to a new app called Next… »11/28/14 5:00pm11/28/14 5:00pm

I Zapped My Wine With an Ultrasonic Decanter and It Tasted Pretty Good

Technology that can age wine within minutes sounds like it belongs in the same too-good-to-be-true boat as those ads for that "one food that kills belly fat." But the inventor behind a device that claims to do just that, the Sonic Decanter, recently invited to me to test out this fantastical technology. Does it… »11/21/14 5:00pm11/21/14 5:00pm

Mapping San Francisco's Microclimates With Wine Grown in the City

When you think of wine, you probably don't think of an urban farm wedged between public housing projects. But a pair of devoted viticulturists have upped the game in local winemaking, planting San Francisco's first vineyard since the 1906 earthquake. What will the terroir of a city built on sand and landfill be like? »3/10/14 6:40pm3/10/14 6:40pm

Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine In Outer Space

The story behind NASA's brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency's focus was shifting from short, Moon-focused missions to the possibility of longer-term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo… »1/31/14 3:20pm1/31/14 3:20pm