An Insider's guide to restaurants, wine, spirits and culinary travel

Glass half full: 10/4/2017

A roundup of the most interesting food, wine and spirits stories on the web (because even Al Gore, who invented it, doesn't have time to read them all)

If you’re one of those people who equate high prices with wine quality, you’re in luck.

Because industry leaders say that prices are about to go up:


One of the pillars of restaurant hospitality is keeping snake bites to a minimum among your guests.

A woman is bitten by a copperhead at a LongHorn Steak House in Virginia:


The clearest sign that you have too much time on your hands.

To occupy those idle hours in your life, invest in the DIY Prosecco kit (because there’s just not enough Prosecco around these days):


If only they could apply the same principle to political ads and commentary.

Facebook is testing an app that will allow users to block alcohol advertisements:


Apparently we drink with our ears.

Researchers find that the sound of a popping cork makes wine taste better:


Where are they now?

Tasting the classics: Mateus, Lancers, Riunite and Blue Nun:


                     great wine for under $15?

It’s not a typo, oxymoron or stupid question. There’s a lot of very good wine at very low prices, but discovering it is a challenge---particularly when you’re strolling the wine aisle of your local supermarket or beverage superstore, staring at a tsunami of unfamiliar labels.

The answer is Mark Spivak’s Affordable Wine Guide to California and the Pacific Northwest, available as an e-book for $7.99. The book profiles 43 producers and contains hundreds of wine reviews, and gives you a clear-cut view of the good and the bad. The criteria are simple: What does the wine taste like? What kind of food does it go with? Is it worth the money?

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