By the way, I drink my whites and bubblies out of these glasses, as well. Why should they be discriminated against? They can have aromatics that equal or surpass those of red wines, and being scrunched up in a tiny glass doesn’t help to showcase them!
Now, I know I’m supposed to have a glass for every wine, and truth be told I do have what are referred to as white wine glasses, but I use them for my dessert wines. The fact of the matter is that a well-designed wine glass can be perfectly suitable for a broad range of wines, while one specifically designed for a single wine might not be good for any at all. I went along for years drinking out of a simple, old school wine glass without any issues. (That is, at least when I wasn’t just drinking wine out of a tumbler!)
There's more than one way to screw a cork.There are so many corkscrews on the market that sometimes it's easy to confuse the popular models with the ones that are most effective. While many of the latest styles do a decent job, the tried and true always seem to save the day. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a good waiter's friend. I use one with twin levers and an extra-long, grooved screw. It's makes pulling most corks a breeze, though sometimes I have to rely on my trusty Ah-so to extract an old, delicate cork.
Of course, getting the cork out of the bottle is the most important task any wine drinker faces. With the latest closures (Screwcap, ZORK, Vino-lok) there's no longer an absolute need for a corkscrew, but with so many wines still in cork-finished bottles you should probably have one. I use a waiter’s friend with an extra long screw that has a groove in it, giving it a better grip on the cork. My favorite corkscrew also has twin levers for helping to extract long or fragile corks.
Sometimes, with older wines, a corkscrew either pushes the cork into the bottleneck, or simply gouges a hole right through the cork. For those times you absolutely need an Ah-So. Unlike other corkscrews, the Ah-So grabs the cork from the outside, where the cork comes in contact with the bottleneck. Slow and steady twisting of the Ah-So allows the two tines to grab hold of the entire length of the cork all at once, allowing you to slowly extract even the most tender and brittle old corks.
Two Great Blogs You Should FollowDo Bianchi
Jeremy Parzen has a way with words. Clear and unfettered, his writings -- about some of my favorite wines, I might add -- are frequently the high point of my days scouring the online world of wine. He recently published excellent notes on a tasting of the latest wines from Bruno Giacosa that is a must read.
Chateau Petrogasm, the self-proclaimed "wine blog of tasting notes through images" is dreamy. I mean, they come up with some of the most amazing images to represent a wine. That's right: just a single image to give you all the flavor, emotion, and impact of the wine. It's a load of fun, and makes you rethink about your entire approach to wine appreciation.