The world of wine videos doesn't tend to be a barrel of laughs, but a few friends of Serious Eats are looking to change that—and help people learn about wine at the same time.
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If your weekend was anything like mine, it may have included one (or two?) too many margaritas. To help perk up your Monday morning, here's a selection of some of my very favorite coffee videos: I always play through this caffeinated list when I'm feeling a little bit, shall we say, sluggish to start.
"You don't know much about wine, but you do know that you shouldn't get the cheapest. That's why we make it easy for you to get the second cheapest." Finally, a wine for people like me who don't know anything about wine!
If you've ever wondered about the origin of the wine-talk sample in the Beastie Boys' "Blue Nun" (Check Your Head), look no further. It's from an audio guide to wine titled On Wine: How to Select and Serve by wine merchant Peter M.F. Sichel, who was responsible for popularizing the Blue Nun wine brand throughout the world. Sichel tells the Beastie Boys story in a video after the jump.
Sure, the English might love their tea, but did you know they've long been coffee fanatics, too? Check out this little docu-short about the cafe life of London in the swingin' late '50s and early '60s.
Untimely wine tragedies comes in several shapes and sizes, from the unfortunate brown-bag bottom-out to the broken-cork mishaps. In this week's Wine Protips video, Patrick Cappiello, Wine Director at GILT Restaurant, explains a bit of the science behind cork taint and teaches us how to sniff it out in your wine.
Since we learned how to swirl wine last week, today our friend Patrick Cappiello, the wine director at GILT at the New York Palace Hotel, explains what happens after you swirl. The next step is to smell—but why? Patrick explains both why and how to sniff your wine in this video.
We're excited to introduce a new video series here on Serious Eats: Drinks. Please welcome Patrick Cappiello, the Wine Director at GILT at The New York Palace Hotel, who will be joining us with a few wine tips! In this week's episode, Patrick teaches us how—and why—to swirl a glass of wine, and helps us avoid wine-splashing disaster.
Combine sugar, yeast, root beer extract, and cold water in a large jug, shake the jug, let it sit for a few days at room temperature, and cool it in the refrigerator—ta da, homemade root beer! Basically. For more detailed instructions, check out this video from Howcast.