Articles by: Caitlin Kearns

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God Help Us: Aluminum?

God Help Us: Aluminum?

A few weeks ago, I told you to drink whatever you want. It’s no one’s business but yours. I still think that’s true. You should drink white wine. You should even drink Two-Buck Chuck. It goes without saying, but I also think you should treat yourself to a few bottles […]

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Wine Drinking

The Light Giveth and it Taketh Away

The Light Giveth and it Taketh Away

We really should be posting about how our white wine is doing outside. But our white wine isn’t outside. Because it hasn’t been cold enough yet. Of course it’s the mildest winter on record. I wonder how tartaric acid crystals taste. I’m probably going to find out. In the meantime, let me entertain […]

by × January 16, 2013 × 0 comments

Home Winemaking

A Note About Aging

A Note About Aging

Aging, as it relates to wine, happens at two critical points: during the winemaking process, at my house, and when it’s in the bottle, at your house. Aging, as it relates to me personally, apparently happens on a continuous basis. And I age at my house, your house, and everywhere […]

by × January 3, 2013 × 0 comments

Wine Drinking

Open That Bottle Night 2013

Open That Bottle Night 2013

It’s New Year’s Day, and I am sure that many of you have been or will be commemorating with a special bottle of wine or champagne. What better opportunity to crack open something you’ve been saving, than the start of an entirely new year? New Year’s Eve and Day are […]

by × January 1, 2013 × 0 comments

Cocktails

A Visit from Dionysus

A Visit from Dionysus

Christmas is my favorite holiday, by which I mean Christmas Eve is my favorite holiday. We have very specific and glorious annual traditions, the most important of which (in my opinion) is stuffing our faces full of king crab legs, twice-baked potatoes, and my Mom’s homemade caesar salad. We also […]

by × December 27, 2012 × 0 comments

Things to Eat

Balsamic Vinegar Swirl Gelato

Balsamic Vinegar Swirl Gelato

A few months ago, Robert and I were watching the Travel Channel, and a special came on about balsamic vinegar. Do you know very much about balsamic vinegar? We didn’t. For example, did you know that true balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of pressed Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes?  Trebbiano is […]

by × December 6, 2012 × 4 comments

Home Winemaking

Labels and Branding

Labels and Branding

Wine is a global, multi-billion dollar industry. Like most industries, while focusing on your product is very important, so is understanding buying decisions and the factors that influence them, product differentiation, and fostering brand loyalty. Specifically, on the topic of labels, what should a label convey? It should give the […]

by × November 30, 2012 × 0 comments

Wine Drinking

Wine Journals and the Importance of Context

Wine Journals and the Importance of Context

You may have inferred by now that I find the history of alcohol to be very fascinating. Perhaps I can interest you in a pickleback, a historic cocktail crafted from port, or a nice glass of Beaujolais Nouveau? So, as I was preparing to write this post, my Thanksgiving recap, I googled was there booze at the […]

by × November 28, 2012 × 1 comment

Wine Drinking

Hooray! It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Hooray! It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day: invented by the French as another excuse to drink wine. No…that can’t be right. The French don’t need an excuse to drink wine. They just do. Not like us puritans. Beaujolais Nouveau Day: shoring up your vintner’s cash flow since 1951. That’s a little bit closer, actually, […]

by × November 15, 2012 × 2 comments

Cocktails

The Pickleback

The Pickleback

I am a tiny bit sad but mostly happy to report that my three-week run as Eloise has ended. We moved into a corporate apartment on Monday. It has a kitchen. It has doors! It has four forks, four spoons, and four knives. No dinner parties for six, unless you […]

by × November 14, 2012 × 3 comments

News

Amazon Wine Ruins Lives

Amazon Wine Ruins Lives

Are you familiar with Amazon? Are you familiar with Amazon’s 1-click ordering system? If not, suffice to say, Amazon is led by evil geniuses* who have perfected their business model, which is to make you buy things you don’t need. Because it’s so easy. 1-Click ordering is automatically enabled on […]

by × November 13, 2012 × 2 comments

Cocktails

Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry

The subtitle of this post is: The Important and Extremely Underrated Role of Booze in our Nation’s History. I’m thinking of writing a thesis about it. Am I going to school, you ask? No. The University of Maryland is going to be very surprised – and I have to assume, […]

by × November 9, 2012 × 3 comments