Weekend reads: Wine for your weekend
Slate's piece on drinking cheap wine was one of the most interesting things I read all week. I often refer to myself as "the queen of the $10 bottle" (which is pretty cheap already), but according to Slate, I'd probably be just as happy being "the queen of the $5 bottle" as long as I didn't know it was a $5 bottle. It seems that people tend to enjoy wine when they think it's a more expensive bottle.
It's not just price that can change the perception of wine. CNET reports that another recent study concluded that the music being played when drinking a wine also affects the way people perceive it.
One of my newest blog finds that I'm enjoying is The Reverse Wine Snob. A blogger named Jon from Minnesota reviews wines that retail for $20 or less. He recently did a series of reviews on seven Carmeneres from Chile. After reading his reviews and researching some of the individual wineries sustainability efforts on their websites, I've got a few bottles I'm hoping to find on my next trip to the wine store.
If you end up with leftover wine that's too old to drink, Lifehacker says you can use wine as a fruit and vegetable wash to get rid of germs. Interesting idea, but I can't remember the last time I had leftover wine!
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