How Restaurant Wine Pricing Works

Great piece in the Wall Street Journal, which asks why a 2004 Opus One costs $195 at Houston’s in San Francisco but $425 at NoMI in Chicago. Lots of reasons are in play: The fancier the restaurant (and fancier the wine service), the more you’ll pay. The more competition for high-end wine there is in…

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Red Bull May Not Give You Wings After All

Sorry, club kids. This just in, and it’s kind of gross. According to the latest research, the popular energy drink Red Bull can increase the risk of heart damage. The participants of the study were university students aged between 20 and 24. Researchers found that just one sugar free can of Red Bull raised the…

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Review: Mount Gay Eclipse Silver, Eclipse Gold, and Extra Old Rum (2008)

Tomorrow (August 16) is National Rum Day, so what better way to celebrate than to sip a little Mount Gay, the first commercially produced rum (per the company), continually produced since 1637 (though the bottles say 1703). They even say George Washington drank this stuff on a stopover in Barbados (my favorite island, by the…

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Review: 2005 Sean Thackrey Orion

When last I drink Orion, it was the 1995 vintage, which I rated a (very) rare A+. I thought I’d never have Orion again, but then I was surprised with a whole case of 2005 Orion (plus a bottle of that ’95). I cracked open bottle #1 tonight to see what might have changed in…

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Review: Leblon Cachaca

Leblon was the first cachaça I ever tried and it remains a perfectly acceptable introduction to the beauty of the spirit. The company was kind enough to send a fresh bottle, and it remains as charming a cachaça as ever. You won’t miss that gigantic green bottle on the shelf (it barely fits in my…

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10% of Users Drink When Gadgets Stop Working

From my pals at Gizmodo: This just in! Malfunctioning technology causes anger! That’s according to a new British survey, which finds that 73% of people have hurled a gadget in a fit or gage, while 75% admit to swearing or losing their temper. A really desperate 10% admits to turning to booze when their gadget…

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Syrah Outselling Chardonnay?

Wine.com put out a curious press release, saying that at its website Syrah is now outselling Chardonnay, for the first time ever. Syrah sales grew 47% during the first half of the year, earning it the #2 varietal spot behind Cabernet Sauvignon (so Syrah is now outselling just about everything, really). Nationally, though, those numbers…

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Review: Orzel Vodka

Like Russian Standard Imperia before it, Orzel is an old vodka brand which is invading America, with a huge marketing push targeted at the glossy magazines. I can’t turn a page without seeing another ad for Orzel, and I finally nabbed a bottle to give it a try. Orzel tastes old. It’s old school vodka…

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