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Wine Recommendations from a Thrillerchick

Why (and how!?) Is Two-Buck Chuck Cheaper than Bottled Water?

J.T. Ellison

It's an honest question that deserves an honest answer.

We all know that Trader Joe's has amazing prices with some pretty respectable products—especially since these are the same products you most likely consume at any other grocery store, except with TJ's private label.

But among their primo hummus and delicious cured meats and vats of cookie butter for less, TJ's is most renowned for it's resplendent Two-Buck Chuck.

So how is it that a bottle of wine at TJ's is cheaper than a bottle of water? Leave it to Mental Floss to find out.

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Harry Potter Cocktails: Get Past the Butterbeer

J.T. Ellison

Harry Potter Cocktails: Get Past the Butterbeer

When it comes to Harry Potter-themed beverages, it doesn't have to be butterbeer all the time, folks.

With a flick of the want, er, cocktail spoon, you can dream up some truly magical beverage pairings for each of the seven novels—with recipes, to boot. Book Riot will show you.

Accio, Rosemary Gin Fizz!

Accio Gin Fizz - Harry Potter
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Drinking wine engages the brain more than any other human behavior, says The Daily Mail

J.T. Ellison

When your bestie Laura Benedict sends you an article, you best sit down and read it.

Especially when the headline reads "A glass of Merlot can give your brain a workout."

YUP. That's what a Yale neuroscientist told The Daily Mail

We all know wine is super complex. From tannins to terroir and everything in between, wine is made of a zillion compounds, and those compounds can trigger sensory and emotional responses in the brain.

Said neuroscientist also thinks we should drink every last drop—and this is why.

Pretty compelling stuff, folks.

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Cab Franc or Cab Sauv?

J.T. Ellison

photo credit: Vine Pair

photo credit: Vine Pair

Cabernet Sauvignon. It's one of the most popular reds, especially in America. If you reach for a wine list in any restaurant, chances are if you don't find anything else, you'll at least have a Cabernet Sauvignon to sample.

But perhaps there's a better choice out there, something a bit more versatile.

Perhaps we all should be drinking Cabernet Franc instead. Vine Pair dishes on why.

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These "Game of Throne" Wines Will See You Through Your Next Binge

J.T. Ellison

Photo Credit: AP Relax/Businesswire

Photo Credit: AP Relax/Businesswire

The intersection of art and commerce can sometimes be fraught. But sometimes it's a beautiful thing.

Score 1 for the "Beautiful" column with these Game of Thrones-themed wines.

I drink and I know things (Tyrion is the BEST)

Perfect, right? Now you can drink alongside your favorite buddy, Tyrion, to George R. R. Martin-approved libations. They'll certainly enhance your viewing experience, right? I'm sure these wines will also pair beautifully with the Game of Thrones Cookbook.

More Wine (yaaas Queen Cersei)

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

 

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This Anti-Drip Wine Bottle Is a Pretty Big Deal

J.T. Ellison

video credit: Brandeis University

video credit: Brandeis University

Raise your hand if you, or your waiter, has drip, drip, dripped wine all over you. 🤚

Well, friends. It appears drippy wine bottles can be a thing of the past. Because a biophysicist has just designed a no-drip wine bottle. What a time to be alive!

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NYT Eric Asimov's Anti-Anxiety Guide to Wine

J.T. Ellison

Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Let's face it, folks: wine can be scary. Especially if you're trying to handle yourself like a pro at a business dinner, or an elegant first date. There are a bunch of variables: varietals, regions, vintages, pairings, glasses... and that's just scratching the surface.

Lucky for us, we have the Internet. And there are wine people on said Internet who are approachable and passionate about what they do. The New York Times' Eric Asimov is one of those people. If you have time, scroll through his articles and you'll find some fascinating stuff. He's like an oenophilic archaeologist.

But if you're just starting out, Mr. Asimov has curated a guide called, practically, "How to Drink Wine." And he talks about all those variables we mentioned above. And he's not a snob about it, he's pretty nice.

Weather you're a newbie or have an Olympic gold medal in wine tasting, you should check it out. Everybody can learn something new!

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Punch Up Spring Brunch with These Zesty Wine Pairings

J.T. Ellison

Photo Credit: Wine Enthusiast

Photo Credit: Wine Enthusiast

Ahh, spring. Warm breezes, tender greens, and switching from heavy reds to lighter, delicate whites. 

Amy's favorite (!).

It's been a while since we've had lighter fare at brunch, but worry not: Wine Enthusiast has a review of zesty pairings that'll make your spring flavors sing.

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A Sommelier Explains Why It's Best to Order the Cheapest Wine

J.T. Ellison

Photo Credit: Mark Oldman

Photo Credit: Mark Oldman

Nobody wants to look cheap, especially when they order from a wine list. 

And guess what? Sommeliers are onto your game—and overcharging you accordingly.

This is an article we're glad we stumbled upon. Sommelier Mark Oldman explains you can get a much greater value ordering the cheapest bottle (not glass) on the list.

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Recipe for the Weekend: Red Wine Brownies

J.T. Ellison

(Image credit: Broma Bakery)

(Image credit: Broma Bakery)

Weekends are for booze and brownies—that's a fact. So why not combine them into a delectable treat that you'll hide from your friends and family?

(let's be real: that's where this is going)

Red wine brownies, y'all. Make 'em and report back.

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