As a species, humans have historically held a unique relationship with fermented grapes. The ancient Greeks devoted an entire god’s worth of worship to them, Dionysus. For the past few millennia, the French have held the tradition of producing wine very dearly. Even wealthy Northern Californians have a longstanding history of growing, strategically smashing and, after waiting a while, drinking the contents of these berries. Such a long and colorful relationship leaves the medium of wine with a lot to be appreciated.
So-called natural wines have recently supplanted kale as the “it” staple of trendy tables — the “latest in holier-than-thou drinking,” according to The Financial Times. Farmed organically and made with minimal intervention, the wine in these special bottles is not to be confused with what one natural wine festival called “industrialized, big-brand, manufactured, nothing-but-alcoholic-grape-juice wines.” In other words, what most of us drink.
Real men drink whiskey, unfortunately getting into the world of whiskey can be more than a little daunting to the uninitiated.
With so many different brands, varieties, terms, ways to drink and strong opinions in the mix any beginner whiskey drinker will benefit from a helpful starter guide. Below you’ll find everything you need to know to fool even the most devout whiskey enthusiast.
Whiskey, Bourbon, Rye and Scotch
From "shelf turds" to "fish killers," we decode the idiosyncratic language of the beer world, with the help of some experts.
At its heart, brewing beer is simply another form of cooking. “I’m just making oatmeal” or “Just whipping up some soup,” has humbly been said by many a brewer at work. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that just like chefs, brewers have their own slang for when they’re working in their own kitchens—the brewery.