Restaurant in Las Vegas (Aureola) a $1.2 m glass and steel tower storing thousands of bottles of wine - black clad "wine angels" hoisted like acrobats to fetch required wine
Veritas NY restaurant, founded by 2 wine buffs who realized they would never live long enough to drink their wine collection - their bottled the basis of one of most impressive wine lists anywhere - so long (1400 bottles) that diners advised to peruse the list on Internet in advance
Want to know how to make your wine taste really nice? If you take any red wine, cheap or expensive, the most effective thing you can do to make it taste better is blitz it in a food blender for 30 seconds. You can use a bowl-blender or a stick. Then - because this is the sort of theatre that gets a Christmas meal humming - use the half of the bottle you've reserved to conduct a taste test. I guarantee that your audience will prefer the wine that's been mechanically assaulted. But you need to drink it then; after a few hours it tastes completely dead. This trick comes from Nathan Myhrvold, who has tested his 'hyperdecanting' method on teams of wine buffs.
John Key, NZ Prime Minister, commissioned a private batch of wine as present for his staff, and had this printed on label:
"JK pinot noir, made with grapes hand-picked at their ripest, just like the Cabinet, the difference being that no-one in the Cabinet, thank heavens, has smoky, dried herb aromatics and warm honey, black currant and berry flavours with a rich mouth feel and a persistent finish. Unless you know something I don't."
In Kingsley Amis’s novel Lucky Jim, the protagonist Jim Dixon awakes in extreme discomfort. “His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he’d somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police. He felt bad.”
At Dien Ben Phu the French Foreign Legion led a vicious attack on Vietnamese forces, clearing multiple strongholds, to recover their recently-captured champagne. The anniversary of the Legion's last-man stand in Mexico was coming up and they needed to celebrate.
The only U.S. vending machine for champagne is now operational in the 23rd-floor lobby of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas. Moet & Chandon bubbly can be purchased with $20 tokens sold at the front desk.
The Icecreamists shop in London,England, recently began offering a popsicle made with absinthe - and holy water from a spring in Lourdes, France, which many Catholics revere for its healing powers. The "Vice Lolly" sells for the equivalent of about $29.)
Alcohol saviour modern civilization - saved us from contaminated water - Bible never mentions drinking water - everyone drinks wine - Asians solved problem by boiling water to make herbal teas - so never evolved the genes to cope with alcohol
The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced at from $8 to $16 a bottle (except for a $12 "tasting menu"). Martin Riese, general manager of Ray's & Stark Bar, who is also a renowned water gourmet, will sell his own California-made 9OH2O, which comes in "limited editions of 10,000 individually numbered glass bottles" at $14 each. Said Riese, "[M]any people don't know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience [as, say, a good wine]." Riese has been certified as a Water Sommelier by the German Mineral Water Association.
Niels Bohr is one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. He was a favorite of his fellow Danes when he lived in Copenhagen. Today, however, I found out just how much they loved him. Apparently, after he won the Nobel Prize in 1922, the Carlsberg brewery gave him a gift - a house located next to the brewery. And the best perk of the house? It had a direct pipeline to the brewery so that Bohr had free beer on tap whenever he wanted.
We'll stop short of recommending you tip this over your Frosties in the morning, but Bilk, a combination of beer and milk, is nevertheless proving a big hit in Japan. Bilk's brewers came up with the idea for the sickly-sounding drink as a way of dealing with an oversupply of milk due to falling consumption.
No longer restricted to the residents of Springfield, Duff Beer is now available in the real world. Well in Mexico at least. Simpsons creator Matt Groening has steadfastly refused to license the Duff trademark to companies looking to brew an actual beer over concerns it would encourage children to drink. However, that hasn't stopped young Mexican entrepeneur Rodrigo Contrera.
It's the "holy grail" of beers, said a Boston pub manager, but, still, only 60,000 cases a year of Westvleteren are brewed because the Belgian Trappist monks with the centuries-old recipe refuse to expand their business (and even take to the phones to harass black-marketers). Westvleteren is sold only at the monastery gate, by appointment, with a two-case-a-month limit, at a price that's reasonable for retail beer, but anyone who gets it from a re-seller will pay 10 times that much. Producing more, said Brother Joris, to a Wall Street Journal reporter in November , "would interfere with our job of being a monk." Furthermore, said Brother Joris, referencing the Bible, "[I]f you can't have it, possibly you do not really need it."
St Brigid of Ireland, the C6 abbess of Kildaire, was noted for the miracle of transforming her bathwater into beer for visiting clerics.
officebroker.com estimates that the average worker spends nearly £90,000 during their working life buying lunch, as well as teas and coffees. A compromise is to purchase a Verismo coffee machine, currently available for £49 on Amazon, that makes Starbucks-quality coffee in your (modest) home.
If you are frying a steak and mindful of your health, then marinate it in either beer or red wine. So say food scientists who measured amounts of a family of carcinogens found in fried steaks after steeping them in booze. Cooking food increases levels of cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HAs). Fried and grilled meat are particularly high in these compounds, because fiery temperatures convert the sugars and amino acids in muscle tissue into HAs. Various substances can reduce HA content: an olive oil, lemon juice and garlic marinade cut HAs in grilled chicken by 90 per cent, while red wine reduced HAs in fried chicken. Now Isabel Ferreira and colleagues at the University of Porto in Portugal have looked at the effects of beer and red wine marinades on fried steak. Six hours of marinating in beer or red wine slashed levels of two types of HA by up to 90 per cent compared with unmarinated steak (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/jf801837s). For a third type of HA, beer was more efficient at reducing its content than wine, cutting levels significantly in 4 hours, while wine took 6. Beer contains more water-retaining sugars than wine and Ferreira says that may hinder the transport of water-soluble molecules to the steak's surface, where high heat converts them into HAs. Tasters also preferred the smell, taste and appearance of beer-marinated steak.
One of the longest and largest studies looking at alcohol consumption in older people found that moderate drinking was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing dementia.The study followed 3,069 people ages 75 and older for six years.
The researchers found that those who drank moderately - eight to 14 drinks per week - were 37% less likely to develop dementia, compared with those who did not drink at all. It did not matter what type of alcohol they drank.
The reduction in risk is similar to that found in other research showing a benefit from exercising at least three times a week, said senior author Kaycee Sink, a geriatrician at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
However, in those with a condition known as mild cognitive impairment that often precedes Alzheimer's, drinking any amount accelerated their decline to dementia. That suggests that once the disease process has started any benefits from alcohol are not strong enough to slow the decline.
In fact, those in the study with mild cognitive impairment who drank more than 14 drinks a week were about twice as likely to develop dementia.
In the end, the benefits of moderate drinking may outweigh the risks, said William Thies, chief medical and science officer with the Alzheimer's Association.
The message is to start drinking alcohol early in life and in moderation," Sager said.
Going to bed with a few drinks inside you may have one unexpected benefit - it stops bed bugs biting you. Instead, they much prefer the blood of a sober sleeper, and if the little bugs - and, be warned, the most common one, Cimex lectulariu, can grow up to four millimetres in length - cannot get a good feed, they lay fewer eggs.Read more: article
Doctors (in Britain) are writing soaring numbers of prescriptions for alcoholics, as official figures confirm that hospital admissions related to drink have reached one million a year. Alcohol contributed to 1,057,000 admissions to hospital in 2009-10, up 12 per cent on the previous year and more than twice as many as in 2002-03. The figures from the NHS Information Centre confirm data reported by The Times in February, while revealing that the cost of drugs for alcoholics has continued to rise. NHS doctors wrote prescriptions for 160,181 anti-alcohol drugs last year, an increase of 56 per cent since 2003. The cost of these drugs has reached £2.41 million. The Department of Health estimates the total cost of alcohol to the NHS to be £2.7 billion.
The cheap-drink Tuesday night special at the Attic bar in Newcastle, England, in early September was a money-back guarantee at the end of the night to anyone who could still legally drive (measured by the bar's breathalyzer), with the evening's most alcohol-saturated customer drinking free the following week. The Newcastle City Council soon convinced the bar it was a bad idea.
Booze maker BrewDog's new tipple - called Tactical Nuclear Penguin - is an incredible 32 per cent. The beer began as a 10 per cent imperial stout then was aged for 16 months in two different whisky casks. It was then stored in a freezer at a chilly -20째C for three weeks to reach its massive alcohol level. "This beer is bold, irreverent and uncompromising." Only 500 bottles of the beer are available with prices starting at £30.
Dylan Thomas is the subject of many great anecdotes. I particularly like the one about him going to Canada and being interviewed, the presenter asked "What brings you to Canada?" to which he replied "There was a bar mat in the pub in Ireland, it said 'drink Canada Dry', so I thought I'd give it a go."
Oldest surviving recipe is for beer - man prob domesticated grains to make beer rather than to make flour
Prevailing medical authority 20 years ago warned that few humans could survive blood-alcohol readings above .40 (percent), but in recent years, drivers have rather easily survived higher numbers (curiously, many from Wisconsin, such as the man in February in Madison, Wis., with a .559). (In 2007, an Oregon driver was found unconscious, but survived, with a .72 reading.) The plethora of high numbers might indicate mistaken medical teaching, or nonstandard machine measurements - or an evolving hardiness in American drinkers.
Doddington Hall - drunken guests put in special bedroom with all furniture nailed to ceiling - when they woke up ....
Plonk to Prada - auctioneer's advertising slogan - suggesting to widows that they convert their deceased husband's wine collection into cash that they can spend on something more to their liking
A plumbing error in October at the annual Grape Festival in Marino, Italy, stymied the traditional hook-up in which white wine cascades through the famous fountains in the center of town. Instead, water continued to run in the fountains, but "10 to 12" nearby homeowners must have thought it glorious divine intervention, briefly, when they opened their taps and found white wine flowing freely
In 2001, Frederic Brochet conducted two experiments at the University of Bordeaux. In one experiment, he got 57 wine experts together and had them taste one glass of red wine and one glass of white wine. He had them describe each wine in as much detail as their expertise would allow. What he didn't tell them was both were the same wine. He just dyed the white one red.In the other experiment, he asked the experts to rate two different bottles of red wine. One was very expensive, the other was cheap.Again, he tricked them. This time he had put the cheap wine in both bottles. So, what were the results? The experts in the first experiment, the one with the dyed wine, described the sorts of berries and grapes and tannins they could detect in the red wine just as if it really was red. Every single one, all 57, could not tell it was white. In the second experiment, the one with the switched labels, the experts went on and on about the cheap wine in the expensive bottle. They called it 'complex' and 'rounded.' They called the same wine in the cheap bottle 'weak' and 'flat.'
On Alcoholics Anonymous and Recovery: "I have cleansed myself. I closed my eyes and in a nanosecond, I cured myself... It's the work of sissies. The only thing I'm addicted to is winning. This bootleg cult, arrogantly referred to as Alcoholics Anonymous, reports a 5 percent success rate. My success rate is 100 percent. Do the math ... another one of their mottoes is 'Don't be special, be one of us.' Newsflash: I am special, and I will never be one of you! I have a disease? Bulls**t! I cured it with my brain, with my mind. I cured it, I'm done ... you don't look like you're having a lot of fun. I'm gonna hang out with these two smoking hotties and fly privately around the world. It might be lonely up here but I sure like the view,
A dedicated drinker named James Riley (guy responsible for saying 'life of Riley') was locked in his hotel room by friends trying to keep him sober before a speech. Riley summoned room service to bring a glass of whisky and a straw. When waiter brought it he got him to bend the straw through the keyhole and put other end in whisky.
Sir John Major reminisced about his drinking days with Boris Yeltsin. The former Soviet leader once gave Major a lift to Moscow on his private jet. Soon after takeoff, a waiter appeared bearing two large vodkas. “What’s this, Boris?” Major said. “It’s 8am.” Yeltsin explained that it was an old Russian custom to toast a successful take-off. Half an hour later, two more vodkas appeared. “It’s another old Russian custom,” Yeltsin told Major. “We have to toast a successful landing.” Major had barely finished his second drink when the waiter appeared with two more glasses. “What is it this time, Boris?” Major asked. “Ah John,” slurred Yeltsin. “Would you begrudge me one little drink?”
Beer wenches at sports meetings - $65 an hr to bring booze to groups of guys
A University of Oslo paper by two economists, Jason Shogren and Eric Naevdal' that looks at the relationship between genetic variation and group social behaviour. The paper starts with the observation I began this article with. There is an association between having blue eyes and being shy. One study showed that in a sample of preschool children, 30 per cent of the boys with blue eyes fell into the category of 'socially wary' compared with 3 per cent of those without blue eyes. And there is plenty of similar work.
Their next observation is that shy people are more likely to binge drink. Actually, most of the time, the economists don't call it binge drinking. They use a wonderful acronym EDSS, standing for excessive drinking in social situations. EDSS is well known as a coping strategy for shyness.
If you were thinking of cracking open a crunch-defying bottle of champagne, watch out, say American Academy of Ophthalmology experts. They caution that corks can fly out at 50mph, and every year cause blinding injuries. The answer is to open only chilled bottles (the cork exits more slowly) and to put a towel over the top. Cheers!
Kits to beat drug testing - guaranteed drug-free urine, complete with heater to bring it up to blood temp - optional extra: false penises in 4 different skin colours (altho Nov 2008 a couple of guys who'd been selling these, "Whizzinators"!, were convicted in federal court on conspiracy charges)
Woman writer who gave up drink after "too many Dorothy Parker moments" (Dorothy Parker was a New York writer famous for epigrams such as "One more drink and I'll be under the host")
(Although some suggest the Dorothy Parker should be:"I love a martini, two at the most. Three, I'm under the table, and four, I'm under the host."
And Christopher Hitchens had a similar one: "Martinis are like a woman's breasts. Three is too many, and one is too few."
Muoi Van Nguyen, 31, was arrested in Spokane Valley, Wash., in November, charged with breaking a window with a hammer at a state liquor store and grabbing a bottle of wine valued at $9. Earlier, Van Nguyen had tried unsuccessfully to break the window with a rock but decided he needed a hammer to do the job and went to a nearby store, where he purchased one for $11.
The coolest tip in the article comes from Andrew Waterhouse, a professor of enology at the University of California, Davis. If your wine gets corked, leaving it with a dank flavor that makes it unsuitable even for cooking, you can pour it into a bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap.
"It's kind of messy, but very effective in just a few minutes," he said. The culprit molecule in infected corks, 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, is chemically similar to polyethylene and sticks to the plastic.
Justin Smith, 27, runs a Web site focusing on boutique wineries, and he makes his own wine. "I make it in my parents' basement," he said. "It's crap. But every year the crap gets better."
There isn't much that you can't find at Harrods but a super-trendy bar might be one thing that you would think it lacked. Until now, that is. Nick House and Piers Adam, the leisure entrepreneurs behind London's Whisky Mist, are in expansion mode, and their first port of call is to open a branch of their bar at the Knightsbridge department store.
News of the Weird first learned of Kopi Luwak in 1993 - coffee beans sold as gourmet because they had been swallowed by certain Asian civet cats and recovered from feces and washed. Since then, as Internet news of Kopi Luwak has spread, it is no longer obscure, and in April, the environmental-activist website MongaBay.com warned that, based on increased demand, civet "farms" had sprung up in Indonesia and that civets were being caged to spend their entire lives solely for access to their poop. While none of the main Kopi Luwak civet species is formally "endangered," activists warned that populations are dwindling for, an activist said, "the most ridiculous threat . . . to any wildlife I have seen yet."
I drink moderately but not without a struggle
The temptation to get hammered is always only 150ml away
Wine improves with age - the older I get the more I like it
He's an artist - always drawing corks
I know I'm drunk when I feel sophisticated and can't pronounce it
He thinks best way to pull himself out of trouble is with a cork screw
Thought L & P was a soft drink until discovered gin
Take the juice of a bottle of whisky
More old drunks than old doctors
AA - still drink but under an assumed name
AAAA - for people who're being driven to drink
In their family it's alcoholics unanimous
He's a light drinker - as soon as it gets light he starts drinking
Beer the greatest invention of mankind - wheel is up there but doesn't go as well with pizza
Beds cause hangovers - all drunks go to be happy and well
Alcoholic - someone you don't like who drinks as much as you
Of course we're not alcoholics - they go to those meetings
Only drink on 2 occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not
She (pouring drink) "say when" (he) "Right after this drink"
It's a very nice wine - I wonder how they got the cat to sit on the bottle
Read so much about dangers of drink that I had to give it up (reading)
24 hours in the day - 24 cans in a case of beer - coincidence? I don't think so
very particular about what he drinks - has to be liquid
life isn't all beer and skittles - in fact it's been ages since I touched a skittle
Couldn't call him a steady drinker - hands shake too much
Parties - where everyone drinks so much you can't remember their names
- half people don't know how much they've drunk and other half don't know what they've said
- you know it's out of control when people you've never met ask you how the shower turns off
Basic beer ad is big breasted babes in bikinis. Beer won't get you babes. But if you drink enough you think they're babes. And if you drink more, you grow your own breasts
The trouble with whisky is that you take a drink and it makes a new man of you. Then the new man has to have a drink.
JD - that's a wild man's drink - it should come with bail money, bc on jack you don't know where you're going to end up - but when you get there, you won't be wearing any pants
It's not much fun being the designated driver, but you might as well have some fun - at the end of the night drop them off at the wrong houses
Ironic that doctors etc go on about FAS (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome) - caused by women drinking while pregnant: ironic because if it wasn't for alcohol, most women wouldn't be that way
Good Health! It's what your friends are drinking to just before they fall over
The prohibition of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin was a gradual process that began in the first decades of the last century, as part of the same wave of reforming evangelicalism that banned alcohol. The Dry Law was repealed, but the ban on hard drugs lasted, partly because the demand for the hard drugs was weak and partly because America was so powerful. How long the ban can last is highly questionable. In 1970, four million Americans had tried an illegal drug. By 2003, 112 million of them had, so the anti-drug consensus is much weaker. And the cost of spraying coca fields, intercepting smugglers, jailing dealers and treating compulsive users is astronomical - about $69 billion a year. Given that none of these strategies has had the desired outcome, you'd expect a fundamental rethink to be on the table. But it's not
(Letter to London Times) ... have missed the point about Portugal's 2001 experiment in decriminalising drug policy. Our aim should neither be to exaggerate Portugal's success nor to undermine it, but rather to learn from it. The key lessons from Portugal are: that young people benefit from drugs decriminalisation - the decrease in young people's involvement in drugs in Portugal is significant as this has been achieved from a much lower base of drug use in Portugal than that of the UK or elsewhere in Western Europe; that problem drug use and in particular, injecting drug use have declined under decriminalisation; and that the proportion of drug-related offenders in prison has plummeted in the decriminalised environment.
We have nothing to fear from decriminalisation if this is combined with the coalition Government's commitment to widespread treatment opportunities. Rather, young people recovering from drug addiction will be more acceptable to employers and thus more able to become self-sufficient if they have no criminal conviction from their period of drug use. Criminalising drug users is costly due to the consequent spending on criminal justice and benefits. Baroness Meacher Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform
Not a single person has ever been killed from a marijuana overdose. By contrast, around 88,000 Americans die each year due to excessive alcohol consumption, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Anyone trying to change things for the better has to contend with the agencies that are responsible for drug control, most of which are founded on moral objections to drug use rather than evidence-based policies. Then you have widespread fear and ignorance, the inertia of these giant bureaucracies and the timidity of politicians. Finally, the war on drugs provides cover for intervention in other country's affairs. So it's very hard to challenge prohibition, despite its manifest failure to prohibit anything.
An unsuspecting passenger who flew through Tokyo's Narita airport left with $10,000 worth of free cannabis thanks to a forgetful customs officer and a sniffer dog with an unreliable nose. The officer stuffed 142g (five ounces) of the drug into the side pocket of a randomly selected black suitcase coming off an overseas flight into Narita yesterday so that the dog could get some practice at detecting drugs. "The dog couldn't find it and the officer also forgot which bag he put it in," a customs office spokeswoman said. "If by some chance passengers find it in their suitcase, we're asking them to return it." The cannabis, which has a street value of one million yen ($9,680), was in a metal box wrapped with newspapers. Japan strictly prohibits both hard and soft drugs, with people imprisoned for possession of even small amounts of cannabis.
A 2010 Chicago Tribune public-records examination of suburban Chicago traffic-stop drug searches found that sniffer dogs are usually wrong--that 56% of all "positive" signals by dogs yielded no contraband (73% failure if the driver was Hispanic).
A New York Times reporter, describing in June the rising prices of prescription pharmaceuticals, noted that a popular pain reliever (probably describing oxycodone) was available on the Paterson, N.J., black market for $25 a pill, while heroin was going for $2 a baggie.
And so, a deal: give us drugs, after a certain age - say, 80 - all drugs, any drugs we want. In return, we will give you our driver's licenses. (I mean, can you imagine how terrifying a nation of decrepit, solipsistic 90-year-old boomers behind the wheel would be?) We'll let you proceed with your lives - much of which will be spent paying for our retirement, in any case - without having to hear us complain about our every ache and reflux. We'll be too busy exploring altered states of consciousness. I even have a slogan for the campaign: "Tune in, turn on, drop dead." (Time Magazine Apr 16 2009)
London has the highest concentration of cocaine in sewage of any of 50 major European cities, a report shows. Figures based on the testing of waste water put the capital slightly ahead of Amsterdam for traces of the drug. The results, in the annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, support other research showing that Britain has the highest rate of use of the Class A drug among young adults in Europe. Scientists found 737mg of cocaine for every 1,000 people per week in 2014. It peaked on Fridays and Saturdays before falling away on Sundays and Mondays. The smallest amount was found in Jyvaskyla in Finland, with 0.2mg per 1,000 people.
Monitoring waste water is seen as a way of providing a more accurate assessment of drug consumption and its distinct patterns over a year. It involves sampling a source of waste water which allows scientists to estimate the quantity of drugs consumed by measuring levels excreted in urine.
An estimated 9.5 per cent of people aged 15-64 in Britain said that they had used cocaine at least once.
Tippecanoe County (Ind.) judge Loretta Rush, interviewed by the Journal & Courier of Lafayette, Ind., in June, underscored parental drug use as a major risk factor in a child's drifting into substance abuse. "I had a case where a child was born with drugs in his system," recalled Rush. "Both parents were using. We were looking for [placing the child in any relative's home], but both sets of grandparents were using. So [the] great-grandmother's in the courtroom, and I had asked her if she would pass a drug screen, and she said she would not . . .."
Only 6 percent of patients prescribed a one-day supply of opioids were still taking the drugs a year later, but that number doubled to 12 percent if patients were prescribed a six-day supply and quadrupled to 24 percent if patients were given a 12-day supply.
5> Transforms complete noise into beautiful, enchanting music Grateful Dead fans only).
4> Allows for long enlightening chats with Isaac Asimov on the wonders of the universe - even though he's dead.
3> Expiration dates on household food items rendered instantly meaningless.
2> Almost makes "Saturday Night Live" funny again!
1> Without pot: $10,000 home entertainment system with 50" high-definition TV, 12 speakers and THX Surround-Sound.
With pot: $20 lava lamp.
Family in fancy restaurant, waiter pours little bit of wine into glasses for parents to taste, 6 yo pipes up "My mum drinks much more than that!"
There was a young lady from Kent
Who said that she knew what it meant
When invited to dine
By men who brought wine
She knew what it meant, but she went!
There was a young lady named Flynn
Who knew fornication was sin
But when she was tight
It seemed quite alright
So everyone filled her with gin
There was a young fellow named Sydney
Who drank till he ruined his kidney
It shrivelled and shrank
As he sat there and drank
But he had fun while he did, now didn't he