Booze News--Too-Cold Wine Is Bad; Critics Accept Free Booze, Trip

Wine ratings kingpin Robert Parker has come under scrutiny since news spread that one of his critics accepted a $25,000 trip to Australia to taste that country's wines. Parker advocates staunch objectivity when reviewing wines, but apparently, several others among his staff have admitted to taking freebies. [Wall Street Journal]

You know the economic crisis is bad when it results in the French drinking less wine. French households drank almost 10 percent less wine in 2008 than in 2007, and exports by French winemakers dropped some 30 percent in the first quarter of 2009. [NY Post]

Eric Asimov calls for Americans to chill out... on chilling their wines to near-freezing temperatures, that is. While ice-cold beer may be delicious, overchilled white wine masks the complex aromas and flavors in the glass. [NY Times]

Esquire asks ten experts to break down how to make key top-shelf cocktails for less than $175 (booze not included). John Byrd of Radegast Hall & Biergarten advises on the right bitters, while Mark Buettler of Dressler says to invest in a citrus peeler [Esquire]

Tweeting Bar is a tweeting beer tap that posts a tweet for every beer it pours. [The Food Section via Mashable]


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