Winespeak. It’s for waiters and the ex-wives they wait on. All you need to appreciate wine is a mouth but this book can get you a few steps further along in understanding what you’re drinking. Written without winespeak, master sommelier Richard Betts adds insight and humor (gasp) to help you identify and appreciate your wine. Yes, it really is a scratch-n-sniff book.
Heineken drinkers are like PC users. They’re loyal to what they like & won’t switch no matter what everyone else is into. You guys will love this new home tap system from Heineken, Krups, & important designer dude Marc Newson. Load up the pressurized, refrigerated tap unit with a metal “Torp” canister of Heinie and enjoy a fresh, cold one anytime.
If you’ve been sporting perma-wood since the release of the 2nd generation Nest learning thermostat, this new smart device will probably send you into convulsions. Monsieur is a robotic bartender that will learn to make thousands of drinks and pour them with the press of a button. The touchscreen even lets you turn it up to “boss” level for a heavier pour.
This season you can play the starring role in your own rendition of Bad Santa with this advent calendar that features 24 sweet 3cl sample drams of fine whisky instead of stupid chocolates. And when the whisky is spelled without an E, you know it’s top shelf. Happy holidays indeed.
A can of warm beer can be turned into an ice-cold thirst quencher by spinning the can in ice for a few. Humans have known this trick since the Roman Empire but it took two beer-swilling buds to invent this little rig that mounts to your cordless drill, does the spinning for you & pops out a cold one in 30 seconds. Sorta gives new meaning to the phrase “spin one up.”
You can say, “Yup, made that myself” when the boys are patting you on the back for your latest batch of homebrew. They never need to know that you did nothing but buy an expensive machine that automatically brews beer while you pretend to monitor the process through an app on your iPhone. Brewbot does everything but you get all the credit. Congratulations, you’re a craft brewer now.
There’s only one thing more dangerous than texting & driving: having ice-cold Jäger shots on tap, at home. So try to take it easy. The Shotmeister is a sleek, bar-style tap machine that holds a 1-liter bottle & uses advanced cooling technology to pour shots chilled to below-zero temps.
If what you want is something that can be found hanging from the ceiling in a butcher shop, you can try all those weird pumps & pills but if you’re serious about improving your sausage, this book is a much better investment. The secrets to superior Salumi, sausage, and other meaty goods are all in here.