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WINE AGONY AUNT
By Cathy Gowdie
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Dealing with a drinking dilemma? Winemaker, freelance journalist and author Cathy Gowdie counsels on everyday wine angst. Use the comment function to ask her a question.
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How to encourage friends to face the fact that their demand far outweighs supply.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Dec 03 03:00:00 EST 2013
Will this year's high tea Christmas party be the end of me? What will I drink?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 26 03:00:00 EST 2013
Why do restaurants bother offering a 'taste' of wine from a bottle sealed with a screwcap?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 19 03:00:00 EST 2013
Strong and mature cheese is essential to combat the strong tannins of reds.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013
If you want your glass to go unmolested, make like Gollum and the ring - keep it close or suffer the consequences.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013
The pricing of really expensive wines is based on what the market is prepared to cop.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 29 03:00:00 EST 2013
I have always served reds at room temperature but now I'm told some reds should be refrigerated too?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 15 03:00:00 EST 2013
What's the best way to open a bottle of wine?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 08 03:00:00 EST 2013
Right now, somewhere in the world, someone at an impromptu office party is sipping wine from a novelty coffee mug.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon Sep 30 23:59:59 EST 2013
Is a 10 per cent tip still the case when ordering particularly expensive wines?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 24 03:00:00 EST 2013
During dinner we sat adjacent to two wine-lovers who requested receptacles in order to ''spit out''. It was a tad off-putting to say the least.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013
I read that shallow, saucer-shaped champagne glasses are making a comeback.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 10 03:00:00 EST 2013
At some restaurants I see bottles priced at $1000-plus - sometimes much more. Do people actually buy them?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 03 03:00:00 EST 2013
When the bill comes at the end of the evening, It's hard to be forceful with friends who indulge when ordering.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Aug 27 03:00:00 EST 2013
In many companies, a little wine with lunch is still the civilised norm. In others, it's about as acceptable as lap-dancing, writes our Wine Agony Aunt.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Aug 20 03:00:00 EST 2013
If my cellaring conditions are less than perfect, should I aim for the lower end of the suggested cellaring time?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Aug 13 03:00:00 EST 2013
Your wine buff friend likes to take charge of the wine list at restaurants. Their choices are good, but always expensive.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jul 02 03:00:00 EST 2013
It's bad enough in an enclosed train carriage or shop. It's worse at wineries, cafes and restaurants.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 25 03:00:00 EST 2013
You're the last to leave a dinner party and notice three bottles of wine on the table, still half full. Do you ask to take some home?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 18 03:00:00 EST 2013
My local bottle shop has bottles for $8, $10, $12. Why is it this cheap, and is it bad?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Wed Jun 05 03:00:00 EST 2013