Wine Agony Aunt
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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English friends are coming for Christmas lunch. Do we raise the Republican wine flag? And what should we drink?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Dec 08 00:15:00 EST 2015
Is it really necessary to own a wine decanter, or is it about as essential as a fish fork?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Wed Nov 25 00:15:00 EST 2015
After swirling, the wine inside a glass develops rivulets called legs. What do they mean?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon Nov 10 10:35:50 EST 2014
Do stemless champagne flutes kill the sparkling enjoyment?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Wed Oct 29 10:09:31 EST 2014
My guest was a vegan, yet she drank non-vegan wine! What should I think?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 28 00:00:00 EST 2014
Prosecco has come a long way in reputational terms since its nadir in 2006.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon Sep 08 23:31:56 EST 2014
Want to take a bottle of wine to a no-BYO restaurant? That's OK - as long as you take the right approach.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Aug 05 03:00:00 EST 2014
''Home-made'' is an adjective that warms the cockles of one's heart when applied to steamed winter puddings and cable-knit jumpers.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jul 15 03:00:00 EST 2014
When pouring wine, is it correct to hold a wine bottle by its base with your thumb in the indentation? I see waiters do this but when I try it I'm not confident about my grip.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 24 03:00:00 EST 2014
This substituting-stuff-from-the-minibar caper requires nerves of steel.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 17 03:00:00 EST 2014
Why do half bottles of wine cost more than half as much as whole ones?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 10 03:00:00 EST 2014
Whether or not you agree with it, passing on gift bottles of wine is a common practice.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon May 26 23:44:01 EST 2014
I have inherited two cases of wine a relative kept under his house. Some of the labels are hard to read but they appear to be French and date back to the 1970s.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue May 20 03:00:00 EST 2014
Ignore what you fondly imagine your carefully reared child might fancy 20 years from now; the answer is all too likely to be fruit-flavoured vodka slushies.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon May 12 23:12:45 EST 2014
Snobbery doesn't stop Cathy Gowdie from stashing a spare miniature bottle or three in her seat pocket.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue May 06 03:00:00 EST 2014
There are perfectly drinkable cleanskins out there. But should you take them to a dinner party? Our wine agony aunt tackles your questions.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014
Spotted the word 'syrah' on an Aussie red recently? Our Wine Agony Aunt explains why.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Mar 25 03:00:00 EST 2014
I was shopping at Costco and saw Bollinger champagne at a very good price. I nearly bought some but the labels didn't have a year on them.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Mar 11 03:00:00 EST 2014
"Wine options" is played by people who like talking about wine almost as much as they like drinking it.
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Mar 04 03:00:00 EST 2014
Can we assume, considering the [recent] heatwave, most Australian winemakers will have poor 2014 vintages?
Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Feb 25 03:00:00 EST 2014