Alan Rickman as Stephen Spurrier in the film Bottle Shock
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Grading Wine: What is the 100-Point System?

If you purchase wine regularly, you’ve probably come across “shelf talkers,” the laminated tags displayed with wine that often include a review from a prominent magazine or critic such as …

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FeaturedFeminism

The 344th Slut: A French Feminist Fights for Equality

It’s a longstanding feminist complaint: men can do anything from yardwork to club sports with their torsos exposed, but when a woman appears topless in public it’s considered illegal and …

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Ratatouille scene; critic with wine looks shocked
Skepticism

Cross-Post: Tasting Notes

This post is a collaboration between Julia Burke at Skepchick and Ashley Hamer at Mad Art Lab.  When Anne Sauer alerted us to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal by …

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Feminism

So You’ve Been Publicly Wrong: Anatomy of a Good Apology

After making utterly distasteful comments during an interview regarding Black Widow, actors Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner offered two very different apologies today. From Entertainment Weekly: “Yesterday we were asked …

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Skepticism

Toxic Wine! A Case of Arsenic

I emerged from SkepchickCon at ChiFi to find the world’s cheap wine drinkers in an uproar over recent findings that certain cheap wines contain arsenic. A class-action lawsuit has been …

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Activism

On Madison, Tony Robinson, and White Liberal Defensiveness

Last weekend Tony Robinson, 19, was shot five times by a police officer and killed. This happened just blocks from where I live. The last week has been a flurry …

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Vineyard row at Tawse
Skepticism

Biodynamic Wine: My Favorite Pseudoscience

It seems every one of my skeptic-leaning friends has a pseudoscience for which they have the teeniest bit of sympathy. Whether it’s because they used to believe it, because they …

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How to Fake Your Way Through a Wine Tasting

I’m currently in the final preparation stages for a wine course and subsequent certification exam that, if I pass, will render me a WSET Level 3 sommelier and thus eminently …

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