Alexander James Bassi

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Wine & Social media

I presented this study looking at a few key drivers in the social media scape as it relates to wine. One of the interesting things I found was a stickiness to Twitter and wine than other social medias. I presented this at the Rioja Forum in Logroño in 2011.

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5 Tricks for Better Wine Shopping

It's easy to shop for wine: enter store, grab bottle, pay for it (don't skip that part), exit store. But how can we be <i>better</i> at shopping for wine? If the goal is to get the best possible bottle for the money you spend—and the most delicious wine to enjoy—then here are some tips for improving your …

Drync Is the Shazam for Wine

You'll raise a glass to this idea: Drync, an iOS app launching Wednesday, lets you snap a picture of a bottle of wine and then purchase it …

River Forest Starbucks Wants to Serve Beer, Wine

"Starbucks Evenings" would include beer, wine and apps. Whole Foods also seeks change to its liquor license to sell spirits.<p>Starbucks in River Forest …

Alcohol

Would You Buy Wine in Mini-Boxes?

We're big fans of boxed wine here at SE; there are plenty of reasons to always have a 3-liter box in your fridge, especially now that there are many more delicious options available in the bag-in-box format. Need a half cup for a recipe? No need to open a fresh bottle! Want something that won't go …

Refuse to Drink Wine From Anything But These Crazy Anatomical Carafes

Next time someone offers you a glass of wine, refuse unless its presented from a carafe as incredibly attractive as this.<p>All example of …

Game of Thrones Meets Fine Wine at Napa Valley's Medieval Castle

California native Dario Sattui's passion for European architecture of the Middle Ages is only rivaled by his passion for fine wine. Perhaps the singular man in modern history to have built a full-scale medieval castle on U.S. soil, Sattui's brick by brick creation, Castello Di Amorosa (Castle of …

Napa Valley

5 Best Outdoor Wine Bars in the US

What goes best with a glass of crisp Torrontés or sultry Syrah? A postcard-worthy view, of course, whether it is a sleek bridge, downtown skyline, …

Ice Cream

Delectable 3.0: You Need This Wine App

Almost every time I use <b>Delectable</b>, I end up convincing whoever I'm with to download it right away. It doesn't take much pushing: this iPhone app does all sorts of things wine lovers want.<p>At its most basic, Delectable serves as an automated wine diary. It recognizes wine labels, making it easy to …

AA flight attendents add wine pairing to their repertorie

It looks like American Airlines’ flight attendants have added a new skill to their repertoire: wine pairing.<p>Check out this tweet, complete with photo, that the airline sent out earlier this week:<p>Probably not something you’ll see in coach, but if you’ve got the $$ to upgrade …<p>This latest effort come …

Ten Wines For A Smaller, Smarter, Drinkable Collection

This week, the Financial Times ran a story about wine collectors pawning their treasured bottles. In this time of recession, collectors in need of cash are using their rare, high-priced Bordeaux as collateral for quick 4%-interest loans. The FT estimates that one New York lender has taken wine in …

How To Sound Like A Wine Expert In 9 Basic Steps

There's a lot more to becoming a wine expert than tossing back a glass now and then.<p>You've got to know the vocab — tannin, bouquet, terroir, aroma — not to mention how to hold a glass, recognize flavors, and know when to drink it.<p>Luckily, London-based company Datadial developed a helpful …

Flavors

Chocolate Wine and Cherries - Adriana's Best Recipes

This post is also available in: Español<p>Chocolate Wine and Cherries<p>Chocolate wine is a recent discovery of mine, you know I love to try new things and …

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Daily Deal: A passport to Lodi, California's other wine country

California Wine Month is September, a time when grapes are harvested and fruit gets crushed. Lodi south of Sacramento welcomes wine lovers with a $20 "passport" that's good all month and includes discounts and savings at local wineries and other attractions.<p><b>The deal:</b> The 2013 Lodi Road Trip …

The new, cool wine glass to covet: Zalto stemware from Austria

Which wine glasses are the cool kids coveting these days?<p>It's the incredibly elegant stemware from Zalto, a boutique glassware maker from Austria. Like Riedel's Sommelier Series, Zalto stemware features an ultra-thin rim that makes drinking wine a pleasure. They're also extremely light — and tough …

Ask a Sommelier: Which Wine Books Do You Love?

Even if you're not headed back to school this fall, you can still get a fresh start on your studies—your wine studies, that is. Though many of our sommelier friends recommend tasting as the best way to learn about wine, having a book beside you while you do it is never a bad idea. We asked 15 …

Friday Funny - What Your Wine Choice Says About You - Celebrations at Home

Shares 12K<p>I found this amusing graphic posted on Facebook and thought it would be fun to share with all my ‘sister moms’ out there. Created by …

Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos

Join Rewards and earn points when you explore and search on MSN.<p>See your recent documents, or start one for free with Office Online.<p>Sign in to your …

10 Things to Know About Wine in the Woods 2013

Wine in the Woods takes place Saturday and Sunday at Symphony Woods Park in Columbia.<p>Howard County's annual celebration of Maryland wine takes place …

Festivals

Learn The Ins And Outs Of Wine With This Infographic

Wine is complicated, but knowing more about what you're drinking increases the pleasure. If you want a better appreciation and understanding of what …

Enblink turns Google TV into a home automation hub

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Talk about teaching an old dog new tricks: Dutch hardware startup Enblink has built a simple dongle that turns any regular …

Why Micro-Location iBeacons May Be Apple's Biggest New Feature For iOS 7

With all of the “color commentary” about the next iPhones, and the equally off-color criticisms of the design of iOS 7, we may have missed a really important new feature. Thanks to a really detailed discussion by Daniel Eran Dilger at AppleInsider, we can now see the full implications of the …

Mozilla’s Firefox OS Gives The Open Web Top Billing On Mobile

Mozilla was late to mobile and now it’s trying to catch up. For a while now, the nonprofit has been releasing mobile versions of its Firefox browser for Android, but its most ambitious project to date is its Firefox OS mobile operating system for smartphones.<p>Earlier this month, the Chinese handset …

Apple said to have tested 64-bit ‘A7’ chips for iPhone 5S, 31% speed increases reported

As Apple’s iPhone 5S event approaches, some new details about the new device’s internals are emerging. Clayton Morris has claimed on Twitter that the iPhone 5S’s A7 processor is “running at about 31% faster” than the iPhone 5’s A6 chip. The iPhone 5’s A6 chip is dual-core, and it seems like the …

Ballmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed by the Company

According to sources close to the situation, the departure of CEO Steve Ballmer from Microsoft last week was more sudden than was depicted by the …

Power is fragmenting. But what is the true cost to democracy?

Countries are now being held to ransom by special-interest factions – look at the Tea Party in the US or Ukip in Britain<p>Power is leaching from the centre, even as the complexities of national and international challenges multiply. It is the hallmark of our times. Whether political or religious …

iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in

It's up to Apple now to top or debunk the flood of iPhone 5S rumors, but many of the rumors seem credible.<p>We have iPhone 5S release dates, colors, and specs. Did I leave anything out?<p>Oh yeah, I forget to mention that they're all just rumors. But there's little left to the imagination these days …

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