Tasting sized pours

Test this
Are you a lactating mom worried about transmitting too much pinot grigio to your infant? Well, the Dept. of Preying on Parental Fears now brings you a device to test breast milk for alcohol! $25 for six tests. Lactation consultants say it’s overkill for most moms. [$WSJ]

Drink this
Rachel Weisz, Academy Award winning actress, is causing a tempest in her chardonnay glass by saying that it is “fine” for pregnant women to drink wine. “Personally I do. They say not in the first three months though, but I think that after that it’s fine. I mean in Europe they drink it, ” she said. Cue uproar. [SAWF]

Not much
“I mean, how much lagrein is there? And how many people have heard of it?” That’s Martin Hofstatter from Alto Adige talking to Matt Kramer about lagrein, a deep red that Kramer describes as “one of the world’s most inviting red wines.” That’s fine. Except that Kramer criticized wine blogs earlier this year for writing about wines that are too hard to find. Ah, the irony! [NY Sun] thanks, Jack!

Ticked Ott
In his NYT review of Jay McInerney’s new book, a collection of his wine columns for House & Garden, Frank Prial rightfully points out McInerney’s expensive taste. Case in point: Domaine Ott rose, which McInerney recommends. Prial says “Domaine Ott is a rip-off.” Love it! You heard it here first!

Voted down
Massachusetts voters decided they like buying their wine from package stores and not grocery stores. Or was it convenience stores? This analysis of the campaign shows how the YES campaign lost a 2-1 lead in the final two weeks of the campaign. Oh well. You can’t say I didn’t try here or here!

Shouted down
Wine woot, an online retailer, offered a four pack of Sierra Club chardonnay that included a donation to the environmental preservation fund. Was it the election week? Or the wine talking? Either way it generated over 200 comments! hat tip: Mark

Star struck
Where are you if one week from today you are at a wine auction presided over by Charlotte Rampling and Jonathan Nossiter? If you answered Burgundy for the annual Hospice de Beaune charity auction, you’re right! I wonder if Nossiter, director of Mondovino, will leave his camera at home.

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4 Responses to “Tasting sized pours”

  1. Thanks for the info on lactating moms. My friend is as big of a wine geek as I am. After just having a baby after 9 months of no or little wine she is dying to have a glass or two again. Being able to check levels out before she feeds her baby will be great for her.

  2. Sorry Victoria but I didn’t mention the company’s name. It’s Milkscreen.

  3. I always found it interesting that European doctors typically endorse a glass of wine a day (in the last trimester) but warn against eating salads for the duration of the pregnancy.

  4. […] And to top off the odd juxtaposition, I was chatting with a pregnant woman the other day in New York who had just had a prolonged amniocentesis. She said that the doctor had told her to go home and have a glass of wine to relax. And no, she wasn’t Rachel Weisz. […]


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