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In Briefs: Non-Alcoholic Wine

JESSICA BADER: So, I was making my once-every-couple-of-months trip to Food Emporium (pfft, keeping food in the fridge is for non-New Yorkers) to stock up on seltzer, and they had this whole big display of non-alcoholic wine. Isn’t that just…grape juice? The whole point of wine is that it doesn’t start to taste good until the second glass, because by then you’re buzzed from the first glass. Right?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Jessica, I hear you – my solution to the Wine Problem is that I only drink wine that tastes more like juice than anything else: Chardonnays, Rieslings, Pinot Grigio for white, Cabernets and Pinot Noirs for reds. I don’t like dry wine. I want my wine to taste as close to a Capri Sun as possible, so I was thrilled when rose wines started coming into style, even if it was ironically. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Refusing a Drink at a Party

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I know there are those of us on this list who do not drink– and I’m totally cool with that! Really! My question, though, is: is there a way of politely saying, ‘no thanks’ at a party when someone offers you a drink without actually saying, ‘no thanks, I don’t drink?’ Not to be picky, but they are not asking you if you drink. They are asking if you would like a drink. Is there a way to be lighthearted or blase about your refusal without making your host/hostess suddenly feel like a big ‘ol lush? Because while I love my non-drinking bretheren, I find that many of them have way of letting their non-drinking status be known that totally RECORD SCRATCH falls with a thud and kind of kills the conversation and makes for an awkward moment. Especially when the person offering them a drink is just being polite and trying to be a good host (generally speaking). and is not trying to pump you full of booze (generally speaking) until you black out and forget your own name. If they offer you a snack and you’ve don’t want any, you can say, ‘no thanks, I’ve already eaten.’ But to an offer of a beverage, I guess you can’t really say, ‘no thanks, I’ve been drinking in the car on my way here.’ Anyway. Deep Thursday Thoughts here. Anyone have a solution?

CHRIS PUMMER: No thanks. Also, your processed snack might be made with genetically modified corn, and I don’t eat that or gluten or meat or dairy or eggs or fish. You’re being a great host, though. Continue reading

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