Diane McMartin's Recent Articles
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This Is What People Mean When They Say a Wine Is Oaky — And What You Should Look for When Shopping
We in the wine business have an unfortunate habit of throwing around our lingo as though everyone will understand it. Get a few of us together with a bottle (or two or four) and we might as well be that teacher from Charlie Brown. In attempts to turn all that womp womp womp into words you’ll not only understand, but also be able to use yourself, here’s a quick explainer — in total laymen’s terms.
May 1, 2019
The Best Wines to Drink While You’re Wearing a Sheet Mask
Doing a mask makes me feel like I’m accomplished something, when really all I’m doing is hanging out on my couch for a few minutes with goo on my face. Do any of the hundreds of masks on the market actually do anything? Does it matter? Whether or not we’re all getting hosed, masks are a great way to relax on our own or take embarrassing photos with our friends — so we definitely need something to drink while we wait. Here are my favorite mask-and-wine pairings.
May 1, 2019
10 Friday-Night Wines to Reward Yourself for Making It Through Your Worst Week Ever
You made it to Friday! Here's what to drink — based on whatever crappy circumstance you had to deal with.
May 1, 2019
The Best Trader Joe’s Wines for Every Awkward Thanksgiving Gathering Imaginable
No two Thanksgivings are the same. We may all celebrate with nearly identical menus, but family dynamics are different for everyone. And they’re, um, pretty interesting. So, I’ve decided to offer wine pairings based on some of the most awkward situations possible. If you’re wondering why I’m not addressing the more traditional food-and-wine pairing aspect of Thanksgiving, there are two reasons.
May 1, 2019
A Wine Expert’s Best and Easiest Tips for Picking Out a (Good) Cheap Bottle at Target, Costco, and Trader Joe’s
While it would be great if we could all exclusively buy wine from cute independent wine shops, it’s not always possible. Not everyone lives near a great independent wine shop. Not everyone feels comfortable in one. And sometimes you have to buy toilet bowl cleaner, socks, and a gift for a housewarming party — all in one shopping trip because you’re busy and that’s just how life works sometimes. I get it.
May 1, 2019
We Held a Blind Taste Test of Wines from Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Aldi — Here’s How It Went
Tasting wine isn’t just for sommeliers who can call what vineyard a wine came from in a single sniff. Blind tasting helps you hone in on what you actually like without being influenced by labels, prices, or marketing, so it’s something that anyone who likes wine should try a few times. Plus, it’s fun! In order to find out what people really think of wines from Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Costco, I strong-armed a few folks into blind tasting them. My tasters?
May 1, 2019
The Best Costco Wines for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List
You’re not going to find a wild grape variety no one’s ever heard of at Costco, and you’re definitely not going to find someone to make suggestions perfectly tailored to your taste. What you will find, though, are great deals on famous brands and some shockingly good Kirkland private-label wines. That’s why Costco is a great place to go for all your wine needs, if you’re looking to bring someone a bottle this holiday season.
May 1, 2019
If You Drink Wine, This Pro Says You’ll Love This $6 Amazon Find
When it comes to wine tasting, there’s a lot of terrible wine out there. And there are even more terrible wine accessories. Even the worst wine will give you a decent buzz, but a lot of wine paraphernalia is a true waste of money.
Apr 30, 2019