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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Corkscrew

Re: “Not just for seder anymore

Any chance we can dispense with the tired old stereotype about kosher wine already? Maybe you can simply write about kosher wine, period. It has been even more than the twenty years you mention during which quality kosher wines have been available. By the way, there are plenty of people who drink kosher wines year round, not just during holidays. The article did not reflect this.

Posted by Steve M. on 09/07/2007 at 2:30 PM

Re: “The Supertaster Unveiled

It can be hard living with the stigma of "the picky friend", so I appreciate your article's perspective. I remember attending a meeting many years ago, where my boss offered bottles of "Water Joe", small bottles of caffeinated water. I thought it sounded like a great idea, and took a swig along with my other coworkers. After sputtering and choking on the intolerable bitterness, I was stunned to see I had the only bad bottle. No one else had tasted anything as bitter as I had. To me, it tasted toxic, as if it had been contaminated with some kind of industrial cleaning fluid or something. A colleague who took a sip from my bottle confirmed that it didn't taste like anything to her. It was only a few years later that I learned that my ability to discern between nine different kinds of vanilla was related to the caffeine incident, and that I was a supertaster. It really can be a blessing, but more often it's a curse, as unexpected variations in traditional flavors can ruin an otherwise nice meal.

Posted by SpinyNorman on 08/02/2007 at 12:15 PM

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