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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, #MWWC6 Vote, WTSO Marathon, Shoe as a Corkscrew

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage time!

Let’s start with the answer for the wine quiz #88, What Is It? In the quiz, you were given a picture with wine (alcohol) related object, and you were supposed to explain what this object is for and how it is supposed to be used.

Below is the quiz picture with two additional pictures, which together should give you a good idea of what and how:

This tiny hammer is packaged with every bottle of Beluga Vodka Gold Line – hammer is intended to be used to break the wax seal on top of the bottle and brush should be used to clean up all the small pieces of wax.

This quiz had a number of comments with the answer, but pretty much for the first time I remember running these quizzes, many people referred to one of the previous answers as a correct one, instead of providing their own answer. This creates an interesting challenge in announcing the winner. Nevertheless, the winners of this quiz are Misha and Emil, and Patty of Bota and The Beast, Julian of VinoInLove, Trace Lee Karner and Suzanne of apuginthekitchen are all getting a “supporting winner” title. Well done!

Now, to the interesting stuff around the vine and the web!

First, the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge  #6 with the theme of “Mystery”, hosted by Jeff a.k.a. The Drunken Cyclist, has concluded with the record number of participants (25). Now it is time to vote for your favorite post (actually, you can vote for up to three) – for all rules and regulations please refer to Jeff’s post here.

WTSO is doing it again! Mark your calendars – Tuesday, January 28th, starting 6 AM Eastern – you better be glued to your computer, or you are risking to miss out on hundreds of great deals! WTSO marathon (a Cheapskate Marathon) will be taking place with all the usual rules: all the wines are priced in $7.99 to $18.99, no e-mail announcements, all new wines are announced on twitter and only on twitter, new wines are offered every 15 minutes or sooner if the previous wine is sold out. Happy hunting!

Last interesting item I want to bring to your attention is a video about using the shoe as a wine opener in the crisis – okay, not really a crisis, but if you have a bottle of wine, and you want to drink it, your date is getting impatient – and there is no corkscrew in site – does that constitute a crisis in your book? Well, shoe is to the rescue! You can read about using the shoe as a bottle opener in the Dr. Vino’s blog, where he also offers a collection of cork screw errr shoe-opener videos – here is the link.

And we are done here. The glass is empty – but the refill is on its way! Cheers!



  1. January 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

    So cool, thank you for the supporting winner nod, YAY!! Really such a good quiz, congrats to the winners!!

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks, Susanne, glad you liked it!

  2. Antisocial Patty
    January 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I will give my supporting winner bragging rights to Misha, as I don’t feel I earned them this time. 🙂 And I have actually done the shoe method for opening wine once, in a hotel, because we forgot to bring a corkscrew and it WAS an emergency. 🙂 It took us longer than the video shows, and we made a lot of noise in the hotel room, but it did work!

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      wow, in hotel room… I’m glad you didn’t break the wall!

  3. January 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Tried the shoe-screw method. It really depends on how tightly the cork is in there. In times of desperation, I’ve found pushing the cork back in with thumb or pen easier.

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I’ve seen some of the wines where even the standard screw opener gives up – I’m sure those will present a great challenge to this method. Also, I don’t think this will work with plastic corks…

  4. January 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    While I have seen videos of the shoe opening, when I tried it out myself, I couldn’t get the cork to budge. It was kinda frustrating….;)

    • talkavino
      January 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

      I might try it at some point, but I’m sure I will be equally frustrated. There are probably some cases when it will work well, and many others where it will not.

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