Time to Zelebrate: Zima is Making a Comeback!

While transparent-beverage-loving drinkers of every age could enjoy sucking down Crystal Pepsi, Tab Clear, Clearly Canadian, or New York Seltzer in the 1990s, the see-through beverage of choice for harder drinkers was also clear: Zima.

Introduced by Coors in 1993, the sorta-citrusy malt beverage launched with much fanfare; the company spent a massive $180 million to market Zima, promising consumers that it was “zomething different.” No one zeemed to care.

By the time Coors introduced Zima Gold in 1995, the beverage had already become more of a punch line in America—though it would take another 13 years for it to be officially discontinued in the country. "We decided to do Zima Gold, which was a huge disaster," Pete Coors, MillerCoors’s vice chairman of the board of directors, told Ad Age in 2012. "And then we decided to take the nice fluted bottle and make it into a generic bottle. We killed the brand, frankly."

But following on the heels of Crystal Pepsi’s 2016 relaunch, MillerCoors thinks Zima is ready to make a comeback. Though few details have yet been revealed, company spokesman Marty Maloney recently confirmed that the beer alternative will be returning to store shelves in the near future, stating that, "If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear." Zign us up!

[h/t: Ad Age]

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Alexa Can Now Help You Find a Wine Pairing
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Even if you enjoy wine regularly, you may not know exactly how you’re supposed to pair it with food. But you don’t have to be a sommelier to put together a good pairing at home. According to Lifehacker, you can just ask Alexa.

An Alexa skill called Wine Finder is designed to help you figure out which wine varietal would go best with whatever food you’re planning to eat. You just have to ask, “What wine goes well with … ”

Created by an app developer called Bloop Entertainment, the Amazon Echo skill features a database with 500 wine pairings. And not all of them are designed for someone working their way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The skill will also help you find the proper pairing for your more casual snacks. In one demo, the skill recommends pairing nachos with a Sauvignon blanc or Zinfandel. (Note that the latter also goes well with Frito pie.)

You can also ask it to find you the perfect wine to drink with apple pie and pizza, in addition to the meats, cheeses, and other wine-pairing staples you might expect. However, if you ask it what to pair with hot dogs, it says “water,” which is an affront to hot dog connoisseurs everywhere.

There are a few other wine-pairing skills available for Alexa, including Wine Pairings, Wine Pairings (two different skills), and Wine Expert. But according to user reviews, Wine Finder is the standout, offering more and higher-quality suggestions than some of the other sommelier apps.

It’s free to enable here, so drink up.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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This $56 Glass Is Perfectly Suited to All Styles of Wine
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People who take their wine seriously tend to own different glasses for different types of wine. Decor website Home Stratosphere, for instance, identified 18 wine glasses—each shaped differently to complement the unique flavors and fragrances of a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, and other kinds of red, white, and dessert wines.

If you don’t want to spare the expense or the cupboard space for all those glasses, you may want to check out Richard Brendon’s $56 wine glass, which is said to be suited to all types of wine. As spotted by Fast Company, the “1 Wine Glass” is the result of a collaboration between Brendon, a London-based product designer, and wine critic Jancis Robinson.

Robinson said that when Brendon asked her to help design a range of wine glasses, she was “insistent” that they design one single glass. “I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine,” Robinson said in a statement, adding that white wines can be just as complex as reds. “It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colors of wine—especially when so many of us are short of storage space.”

To get it just right, they toiled with the thinness of the glass, the length of the stem, the curvature, the opening, and the overall practicality (Robinson said it had to be dishwasher safe, and indeed, the finished result is). The result is a 125ml handcrafted glass that can be used for all types of wine, including champagne, port, and sherry. The duo also designed a stemless water glass and two decanters. The items can be purchased on Richard Brendon's website.

[h/t Fast Company]

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