Good Spirits 2008. By Bill Marsano. Handy, enjoyable and informative, Wine Teasers is a game based on a stack of cards, each bearing one question, three possible answers, and a hint for the desperate. Its creator is Jennifer Rosen, the Cork Jester, who has won a James Beard Award and numerous other gonfalons for her witty and refreshing, snobbery-free wine writing. FYI, although the game is designed for from 2 to 20, solitaire is possible and it makes a good self-teaching device (wineteasers.com). Rosen s books, The Cork Jester s Guide to Wine and Waiter, There s a Horse in My Wine, are also well worth a look. --Hemispheres Magazine
Urban Vintage By PETER HELLMAN. A witty wine blogger, Jennifer Rosen, also known as the Cork Jester, has partnered with wine-loving librarian Stefan Smith to create a wine game that combines elements of Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. And it's been cunningly devised so that wine nerds and neophytes can play together. If a player can't directly answer a wine trivia question, a hint is offered. Each correct answer leads to a "cellar step," which allows the player to select a wine bottle card for your cellar or to loot a bottle from the opposing team's cellar. The first team to accumulate six bottle cards wins. Wine Teasers can be played on an auto trip ($12.95 at amazon.com).
-- HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE -- The San Francisco Chronicle. A "build your own wine gift basket" recommendation by Stacy Finz,
-- Last Nano Second Gift Ideagrams gift recommendation by Grapevine Radio.
-- How to Select Gifts for Your Friends Who Love Wine gift recommendation by eHow.com.
-- Great Gift Ideas for a Wine Connoisseur gift recommendation by E. M. Robinson, Helium. --The New York Sun
About the Author
Winner of the 2005 James Beard Award for Internet Writing on Food, Restaurant, Beverage or Nutrition, and 2003 finalist for Jacob's Creek International Best Drinks Writer, Jennifer is the author of Waiter, There's a Horse in My Wine, and The Cork Jester's Guide to Wine, both winners of Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Wine Literature. Her weekly wine column, called hilarious, informative, and the very essence of wine fun, has appeared in the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, CO, a network of papers across the nation, and has been read around the world by over 45,000 subscribers to her Internet newsletter.
Jennifer's byline has also appeared in Wine Enthusiast, The Beverage Network, Wine Country International, Drinks, Wines and Vines, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Broughton Quarterly, Fine Art Registry, The New Zealand Winepress, The Independence Institute and The Wine Club Newsletter.
Stefan Smith, Wine Teasers founder & publisher, is a wine-loving academic librarian by profession whose research and publication history focuses on small-group learning for adults. After founding Teasers Games Inc. (formerly Fine Wine Games, Inc.) Smith published the first edition of Wine Teasers wine game. With Jennifer Rosen on board for the second edition, titled Cork Jester s Wine Teasers, the game finally came into its own and the rest is history.