It’s that time of the month again: BOOK CLUB. Regardless of whether everyone in the group finished the novel, you know what you all will be finishing: BOTTLES OF WINE. As someone who has admittedly been both the annoyed host as well as the annoying guest of a wine-fueled book club meeting, here are my best tips on choosing a great wine for your next gathering of minds over literature’s latest spines. It’s easy to fall into the trap to try to pick out a wine that somehow reflects upon the book.
You’re going to want to fight me on this, but hear me out: NOT ALL RIESLING IS SWEET. It’s not! Dude, trust me! I’m the person who only drinks super sour beer and would happily take a half-eaten bag of Lays for dessert. I hate sweet. So, if there’s Riesling for me , there’s Riesling for you too. A quick refresher for those who haven’t had a glass in a minute: Riesling is a German white wine that is now produced all over the world.
When I first started buying wine , I dreaded coming off like an idiot. You know that feeling: You scan the aisle for a familiar label, but then the shelves close in and paranoia creeps up: “The clerk, he’s watching, isn’t he? He knows I know nothing about wine, doesn’t he? !” You pretend to read a bottle, like you somehow just learned French. The only thing you can decipher is the price, which is even scarier than asking for help. You grab the closest bottle and get the hell out of there.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".