You might remember my funny wine-critic pal Jennifer Rosen, the world's so-called Cork Jester, from about this time last year. I'd gone ahead and recommended her guidebook, Waiter, There's a Horse in My Wine, as a Christmas gift, and, apparently, a lot of you took me up. Good thing—the acclaimed Rosen has forgotten more about the art and science of wine than Sonny Jesus and I will ever know, and she desperately wants you to experience the unyielding pleasures of the grape in as user-friendly an environment as possible.
Consider, if you will, her very cool Cork Jester's Wine Teasers card game. Created and originally published by Stefan A. Smith, Wine Teasers is a poor man's encyclopedia on the vaunted beverage, with 100 Rosen-authored multiple-choice questions for two competing teams (the players' expertise is no factor) on wine geography, history, chronology and commerce. Cool illustrations of bottles and their products' best characteristics, a rules sheet and a pronunciation card are included to make stuff more fun. Oh, yeah—Rosen gives the answers, too, although some seem a little ambiguous to me. For instance, one of the queries asks about the optimum conditions inside your new wine cellar, to which the answer is “Cool, dark and damp.” Rosen then adds: “It's good to minimize vibrations, too, so better move that case out from under your bed.” I, of course, have no idea what she's getting at. Must be a hidden meaning there or something.
In any case, you might just do right by your giftee in sending this his/her way for the big day. It costs $12.95 and is available from Corkjester.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and probably a few places in between. Rosen is a witty, prolific, intensely intelligent human being, and she deserves her cut on each game sold amid those attributes alone.