Oh, the exciting life of the wine writer. Recently the wine department received samples of a new product called Wine Wipes. To quote the flackery, "The gentle orange-blossom flavored Wine Wipes quickly and easily remove the stain and clean the palate without interfering with the wine tasting experience." Hm. More on that later.
Now, as a wine writer, there have been many occasions where I've looked in the mirror and recoiled in horror at the purplish-black color of my teeth. It's not a good look. It's especially not a good look when you've forgotten that you spent all afternoon tasting Port or what-have-you, have gone out to a fancy dinner with your mother-in-law to-be, say, and have wondered why she spent the entire evening looking rather as though she wished she were dining with the people two tables away. So, hey, Wine Wipes, nice idea, right?