The Joys Of Sauvignon Blanc

To many people, if you say you want a white wine, they think Chardonnay. And while the Chardonnays of many vineyards are delightful, light and tart presenting a rich body and smart nose, many others are awkward, sour or overpowering. These latter ones, and the somewhat unpredictability of the varietal has caused me to search for an alternative, a more reliable alternative, to the ubiquitous Chardonnay. I should say here that most California Chardonnays, and some South African ones, are absolutely wonderful, well-crafted wines with nuanced and multi-layered flavors that entertain without overpowering. However, there are those others…. So I began my quest for the Chardonnay alternative. I learned to enjoy Pinot Grigio, which offers a lovely contrast to the …

The Incredible Effects Of Coffee On Male Fertility

Coffee contains an ingredient called caffeine, which makes the drink stimulating. A shepherd first discovered the coffee bean’s stimulating effect by observing how his goats became energetic and began hopping around when they ate the leaves and fruits of the coffee tree. He tried the fruits himself and discovered that he felt happier, more alert and with more vivacity than before. A monk of the region, which is present day Ethiopia, began to use an infusion of fruits to keep him awake during his prayers. News of the effect of drinking coffee soon spread. By the 16th century, coffee was being used in the east, with the beans being toasted in Persia. Many people felt that the coffee was bad, …

The Ideal Wine Cellar: Everything You Need to Get Started

So you’ve decided to take a large step, and move from wine lover to wine connoisseur. You are going to buy a wine cellar. This guide will give you all the information you need to make this purchase. Wine Bottle Storage The ideal location for storing wine is a dark, draftless area that stays at a constant 50-60 degrees, with 60-70 percent humidity. The bottles should be kept on their sides to keep the corks moist, and should be exposed to limited vibrations. This will ensure that you will be able to keep bottles at their best for years to come. One thing to consider if you decide to purchase a large wine cellar: make sure the unit will fit! …

The Humble Beginnings Of The Devilish Beverage From Ethiopia Called “Coffee”

Do you realize the intricate and varied history of coffee as you sip on a cup of coffee? There is a long and entertaining story of how coffee was invented, how it migrated to your particular cup and an unending effort to produce the many flavors of coffee that continue to make it such a popular beverage. Each country has added its taste preference and its own way of brewing as coffee spread around the world. This has resulted in a plethora of coffee drinks for us all to savor and enjoy. The unique customs across cultures has also added to this ritual of drinking coffee. Where is your favorite coffeehouse? Coffeehouses became very popular as news about the magical …

The History Of Wine Is The History Of Man’s Thirst

For all the talk what “wine snobbery” does wine expertise come do to? In the end wine is nothing more than simply fermented fruit juice. And “rotten” or “fermented “fruit juice at that. The earliest evidence suggesting wine production comes from archaeological sites in Iran and Russian Georgia, dating from 6000 to 5000 B.C. (Before Christ). Wine has long been used as a safe storage form of precious water for human consumption, and for its use in religious and important cultural mores. Almost every culture and societal group on earth each somehow learnt to make simple alcoholic beverages. This is no mere accident. Humans early on learnt the psychological effects that alcohol provides . Along the way they learnt to …

The History Of Maxwell House Decaf Coffee

Upon drinking Maxwell House coffee, President Theodore Roosevelt exclaimed Maxwell House coffee being “good to the last drop,” it stuck and a famous registered trademark was born. The Kraft General Foods Corporation now owns the brand Maxwell House coffee. Originally, Maxwell House was the name of a well-known hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The coffee served at the Maxwell House came from a grocer in the neighborhood named Joel Cheek. Mr. Cheek blended the coffee for the Maxwell House. Sadly, the original Maxwell House burned to the ground in 1961. Another Maxwell house was rebuilt in 1970 a few miles away from the original site. This time it had to get permission from the Kraft General Foods, which owns the rights …

The History Of Italian Food

While some of the most popular dishes associated with the Italian culture include a tempting slice of pizza and a heaping plate of pasta, there is much more to the world of Italian cooking. Throughout the many regions in Italy, the distinctive cuisine of the Italians shines through in a wide-range of eating habits, styles of cooking, and selection of local ingredients. The changing of the times has also influenced Italian food, as the meals served in the pre-Roman era possess both similarities and differences in the cuisine of today. The culinary history of Italy established a reputation more than 2,000 years ago, which includes an illustrious movement during the Roman Empire. Culturally, food preparation was quite important in the …

The History Of Chocolate

History Of Chocolate – How Chocolate Became Such A Popular Flavor The chocolate is such a world wide super commodity that it deserves some research into its background and history. Well, to start with, the history of chocolate began with the domestic plantation of coco plants by the Olmec Indians way back in 1500 BC. Not that they made a handful of chocolate bars, packed in beautiful cartons for sale in the open market. Their traditional method of consuming this wonder commodity was by drying it first and then making a brew of it, not unlike the way we brew coffee now. This delicacy was meant only for the elite and not for the common man. History, however, took a …

The History Of Coffee

Coffee, the brew, that more than half the people around the world need to kick start the day. Ever wondered about the origins of this humble but oh so important cup of joy and how it landed up on the shelf in your neighborhood store? Did you also know that everyday there are about four hundred million cups of coffee consumed around the world? It all began about two thousand years ago and today it has a market where the output as a commodity is a close second to petroleum in its dollar value. Coffee by itself is broadly categorized into two main types – the Arabia which started out on the Arabian Peninsula and the Robusta which has twice …

The Health Benefits Of Salmon

A New Old Super Food? The modern North American diet is one rich in saturated fats, deep fried foods, and high sugar drinks. Cola, alcohol, and fast food have all taken their toll on the overall health and fitness of the North American population, and now a full two thirds of the population is considered overweight or obese, with nearly ten percent of the population being morbidly obese. The mere mention of a change in diet immediately instills fears of ultra-strict calorie pinching and meal planning, yet it does not have to be so. The right combination of foods, combined with moderate physical activity, is all that one needs to get back into shape and back on track with their …

The Perfect Cup Of Coffee For Your Taste Buds And Eyes

If you’re not familiar with Vacuum coffee makers then a written description of how they work may have you a little lost. How ever, to those that own or use vacuum coffee brewers you know what a great cup they make, and what a joy they are to watch. If you’re a fan of using a French Press to brew your coffee each day, then you’ll love the coffee made in a Vacuum maker. It works on a similar principle of boiling water flowing over freshly ground coffee beans then filtering the grounds out of the water leaving behind a wonderful tasting and smelling cup of coffee. There’s something to be said when a paper filter isn’t used with coffee …

The Peanut Allergy Problem

More than 3 million people in America have a peanut allergy which translates into 1 out of every 90 people or 1.10% of the population. The peanut allergy problem continues to grow. Peanuts are a dietary protein that’s very cheap and generally in its purest form is peanut butter. Yet it has become one of the most common foods for allergies. Unfortunately peanuts are finding there way into many different foods and trace amounts are also entering the food chain from varying angles which is making the peanut allergy problem worse. Because of the seriousness of these allergies foods are not warning that trace amount of peanuts may be in the product while other products are going for the market …

The Marvelous Egg

Eggs are marvelous. They are used in so many products and in so many ways. They provide structure and mouth feel; they provide moisture and nutritional value. Baking would be dramatically different without the egg. There are three parts to the egg: The shell is fragile and porous. It is important to remember that eggs will absorb flavors and odors through the shell and therefore must be protected from strong smelling substances and unsanitary surfaces. A tainted egg will spoil your product. The yolk is high in both fat and protein and is a natural emulsifier. The white is primarily albumin protein. It is clear and soluble before it is cooked. It contains sulfur and becomes odorous when old. About …

The Many Teas Of China

You may be familiar with the Chinese saying, “Firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegar, and tea are the seven necessities to begin a day.” Even though tea is listed last, it is still obvious how important the tea is for the Chinese. Thousands of Chinese tea varieties exist. These are usually classified by processing, quality, preparation methods, and so on. However, when considering tea in terms of quality, there are in fact eight classes of Chinese tea. These consist of black tea, green, white, oolong, yellow, red, flower, and compressed tea. Let’s examine at these classes one by one. Black Tea The Chinese black tea creates a full-bodied amber when brewed. Also, this type of Chinese tea undergoes withering, left …

The Many Different Styles Of Coffee Tables

Every fan of the show “Seinfeld” will remember the episode where Kramer decided to write a coffee table book about coffee tables. The fact that a whole type of literature is devoted to the coffee table shows just how popular this piece of furniture is. A coffee table is the practical place for someone to place their drinks. Anyone who has been in a living room where there was no coffee table realizes the importance of the coffee table. A coffee table can be placed in front of a sofa. A smaller coffee table, or what some refer to as an end table, is usually located next to chairs or on the ends of a sofa. A coffee table will …

The Kitchen And Expresso Machines – Coffees Worldwide

Interestingly enough most people picture expresso machines steaming away next to coffee makers either in the comfort of a kitchen or at the local coffeehouse. Ethiopia gave birth to the coffee craze that has flooded across worldwide borders. It still produces coffee from wild treed forests its sub-tropical environment. Coffee can only be grown in that environment or in the world’s tropical regions, where they get plenty of sun and needed rain. Coffee growth is restricted to a narrow ring from 23° North to 25° South A Turkish proverb describes it as ‘… black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love…’ In fact coffee is a commodity that is 2nd only to the oil industry in dollar for volume …