The Beauty Of Red Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

The hit comedy film Sideways is about a road trip in the wine country of sunny California where the two main characters, Miles and Jack, taste copious amounts of red wine while dealing with major life dramas. It’s a hilarious film that touched so many people with its dark comedy and truly moving portraits of people dealing with love, pain, and wine tasting. But perhaps the greatest thing about Sideways was how it inspired so many people to go out and become connoisseurs of fine wine! According the Internet Movie Database, the movie made so many of its fans want to buy Pinot Noir (a dry red wine) that sales significantly increased in the US and UK during and after …

Shopping For Your Wine Racks Is Easier When Done From Your Sofa

Everyone knows that shopping over the internet is both a blessing and a curse. While there is nothing like being able to shop from the comfort of your sofa in your favourite pyjamas with a cup of steaming coffee or hot chocolate, especially at this the busiest shopping time of year. However, the frustration of the World Wide Web can sometimes be so overwhelming when it comes to finding a special gift for someone special that it drives you to the verge of insanity. During the holiday season it’s great to be able to avoid the crowded shopping malls but that doesn’t necessarily mean that finding the perfect gift is going to be any less daunting a task. Let’s say …

Storing And Caring For Wine Tips

How you store your wine is extremely important. If you store it right it can lead to euphoria, while if you store it wrong it can lead to depression. When you tear into a bottle of wine that has properly been stored, it can be glorious indeed, while tearing into bottle of poorly stored wine can be quite the letdown. Often times, drinking a bottle of wine that was poorly stored is much like drinking vinegar. To properly store wine, you’ll need to meet several factors, such as humidity, temperature, lighting, the cleanliness of your storage area, the angle of the bottle while it is stored, and the vibration of the bottle on the rack. The proper level of humidity …

How A Wine Club Can Help You

If you are new to wine, a wine club will help you find out which wines you really like (and those that you don’t). It is the perfect way of discovering new wines on a regular basis. If you’re not currently a member of a wine club, you should think again. Here’s why you are missing out. Do you generally stick to what you know? When faced with rows and rows of unfamiliar wines in the local supermarket, do you find that you always end up sticking to what you know? If you do branch out, it’s likely to be because you are swayed by the nicest, most appealing label or because you’ve gone on someone else’s recommendations (which then …

Pros and Cons of Guided Wine Country Tours

Are you interested in visiting wine country? Whether you choose to visit the wine countries in California, New York, or Washington, you may be pleased with all of the options that you have, especially where wine tours are concerned. One of those options is making reservations for a guided wine tour, as compared to touring local wineries yourself. When it comes to deciding how you should tour wine country, you may be unsure which option is best for you and the rest of your traveling party. To help assist you in the decision making process, a few pros and cons to guided wine tours are outlined below. By examining these pros and cons and then applying them to your own …

Port Wines From Portugal

Port Wines Come From Portugal The Douro River Valley which is located in the northern part of Portugal is where the mixture of grapes is grown to produce port wine. The wine was made for shipping reasons and to some people’s surprise reached beyond Europe and into the United States, Asia, Australian and several other places. Port wine for the beginner, is traditionally served as a dessert wine, it is known for the sipping wine at home get-togethers and after work outings. Port wine is different from other types of wine because it has an higher than average alcohol content; the majority range between 19% and 22% by volume. The ingredients and flavors added to the wine can make it …

Light, Bright & Sparkling: How To Choose Your Next Bottle Of Wine

Plenty of people are intimidated at the thought of buying wine, because ‘wine is so confusing’. That is not too far from the truth, because the sheer variety of wine can certainly be bewildering. Therefore, most wine buyers, unless they are experts, prefer to stick to tried and tested brands and vintages. However, you can be a little adventurous when you choose your next bottle of wine. Don’t believe us? Here’s how: First up, trying new wines is not as risky as you think. Sometime ago, the Wine Market Council released data that showed that Merlot, Chardonnay, and White Zinfandel are the most popular wines in the U.S. However, with close to 20,000 different wines available in the country, there’s …

Life As A Starbucks Barista

What goes on behind the scenes at Starbucks coffee shops? Most of us have probably ignored the people working behind the counters as we wait for our Starbucks coffee. Still, you may have wondered: What keeps a Starbucks coffee shop running? What’s happening behind the counter? The baristas working in a Starbucks usually work various shifts throughout the day. The typical Starbucks day is commonly comprised of two or three shifts. Each shift may range from two to five workers, depending on the number of customers. In the back of the counter, the floor is divided into sections. The sections of a typical Starbucks consist of: 1. Register — This would be the section that customers would be most familiar …

Life After Dairy

My friend Katy has recently cut dairy products out of her diet, but it’s not because she has “trendy food intolerance”. These are her thoughts and feelings. It’s lunchtime again, and here I am on campus trying to decide what to eat – again. The University boasts numerous eating establishments, but even so the choice usually boils down to a filled baguette or chips. It’s for this reason, despite the ‘canteen’ tray rail and the polystyrene cups, I end up in ‘The Downs’, the slightly healthier (but still serving chips) caf? on Sussex campus. Mmm, what lovely treats are in store for me today? Well, the pasta is out, so is the korma, the selection of flans and all of …

Lets Keep It Clean

Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier Removes Smallest Bacteria One of the best and safest ways to purify your drinking water is to use the reverse osmosis water purifier. It removes even the smallest particles from your drinking water, most of these particles are smaller than the eye can see. Reverse Osmosis was developed by the U.S. government to desalinate sea water for ships and submarines. One of the major advantages of reverse osmosis water purifiers is that they do not use any chemicals such as chlorine or iodine and do not require frequent filter changes or cleaning. The secret of reverse osmosis is its abality to filter out even the smallest of particles . The human hair is about 1 micron, …

Let Them Eat Anything But Cake

Think of dessert at a wedding and you get a pretty iconic image: the wedding cake. Tall as the flower girl! Frosting thicker than your ring finger! And inside, endless bits of fruit; oozing berry syrup; maybe (we’ve all been to these weddings) some Jell-O. The wedding cake has, in one form or another, been a celebratory staple for centuries. In its earliest form, in Roman times, it consisted of simple barley bread which the groom broke in half above his bride’s head; throughout the years it has evolved into the expensive, expansive, and complicated monstrosity we must devour. When a food’s around that long, people are going to get tired of it sooner or later. Foregoing the wedding cake …

Learn To Purchase Wine Online Easily

Creating the perfect mix between wine and food can be a challenge if you’re not entirely sure what you’re doing. With such an array of wine and food available there are always many options to consider. When planning a dinner, choose combinations that are popular with a wide range of people. You should always ensure that the wine doesn’t overpower the dish, and you also need to avoid flavor transferring. This occurs when a flavor is passed from the wine to a meal, as it can result in an unpleasant taste. Learn the art of Wine Tasting Buying wine online is steadily gaining popularity as everything else on the internet. The internet offers a convenient means to order wine from …

Layout Best Practices For New Restaurant Owners

It is easy to become overwhelmed when planning the layout of a new restaurant. No two restaurants are the same. The type of clientele, the design of the building and the intended atmosphere can all influence the choice of layout. There are some basic fundamentals, however, which should be followed when planning a layout. First, do not underestimate the importance of layout. Layout is one area which is frequently discussed in restaurant reviews. Not only is important to the diners at a restaurant, but it is important to the overall operations. If there is not adequate room for the servers to move in, the promptness of the meals can be impacted. On the other hand, there needs to be plenty …

Lasagne – The Real Italian Dish

Do you think of lasagne as a sublime gourmet sensation or a stodgy school food staple? In Tuscany I’ve tasted exquisite layers of meltingly tender, fresh pasta fusing into a poem with creamy béchamel and a sparing distribution of rich ragù. This traditional meat sauce of central and northern Italy is made with finely minced beef and chicken livers or pancetta and simmered gently for hours until the flavours mellow. In spring the delicate pasta sheets have been layered with tender artichoke hearts, béchamel and ham, a marriage of delicate flavours to delight the most gourmet palate. Lasagna (having replaced its plural e with a singular a) is however a dish that has left home and travelled the world. It …

Lamb From Muzbi To Modern

What is your favorite lamb recipe? Chops? Shoulder? Leg? Steaks? Grilled? Baked? Marinated? Rubbed? Most of us run out of ways to prepare lamb before our mint jelly is finished. If young mutton ranks high on your list of preferences, you’ll be interested to know the Royal Cooks for the Mughal Empire in India were able to create a different preparation of lamb for each day of the year. That’s well over three hundred dishes—far more than today’s cooks would be able, or inclined, to create. Although other meat showed up in the Mughal cuisine, lamb was their meat of choice for both religious and geographical reasons. As Muslims they didn’t eat pork. Large quantities of beef were unavailable in …

Korean ‘cue

Barbecue! The searing heat of open flames, the tantalizing sizzle of cooking meat, the rising smoke that tells you that piece of beef has been on the grill just a bit too long. It’s iconic, it’s perfect for summer, it’s…happening in the middle of your table? Wait, what? These marinated scraps of short ribs and sirloin may be cooked on a charcoal grill, but that grill’s on your table and the meat’s managed with chopsticks. This ‘cue isn’t American, it’s Korean, and it’s causing quite a stir in cities all over the country. What started as a niche party dish in Korean districts and homes has grown into a gourmet trend, and even wine bars like Chicagoland’s Flight now serve …