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 Bests Of Red Wines Revealed!

During the 1990s, a physician voiced on a national TV show that drinking red wine reduces heart disease. It made all the headlines. He cited the relatively lower levels of the disease in France despite their ever so famously high fat diets. Since that program, it seems that red wine health effects have been on the forefront of the wine consumer´s mind. You don’t know what to get for your next dinner party and the perfect food to go with your chosen bottle? Then it is high time that you learn the best kinds of red wines that are readily made available on the market. Basically, red wines are one classification of wines according to style. The other type of …

The Art Of Wine Tasting

The production of wine in France is tightly controlled by two organisations. The Instituit National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). This body succeeded the Comite’ National des Appellations d’Origine after World War II and controls the hierachy of French quality wines. The other is the Service de Repression des Fraudes, which is responsible for seeing that the very complicated laws on wine production are carried out. On the French domestic market, every bottle carries a capsule conge’, or capsule with the government seal on it showing that the relevant tax has been paid. It also shows the wine’s quality status. You can easily detect a genuine wine expert by the way he handles the wine in terms of smelling and tasting …

Sangria Summer Nights

For years now a staple to my summertime diet has been to have a glass or two of sangria while sitting out on my patio on those warm summer evenings with friends. Sangria is a wine based punch that originates from Portugal and Spain. The word “sangria” is derived from the Spanish word “sangre” which means blood. Sangria is usually made from red wine, sliced citrus fruit, sugar, and a sprit such as brandy or triple sec. A lot of tourists flock to Spain and Portugal to get a taste of authentic sangria. What many people don’t realise is that in this part of the world sangria is predominately served out of a punch bowl at informal gathers with the …

Red And White Wine – The Differences

Most people have tried various red wines and white wines and they still have no idea what differentiates both. If you have no clue, then this article will give you the factors to look for; apart from the color which is obvious. Red and white wines can either be dry or sweet or anywhere in between. The red wine is more robust, more complex than white wines. White wines are generally lighter without the complexity of reds. Though the grapes used do matter, but the main difference is in the fermentation process. Red wines are mostly made from red and black grapes, and white wines from green grapes. Sometimes red, black and black grapes are combined. During the fermentation process …

Pairing Food And Wine And No Rules

The matching of food and wine have been around for long period of time and at one time there was may rule to proper wine food pairing but these days with all the various types of foods those rule don’t all really apply. The old rules of wine food matching is primarily red wine with red meat and white wine with fish and poultry however they don’t take into consideration the complexity of today’s multi-ethnic and subtly flavored foods and the corresponding wide range of wines from around the world that are now conveniently available to almost everyone and the wine and food together will each heighten the enjoyment of the other. These days you’re more likely to hear food …

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 …