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Counting Carbs With Wine


The recent health claims that wines have antioxidants in them that may block free radicals, prevent heart disease, cancer, and other conditions associated with aging seems to have some validity. Polyphenol, catechin, and cholesterol-reducing resveratrol are found predominately in red wines in various degrees.

A Private Owners Guide to Bottling Fine Whisky


The majority of private owners of whisky casks are looking for an assessment of their options. The purpose of this article is to help answer questions that private owners may have about bottling their whisky casks.

The Harmony Between Food and Wine


Wine is a social drink which should be enjoyed in the company of friends and ..

Using Cooking Wine


Cooking wine is sort of a holdover from prohibition. People who grew up thinking Alcohol is Evil didn't want to have any in their homes.

Guide To Tasting Wine


The basics of tasting wine are relatively simple to learn. Once the fundamentals are mastered, the nuances and details can be enhanced over a lifetime.

Wine Etiquette With Ease


Correct wine etiquette makes the tasting experience much more enjoyable. Like most interests, there is a set of protocol that most wine lovers adhere to.

The Curious History Of Wine Consumption In America


The history of wine consumption in America has been frought with starts, stops, and inconsistencies. The American population has always had a love-hate relationship with alcohol.

Hosting A Wine Tasting Party


As your love and knowledge of wine grows, it is inevitable that you will want to share your revelations with friends and family. Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do this.

Beer, Wine and Your Bones


If you like the taste of a good brew, then here is some good news! In a recent research study of over 2,900 women and men, researchers found that beer, which contains silicon, may promote bone health. Silicon is a mineral that is thought to stimulate collagen production, which is a building block in bone formation.

The Mystery of Decanting


Decanting is a strange word to many people. Some do not even know what it means exactly.

Start Your Wine Cellar The Right Way


One of the great joys of wine is to be able to select a bottle from your own cellar, perhaps one that you've been storing for some years, draw the cork and enjoy it with friends. You can marvel at the changes brought on by maturity and, as a bonus, you can brag about the price you paid and congratulate yourself on picking up such a bargain!However, wine is an ever-changing thing and how it is stored will directly affect how quickly and how well it ages!Storing wine is very simple ?It requires a constant temperature, humidity, darkness, stillness and a well-ventilated and clean environment.

Ideal Wine Temperature


The ideal temperature to store wines is between 55F and 58F (13C-15C). However, any temperature between 40-65F (5-18C) will suffice as long as it remains constant.

Wine, Wine, Wine


What in the world is up!Was there a full moon or something? As I went through this past week I was struck by what seemed to be the theme for the week. I came to the conclusion that there are some career whiners out there.

An Introduction to Wine


What is wine?Wine has been made for centuries from just a two simple ingredients: yeast and grape juice. Actually, just about any fruit juice can be used, but by far the majority of all wine is made from the juice of the grape.

Rare Varietals Cure Wine Boredom


The future of the Australian wine industry will be shaped by a group of innovative grapegrowers and winemakers who are busily experimenting with new varieties in new regions.The phenomenal success of the industry in producing quality wine at competitive prices does not need recounting here.

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12/13/2021 08:47 AM
The Four Types Of Wine You Must Try In NSW
New South Wales is known for many things, but none are more important or beneficial than its local Australian wines. The climate of NSW is perfect for the grape, and over the past decade, there has been a massive upsurge in vineyards producing a variety of fine wines. Each vineyard has its own unique style and taste, and this guide will take you on a journey of the four hand crafted wines that can't be missed if you are in the area.
10/11/2021 02:50 PM
The Case in Favor of Celebrity Incursion Into the Mezcal Industry
In the requila world, productive discourse occurs when celebrities enter the industry with their own brands. But in the related mezcal industry, the commentators and pundits seem to relish jumping all over the movie starts and sports celebrities who dare intrude in their secret society. In order to advance the mezcal industry, we dearly need those well-known people with deep pockets who are able to raise awareness of agave distillates and help the Mexican and in particular Oaxacan communities where the spirit is distilled.
06/22/2021 10:08 AM
Douro Wine Region - World Heritage
Douro, the hidden gem of breathtaking Vineyards in Portugal. Alto Douro Wine Region globally recognized by UNESCO as world heritage.
06/22/2021 10:07 AM
What Is the Ideal Temperature for a Wine?
The ideal temperature to drink a wine is a subject that must be taken into serious consideration when thinking about drinking it. Find out why.
05/28/2021 07:40 PM
Global Wines Dominated the Contest The Best Wines of D?O
Global Wines was the grand winner of the 2018 "Best Bottled D?o Wines" Contest, collecting 12 medals. The achievement of more than 50% of the distinctions shows the consistency of the brand's wines in all market segments in which it operates, with irreplaceable references such as Vinha do Contador, Cabriz or Casa de Santar.
04/11/2021 04:58 PM
The Blazing Debate
All of Canada celebrated (well, most of it) when cannabis was legalized in the country. After all, there were countless debates about the legal status of the 'plant.' Plus, the majority of countries around the world are not too fond of it, including our big old neighbour, the USA.
03/26/2021 02:07 PM
Your Community Cannabis Garden From Ontario
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03/12/2021 02:03 PM
Why California Wine Is the Best
America is ranked 4th worldwide, in terms of wine production; thanks to the substantial quantities produced in the Golden State of California. California's wine production, remarkably, accounts for about 90% of United State's entire wine production. To be specific, more than seventeen million gallons of wine are produced in California annually.
03/05/2021 09:11 AM
Home Brewed
If you ever thought about making wine, this is for you. Here is an account of a novice's experience.
12/07/2020 12:46 PM
3 Easy Campfire Cocktails You Have To Try Soon
Looking for a new drink to enjoy around the campfire? These easy campfire cocktails are a must-try!
11/16/2020 09:07 AM
Out of Thin Air Came A Key Ingredient That Made Beer
It seems that when people better understand a beer, or wine for that matter, it is more appreciated and interesting-they smell it and taste it incessantly trying to pick out aromas and flavors. Beer without yeast is nothing more than sugar water. Yeast is one of those things that is in the air, it is on our cloths, it grows wild. Louis Pasteur discovered that yeast was the secret ingredient that had been making beer for 10,000 years. Scientist now have cultured and identified hundreds of strains of yeast for beer. Yeast is what turns sugars into alcohol and CO2. Yeast also gives beer different flavors and aromas. Here's hoping that when a craft beer consumer understands yeast it make consuming a delicious beverage more fun.
10/12/2020 09:56 AM
Barley Varietals Are Becoming More Definable in Flavor and Chemistry!
Beer is water, barley, yeast and hops. All are important. But, barley is the oldest cultivate grain and has great flavors and sugars that are perfect for beer.. Yeast is with us naturally and is in fact all round us daily. Hops can be substituted with other bitter agents, And yes, corn has great sugars but will not give off the aromas and flavors of barley. So we are left with the statement-No barley. no malts and no beer.
07/21/2020 05:56 PM
Craft Beer History Is Impressive
Recently I was studying old recipes and the people who resurrected them from old attics and files. In particular, Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company was intriguing. But then that story of Jim Koch took me on a fact finding mission to Sacramento, CA and the interesting story of beer in the Gold Rush Era. In fact, the largest brewery west of the Mississippi River was in Sacramento, CA in the 1880's. Here is where I found the name Ruhstaller.
07/08/2020 09:48 AM
Craft Beer Brewing Options and Thoughts
Beer can not be defined as being an established national or international brand or a small brewer. Craft beer has many market segments. Some crafter's that started out a local and regional brands are now owned by the big players. Lagunitas today is owned by Heineken's of Amsterdam. That innovative brewer known for its hops is a success. Lagunitas was once a small craft brewer in Petaluma, CA.
06/30/2020 06:36 AM
Impediments to Making Mexican Mezcal With Your Own Agave
Many aficionados of mezcal, and in fact also some newcomers to the relatively high alcohol content iconic Mexican agave distillate, consider distilling their own similar spirit, hoping to replicate the flavor of the mezcal encountered in Oaxaca, Puebla, Michoac?n and the other states in Mexico. It's been attempted in California and likely other American state, as well as in Australia and Africa. It's an ambitious and potentially rewarding project, but there are downsides and impediments to successfully bringing such an endeavor to fruition.
05/26/2020 03:30 PM
Woodcarver in Oaxaca Transitions to Mezcal and Agave
Artisans in villages near the southern Mexico city of Oaxaca, have been carving out of copal wood, and then brilliantly painting fanciful figures known as alebrijes. An ingenious and skilled craftsman, Efrain Fuentes Santiago has taken the craft to new heights, piggybacking on the global mezcal boom. He noticed the beginnings of Oaxacan mezcal tourism, and so has been capitalizing by crafting images of agave and stages of the mezcal distillation process, not out of copal, but rather hardwoods such as cedar and walnut. Instead of painting his work, he finishes each piece with just a light coating of shellac or varnish, which showcases the woods' grains, colors and character.
04/07/2020 08:51 AM
Innovations in Speaking Directly to the Wine Lover
Getting the myriad pieces of product information into the hands of customers is a challenge, especially when it is requested and expected instantly. Information about wine is complex and does change from year to year. One way for wineries to be responsive instantly is for the industry to use Near Field Communications and QR Code technologies. This is a way to deliver information directly to the consumer when they use their smartphones to tap on a NFC 'tag' or a QR Code square on the bottle.
04/01/2020 08:57 AM
Agave Distillates and the Women Who Make Them: Oaxacan Mezcal and the Female of the Specie
Most people wrongly assume that mezcal distillation is almost exclusively within the purview of men, to the exclusion of women. This presumption could not be further from reality. Women are just as integrally involved in producing mezcal, as are men, save and except when it comes to their physical and division-of-the-sexes division of labor which is dictated by child-rearing and other related aspects of life, at least in the case of rural Oaxaca, one of the southernmost states in Mexico.
02/24/2020 10:12 AM
These Are The 10 Health Benefits Of Beer
Having an alcoholic beverage is taboo in many countries, including India. Many people fear becoming addicted to alcohol if they take one or two shots of beer.But reality is different from what we think.In many countries like North America and Europe, beer is a part of food, a small amount of beer consumption is acceptable to society.
12/05/2019 02:10 PM
Introducing Single Malt Whiskey From India - A Connoisseurs Delight
Single Malt A whiskey is a refined form of alcohol. It has many layers of class but the classiest of the lot is single malt. What is single malt?
11/13/2019 03:51 PM
Snobbism and Barrel-Aged Mezcal: How the "Experts" Get It Wrong in Oaxaca and Globally
The recent "mezcal boom" has spawned a number of Mexican restaurant owners, bars and mezcaler?as, both globally and in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, known for the agave distillate more than anywhere else in the country. But with the boom has come a class of expert, many of the members of which counsel both novices and aficionados against drinking barrel-aged mezcal, that is reposados and a?ejos. Such dogmatism is both unwarranted and does the industry harm.
07/29/2019 12:33 PM
Mezcal From Oaxaca: If It's Traditionally Made, No Two Batches Can Be Equal
Whether distilled in clay pots, or 300 liter copper alembics, no two batches of traditionally made mezcal can possibly be the same. There are numerous factors dictating that each oven load of the agave distillate will necessarily be distinct from the last. Consider means of production, tools of the trade, the terrior where the agave (maguey) has been grown, the tradition of the palenquero (artisanal distiller) and his family dating back centuries, the water source, the natural air born yeasts, and much more.
07/10/2019 10:23 AM
Maturation in Casks
Whisky maturation is done for several years in casks of different origins. Have you ever wondered what influences the maturation process? Why do whiskies from one distillery sometimes taste so differently? Let's put some light on this.
04/24/2019 11:44 AM
Can Wine Research Ever Be Believed-Pros and Cons of Alcohol
Research keeps inundating wine consumers that touts either the benefits of wine or the detrimental effects. So, what should consumers do to react to conflicting information? First consideration probably should be to look at the authors and methods of their research.
04/23/2019 02:26 PM
Oaxacan Mezcal: The Tarnishing of Tradition
The mezcal boom is still in its infancy. Most of the agave spirit is produced in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. Consumers, including spirits novices and aficionados alike, are in many cases being duped as a result of the lack of regulation and policing when it comes to representations made by some brand owners, distributors and retailers. They distort and sometimes outright fabricate descriptors such as wild v. cultivated, "estate grown," number of years required to grow and then harvest, terms such as "natural" and "organic, and more. Mezcal consumers are at a disadvantage unless they visit production states such as Oaxaca. But many simply cannot make that pilgrimage. The solution is for those in the industry to be cognizant of what can happen if this pattern continues; the industry suffers.
04/23/2019 02:23 PM
Must the Wine Industry Innovate to Stay Competitive?
There is an accepted axiom-innovate or die. Maybe a little less dramatic is that change is inevitable and businesses must change to remain effective. Wine is an old industry, the oldest beverage, that must adapt to change also. Here are some thoughts to illustrate some changes they could consider.
04/23/2019 01:55 PM
Vineyard Management Is Part Science and Art
Vineyards today are all about farming and are part art form and application of science. Cover crops save the vines, keep the land productive and add to the experience of great wines.
02/05/2019 05:30 PM
Which Study on Effects of Alcohol Consumption Should You Believe-Take Your Pick?
I am constantly perplexed by studies bemoaning or celebrating alcohol consumption and the ills or benefits of wine, spirits or beer. I seldom feel a study is straightforward and unbiased. I do not promote wine or spirits or beer, but consumers should get even-handed analysis in publicly released studies. As Sgt. Joe Friday in the 50's TV show "Dragnet" would say-Give me the fact's ma'am. Sell me the validity of the research based on how honest the facts were collected; don't mislead readers with shaded truths or omissions or faulty data.
10/05/2018 12:33 PM
How the Romans Made Wine
Before grapes can be produced, vines must be planted and the Romans took great care to plant them, using a tool known as the 'stork' to ensure that they were planted at the optimal depth. Of course, the Romans couldn't use herbicides or pesticides as they hadn't been invented. Our modern organic wines, therefore, have something in common with the wine the Romans drank. To learn more about how the Romans made wine and stored it, read this article.
08/17/2018 12:21 PM
Guides In Renovating Your Bar
Are you looking for ways to transform your pub and get it looking new and fresh? There are a large number of techniques to do so, but most come at an affordable cost. When you are sporting a minimal spending budget, you needn't have a restricted range, since the appearance of your bar influences the number of clients you have.
07/26/2018 04:34 PM
Three Craft Beers Even Non-Beer Drinkers Will Love
A beer goes with pretty much any occasion or event. While wine pairings used to be all the rage, now even the classiest restaurants offer up fine craft brews with pairing suggestions and options. Drinking the brew of your choice is no longer limited to a case on the back porch but is an activity you can enjoy out on the town at bars, restaurants, and even movie theaters. However, enjoying a quality brewed beverage is an acquired taste and not everyone instantly loves the taste. For this reason, many new breweries are trying out new styles of beer that may tickle the fancy of even the stubbornest palettes. Here are three craft beers for non beer drinkers to try.
07/24/2018 08:04 AM
How to Choose the Best Wine For Drinking
Are you a fan of wine? Do you enjoy drinking the different varieties of wine? You are at the right place. As you will get plenty of wine news and learn more about different types of wine available. But with plenty of wine to choose from in the whole, how will you make the right choice? Know what makes the different wines special and how to enjoy the most famous wine in the world and get know more in the upcoming wine news.
07/23/2018 11:06 PM
5 Great Ideas That'll Help In Wrapping Wine Bottles
The quality wine has been christened as 'fine' wine for centuries, where this explains anything which is at par with excellence. Wine is defiantly the most appreciated of gifts, where specialists aren't the only ones who enjoy this vigorous drink.
07/22/2018 10:51 AM
Three Craft Beers For Non Beer Drinkers To Try
If you are the kind of person that has enjoyed one brand of beer for years, you are also the type of person that has been asked numerous times, "So, have you ever given any thought to a really good craft beer?" Depending on your audience, your answer may vary, but ultimately, you come to the conclusion that your beer of choice has been a part of your life for years, and it'll stay that way.
07/22/2018 10:45 AM
The Wine Lover's Guide To Wine Bars
Over the course of the last few years, more people have started to regard going out for light snacks and drinks as a bit more of a fancy affair. They don't mind getting a little dolled up for a fun evening, and some of the main destinations they have in mind are wine bars.
07/16/2018 09:32 AM
Understanding Spanish Wine Classifications
Coming from the top wine exporter in the world, Spanish wine is known for its premium quality and exquisite taste. No wonder it is the most popular wine according to the latest international export figures.
07/02/2018 08:05 AM
Permaculture and Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico
Permaculture is a concept first introduced in the 1970s, promoting the ongoing and sustainable relationship between nature and humanity. Many aspects of the artisanal production of mezcal, the Mexican agave based spirit, are consistent with the indicia of permaculture. This article works towards a comprehensive definition of permaculture within the context of a case study of an artisanal mezcal co-operative in San Baltazar Chichicapam in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca.
06/26/2018 08:28 AM
Five Surprising Ways To Pair Craft Beer With Food
As long as there has been a meal on the table, there has also been the need to have an accompanying beverage on hand. While the ins and outs of what is on the menu have changed over the course of time, right now, the hottest beverage around is craft beer. The small-batch, hand-crafted, detail-oriented world of craft beer has not only drawn many admirers of great beer, it has also piqued the interest of foodies the world over regarding the possible pairings that could be made with their favorite foods.
06/26/2018 08:28 AM
Looking For The Best Breweries Near Me? Start Here
A few years ago, a friend of mine got me to drink a cool little craft beer that I had never heard of, but once I tasted this amazing beer, I became hooked on trying to get my hands on these small-batch beverage miracles. The problem was that this was still a time when the craft beer movement was still growing, which meant I was left asking myself, "Where I can find breweries near me that make, maybe even serve, unique beer?" I really didn't know where to start, and there weren't too many reliable resources out there. What's a newly-minted beer aficionado to do?
06/22/2018 10:22 AM
How To Make Rice Wine Without Yeast
Rice wine is the clear wine, which is famous for its unique and strong taste. It is generally consumed in the South Asian household for cooking or consuming straight from the glass. It makes a good substitute for the sweet mirin. The rice wine is being made from the fermented rice. It only requires a minimal amount of ingredients about two only but you need to be patient because it takes a lot of time for fermentation. But you will get a sweet result for your patience as you will be blessed with a delicious and highly versatile wine.
06/05/2018 12:30 PM
Alcohol and Health - FAQs
Just about any substance, however natural and healthy it is, can be detrimental to your health if it is consumed to excess. Even clean water, if taken into large quantities, may be harmful to your health in terms of reducing essential electrolyte levels in your blood system.
05/28/2018 08:54 PM
Del Maguey Mezcal in Oaxaca Keeps on Ticking
Del Maguey Mezcal is the first artisanal brand of the agave based spirit to be exported from the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca in a significant way. Until then the industry was fledgling, dramatically overshadowed by mezcal's better known cousin tequila. Last year Ron Cooper, the Del Maguey brand owner, sold a majority interest to Pernod Ricard. Many in the industry stopped buying his brand, despite the fact that the quality of Del Maguey has not changed, nor has means of production or tools of the trade. The global mezcal boom is attributable to Mr. Cooper. The state of Oaxaca and those in the agave spirits industry anywhere in the world owe their economic fortunes to Del Maguey.
05/24/2018 08:39 AM
The Wine Lover's Guide To Craft Beer
If you're the type of person that notices everything that's a little different at your local watering hole, you've no doubt noticed a change as to what is on tap behind the bar. Where once you saw some of the biggest beer companies on the planet, you now see some slightly obscure craft beer offerings. As you've processed these changes, you've probably asked yourself one important question - what is craft beer?
05/21/2018 09:38 PM
Research - Protecting the Wine Industry From Constant Threats
This article is about university research efforts on behalf of the wine industry. I believe grape plant research in the U.S. started with the phylloxera disease/infestation in the 1800's and the need to find a control mechanism. From those early days until now, research has really made huge strides forward; especially in the past 3 decades with DNA mapping of varieties. This capability makes mediating diseases in the vineyard a little more precise. There will always be new problems in keeping vineyard healthy as bugs and diseases evolve and adapt to new vines and rootstocks. Some diseases, propagated by bugs, can kill a whole vineyard in as little as one year. Such events can be economically devastating. Wine is a big and complex business. Take a read; I strove to make wine industry research informative and "fun-to-know" information. Cheers!
05/21/2018 09:43 AM
Celebrity Vineyards
Celebrities who own wineries is nothing new. Some get involved as an investment, others take on a partner and simply lend their names, and yet a small percentage embrace their new careers and take an active role in the growing and production of the grapes. Celebrity chefs understandably enjoy ownership or collaboration with vintners to accompany their cooking prowess and to serve in their own restaurants. From time to time, some of us may have fantasized about being part of this venture, relaxing on a veranda sipping a glass of the grape, as we gaze out over a peaceful scenic view of beautiful rolling hills, bursting with robust rows of juicy grapes. Let's see who has actually taken the plunge.
03/27/2018 08:38 AM
The Art of Selling Wine in the Tasting Room
Some people have an aversion to being exposed to sales people. Selling wine to tasting room visitors is a benefit enjoyed by oenophiles; it is all about garnering information that makes life a little better. Wine is a great deal about emotions and excited senses. People are in a tasting room to be sold during an ah-ha moment.
03/22/2018 04:18 PM
The Tasting Room: Branding or Marketing
Tasting rooms obviously sell wine. But maybe when wineries turn to store front tasting rooms that aggregate multiple wineries under a common roof, the strength of a brand is given up. Further, many of my most appreciated tasting room experiences have been at wineries that are of very humble facilities. Tasting rooms are important in strengthening a winery's brand identity and building a bond with the visitor, customer and the wine community in total. It is impossible to farm out the protection or building of a brand. In wine, a brand is very personal and marketing is not branding. Marketing will substantiate a brand.
03/18/2018 10:17 PM
How to Choose a Mezcal Tour in Oaxaca Mexico
The state of Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico, has long been known for the production of mezcal, the country's iconic agave based spirit. Recently there has been a mezcal boom, whereby visitors are traveling to Oaxaca in search of a mezcal tour which meets their needs. They may be merely aficionados, or have an interest in the business of mezcal or be commercial photographers and documentary film producers. How do you decide upon the correct person to guide you into mezcal country, who has the appropriate credentials to meet your needs?
02/18/2018 10:12 PM
Wine Bars Are Popping Up All Over - Here's Why
There are some people who wish they could bring a little glitz and glam to what they believe to be fairly mundane lives. They accessorize a bit with their wardrobe, add little touches of color & texture to their home d?cor, and they try to socialize in hip places like wine bars.
02/06/2018 07:57 AM
Is the Craft Beer Rocket Ride Fizzling Out?
This article attempts to explain the craft beer marketplace, issues facing it and define craft beer as a separate category within the beer genre. This is a relatively new industry that started in 1963 with Fritz Maytag buying Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and made popular by Jim Koch at Samuel Adams.


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