The last month or so of winter is always the toughest. The whimsy and fun of the holiday season has passed us by and all that’s left to do is count down the days until spring. It’s not all bad, though. At the very least, the cold months give us an excuse to enjoy some rustic and warming wines! One of my personal favorite wines in this vein is Sangiovese. This Italian wine is pretty much the quintessential Tuscan varietal and the perfect..Read More
To paraphrase Jane Austen, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that pretty much anything tastes better when coated in chocolate. Well, maybe not everything, but you get the idea! Strawberries, candied fruit, pastries, and cakes: the list of sweet foodstuffs that can be coated in chocolate is exhaustive and ripe for exploration.
When it comes to chocolate-coating, there are two popular methods—melting and tempering—each with their own..Read More
I think most of us can agree that chocolate is simply the best. Creamy, sweet, and tasty it brings a wonderful flavor to almost everything it’s added to. As great as chocolate is, baking with it can be a bit of a challenge. Anyone who’s attempted to melt chocolate only to end up with a grainy and gloopy mess knows the hazards of baking with this cocoa-laced treat.
So if you’re about to embark on a baking journey with everyone's favorite sweet..Read More
It’s the new year, a time for resolutions and bold proclamations. So in that spirit let’s spend some time looking at a bold and spirited wine from Portugal: Touriga Nacional. This intense tipple is made from grapes mainly grown in the Duoro region of Portugal, however, some are also grown in South Africa, Australia, and the United States. These grapes have until recently only been used in fortified wine blends, however, producers have started to..Read More
When it comes to baked goods, what ingredient works best? The answer is, of course, chocolate! In fact, I’m of the opinion that pretty much any sweet treat benefits from the addition of some lovely cocoa. Sadly, you can’t just add a bar of milk chocolate to a cake mix and hope that it will turn out well. In fact, when it comes to baking with chocolate, it’s important to be aware of all the different types of cocoa-derived products and how to use..Read More
High-end vino is wonderful, but sometimes you just want something fun, feisty and easy to drink. If this refrain sounds familiar and you’re on the lookout for an unchallenging tipple, the under-appreciated Argentinian wine Bonarda fits the bill perfectly! This wine is a bit of a hidden gem for those on the lookout for a bright red with few tannins and high acidity.
Before we continue, however, it’s worth pointing out that Argentina Bonarda..Read More
After spending some time getting into the nitty-gritty of Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava it’s time to take an in-depth look at the “other” sparkling wine: Sekt. Sekt is a sweet sparkling wine that is primarily produced in Germany and Austria. The wine is guzzled by the gallon in both countries but its popularity has not yet spread beyond those borders. The reason for this is largely due to history and reputation. Until recently, the grading..Read More
There's no denying that Champagne is great, but it's not exactly cheap. And, while Prosecco is an abundant and affordable alternative, it's not the best choice for those looking for something dry as opposed to sweet.
Fortunately, there is an affordable alternative to dry Champagne for those on a budget: Spanish Cava!
Like most sparkling wines, most Cava is made from a blend of grapes, although some high-end bottles will stick to..Read More
While I love sparkling wine, I’m always a little put off by the high price of Champagne. Don’t get me wrong, Champagne is worth it, but the price tag makes it a drink best reserved only for celebrations. But what if you don’t have cause for celebration and just want to enjoy a bit of bubbly? Well, that’s where Prosecco comes in. This Italian classic is often about half the price of Champagne and just as ubiquitous. Don’t let the low price fool..Read More
Now that we’ve covered the history and geography of Champagne production, it’s time to get into the best part of this bubbly beverage: the taste! While there is a consistent flavor profile to be found in most bottles of champers, there are a number of different styles of this drink available—all with their own unique characteristics.
Types of Champagne
Far from being a uniform product, there are in fact six different types of Champagne...Read More