James Aitchison


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A beginners guide to Saignée Rosé

August 26, 2017

While I understand their appeal, I’ve never been particularly partial to rosé wines. It’s true that a rosé can be refreshing and is a great complement to a warm summer's day. Personally though, I tend to gravitate towards the more robust end of the wine tasting spectrum. Fortunately, as is often the case in the world of wines, there is a rosé variety that perfectly appeals to my desire for a refreshing wine that also features a bold flavor..

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How to pick the right glassware for your wine

August 26, 2017

When it comes to drinking wine, pretty much any receptacle will do. One doesn’t need high-end glassware to enjoy the occasional glass of vino. In fact — as I can personally attest — wine can still be enjoyed when drunk from a coffee mug. However, if you’re getting serious about wine and really want to get the best out of it, it’s probably time to invest in some glassware.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your mindset, there are a..

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Three chilled soups (that aren’t gazpacho)

August 15, 2017

Here’s the thing: I love soup. Nothing beats a warm and hearty bowl of soup on a crisp winter day. However, with temperatures getting up in the 90s, summer isn’t exactly the perfect time to sit down to a steaming bowl of butternut soup. Luckily, if like me, you’re desperate to fill that soup-shaped hole in your heart this summer, there are plenty of chilled options that offer all the taste and texture of hot soup, minus the heat. Here are three..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Monsoon Malabar

August 15, 2017

This week, rather than focusing on a specific bean, we are instead going to look at one of the more fascinating harvesting processes around: Monsoon Malabar. This unique process is found only in the Malabar coast in India, and it involves exposing the harvested beans to the full force of the region's seasonal monsoon weather. This process results in a coffee that tastes unlike any other.

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A beginners guide to Mourvèdre wine

August 15, 2017

Possibly one of the greatest byproducts of the increase in wine appreciation amongst the general public is that previously obscure and under-appreciated vintages have found a new, enthusiastic audience. Case in point: Spanish Mourvèdre. This intense full bodied tipple is a wonderfully flavourful wine that shares many characteristics with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

 

While pure Mourvèdre is fairly unknown, the grape itself is a fairly common..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Tanzania peaberry

August 12, 2017

After spending some time in the lush slopes of the Mauna Loa, we’re heading back to Africa, the birthplace of coffee, to look at one of the more unique and unusual beans out there: Tanzanian Peaberry.

For whatever reason, Tanzanian coffee is pretty much always associated with peaberry coffee beans despite the fact that these beans can and do grow in many regions around the world. Regardless, any coffee fan should try peaberry beans at least..

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Three unusual ways to use avocado in the kitchen

August 12, 2017

Confession time: I used to hate avocados. I hated their texture and their taste and the idea of eating one filled me with revulsion. I’m happy to report, however, that I have seen the error of my ways; now I simple cannot get enough of this most wondrous of fruits!

In the interest of finding as many options as possible to enjoy avocados, I set out to explore some of the more unusual ways to incorporate and cook avocados. Here’s what I found.

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A beginners guide to Zweigelt wine

August 12, 2017

Today we’re heading away from the Mediterranean (only slightly) to look at one of the best summer wines around: Zweigelt. This Austrian wine is a far cry from the usual Pinot Noirs and Merlots and offers a unique and refreshing taste profile.

 

Zweigelt wine was first developed in 1922 by Austrian biologist Fritz Zweigelt when he crossed St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch grapes. Since then, Zweigelt has gone on to become the most widely grown..

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A beginners guide to coffee: roasts

August 12, 2017

Regardless of whether it’s high-end, single origin or a simple cup of Folgers, the roast is the possibly the most important contributor to the overall flavor of a cup of coffee. The amount of time a bean is roasted influences the taste, aroma, body, and acidity of the resulting drink. Therefore, if you’re hoping to really get the most out of your coffee, it’s important to understand the difference between the various roasts and how they affect..

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A beginners guide to Albarino wine

August 5, 2017

Today we’re looking at one of the most distinctive whites to come out the Spanish wine region: Albarino. High-quality, zesty, and fruity, it’s pretty much the perfect summer white.

 

Albarino grapes are grown in the cooler, windy northwest Spanish and northwest Portuguese regions. These regions are wetter than other parts of Spain and Portugal; however, the Albarino grape is fairly hardy and thrives in these conditions.

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