A beginners guide to Moscato wine

June 29, 2018

Today we’re going to look at one of the more divisive white wines around: Moscato. The intense sweetness of Moscato is the source of much controversy among wine fanaticssome love the sweet notes of the wine, while others find it sickly and extremely off-putting. The source of the sweetness is the Muscat grape. Due to its high amounts of natural sugars, the Muscat grape is one of the few noble grapes that can be enjoyed raw. As a result, wine..

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A beginners guide to wine: Five key characteristics

June 29, 2018

In order to truly enjoy wine, you need to understand it. Crucial to that understanding are the five factors that characterize any bottle of wine. Acidity, alcohol, body, sweetness, and tannins are the first five factors anyone hoping to develop their appreciation of wine must understand. Here’s what they are and how they affect the taste of everyone's favourite tipple.

Acidity

 

Acidity refers to the overall tartness of the wine. Highly acidic..

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A beginners guide to wine: The "other" Noble grapes

June 29, 2018

Although we have already covered the six original Noble grapes, in recent years the concept of "Noble grapes" has been expanded to include a few more additional grapes that have found favor outside of the traditional European areas of grape production. These grapes are often referred to as the "international varieties" in order to differentiate them from the original six.

Reds

Grenache

 

One of the most widely grown grapes, Grenache is used to..

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How to pick the right Mozzarella cheese

June 29, 2018

I remember the first time I tried to make a pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese. I knew very little about cheese but I did know that “real” pizza is made with mozzarella. So I went to the grocery store and grabbed the first mozzarella cheese I saw. It was packaged in liquid and was extremely soft. I got home, tore it up, put it on my pizza and threw it in the oven. To my dismay, the resulting pie was a soggy inedible mess. I had made a critical..

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A beginners guide to Tannat wine

June 29, 2018

Today we’re going to look at a red wine that has only started gaining popularity in the last few years: Tannat. Tannat is considered the national grape of Uruguay, where it is grown in abundance. The country's dry climate is ideally suited to this grape, which has proven particularly hardy and resistant to various diseases, pests, and fungus that can devastate more fragile varietals.

 

Tannat grapes are also grown in France, where the wine..

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A beginners guide to Verdejo wine

June 29, 2018

One of the best aspects of wine appreciation is going off the beaten path and exploring some lesser-known tipples. With that in mind, let’s talk about another hidden gem of the wine world: Verdejo. This wine hails from Spain and is pretty much unheard of outside of the country.

 

The Verdejo grape orientated in North Africa but was brought to Spain in the 11th century. Verdejo grapes were originally used only in the production of sherry...

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A beginners guide to Chenin Blanc wine

June 29, 2018

Maybe it’s just me, but as the days get longer and warmer I start gravitating away from reds towards crisp white wines. One of my personal favourites is the under-appreciated Chenin Blanc. While not as well-regarded as Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc is a wonderful grape in its own right and is known for its versatility. This grape can be used to make wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavors. In fact, Chenin Blanc grapes can be used to make..

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How to make a Don Pedro

June 29, 2018

Today we’re going to explore the wondrous Don Pedro. Now before you ask, no, we’re not talking about the Prince of Aragon from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Instead, we’re talking about the other Don Pedro: a quintessentially South African treat. For those not in the know, a Don Pedro is a cocktail/dessert hybrid and the perfect antidote to hot spring and summer nights.

 

Essentially a Don Pedro is a spiked milkshake. Recipes vary but..

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Three tasty dips for your next garden party

June 29, 2018

It’s grilling season and what better complement to barbecued food, refreshing drinks, and good company than some delicious homemade dips! Here are three easy-to-make options for your next backyard BBQ.

Artichoke and spinach dip

 

While some may balk at the idea of a warm dip being served in the warmer months, the fact remains that spinach and artichoke are incredibly tasty and the perfect complement to a bowl of chips and a summer cocktail.

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A beginners guide to Vermentino wine

April 2, 2018

Spring has finally sprung which means it’s time to start exploring some of the wonderful white wines on offer. One of the more underrated whites worth seeking out is light and flavorful Vermentino. Vermentino is a complex white wine that is perfect for rich fish and pork meals. Most Vermentino grapes are grown on the Italian island of Sardinia. France also produces a large amount of Vermentino grapes, while a small amount are also grown in the..

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