A beginners guide to Montepulciano wine

December 1, 2017

Today’s wine, Montepulciano hails from the vineyards of central Italy and is known for its vivid red color and punchy herbal notes. Montepulciano is the second most grown grape in Italy and for the most part, is associated with cheaper blends. However, wines comprised of mainly Montepulciano grapes are worth seeking out thanks to their bold taste and surprising, rustic flavor.

Flavor profile

 

Montepulciano is a rustic wine that exhibits..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Processing

December 1, 2017

There are many factors that contribute to the overall flavor of your favorite cup of joe. Factors such as the brewing method, the roast, and even the growing region can exert a profound effect on the taste of the resulting cup of coffee. Equally important to the overall flavor is the processing method. Processing is the action or sequence of actions that converts the fruit of a coffee plant into green coffee beans.

 

When it comes to coffee..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Panama Geisha

December 1, 2017

If you pay close attention to the latest coffee trends, it’s entirely likely that you’ve already heard of Panama Geisha. This coffee has only been on the radar since 2004 but already it’s become one of the most sought-after beans in the world. This surge in popularity is easy to understand as the coffee combines a intense fruity flavor profile with a wonderfully bright mouthfeel.

History and geography

 

While it’s now only associated with..

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A beginners guide to Mencía wine

November 26, 2017

There’s nothing quite like the joy of discovery. I love roaming through the wine aisle and seeking out unfamiliar varietals and bottles. Occasionally, I've taken a risk and bought a bottle of a wine I’ve never heard of only to discover upon opening it that I’m not a fan. Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence and most of the time taking a risk on wine yields great results!

 

My latest risk resulted in my discovery of Mencía and I’m happy to..

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A beginners guide to Aglianico wine

November 17, 2017

After a couple of weeks exploring the wonders of extremely dry whites, it’s time to shift gears and have a look at a red wine for a change. I’ve always been a fan of full-bodied robust red wines, and one of my favorites is Aglianico. This Italian grape first originated in Greece and is one of the longest surviving vines still being used for wine-making.

 

Aglianico is almost exclusively grown in Italy, with the majority of vineyards located in..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Sulawesi Toraja

November 17, 2017

When it comes to high-end coffee, Indonesia has a bit of a bad rap. This is largely due to the fact that the region produces a large amount of Robusta coffee. As Robusta is often considered to be a lesser bean when compared with Arabica, most coffee enthusiasts do not consider the region to be of particular interest.

Despite this, there is some coffee grown in the region that is capable of going toe to toe with even the most well-regarded..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Kenya AA

November 12, 2017

After spending some time exploring Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Harrar, it’s time to head south and consider the contribution Kenya has made to the world of high-end coffees. Kenya AA often regarded as one of the best coffee beans in the world. Several factors such as growing conditions, processing, and grading all contribute to the inherent quality of these sought-after beans.

History and geography

 

Despite the fact that coffee beans were first..

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A beginners guide to Grüner Veltliner

November 12, 2017

While it may lack the intense mouth-puckering qualities of Muscadet, Grüner Veltliner is a fairly dry white wine in its own right. This wine is grown almost exclusively in Austria and is arguably the country's most famous grape variety.

 

Initially Grüner Veltliner was considered to be a fairly unremarkable grape. However, in the late 1940s cultivators began to discover its hidden benefits. Since then Grüner Veltliner has become highly..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Ethiopian Harrar

November 5, 2017

Along with Yirgacheffe, Ethiopian Harrar is considered to be one of the best coffees in the world. This reputation is well deserved: Harrar is spicy and full-bodied with an almost wine-like texture and taste.

Region and growing conditions

 

Harrar coffee beans are one of the oldest still in production. The beans are harvested and processed by hand. Not only is the bean used for coffee, but the shells are also used to make hasher-qahwa, a..

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A beginners guide to Muscadet wine

November 5, 2017

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time discovering sweeter wines that really pack a fruity punch. Today, however, we’re going to step over into the dryer end of the taste spectrum and explore one of the most mouth-puckering whites around, Muscadet. This French classic is known for its supreme dryness and works extremely well when paired with all manner of foods.

 

Muscadet is made from Melon De Bourgogne grapes which thrive..

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