How to pick the right kind of vinegar

September 22, 2017

When it comes to cooking, one of my biggest pet peeves involves vinegar. Often while working my way through a new recipe, I’ll discover mid-process that the vinegar required for the dish is the exact one I’ve run out of. That being said, I do love vinegar and the wonderful tangy taste it brings to foods.

In order to make sure I’m never without the vinegar I need, I went on a shopping spree to fill in all the gaps in my cooking supplies..

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A beginners guide to ice wine

September 22, 2017

Today we are going to be looking at one of the more unusual grape-based offerings available: Ice wine. This super-sweet drink is not for everyone, but those looking for a wine unlike any other would be hard pressed — pardon the pun — to find something as unique as this chilly treat.

What is it?

 

When we talk about ice wine (or eiswein) we’re not talking about chilled wine or a glass of white with a couple of ice cubes. Ice wine is a very..

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A beginners guide to orange wine

September 16, 2017

Today, we’re going to put aside reds and whites and look at something a little different: orange wine. Despite the name, orange wine contains no actual oranges; instead, it is the result of leaving grape juice in contact with the skins and seeds for a prolonged period of time. This results in a white wine with a noticeably orange hue.

 

While there is something undeniably fascinating about it, the color itself is not orange wine's main selling..

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How to make your own pumpkin spice latte

September 8, 2017

It’s September and that can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s the time when everyone goes crazy for the iconic red and brown colors that only appear once a year. No, I’m not talking about the fall leaves, I’m of course talking about the pumpkin spice latte. This — to me — mystifyingly popular drink makes an appearance for one month of the year and is pined for by enthusiasts for the remaining eleven.

 

There was a hint of controversy this year..

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A beginners guide to Petit Verdot

September 8, 2017

This week, we’re looking at another fairly obscure wine packed with character and flavor: Petit Verdot. This intense vintage has seen a steady increase in popularity over the last few years and is well regarded for its rich color and unusual taste. A bit of a “love it or hate it” wine, those on the lookout for something a little different should definitely give it a try.

 

Petit Verdot is a bit of a New World wine success story. The grape was..

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Five wine faults and how to spot them

August 31, 2017

Nothing can put a damper on a well planned dinner party like spoiled wine. Just recently, I found myself to be the unlucky owner of a corked bottle of red. Fortunately, I wasn’t entertaining so the only people who were severely put out by this development were my wife and myself. Still, it was a frustrating and disappointing experience to open up a carefully chosen bottle only to be treated by an awful, damp aroma.

With that in mind, I thought..

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Four foods you should never pair with wine

August 31, 2017

Arguably, one of the best things about wine appreciation is experimenting with food pairings. Nothing brings out the subtle flavors and tastes of a good bottle of wine like a well chosen meal or foodstuff. Sadly, though, there are a few food items that just don’t work with wine. Here’s a few surprising morsels that should never, ever be paired with wine.

Chocolate

 

The first no-go food pairing is arguably the most tragic. Yes, sadly chocolate..

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A beginners guide to Nebbiolo wine

August 31, 2017

As much as I appreciate light and crisp wines in the summer months, sometimes I just want something full-bodied and flavorful. That’s why I’m particularly partial to Nebbiolo wines from Italy's Piedmont region. These unusual wines are notable for their complex flavors, intricate subtleties, and delicate aromas.

 

As mentioned, Nebbiolo grapes are grown in the Langhe area, which is part of the broader Italian Piedmont vineyard region. Within..

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Your salad deserves to be well-dressed. Here's how to do it.

August 27, 2017

Dressing a salad perfectly is tough to do. Adding just the right amount of salad dressing, though, can mean the difference between a soggy, heavy, mushy mess, a dry heap of lettuce, or a delightfully crunchy, vegetal experience. Here are a few tips on how to dress your salad just right. 

Big it Up

Make your salad in a much larger bowl than you think you need. Don’t crowd your lettuce! You need lots of room to stir to ensure the dressing is..

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Meet the most refreshing drink on earth: Coffee fizz!

August 26, 2017

A glass of iced or cold brew coffee can really cut through the summer heat, but when it comes to refreshment I’ve always found them to be somewhat lacking. You see, as much as I love cold caffeinated beverages, they’re still superseded in the refreshment department by an ice-cold glass of soda. There’s just something about the combination of sugar and bubbles that provides relief in a way that cold coffee can’t.

 

Of course, it’s not a great..

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