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Book review: Maran Illustrated Wine.
Book Reviews

Book review: Maran Illustrated Wine.

Maran Graphics has perfected an award-winning communication process to “teach” the basics of many skills, i.e bartending, wine knowledge and service, cooking, guitar playing, and yoga, just to name a few. Wine is an extremely well illustrated book that provides all the basics of wine making, packaging, purchasing, storage and […]

Zinfandel, America’s Favourite Red Grape.
Wine

Zinfandel, America’s Favourite Red Grape.

Zinfandel For more than a century, researchers believed that zinfandel had no traceable lineage until the late 1960’s when it had become the second most widely planted red grape variety in California. The only known fact was that it had European origins since it belongs to the vitis vinifera family […]

Brussels Sprouts.
Food Recipes

Brussels Sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts Undoubtedly, Brussels sprouts are the most underrated and undervalued vegetables today. Many grocery store managers don’t even bother to offer them in their produce departments. Yet, properly prepared Brussels sprouts can be delicious and healthy. Although very different in appearance from kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower and broccoli Brussels […]

Wine Crystals.
Wine

Wine Crystals.

  Wine Crystals Sugar crystals on wine cork naturally made and un-stabilized wines develop crystals, which generally precipitate to the bottom of the bottle or attach themselves on the cork or the closure of the bottle. Sometimes referred to as “Wine Diamonds” they are indicative of good quality. Although crystals […]

Hamburger.
Food

Hamburger.

For North Americans, hamburgers represent iconic fast food in its multitude of guises advertised constantly. You can even buy a hamburger pre-cooked, while you are in the drive-through, and eat while driving.

Book review: Free For All.
Book Reviews

Book review: Free For All.

Concerned parents persuaded school authorities in poor communities to serve breakfast in 1890 for free. They observed and concluded that grumbling stomachs prevented students from concentrating well enough to absorb knowledge. Academic performance of hungry children was noticeably lower than those who were fed and of equal intelligence.

Brazil.
Wine

Brazil.

This most populous Portuguese-speaking South American country (190 million) has a chequered history in wine production and consumption.

European settlers, mostly Italians, were the first to plant vineyards to make commercial quantities of wine.

The catholic church missionaries were the first to plant vineyards for the production of communion services but the tropical climate of the country forced the planting of North American hybrids like catawba, aurora, and the like which yield undrinkable wine.

Australian Olive Oil.
Food

Australian Olive Oil.

Most people think of shiraz and/or chardonnay when they talk about Australia, yet this huge country with many climates produces a significant amount olive oil.

This industry is relatively young compared to Mediterranean countries, but growers have made good use of up-to-date research conducted by European scientists and selected the most suitable lands and climates to plant their olive groves.