Month: December 2013

Celebrating the arrival of a new year in style
Wine

Celebrating the arrival of a new year in style

Celebrating the arrival of the third millennium with pomp and circumstance is occupying the minds of millions. Only a few precious weeks are left to acquire the traditional celebration wine- Champagne. Hotels and restaurants have been procuring champagnes for some time now, and there are still some from the previous […]

Hangover – Repercussions and how to avoiv them
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Hangover – Repercussions and how to avoiv them

During the month of December, most western hemisphere companies entertain their employees in lavish parties with abundant food and free flowing alcoholic beverages. Sadly, many young employees drink too much, create scenes, endanger themselves, and nurse hangovers of monumental proportions. Hangovers are unpleasant physiological and psychological repercussions of excessive alcohol […]

Chardonnay Musque
Wine

Chardonnay Musque

Chardonnay musque, recognized by Appellation d’Origine Controlle in France as one of the 34 species of the world famous chardonnay. This specie was unknown in Niagara until 1970’s when Angelo Pavan, the winemaker of Cave Spring Cellars produced a prototype and marketed it successfully. Much later, Prpich Hill Vineyards (now […]

Zinfandel
Wine

Zinfandel

This mid-season ripening grape produces highly alcoholic wines, particularly if grown in California’s Central valley. Zinfandel is the workhorse of California’s viticulture and wine industry suitable for producing “white zin”, regular standard red table wine, dessert wines, and sometimes even fortified wines. When fully ripe and in the hands of […]

2013 Food and Wine Expo – Toronto
Food Wine

2013 Food and Wine Expo – Toronto

The 19th Food and Wine Expo is almost a distant memory. It attracted more than 19,000 visitors and by all standards was successful, but I must say that aisles were too narrow and congested. Most of the wine being poured was middle-of-the-road, $ 14.00 – 20.00 range, and there were […]

Krug – the Rolls-Royce of champagnes
Wine

Krug – the Rolls-Royce of champagnes

Soviet president Brezhnev was a seasoned drinker. He liked vodka, but during official receptions he insisted on Krug Champagne. When enophiles talk about mature wines, most think of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Barolo, Ribera del Duero, and Château d’Yquem, but rarely about champagne, yet meticulously made champagnes can age gracefully for […]

Republic of Georgia’s wine industry
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Republic of Georgia’s wine industry

Located between the Caspian- and Black Sea, this small republic is a considerable wine producer in the Caucasus and once was Russia’s biggest supplier. After Georgia’s war attempting to neutralize and annex Ossetia and Azharia Russia imposed a ban under false pretences on Georgian wine imports. This forced wineries to […]

Rum
Spirits

Rum – the spirits of the tropics

When people talk about rum, for most, the tropics with palm trees and beautiful beaches come to mind. Rum can be, and is produced from sugar beets as well. However, sugar cane rum possesses a superior flavour, and north European producers always blend their sugar beet rums with imported distillates […]