Month: August 2014

Book Review: Clearing the plains
Book Reviews

Book Review: Clearing the plains

Settlers, especially the governments of France and England treated aboriginals very poorly. Sometimes their actions were not planned, but at other times they were. Aboriginals were regarded as savages, and lazy people who simply had to be “civilized”. In reality, if it wasn’t for aboriginals’ agricultural know how, the first […]

Legras Et Haas Champagne – Chouilly
Wine

Legras Et Haas Champagne – Chouilly

Champagne, tucked in northeastern France, approximately 140 kms. from Paris, is a celebrated sparkling wine producing region that made this wine world famous. Dom Perignon, and Dom Ruinart are credited with the invention of “bubbling” wine, but researchers established that vignerons in southwestern France were the first to produce sparkling […]

Tannat
Wine

Tannat

Tannat originally from Cahors, France is a dark, highly tannic red grape variety that has been recently “tamed” by micro oxygenation. Most of the tannat in Cahors is blended into other red wines of the region for colour and backbone. This variety is also grown in Madiran, southwestern France. The […]

Cranberries – an indigenous fruit
Food

Cranberries – an indigenous fruit

Cranberries, concord grapes, and blueberries are the only native fruits of North America. All others came in various immigration waves ranging from Spaniards to English, Germans and assorted other nationalities. Natives knew by experience about cranberry’s high acidity and food preservation qualities. They used cranberries in their pemmican, as a […]