Month: September 2014

Armagnac Revisited
Spirits

Armagnac Revisited

My first experience with Armagnac that distinguished distillate of Gascony, was while teaching in a classroom. It was then and there that I fell for the flavour and aromas. Armagnac is fascinating – bold, yet full of velvety finesse. The Armagnac region in Gascony, just a few hundred kilometres south […]

Book Review: The Armenians
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Armenians

Armenians trace their origins back to 2452 B.C enjoyed and continue to enjoy a reputation of hard working, intelligent, life-loving people, who inhabited the better part of south- and north-eastern part today’s Turkey. During the 15th century, Turkish hordes from central Asia overran the weakened kingdom. Since, then Armenians had […]

JetBag
Wine

JetBag

When wine enthusiasts travel, hey constantly look for products unavailable at home. There are more than 250 000 brands, and no wine store, however big, can offer more than a few hundreds. The inventory and costs carrying a large number of brands runs into thousands of dollars monthly. Transporting wine […]

Joseph Carr – Wines of Distinction
Wine Wine Reviews

Joseph Carr – Wines of Distinction

Eric Asimov, New York Times wine writer in 2009, proclaimed negociant J. Carr “ a producer to match”, ranking his wines alongside world-famous Napa brands. He claimed Joseph Carr wines to be “well balanced and restraint”. J. Carr spent ten years serving wine as sommelier in fine restaurants, and another […]

Book Review: Umami
Book Reviews

Book Review: Umami

Ever since professor Kikunae Ikeda established the existence and influence of umami on taste in 1908, scientists and ordinary people have been discussing it in western societies. In the Far East people understand its existence and make good use of imami containing ingredients such as algae, and soy sauce, just […]

Book Review: Carsick
Book Reviews

Book Review: Carsick

This highly entertaining, and fast paced book by filmmaker, writer, and commentator by John Waters is two thirds fiction and one third reality. Although the sub-title of the book fails to provide this message, the book gives the reader a good idea of how American change from state to state, […]

Book Review: Duffy
Book Reviews

Book Review: Duffy

Mike Duffy, born and bred in Prince Edward Island where the confederation was born, was once a famous broadcaster, TV program host, and later appointed senator by Prime Minister Steven Harper. At the time of his appointment, he was the highest paid TV personality, but he accepted the much lower […]