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food and wine pairings

Food and Wine Pairings you need to know

Traveling can be a great experience and often exposes us to great cuisine from all over the world. It is not uncommon to visit distant lands with great food and diners but everything is in a foreign language. There is no way around the language and you need to order food and beverage, maybe even wine. You would however not need to worry if you know food and wine pairings. In which case, all you need is to inquire on the type of meat and spices when placing your order.

Tips for making wine with fruits other than grapes

While grapes are the favourite and most popular ingredient for wine making though you could use or experiment with other fruit. The composition of these fruits is different and with the right tips you could easily make wine with other fruits. The procedure is not that different and you can expect to enjoy very tasty wine even when grapes are in short supply. Here are some tips to wine making using fruits other than grapes:

red wine vs white wine

What are the differences between red and white wines?

Aside from the obvious colour differences, red and white wines can vary in numerous ways. The differences in their composition can affect their taste, the foods they should be paired with, and their ability to age. Different types of grapes may be used for each type of wine, but in some instances the same grape varietal can produce both a red and white type with contrasting flavours and bouquets. Fermentation Process The first difference to be mentioned regarding red wine and white wine is the way they’re made. Red wine will generally be made form black grapes while whites can...

types of wine

Understanding the basic types of wine

Wine can be categorized in many different ways, such as level of dryness, the colour, the region the grapes were grown, or which meal you would have it with. Some reds may be sweet and some whites may be dry so one type of wine of a certain type may not taste the same as the rest, but they can usually fall into general categories.

ordering wine at a restaurant

Tips for ordering wine at a restaurant

When looking to get out of the house and enjoy a nice dinner, it’s always a good idea to go to our favourite restaurant or to even try a new one out. Now, if you’re someone that likes a glass of wine here and there, here are some tips you may want to take into consideration when ordering wine at a restaurant: Taste test Though not all restaurants allow you to taste test some wine, some are willing, so it never hurts to ask. Type You may also want to consider the type of wine, as some taste better than...

How to host a wine tasting party at home

How to host a wine tasting party at home

Hosting a wine tasting at home is the perfect way to get together with your friends and family and spend a few quality hours enjoying each other and good wine. For those that are unfamiliar with wine, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the culture. For those that love wine, this is the perfect opportunity for them to share their knowledge with others and maybe even learn something themselves. One of the best tips for hosting a wine party at home is to ask each guest to bring their favourite bottle of wine for tasting. To make...

chocolate wine

What is chocolate wine and how is it made?

Chocolate wine combines the best of both worlds: chocolate and wine. This easy to make-at-home treat is perfect for an after dinner desert or a late afternoon delight. Chocolate wine is made by blending a full-bodied red wine and melted dark chocolate. The wine is poured into a saucepan and warmed over low heat. After letting it simmer for about 15 minutes, the wine should be removed from the heat source and whisked together with the melted chocolate. The chocolate and wine should be mixed together until the drink becomes frothy, and should then be immediately served. How to make...