Posts Tagged ‘Wine’
Good news for wine lovers in the States, our numbers are growing and we are getting more adventurous.
As the economy continued to stabilize in 2012, wine consumption increased for the 19th straight year. Overturned blue laws, relaxed restrictions on direct shipments, and customers trading up to more premium-priced wines all led to the industry’s success last year. According to The Beverage Information Group’s recently released 2013 Wine Handbook, the wine industry grew 1.9% last year to reach 318.0 million 9-liter cases.
Consumers’ interest in sweet wines, un-oaked chardonnays and red blends helped spur the Table Wine category to increase 1.8% to reach 292.4 million 9-liter cases. Domestics grew 2.0% and imported table wine increased 1.5%. The Champagne and Sparkling Wine category also posted positive results.
The off-premise saw a 2.2% increase in cases and a 4.5% increase in dollars, but on-premise wine sales began to slow toward the last half of 2012 due to economic uncertainty. Total wine dollar sales grew to $28.9 billion last year with off-premise accounting for 56.4%, while on-premise accounted for only 43.6%.
While the on-premise had its struggles, direct-to-consumer wine shipments saw success, contributing $1.4 billion to the industry. Direct shipping data is now detailed in the 2013 Wine Handbook, including data by volume, region, price category and varietal.
Mystique has surrounded them for years. Many automatically assume that Cubans are the crème de la crème of the cigar world. But do they really deserve this distinction or are they just coasting on the laurels of decades worth of hype and intrigue? …
01.10.2013. The typical American consumer would probably fail to point out Eastern European countries like Georgia, Hungary, Croatia, or Slovenia if they were given a map of Europe. However, in terms of wine production, this region is actually a major…
Hey at Wine Portfolio we don’t just love wine, we also love food. Oh and luxury travel, red jelly beans and Sandra Bullock but we digress. Anyway we love food so we really like movies about food (or wine). But since there are more movies about food, at least until Jody gets his feature debut, we thought we’d share this list on some of the best movies about food.
This post comes courtesy of Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank Films and short videos are a powerful way of increasing awareness of and interest in the food system. With equal parts technology and artistry, filmmakers can bring…
Did you know that no one enjoys wine more than the residents of the Vatican City? They are considered to be the world’s biggest consumers of wine with 365 bottles a year per capita (that’s exactly one bottle per day). California wines dominated…
For those of you not already “in the know”, Toronto’s Danforth is a hot neighborhood for food and wine with lots of great finds. And in this growing and energetic area one of the real treasures is Globe Bistro. Our television crew pops by Globe a lot and so we decided we should blog about it. You can always count on us to share great finds.
When you produce television around the globe (ahem, no pun intended), you have the pleasure of trying out a variety of restaurants internationally, from little holes-in-the wall with great secret recipes to outstanding five star experiences, and Globe Bistro is a favorite haunt of ours that definitely stands up globally (pun intended).
Globe is comfortable, elegant and friendly, and offers a lot more than dinner. This eatery looks small on the outside, yet is huge when you get inside, and has a pretty open style (somewhat casual to dressy). The menu and the ambiance will suit many, from the carnivore to the vegetarian, or date night to plans with a crowd! It’s also a great place to hang out at the bar and enjoy Toronto’s atmosphere.
Wine Portfolio’s team really likes the brunch. Our faves include the Swine & Dine which is an exercise in pork and eggs (pork done 6 ways, all house-made), Red Fife Dutch Pancake (the walnut butter is to-die-for), Beet Salad (probably off the menu soon, as beets are going out of season) and Smoked BC Albacore Tuna dish (served on cucumber Udon noodles), yum. Everything is fresh and local as the two main Chefs, Dave Sanders (Executive Chef) and Adam Fowler (Chef) clearly take a lot of pride in sourcing and preparing the menu. The new Spring Menu is coming soon, so stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated.
Globe will also soon be opening their beautiful seasonal rooftop patio, which is one of the best places to hang on a sunny Sunday in Toronto while enjoying half-priced bottles of wine (Sundays only!). When you’re wine people, half priced bottles are a beautiful thing. There are a lot of dining spots on the Danforth and some have been there forever, but the next time you’re thinking about say, Allen’s (nothing wrong with Allen’s, coughsnootystaff), we suggest you cross the street and pop into Globe, you won’t be disappointed!
An aphrodisiac is a substance that is said to increase ones sexual desire, enhance arousal, and amplify libido. Aphrodisiacs can cause an increase of sexual desire through changes in chemical balances, physiological responses, or symbolic representations. Some foods and drinks may contain certain chemicals that elicit aroused physiological responses. Other aphrodisiacs may evoke sexual desires solely through their symbolic representations. In the Ancient times, undernourishment created a loss of libido and a reduction in fertility rates. Substances that represent seeds or semen, like snails and eggs, were seen to inherently have sexual powers, and increase libido. Similarly, other foods were considered to be sexually stimulating due to their physical resemblance to genitalia.
Alcohol: Alcohol lowers inhibitions and increases confidence.
Bananas: If not already obvious, the shape of a banana is a phallic symbol. On top of this, some studies have shown that one of its enzymes, bromelain, can enhance male performance.
Caviar: Not only is caviar considered to be a sexy food due to its exotic nature, but it also contains high amounts of zinc, which stimulates the formation of testosterone in men.
Chocolate: Chocolate is known to contain both a sedative, which relaxes while lowering inhibitions, and a stimulant, which increases one’s physical activity levels and desires for physical contact.
Ginseng: Ginseng is known to increase one’s desire for physical contact.
Puffer fish: In Japan, the puffer fish is considered both a delicacy and an aphrodisiac. This fish has a poisonous gland that if not properly removed, can instantly kill. The sexuality of this food comes with the flirt with death that the consumer plays with in eating the food.
Oysters: Oysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac. One reason for this lies in the sexual nature of the oyster. Some oysters repeatedly change their sex from male to female and back. This gives rise to the thought that oysters can let one experience the masculine and feminine sides of sex and love.
Wine: Wine relaxes you and helps stimulates your senses. The experience of drinking the wine, examining its colour, caressing the glass, swirling the liquid and sipping it slowly is known to be a highly sexual one. Be careful how much wine you drink though. Too much wine can make you drowsy, and falling asleep on your partner is hardly sexy.
Truffles: Truffles are said to arouse the palate and stimulate the body. The rarity of this food gives it an exotic and sexual feel.
Strawberries: Strawberries earned their reputation as an aphrodisiac from their large number of tiny seeds, which symbolize fertility. Throughout literature, art, and Folklore, they have been portrayed as symbols of sexuality. Containing more vitamin C than any other berry, this fruit is said to aid in strengthening the libido by providing the body with essential vitamins.
At the end of the day, and after much scientific research, there is inconclusive evidence as to whether aphrodisiacs truly exist. This being said, the mind and the imagination are one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs. While a food in itself may not cause an aroused physiological reaction, the hope of a certain response may lead to an additional sexual reaction, but attributed back to the consumed food. This heightened sexual awareness can then be passed onto their partner, increasing the overall sexual experience.
- The Sangiovese grape was named after a god. The name derives from the Latin sanguis Jovis, translating to “the blood of Jove.”
- Bulls blood was previously used as a fining agent.
- Australia has over 60 designated growing regions (denoted as GI- Geographical Indications).
- To prevent a sparkling wine from foaming out of the glass, pour a third of the glass and pause before filling the rest.
- In the US, when a vintage is declared on a label, 95% of the grapes must have been picked that year.
- Once home to the Wappo Indians, the name Napa Valley comes from the Wappo dialect and means plenty.
- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed October as California’s wine month.
- Napa Valley was named an American Viticulture Area in 1983, making it the first AVA in California.
- Vienna is the only major city that is also a designated wine area.
- 90% of wine made in the US is made in California.
- Greece is home to more than 300 indigenous and not very well known grape varieties.
- In South Africa, wineries are referred to as wine farms
- Of more than 50 countries in Africa, only eight are wine producing
- South Africa
- When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava in 79 A.D., it also buried more than 200 wine bars.
- Muscadine is not a variation of Muscat. It is native to the United States & used as table grapes for eating and occasionally used for wine.
- Screw caps seal 93% of New Zealand wines.
- In 2008 celebrity wine sales exceeded $50 million
- Vines were originally planted in South Africa to produce wines and grapes intended to ward off scurvy amongst sailors along the spice route.
- Winemaking and grape growing in Australia directly employed 28 000 people in 2006.
- The first grape vines in Australia arrived with the first European settlers in 1788.
- There are over 112,700 hectares of vineyards in South Africa.
- Mexico is the oldest wine growing region in the Americas yet the average wine consumption per capita in Mexico is only two glasses a year.
- South Africa exports around 400 million liters of wine a year.
- Morello is the name given to the Maremmano horse’s fur and Morellino it’s the local name of Sangiovese in Tuscany’s Maremma.
- French agronomist, Michel Pouget, is to thank for delicious Argentine Malbec. He took vines over in 1868 from Medoc.