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To Make Cheap Wine Taste Good, Say It’s Expensive

May 28, 2015 1:22 pm - Posted by Jody in Learn

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Cheap wine: the go-to alcohol for sophistication on a budget. Whether it’s the lovely brew that comes in a box or the discounted bottle at the grocery store, sometimes wine is a necessity even when we can’t afford it. But even the desperation of our cravings cannot make cheap wine taste good, no matter how many… read more

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Verily, verdicchio, vernaccia and vermentino are the “veni, vidi, vici” of Italian white wine grapes, the Italian Vs of wine. (I could add the grapes verduzzo, verdiso and vespaiolo, but you rarely see them, in this country, as wines.) Verdicchio is also known as trebbiano di Soave and called such when grown in the north of… read more

‘China Will Rock Our Wine World’

May 21, 2015 9:22 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

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China is in the midst of another red revolution, but this one involves red wine. Over the past 15 years, its fledgling wine industry has expanded dramatically, with vineyards now occupying more than 3,000 square miles of land, according to a report by the International Organization of Vine and Wine. That’s more than 10 percent of… read more

Millennials Drive Craft Beer Growth

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Craft brewers have broken into the big leagues of brewing — breaching 11 percent of beer produced in the U.S. by volume in 2014, marking the first time that small and medium-sized breweries have topped double-digit production levels in a market long dominated by a handful of large brewers. Craft beer’s share last year was up… read more

You’re drinking your beer too cold, and here’s why

May 14, 2015 3:02 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

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I have a drinking problem, and it makes me order two beers at a time in bars and restaurants. My problem is this: We drink our beer too cold, America. Beer typically flows from taps and your fridge at a frigid 38 degrees, an ideal temperature for the mass-produced brews designed to be refreshingly easy to… read more

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Entre Nous – Eat like an Egyptian

May 12, 2015 2:56 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

Hamam mahshi Kebda Iskandarani Moloukhiya Rozz me’ammar Koshari Ta’meyya Foul medammes Rokak Feseekh Keshk When it comes to food, Egyptians know their way around. And though we always make fun of how fattening our traditional cuisine is, not all our classic dishes are unhealthy. In fact, some are actually brilliant for digestion and overall health. Egypt’s… read more

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7 Best Latin American Dishes To Cure A Hangover

May 7, 2015 2:51 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

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If we look on the bright side, hangovers can help us think twice about how much we drink, or at the very least, keep us from drinking the next few days. That is, if your go-to cure isn’t a few more beers the following day. Luckily, some cures come in delicious, spicy food form, so we… read more

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In search of the perfect pisco

May 5, 2015 2:47 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

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Balanced on a wobbly wooden stool on a pavement in Santiago’s bohemian Bellavista district, I sip a murky pisco sour served in a plastic champagne flute. At this early hour on a Saturday morning the streets are packed with young Chileans enjoying some downtime. I think we’re in a grungy bar called Camino al Cerro on… read more

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Returning to its roots, food gets new notice in Chile

April 30, 2015 2:43 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

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Chile is famous around the world for its wine, but until recently its food wasn’t known beyond its long borders. Now, several chefs in the South American country’s capital are revolutionizing Chilean cuisine one bite at a time. While some chefs are reawakening the ancestral dishes of the indigenous Mapuche and Rapa Nui, others are re-imagining… read more

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Cruelty-free Chianti on offer at Italy’s first vegan vineyard

April 28, 2015 2:35 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

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There are things you associate with Tuscany’s celebrated Chianti wines – kitsch straw baskets and the flavours of cherry, plum, spice and almonds, for example. And there are some things you wouldn’t think of, including gelatin from fish-bladder membranes and other agents from bone marrow, egg albumen and crushed crustacean shells. Traditionally, in the wine-making process,… read more

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