Wine Tips: Everything You Always Wanted To Learn About the Beverage but Were Afraid To Ask

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November 22, 2017

Whether you’re a new-comer to wine drinking or just curious as to what all the fuss is about, you will soon discover that wine tasting and drinking is as much an experience as it is an art. From the vineyards that the wine originates from to the families behind the names that appear on the labels, it may seem like a business on one hand but it is also a time consuming exercise. However, meet any sommelier and they’ll run out of adjectives to describe the joy derived from crafting and nurturing the spirit that is bottled and savoured. Read on to learn more about the intricacies of wine crafting and why it’s so special.

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Where Does Wine Come From?

Wine is derived from the fermentation process used to extract the juice from natural grapes. While technically, wine could be produced from any fruit such as berries or apples, most wines are made using grapes. Beer on the other hand, is produced through the fermentation of brewed grains and malts. So in short, beer is made of fermented grains while wine comes from the fermented juice of grapes and other fruit.

Estate Wine and Vineyard Wines – Is There A Difference?

Yes, there is a difference. Those labelled estate wines are produced in only a few vineyards. However as long as the vineyards belong and are controlled by a single estate it can be termed an “estate” wine. For instance, the Castelli estate wines are a popular choice and most of its wines come from the many winegrowing regions in South Western Australia, where each style of wine is harvested according to the region’s climatic compatibility and bottled entirely on the estate’s property.
There are also wineries that produce wine from vineyards that are not controlled by them, and these could be considered vineyard wines.

Are Wine Grapes The Same As Those In The Grocery?

The grapes used in the production of wine are much different to those you see at the grocery store. Wine grapes have a lot more seeds and the skin on the fruit is much thicker. While they can be eaten, they are not meant for consumption as the high sugar content used in the fermentation process turns them into alcohol. The grapes are actually a specialized species called VitisVinifera and there are more than a thousand varieties in the Vinifera family growing under different conditions. The most common species is used for the Cabernet Sauvignon style of wine production.

Origin behind the Term “Vintage”

You may have heard connoisseurs of wine referring to a particular bottle of wine as ‘vintage’. As wine grapes take an entire year to ripen, wine production only takes place once a year. If the word were to be broken down – the word ‘vint’ refers to ‘winemaking’ and ‘age’ refers to the year of production. This is why whenever you see a vintage year marked on the label – it refers to the year the grapes were plucked and made into the wine contained in the bottle.   In Australia, the harvesting period takes place between February and April.

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What Does Non-Vintage (NV) Wine Mean?

For those wines that don’t have a vintage year on its label, you will notice the letters ‘NV’. This means ‘Non-Vintage’, meaning the wine has been produced using several vintage wines together and does not belong to a single year of production.

Wine making and tasting is a fascinating subject and the above pointers are just a little introduction to get you started on learning more about this industry.

Tips for a Great Lunch Date

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October 26, 2017

Now, when most people think of a first date or any date really, they automatically start planning for either coffee, drinks at a bar, or dinner. This has become a time honoured tradition. However, these settings can also cause a lot of anxiety since it is easy to read too much into the situation or the experience can be nerve-wracking. If you want to set the tone for a fun yet relaxed date, you should really be considering a lunch date. There are so many options available to you and yet you don’t have to deal with any pressure. Here are a few tips to make this a truly memorable experience:

Choose the Right Spot

As you can imagine, one of the most important things that you can do is to choose the right restaurant. This is why you should put some serious thought into the place that you are going to dine at. If this is your first date, you should typically avoid going somewhere that is very fancy or elegant. Not only are you going to be burning a hole in your wallet, there is a good chance that both of you will be quite uncomfortable in such a formal setting. Instead, look to your local Townsville lunch spots. Since these exude a more comfortable air, you will both feel freer to laugh, talk, and have a good time.

Look at the Food Options

It can be a little difficult to eat and impress someone at the same time. This is mostly because you feel self-conscious about every mouth that you take. This is why you should go through the menu ahead of time and find some date-friendly food. This means avoiding anything that could splash or spill on you as you are eating. Also, you may want to stay away from restaurants that only focus on sandwiches and wraps. While these may seem easy to nibble on, they can also fall apart mid-way through the meal. At the same time, make sure that there is a wide array of dishes to choose from. This is particularly important if you are not all that familiar with your date and aren’t sure what they like.

Decide on The Right Time

Even though you want your date to be a bit more casual than most, you still don’t want to be shouting at each across the table, just to be heard. This is why you need to put in a little more thought when deciding on what time you should eat. As a rule of thumb, you may want to avoid the lunch rush hour that takes place regardless of whether it is a weekday or weekend. You should schedule your date either a little earlier or a little later than this. Of course, make sure that the time is still appropriate for a mid-day meal.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that just because it is a date in the middle of the day, doesn’t mean that it can’t be romantic. You can add sentimental value by showing up with a single rose or doing something small but romantically inclined.

INSTAGRAM HOW TO: Food Photography

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October 2, 2017

Sharing three steps to master the perfect food photo/flatlay on Instagram! You don’t need expensive equipment or be a professional photographer. All you need in your smartphone, yummy food and natural lighting. Make sure to TAG me so I can see your mad food photography skills on Instagram

Food Blogging

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August 23, 2017

Writing about food may not seem as easy as it sounds, yet people all over the country are making careers out of writing about food. Meet one Iowa resident who is doing just that.

How to Write a Food Review

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April 2, 2017

The advent of the Internet has given rise to an ever-changing yet highly lucrative industry that is rapidly growing every day: review websites. From dog sitters to dentists, it seems there are websites to review just about anything you can think of. One of the biggest sectors of review websites is restaurants; there are endless restaurant review websites dedicated solely to helping consumers discover the best eateries near them (and avoid those that aren t worth the money).

Millions of amateur foodies and casual diners alike have illustrated genuine consumer goodwill by taking to the web to share their best and worst eating experiences. If you re eager to share your culinary hits and misses, here s how to write a compelling restaurant review that can t be ignored.