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Three colors of joy
There are white, red and pink wines. However, it’s all about the appearance. In fact, there is a huge gulf between white (because pink is almost the same as white) and red wines. I would say those two are like night and day.  They taste different: whatever you love about white wine is often unacceptable for red one, and vice versa. The whole process of making these two wines is also different: starting from the grape picking till the moment the wine is poured into the bottles. However, the technology dissimilarity starts even before harvesting, as the grapes for white and red wines are planted and grown in various ways. Although, sometimes it is the same kind of grape. Thinking that white wine is made out of white grapes; red wine - out of red grapes, and the pink one is made by combining both is a common mistake of many people. It is not like that. Well, let’s say it is not always like that. White wine is often made out of red grapes, and sometimes-red win...
The art of drinking champagne
Champagne is a perfect drink for a couple, during their romantic dinner; for a winner who celebrates his victory, and well…for all of us on a New Year’s Eve.The delicious sparkling wine comes from French region – Champagne, where the roots of this beverage were known long ago in the third century BC. The process of making champagne is quite complicated, however this note will be very useful for those of you who gets lost when it comes to choosing the right bottle of Champagne for a special occasion.  Champagne types defined by the amount of sugar: Extra-brut or Ultra-brut – less than 6 gm. of sugar per liter.
Brut – less than 15 gm. of sugar per liter.Extra-dry – 12–20 gm. of sugar per liter.Sec – 17–35 gm. of sugar per liter.Demi-sec – 33–55 gm. of sugar per liter.
Doux – more than 50 gm. of sugar per liter.The smaller the bubbles in champagne, and the longer the “sparkling” process goes on, the better. Champagne cocktails:Carribean Champ...
10 beer facts you didn’t know about
1. 4000 years ago In Babylon it was customary for the bride's father to supply his new son-in-law with a honey beer for a month. This period was called the 'honey month' – or what we know today as the 'honeymoon'. 2. Before the thermometer was invented, brewers used to check the temperature of beer by dipping their thumb into it, to find whether it is appropriate for adding Yeast. Too cold – the yeast would not work. Too hot – the yeast would die. This is where the phrase “The Rule of the Thumb” came up.3. An Assyrian tablet of 2,000 BC lists beer among the foods that Noah used to provision the ark.4. After consuming a vibrant brew called “Aul” or “Ale”, the Vikings would go fearlessly to the battlefield, without their armour, or even their shirts. The “Berserk” means “bear shirt” in norse, and eventually it’s meaning became “wild battles”. 5. Ancient Egyptians would greet each other by saying, “bread and beer,” thus wishing each other pros...
5 facts about balsamic vinegar
Why balsamic vinegar? Balsamic vinegar got its name back in the Renaissance, and was originally used as a healing tonic to remedy sore throat. Did it work? Yes! Because balsamic vinegar acts as a great antiseptic. It’s healing properties were considered magical due to various evidence that the balsamic vinegar was used as a cure for the plague. Also, famous Casanova used to drip few drops of balsamic vinegar on top of the oysters  everytime before his romantic adventures. How to tell if balsamic vinegar is real or fake?Real balsamic vinegar is glossy, viscous, and black, though it captures light beautifully. It moves like syrup, and has a velvety texture on the tongue. Traditional balsamic from Modena is only sold in a bulb-shaped 100ml bottle, and has “tradizionales” stamp on it. The good balsamic vinegar costs around AZN 120.00; although sometimes it is possible to find less expensive alternatives. Why is balsamic vinegar so expensive? The process of ma...
The secret of balsamic vinegar
The best balsamic vinegar is aged for around 50 years in ash, cherry, chestnut, oak or mulberry barrels. Made of fresh grape juice, dark in color and syrup in consistency, it has a flavor that is a balance of sweet and sour and is a pride of Italy just like the pesto sauce.In fact, balsamic is not really vinegar. Vinegar is a fermented and sour wine, while balsamic is a grape juice boiled till syrup consistency. To tell the truth, balsamic vinegar has its own secret, which makes it so special: each manufacturer adds his own unique mix of spices to this product.The minimum aging period of balsamic vinegar is 5 years. The fermentation process becomes more active during warm summer days, and gets slower during winter. As a result after a long time we get an amazing consistency of melted chocolate and delicious spicy flavor. Balsamic vinegar is a perfect combination for salads; seafood; meat; cheese and even desserts. It is usually added to the dishes when they are fully prepared...