ENTERTAINING WITH WINE
An evening of entertainment at your home should involve good food, good wine, good people, good music and stimulating interaction among your guests. You, the host have a responsibility to ensure that all of the requisite ingredients are present and that one ingredient does not overshadow the others.
ORDERING WINE IN A ROMANTIC RESTAURANT
Ok, with the Valentine’s Day around the corner, you’ve finally decided to take the special woman in your life to a fancy restaurant and have made a dinner reservation ahead of time for Valentine’s night. You know she likes wine and you want to impress her but you know absolutely nothing about wine. Wine books are always available in book stores in the food sections but if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your desk, there’s always the net. You surf the net, explore and find out as much as you can.
BUBBLING BEAUTIES FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON
As simple as that sounds, sparkling wine is anything but simple. From the cheapest, artificially carbonated “bicycle pump” fizzies, through to the super-expensive, luxury cuvées from Champagne, sparkling wines bubble and sparkle in a myriad of styles throughout the world. These come in various shades of white, pink and red, in both vintage and non-vintage versions, any of which can be made from either single varietals or multi-grape blends. A universe unto themselves, Sparkling Wines must be approached and understood on their own terms. So what makes a good Sparkling Wine? It comes down to the bubbles, the wine and how they interact. Basically, the smaller, tighter and more persistent the bead or bubble size, the better the wine.
WINE WORLD UNCORKED
Not long ago, one of the first things they taught you at wine school was that, if you wanted to evaluate the quality of the wine in front of you, first of all you must check its provenance. In other words, before making a judgment on the condition of the wine, you needed to examine where it had come from. Wine was an intimidating, jargon-riddled subject studied by only a privileged few. Make no mistake; fermented grape juice has come a long way since then.
CHAMPAGNE WITH A CAPITAL C
-By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Nothing sets the tone better for the festive season of Christmas and New Year than Champagne, or one of Champagne’s bubbly cousins such as Prosecco or Cava. But should you serve and drink Champagne or another sparkling wine at Christmas or New Year? And what is the difference anyway? Real Champagne, that […]
FAQ ABOUT WINE
( Photo: with Tim Mondavi) -By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Learning about wine is as much about gaining experience as it is about gaining knowledge. It is about sensation, feeling, the occasion, the food as well as about memory. Wine appreciation is the experience of all these things. For the appreciation of wine, there are some skills […]
PERFECT MATCH – MARRYING FOOD & WINE
As a matter of fact, food – with –wine is about as simple an issue as boy- meets-girl. Fortunately, what happens between food and wine is not haphazard. Certain elements of food react in predictable ways with certain elements of wine, giving us a winning chance at making a successful match. The major components of wine (alcohol, sweetness, acid and tannins) relate to the basic tastes of food (sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). Some of the elements exaggerate each other and some compensate for each other.
WINE TASTING ETIQUETTES
Wine tasting events are popular because they override the limitations of sampling wine alone, at home. How many wines can you taste on your own unless you don’t mind throwing away nine tenth of every bottle? How many wines are you willing to buy on your own? And how much can you learn tasting wine on your own or with few friends whose expertise is no greater than yours?
COOL WINES FOR FIERY ASIAN FOOD
Fortunately, what happens between food and wine is not haphazard. Certain elements of food react in predictable ways with certain elements of wine, giving us a fighting chance at making successful matches. With Asian food though,
wine is not a traditional match but it is not an impossible one. What it takes is a little more imagination.
YOGA – AN INSTANT ENERGY BOOSTER
Feeling tired? Yoga may not be the first thing you turn to when you are tired but an invigorating Sun Salutation or some other energy boosting yoga poses could be exactly what your body needs to fight fatigue.
Back bending yoga poses are excellent to reduce fatigue and you can increase energy with balancing poses, inversions and Pranayama (yogic breathing techniques).