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As part of my relentless desire to fill my passport with as many stamps as possible, I recently found myself on a journey from the USA to China that spanned just over 22 hours.

One of my objectives for the trip was to absorb myself in the local culture. A wise (and probably fat) man once said, “the best way to know a city is to eat it”. I’d like to add “and drink it” – which is exactly what I did.

http://www.shakira.space/2016/05/19/can-china-one-day-become-worlds-leading-wine-region/
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Think back to the time you last had, ahem, a little too much alcohol.

For some of you, that may have been last night (Monday, really?) and you may be currently trying to figure out what questionable shenanigans seemed like a good idea during your moments of merriment. For others, it may have been a while ago, but you still vividly recall a migraine so intense it felt like a marching band had stationed itself inside your head.

If neither of those caustic scenarios apply to you, you’re either deluding yourself or you’re the luckiest human on this planet.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the last three men that I have had drinks or dinner with have all had the same reaction at the appearance of the wine list: a sheepish shrug and bashful half-smile, followed by an honest admission of wine ignorance, concluding with a swift bestowing of the menu on yours truly.   #wine   #date   #firstdate   #winelover  
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To call a wine "dry" is a ridiculous thing to do if you actually know the definition of the word. How can any liquid be "not wet"? Or "free from moisture"? Are you as outraged as I am at this totally senseless state of affairs?
#wine   #wineblog   #drywine   #sweetwine   #winelover   #thirstythursday  
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Although I have proclaimed my undying love of Champagne in the past, I do think alternatives don't get nearly as much airtime as they should. Very legitimate sparkling wines that lack the Champagne label are sometimes perceived as low quality substitutes.

This should not be the case.

Yes, sparkling wines are often a less expensive option than Champagne, but price does not always equal quality. Prosecco, Cava, Cremant, Sekt and other sparkling wines should not be mistaken as lame wannabes - they are different in style, they can be delicious in their own right, and they often make an excellent choice for many dishes and occasions.

If I haven't bored you yet and you are wondering how these sparkling wines are different, let me tell you.

http://www.shakira.space/2015/05/03/cava-prosecco-not-just-cheap-champagne-knock-offs/
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The simple act of adding ice into a glass of wine is often a great source of stress for many.

I’m often asked, does adding ice cubes ruin the wine? Unfortunately, it does. The winemaker has spent a great deal of time ensuring a balance between body, acidity, flavour intensity and (in the case of red wine) tannin; by adding ice and diluting the wine, you disrupt the beautiful balance.

Will you be judged if you do it? Click to continue reading...

http://www.shakira.space/2015/03/30/adding-ice-cubes-to-wine-judged/
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