Classy Fiesta, Australian-Style




Feasts are a big part of different cultures. There are those that celebrate it by not leaving their houses and staying indoors thankful for a bountiful harvest. There are those where the streets are closed off to traffic for the benefit of using the roads as extra space for housing visitors or for setting up stages for various programs.

The point is, everybody loves festivals! There’s lots of food. Every festival has a positive vibe to it because it’s in celebration of something. Drinks come aplenty, from beer to high-end wine. Roars of laughter will erupt from different tables every now and then.

Each culture has its own way of doing feasts, however. If you want a good old Australian-style food and wine festival, then there are lots that go by each year. There’s always one that seems to stand out, however, and it is Tasting Australia.

The event will be in Adelaide from April 27th to May 4th. It offers a lot to satisfy everyone’s palettes. There’s good food, and there’s wine. If, like me, you’re a fan of both, this event isn’t to be missed; especially if you’re already in Adelaide. If you decide to go, make sure you are in appropriate attire.


Top 4 Things Wine is Often Wrongly Associated With



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As with any alcoholic beverage, wine is an acquired taste. Unlike other hard drinks, however, it has become a lot more accessible to the masses. Or at least the public simply took to it. Wine has had a long history, and the subject has since evolved into something bigger than whatever the first wine producer ever thought of. These days, we have wine tastings, enthusiasts, hipsters, and a lot of other stereotypes. It confuses newbie wine enthusiasts, and to draw the line, let’s list a few things that wine is associated with falsely.

The French, Italians, and Spanish

France, Italy, and Spain are three of the biggest wine producers in the world. France is well-known for using wine for cooking. Italians are stereotyped to hold a glass of wine in one hand and a baguette in the other. Spain is well-known for their vineyards. While these three makes the wine-world go round these days, the actual origins of wine can be traced to unexpected countries such as Iran. It is believed that before the Greeks and Romans were getting drunk on wine, the Iranians were bathing in them.

The Wealthy

In the medieval times, wine was often consumed by the nobles while commoners would prefer ale. This is partly due to the fact that some areas are just not good places for grapes. At any rate, this wine-nobles/ale-peasant sort of mentality carried over today. You see someone drinking wine and you automatically think “hey, he/she can afford it.” In reality, there are very cheap wines that don’t taste that bad. Check out the Sauvignon Blanc in Winemarket for proof that good wine can actually come cheap.

The Healthy

There are a lot of health benefits to drinking wine. Those who are trying to lose weight often substitute wine to make up for the lack of Mountain Dew in their diet. However, the rule of “too much of a good thing is a bad thing” applies to wine as well. Yes, wine is healthy, but so is beer in moderate amounts. Besides, drinking too much wine ends the same way with drinking too much beer: you get drunk.

The Classy

A guy walks up to your wine bar. He has a neck beard and long locks complemented by his huge muscular stature. Instead of dressing up for the occasion, he looks like a metalhead who would rather get wasted on copious amounts of beer but finds himself in a wine bar. You start looking for a beer bottle as he approaches, then he orders a sweet wine. I’m not saying metalheads aren’t classy; just that wines aren’t consumed for the purposes of feeling classy.

The whole point of this post is this: stereotypes are bad, mmkay? Anyone can enjoy wine the same way anyone can enjoy a cup of coffee.

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Top Three Fabulous Cellar Ideas


Just because your cellar has to be built inside the house doesn’t mean it can’t look fabulous – as proven by these top three candidates I’ve chosen to base my future wine cellar on…Check them out and be inspired to build your own cellar similar to these:


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Wine just tastes better when the atmosphere is right:


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And with some barrel seats, exposed stones and gothic accents, you can instantly be transported back to a time when wine was truly appreciated and tasted really, really great…oh and maybe a few barbarians can add to the ambience as well.


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Cellaring Wine: An Infographic


If you’ve ever wondered how long it should take to cellar wine before it tastes like something you wouldn’t even consider drinking, check out the chart below:


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The fact is you just can’t cellar any wine you buy off the liquor store or online so you need to study this chart closely so that when you feel the need to savor one from your vast collection, you won’t spit it out and curse to high heavens that you didn’t check this chart out. Happy collecting!


Drinking Wine: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


As we all know, there are always two sides (sometimes even three or more) to a story. Without knowing the other side, you may not be getting all the facts and the whole truth about something. Imagine someone being tried in a court and all the judge and the jury hear are witnesses against the person being accused. That would be the epitome of something being totally one-sided.


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When it comes to wine, much has been said about its benefits as well as its ill effects, with one outweighing the other, depending on whom you’re hearing it from. We’ve all heard about the antioxidants in red wine that have health benefits, but have you heard about it partly causing infertility? If your curiosity is now aroused, let’s have a rundown of the good, the bad, and perhaps even the ugly, when it comes to drinking wine.

Let’s start with the negative health risks:

Obesity – Wine contains calories in varying amounts. One large glass of sweet wine can have as much as 200 calories in it. If you’re on a weight-loss regimen, having too many glasses of vino is, needless to say, counterproductive.

Heart disease – As you’ve probably heard it gazillion times, too much of anything is bad for you, and it’s pretty much the case with this inebriating beverage. Excessive drinking can lead to the heart muscle weakening, which then leads to a condition called ‘cardiomyopathy.’

Stroke – Somewhat related to the risk stated above, too much alcohol in our body raises our blood pressure. Certainly, an elevated blood pressure doesn’t bode well for those who have heart conditions and are at risk from strokes.

Fertility – Yes, too much alcohol can be detrimental to our reproductive system. In women, excessive drinking can reduce fertility and is even linked to lower conception rates. On the other hand, in men, the effects include erectile dysfunction, lowered levels of testosterone, and even poor sperm motility.

Now for the good:

Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes – It has been found that moderate drinkers of wine have 30% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to non-drinkers.

Good for the heart – Again, too much of anything can be harmful. However, if you drink wine moderately, the procyanidins in red wine tannins can protect against heart disease.

Lower risk of cataracts – By drinking wine moderately, you’re less likely to develop cataracts. But again, just because you want to have excellent vision doesn’t mean you’ll have more glasses than usual. The operative word is always ‘moderation.’

These are the good and bad about consuming wine. As you’ve read, the key to getting only the good is not to drink beyond a few sips each day. Anything more than 2 glasses a day is setting yourself up for a number of risks (when you’re looking for wine online, always shop from safe and reliable shops).


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A List of Wines and their Ideal Serving Temperatures


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Here are the details of how cold your wines should be when served. We all know that each type of wine taste their best when served in their ideal temperature. This is because the tannin, acid or alcohol content of the wine will prevail when its temperature is not the ideal one when drunk.

Red Wines                     Ideal Serving Temperature

Bordeaux –                     65 degrees Fahrenheit

Burgundy –                      63 degrees Fahrenheit

Cabernet Sauvignon –     63 degrees Fahrenheit

Red Zinfandel –               59 degrees Fahrenheit

Chianti –                          59 degrees Fahrenheit

Pinot Noir –                      61 degrees Fahrenheit

Shiraz (Syrah) –               64 degrees Fahrenheit

Beaujolais –                     54 degrees Fahrenheit

White Zinfandel –             48 degrees Fahrenheit


White Wines                   Ideal Serving Temperature

Riesling –                         54 degrees Fahrenheit

White Bordeaux –              52 degrees Fahrenheit

White Burgundy –             52 degrees Fahrenheit

Chardonnay –                   50 degrees Fahrenheit

Sauvignon Blanc –            53 degrees Fahrenheit

Chablis –                           53 degrees Fahrenheit

Sparkling Wine              Ideal Drinking Temperature

Champagne –                 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Asti –                               41 degrees Fahrenheit

Sweet Sparkling Wines – 41 degrees


Dessert Wines              Ideal Drinking Temperature

Vintage Port –                66 degrees Fahrenheit

Tawny –                          54 degrees Fahrenheit

Icewine –                         43 degrees Fahrenheit


Rose wines – All rose wines are best served chilled.

What’s the Right Temperature for Serving Wines?


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Not all wines are meant to be served chilled, and not all of them are designed to be drunk at room temperature.

Each type of wine has an ideal temperature that makes it savory when gulped. Here are some rules:

1. The general rule is to serve white wines chilled and red wines served at room temperature.

2. The best temperature for serving Chardonnay is 11 – 12 degrees centigrade. Giving the wine away at 10 degrees and below will likely make it lose its flavor and aroma.

3. Red wine that is served at 25 degrees is likely lacking in finesse and freshness, and you might sense nothing more than the overpowering presence of alcohol. Putting your red in the refrigerator for 20 to 25 minutes is enough to cool it down a bit. If you happen to make your red stay in the ref long enough, it would make sense if you let it out for about 15 minutes before serving time.

3. It is best for white wines to be refrigerated for 2 to 3 hours before serving. But you should see to it that its temperature does not go lower than 5 degrees. A super cool white can make you feel nothing in the palate but its acidity.

4. To avoid over-chilling your white wine, it would be better not to put it in the refrigerator if you leave for work in the morning and drink the wine when you come back in the evening. A good option would be to fill a bucket with ice and water as you get home and drop your white wine in. It will bring your white to the perfect drinking temperature you’ve always wanted.

These are the rules, but they don’t have to prevail over your personal preferences. You might look weird breaking them, but who cares? It’s your own satisfaction that matters. Cheers!

Serving Red Wine


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Red wine is one of the oldest, most popular, and best-tasting wines in the world. Consumed regularly in the right quantity, it is beneficial to health. But how much is really enough? Is there really a proper way to serve red wine for one to be able to savor its taste and enjoy its benefits? Please read on while we try to unravel the secrets of serving red wine.

The Healthy Serving Quantity

I don’t know who set it, but the standard quantity for serving wine is five ounces. For a regular red wine, this translates to 127 calories. According to recent study, the shape, size, and position of your wineglass have a big influence on the how much wine you pour into it. The study further said that the use of a wide glass accounts for 12 percent more wine than using a standard one. The same study says that another 12 percent is added to the glass if you hold the glass while pouring rather than have it placed on the table.

That being said, if you drink every night with a large glass, you will be drinking 12 percent more of what’s required by your body. When these extras accumulate, they can possibly take a toll on your health. Those extra calories have the likelihood of increasing your risk to certain diseases.


Red wines are quite known to accumulate sediments while they are in the bottle. To avoid drinking the sediments, some wine makers recommend decanting. Decanting refers to the gradual pouring of the wine from one container to another minus the sediment. The receiving container is usually made of glass with a wide bottom. It should be able to provide plenty of airspace to allow the wine to interact with oxygen. This helps the wine to develop its flavor and emit its aroma. Decanting is a nice way of enhancing the wine and getting rid of the sediment before it is served.

Additional Notes:

The ideal temperature for serving red wine is between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. When drinking red wine, you should prefer a narrow wine glass. Always pour the wine with the glass on the table and not in your hand. When pouring to traditional red wine glasses, you should stop when the wine reaches the widest part of the glass. This should give you about four or five ounces of red wine. Always remember that a 750-bottle red wine should last five nights. It consists of five servings of four to five ounces.

You will know more about red wine by looking at this Winemarket page.


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Taking Pictures of Your Food – Is It Okay?


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I believe people taking pictures of their food before devouring them is a strange phenomenon. Nevertheless, I don’t totally think it’s a bad thing, especially if you’re a foodie like me who probably uses the pictures as part of a food blog or any kind of documentary.

If you’re talking about taking pictures of food for the sake of, well, simply taking pictures, I don’t think it’s a sensible thing to do. For one, the resulting photos will probably be just codswallop anyway. It’s also not a good idea to waste several seconds (or minutes) trying to come up with the best shot because by the moment you’re done, your food had already turn cold.


Again, I’m not totally against the practice, especially since I also do it. However, I do it only on these conditions:


1.)I take the photos and post them online, but only for really close friends or relatives to see – and only for some really, really, really good reason.


2.)I post the photos online in public view, but only if it’s going to be part of some sensible article I’m going to create for my food blog.


I believe it is only on these strict conditions anybody should take pictures of their food, especially when they’re eating at a public restaurant. If you’re going to take pictures of your food and plan to post it online only so that people will know you’re eating at some expensive diner, forget it, because nobody would really care and you will only make a fool of yourself. Believe me.



Running Towards a Good Life



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Running is one of the most fun and preferred options in getting fit nowadays. Almost everyone is starting to jog and run. Even companies are leaning towards running for charity, fund-raising or simple company events. Running is indeed one of the most trending activities nowadays.

This is not a surprise because running does have a lot of health benefits with it. You get stronger while running and your always one step away from getting cardiovascular diseases because running keeps your heart healthy. Wine does the same thing to your body as well. What is wine and running can be experienced in a one day event?

Would it be nice to run along the beautiful scenery of vineyards and resorts along Australia’s best vacation venues? Be part of the Winery Marathon, Half Marathon, Coal and Allied 10.3k Vineyard Run and 5.2km Winery Wander. Kids can participate in the 2k Kids Marathon too. Register and join the Winery Running Festival on July 19, 2014 at the Hunter Valley Gardens Village in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.

Bring along friends and meet new people with the same interests as you have. Experience the sun and the fun as you run.

Who knows, drink stops may even offer free cabernets. Register and look forward to the fun.