Classy Fiesta, Australian-Style

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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.

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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.

Related Links:

Wine Preference May Indicate Personality, According To Wines With Style Report (huffingtonpost.com)

Like sweet wine? Your choice may reveal your personality (edition.cnn.com)

 

Top Three Fabulous Cellar Ideas

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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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Photo Credit: huffingtonpost.com

Wine just tastes better when the atmosphere is right:

 

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Photo Credit: huffingtonpost.com

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

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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:

 

Photo Credit: winefolly.com

Photo Credit: winefolly.com

 

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

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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).

 

Related articles:

Red Wine and Resveratrol: Good for Your Heart? (mayoclinic.org)

How Is Alcohol Use Linked to Stroke? (stroke.org)

Wine and Heart Health (nlm.nih.gov)