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Will You Try Target’s New $5 Wine? (Photos)

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If, like me, you are something of a cheap wine connoisseur who knows where to get boxed wine that tastes halfway decent and which $3 bottles to keep an eye out for at the grocery store, you might be interested to know that come September, Target is releasing a line of $5 wines, and they are supposed to be pretty good!

That’s right, folks! On September 3, Target is dropping five different bottles of California Roots wine blends, all of which, as the name suggests, come from Golden State vineyards, according to a Target press release.

“We’re out to give our guests even more reasons to love Target — including exclusive products they can’t find anywhere else,” Jeff Burt, senior vice president of food and beverage, said in the release. “And we think they’re going to love California Roots — these wines are just the right blend of incredible quality and amazing value that guests can only get at Target.”

You can grab a red blend, which has “smooth berry and cherry flavors with hints of spice [that] offer the perfect antidote to the workweek,” according to the release. Target says this bottle goes well with grilled vegetables and wild mushroom pasta, though it is unclear what grapes are involved here.

If you’d like a different style of red, you can grab the Cabernet Sauvignon, which features “juicy cherry flavors, hints of oak and graceful finish [that] elevate even the simplest pleasures,” says the release. Pair with ribeye steak.

In the mood for something white and sweet? Grab the moscato, with “delicate aromas and creamy peach and melon flavors.” Down with fresh, sweet berries.

The Pinot Grigio offers lighter fare with “vibrant citrus and tropical fruit flavors” that evoke summer. Pair with fresh fish and crunchy green salads.

Last but not least, enjoy the “lush tropical fruit flavors and a bright finish” of the chardonnay that “will transport you to a warm, sunny day at the farmers market.” This pairs with fresh bread and artisanal cheeses — the perfect appetizer.

Are you completely lost when it comes to shopping for wine? While these bottles are domestic, Bon Appetit recommends that you focus on the name of the importer when you’re shopping. If you taste some wine that is complete fire, take note of the words that follow “Imported By” and keep an eye out for them next time you’re at the store.

Sources: Target, Bon Appetit / Featured Image: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr / Embedded Images: Target

Tags: $5 wine, California Roots, cheap wine, Target wine, wine
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Get Your Wine Pairings On Point

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Unless you’re a sommelier (and who has time for that), pairing the right wine with food can be one big shrug.

Which chicken recipes does Sauvignon Blanc go with? Is there a poultry that pairs with Riesling?

Yes way, Rose, there is! Find out with our simple and unexpected wine-pairing guide that takes the guesswork out of the equation: 

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Salsa | Riesling

Light bodied, slightly sweet with low acid. Pairs well with spicy chipotle and sweet strawberries.

Lemon Dijon Chicken Salad Nicoise | Rose

Light to medium bodied and fruity; a great summer wine. Complements the potatoes, olives and mustard dressing.

Caprese Stuffed Turkey Burgers | Pinot Noir

Medium bodied with low tannins. Stands up to the heartiness of a turkey burger.

Kona Pineapple Chicken Skewers | Sauvignon Blanc

Light bodied with noticeable acid and tropical fruit notes. A great wine to serve with grilled chicken and pineapple.

Fluffy Quiche with Chicken | Prosecco/Cava

Light bodied and bubbly. Perfect with eggs and Parmesan cheese. Great for brunch.

Quick and Easy Chicken Piccata | Chardonnay

Bolder bodied with a buttery, soft round flavor. Pairs well with chicken and light, buttery sauces.

Sauteed Asparagus and Mushroom Chicken Pasta | Chardonnay

Bolder bodied with a buttery, soft round flavor. Pairs well with chicken and lightly sauced pasta.

Lemon Chicken and Orzo | Pinto Grigio

​Light bodied with refreshing citrus flavors. Pairs well with lemon and pasta.

 

Tags: Chicken, dinner, Perdue Chicken, wine
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Summer Plans: Visit This Underwater Winery (Photos)

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Croatia has a new winery, and its location is the best part about it. It’s underwater!

According to Traveler, Croatia’s first underwater winery is open to visitors. It’s called Edivo Vina, and people can dive down and see it for themselves if they so choose. There’s a sunken ship in it for those adventurous enough for the undertaking.

While the wine is aged underwater some, that’s not where the whole process takes place. It is first aged for three months aboveground. Then, it is put into clay jugs called amphorae and aged undersea for one to two years. The amphorae are made with two handles and a narrow neck, and are said to give the wine “a distinct pinewood aroma.” The jugs are packed carefully, with two layers of rubber added to prevent any leakage (don’t want salt water in your wine), and then safely stored in cages to prevent divers from carrying away special souvenirs.

 The winery is located in Drace, on the Peljesac Peninsula, under the Adriatic Sea. Owners Ivo and Anto Segovic and Edi Bajurin say that the idea to age their wine in the water came from the view that “the sea provides natural cooling in ideal conditions and the perfect silence underwater improves the quality.” Until I’ve tried the wine for myself, I can’t argue with that logic!

The idea came to the owners in 2011, and they began making it and dropping the amphorae into the water in late 2013 and early 2014. At first, there were 10 locations where this method of underwater wine-making was being tested, but it has now been narrowed down to three, according to Edivo Vina.

“The idea of immersion bottles and amphorae under the sea seemed feasible, but it took time to check a lot of things and explore,” the owners said.

They decided to use a glass bottle that was 0.75 liters because wine could lose quality if penetrated by the sea, and then it goes into the clay amphorae. It really is a meticulous process, but the wine is probably well worth the trouble. The jugs themselves usually come to the surface covered in all kinds of shells and sea flora, and make for great keepsakes.

If diving and adventuring out to see wine isn’t your thing, you can still order the Edivo Vina online and have it shipped to you. That, or you could just visit Croatia and go to the wine bar and have some there!

Sources: Traveler, Edivo Vina / Photo Credit: Pexels, Edivo Vina via Lonely Planet

Tags: Aging Wine, Croatia, Making Wine, Underwater Winery, wine, Winery
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These Boozy Popsicles Are Perfect For Summer! (Photos)

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Spend your summer days sizzling out in the sun, then refresh with some boozy popsicles, the good old-fashioned way! Okay, it’s not old fashioned, but I do think it will become something to do on the reg.

According to Popsugar, the Pops brand is based in Britain and uses all-natural ingredients to make Champagne, Frose, and Prosecco popsicles. Each popsicle features 4 percent alcohol by volume, and actual wine. The Bellini flavor is made with prosecco, peach schnapps, blood oranges and hibiscus flowers. It’s also only got 77 calories, according to the Pops website.

The Champagne flavor is simpler. It simply features frozen champagne, so you’re enjoying a champagne slushy while out in the sun (it’s also pretty low cal, at only 52 calories a pop!). What could be more refreshing? Apparently, Miley Cyrus got to be the first to try this Pops Classic flavor.

Pops is also promoting a Moscow Mule popsicle, which is only around for a limited time. If you aren’t familiar, a Moscow Mule is a gingery vodka drink. The flavor consists of Chase Vodka, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, bitters and lime.

Pops also has a couple of innocent flavors for those who don’t want booze in their dessert. I must say, they also look pretty yummy. First is the Strawberry & Mint and then there’s also Apple and Elderflower. Both, of course, are made from all-natural ingredients and I bet they’re delicious!

Do yourself a favor and order some boozy Pops popsicles for the summer!

Sources: Popsugar, Pops / Photo Credit: Pops/Instagram, Pops

Tags: Boozy Popsicles, Pops Popsicles, wine
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Blue Prosecco Is A Thing, But What Makes It Prosecco? (Photo)

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This strange new blue prosecco might start a new blue wine craze, but it’s not exactly prosecco. It’s more like a mixture of a few drinks, but the mixture does include prosecco.

The bright blue wine is called Blumond, and according to Huffington Post, it consists of a mixture of prosecco, blue curacao and peach juice. Think of it more as a wine cocktail that features prosecco. Italian wine lovers apparently aren’t loving the new concoction, because of the color, of course, and also because the alcohol by volume is only 7 percent.

The Daily Mail reports that many of these critics feel that the “wine” can’t be called wine, since the alcohol level is below the 10 percent mark, which is how much it takes to be considered wine by Italian law. The wine is currently available in China and the U.S. (selling for $21.95 per bottle), and those at the Tuscan firm Fratelli Saraceni want to bring it to Sicily in May. I have a feeling it won’t go over well in its native country, but with our brightly colored food item fad in full swing currently, I’d say it will take off here in the U.S.

The aim is to make it over to Rome and Milan, cities that are open to these types of fun, trendy new flavors and foods. The U.S. has already had this wine for a little while, as has Australia, but the fun, colorful food (aka “unicorn”) trend is much newer, so the sales numbers for Blumond will probably rise a bit. It also takes a time for word to spread about a new product, so many of us still haven’t had a chance to try it.

The wine is being marketed as a special occasion wine for weddings and special events. It’s reportedly a good idea for a before-meal treat at a wedding, so keep this fun blue drink in mind if you have something special coming up! Personally, I don’t need a special occasion to try blue wine.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: servcemil/Pixabay, The Huffington Post via Blumond

Tags: blue wine, Blumond, Italian Wine, prosecco, wine, Wine Cocktail
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Don’t Like Bitter Coffee? Just Add A Pinch Of Salt!

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If you’re anything like my dad, you take your milk and sugar with coffee; not the other way around.

Coffee for me tastes good on its own, but most people don’t especially appreciate a bitter brew; even my best friend, who is a black coffee devotee, doesn’t like it when her coffee has that extra-acidic bite.

However, there is apparently a solution — one that doesn’t require heaping spoonfuls of sweetener.

Salt!

No, really. According to a study from the scientific journal Nature, sodium ions actually suppress bitterness and enhance flavor, which basically means that if you add just a dash of salt to your too-bitter morning cup, the coffee will mellow itself out and you may even appreciate the taste of your coffee beans more, without the need for sugar and milk or cream.

That’s not to say you should go overboard on the salt, however; while a cup of coffee can be adjusted if you add in too much sugar, the same rule doesn’t apply here. Too much salt is almost sure to ruin the taste, so just add in a tiny pinch when you try it out the first time and adjust accordingly. 

Also, I get the feeling this tip doesn’t apply to anything but black coffee. For instance, if you go to Starbucks and try adding a pinch of salt to, like, a Caramel Frappuccino to really enhance the caramel flavor, you’re seriously just wasting your time.

Metro also reports that if you, like me, want to feel fancy but still can only really afford cheap bottles of wine, a little bit of salt in your inexpensive wine also enhances the wine’s flavor, which could be a total party trick.

Are you going to try out this method of cutting the bitterness out of your drinks?

Source: Metro / Photo Credit: Reese Witherspoon/Instagram

Tags: coffee, Food hack, nature, salt, wine
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Grab A Glass! Drinking Wine Is A Brain Workout!

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There’s a good chance that drinking a glass of wine after a long day’s work actually counts as exercise. That is, for your brain. Swirl the wine around in your mouth to get a feel for the taste, and your brain gets a better workout figuring out the complexities of the flavor than it would if you were trying to solve a math problem.

Delish reports that neuroscientist Dr. Gordon Shepherd of Yale School of Medicine has found that drinking wine engages more working parts of the brain than any other activity does. In his book, “Neuroenology: How The Brain Creates The Taste of Wine,” Dr. Shepherd says that the tongue muscles and taste receptors that are triggered when swirling the wine in your mouth do more to exercise your brain than listening to music or studying a math problem.

Imagine that! You can drink a glass of wine and exercise your brain in such a better way than trying to do algebra. Oh, how nice it would be if a full-body workout (you know what I mean: jumping jacks, burpees, squats) could be this much fun!

Part of what’s cool about the whole thing, is that Dr. Shepherd has found that taste itself is actually more subjective than we think, according to Independent. He says that everyone uses their own frame of reference to process taste (which makes sense), so it is “heavily dependent on our own memories and emotions and those of our companions.”

“The taste is not in the wine; the taste is created by the brain of the wine taster,” says Dr. Shepherd. Also, remember that swallowing is a key part of the process. Not only should you sip and savor, but swallow the wine, too.

This is all great to know, but don’t go overboard. “If you take a large sip, you’ve saturated your system,” explains Dr. Shepherd. That will not help to exercise your brain, I guess. Keep your sips small and your taste buds tasting. That will keep your brain exercising!

Sources: Delish, Independent / Photo Credit: Anna Do Huyhn/Instagram

Tags: exercise, food science, wine
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You Need Wine-Infused Coffee In Your Life Right Now (Photo)

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Wine infused coffee … for when you’re tired and also ready to get your girls’ night started. Or maybe it can be for those rainy Monday work mornings.

Popsugar reports that there’s now a coffee-wine hybrid for those times when we just need both to cope. The new wine-coffee is from the Molinari Private Reserve out of Napa Valley, California. If you’re wondering how it’s made, you’ll be mildly surprised at how easy it is. At least, that’s how I’m feeling.

The coffee beans get to bathe in red wine (jealous?) to absorb its flavors. Sadly, the soaking absorbs the wine’s flavors and all, but your actual coffee is alcohol-free. I guess you’ll just get the nice feeling of enjoying a glass of wine. On the bright side, that really does make your new coffee flavor safe for work.

If you’re wondering how it tastes, Napa Valley’s Molinari Private Reserve says that it highlights a blueberry flavor, and that the addition of milk to your coffee brings out even more of the wine taste — blueberry flavor included. According to Elite Daily, coffee drinkers live longer, and coffee gives you energy, helps to prevent cancer and even makes your skin glow. Add the rich antioxidants of red wine and you’ve got yourself a power drink!

If you’re like me and you need something to look forward to each morning to help you out of bed, you might want to start your day with one of these special brews. However, if you’re of a coffee-for-dessert type person (I’ll take that, too!), it’s probably perfect for your after-dinner palate cleansing … or even paired with a rich chocolate slab of cake.

You can find the wine online (but currently out of stock) or at various coffee shops. The bags of coffee are available at $20 per half pound, and are also available at Molinari Cafe, Robert Mondavi Winery, Franciscan Estate Winery and JCB Wines. That is, you’ll be able to find the wine there when it’s in stock. Look for that Molinari Private Reserve label to make sure it’s the right stuff.

Sources: Popsugar, Elite Daily / Photo Credit: Lakshmi/Instagram, Popsugar

Tags: coffee, Molinari Private Reserve, Napa Valley, wine, Wine Infused Coffee
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Food Expert Says: Pair Your Cheese With Tea, Not Wine

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Oh what fools we’ve been!

When we decide we want to treat ourselves nicely, and get a little fancy just for fun, usually the first dinner idea we think of — because we’re basic, maybe, but also because we love ourselves — is the classic charcuterie board. That means cheese and wine, ya’ll. Can’t go wrong, right?

Wrong.

According to Rachel Safko, a food and drink expert, we’ve all been total bozos for pairing our cheese — delicious, fragrant, addictive cheese — with dumb old wine.

The true magic, Safko told Forbes per Metro, is the pairing of cheese with — wait for it:

Tea.

“Most people, in my experience, think of tea as a drink for rainy days, grandmas, or as a little sister to coffee,” Safko says, which sounds about right to us. Don’t get us wrong, we love (adore, even) a soothing cup of tea in the morning. Some days we actually favor green tea for its caffeine and health benefits over a cup of coffee to get our mornings off to a bright and energetic start. However, we don’t think of it as a huge treat or fancy, fun beverage.

“All of the above can be true,” Safko continues, “But there’s much more versatility to tea — it’s the chameleon of beverages.”

The chameleon, you say?

Basically, because teas have varying degrees of tannin, and because they are naturally astringent, Safko claims that the drink is actually super well-suited to being enjoyed with a cheesy snack.

Additionally, wine is usually served chilled or at room temperature. But Safko says that the heat from a hot cup of tea can actually coax out any flavors that are hiding, just waiting to be unleashed in a block of cheese, as it melts.

If you’re convinced and want to try it out, Safko recommends pairing white and green teas with fresh goat cheese, due to the drinks’ similarities to champagne and white wine.

Black teas go with goudas, as do earthy Puerhs; Lapsang Souchound goes with a strong blue cheese.

We’re just dying to try out this new combo. What do you think of the cheesy idea?

Source: Metro / Photo Credit: Cabot Creamy Co-Operative/Instagram

Tags: charcuterie, cheese, food pairings, Tea, wine
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Corn And Fennel Gnocchi

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Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Fabio Viviani’s Signature Wines!

Ingredients

  • 4 ears corn on the cob
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 fennel head, finely diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 pound gnocchi
  • 6 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Grana Padano cheese, grated
  • Sage and olive oil, for garnish
  • Directions

    1) Husk the corn, pull off the silky threads and place into boiling salted water. Cook for about 5 minutes, then shock the corn in ice water. Once it has cooled, take the top off the corn and cut downward. Continue cutting until all of the corn is removed.

    2) In a medium saute pan, melt butter. Add fennel and corn, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until fennel and corn have softened.

    3) Meanwhile, cook gnocchi according to package directions. You will know the gnocchi is done when it floats to the top.

    4) Add 2/3 of the corn and fennel into a blender, leaving the rest in the pan. To the blender, add heavy cream and grated Grana Padano cheese. Blend until smooth.

    5) Add creamy sauce back to the pan with corn and fennel. Add gnocchi and toss to combine.

    6) When ready to serve, garnish with more Grana Padano cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and sage. Serve with Fabio Viviani Chardonnay and enjoy!

    Tags: Corn, dinner, Fabio Viviani, Gnocchi, pasta, recipe, wine, Wine-Ding Down
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    This Adorable Baby Girl Lights Up Around Wine (Video)

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    Sometimes, babies can be finicky little creatures.

    Sure, when they’re smiling and playful as can be, they’re pretty cute. However, occasionally — who are we kidding; very often — they break that sweet-as-can-be facade and turn into creatures from the swamp. They leak, they moan, they wail, they scream, they soil themselves, and they don’t give a care in the world over your sleeping or social schedule.

    That’s why for many parents, it’s of the utmost priority to find out a few different foolproof methods to keep their babies smiling; sure, everybody loves to see the people closest to them happy. But just as important, when a baby isn’t happy, it means hell for everybody else.

    So we’re sure these Florida parents, Yssel Jaquez and Rafael Aybar, were shocked and delighted to hilariously discover just what it is that makes their baby girl Abigail Aybar so gosh dang happy — being handed a glass of wine!

    “We were just having dinner and when she doesn’t want more food or is sleepy, she starts to be cranky,” Jaquez told ABC News.

    So, the parents tried to hand their baby girl juice; however, when that failed to prompt a positive reaction, Aybar then decided to hand his daughter a glass of wine, just as a joke. They recorded their girl’s exuberant joy at being handed the wine, and posted the video to Facebook on Jan. 29. As of Feb. 7, it has been viewed more than 3 million times.

    “I think people like it so much because of her laugh and her reaction when she sees the wine,” Jaquez told ABC.

    Of course, the couple has had to incur their fair share of criticism and even downright outrage from viewers who mistook their little bit of fun for seriousness. To them, Jaquez has only this to say:

    “[There are] many different opinions about the video and the fact that we ‘give’ wine to a baby. It’s just a funny video and we’ve never provided alcohol to our kids and never will.”

    Source: ABC News / Photo Credit: Rafael Aybar/Facebook

    Tags: baby, Facebook, happy baby, video, wine
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    Does The Moon Affect The Taste Of Your Wine?

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    Honestly, if this is true, we’re going to start paying a whole lot more attention to the night sky.

    We all know the moon is a mysterious thing; some say it’s made of green cheese. Some say it serves as a sort of wake-up call for werewolves. We know that it’s primarily responsible for the rising and receding of our ocean’s tides, which means it’s pretty dang powerful. It also isn’t too bad to look at.

    Now, however, certain people are speaking up and saying that they have reason to believe that the moon also has some kind of ultra powerful effect on on how our wine tastes on any given day.

    Yup, you read that right.

    Evidently, there is something out there called the biodynamic calendar, which basically functions as a tool for farmers to use when figuring out good times to grow certain crops throughout the year.

    The calendar, according to the Independent, is divided into four separate cycles: root days, flower days, leaf days and fruit days.

    Wine apparently is at its tastiest when the moon is passing through Aries, Leo or Sagittarius — in other words, when we’re in our biodynamic fruit days.

    When we’re in the root phase, wine is said to have a more bitter taste according to the biodynamic believers, and flower days are more palatable than leaf days.

    We admit we’re skeptical; wine tastes pretty dang good to us every night of the week, every month of the year, no exceptions. We are thankful at least that the biodynamic believers have designed an app to help guide the general public on their moon-wine beliefs, and how to pick out a wine that will taste its best depending on the type of day in the calendar.

    The app is called “When Wine Tastes Best” and can be downloaded on iTunes here.

    Sources: When Wine Taste Best/iTunes, Independent / Photo Credit: Roland S/Instagram

    Tags: biodynamic calendar, lunar wine, moon, wine, wine phase
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    How Do You Make Cheap Wine Taste Better? Add Salt

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    If you want a fine wine taste, but you only want to pay the price of a mediocre wine, you may be in luck.

    According to Metro UK, wine experts have a salty trick for upgrading a glass of cheap wine. A former CTO of Microsoft is believed to have first learned about the salt trick. He found that adding just a few grains could balance out the flavor, which he experimented on at a dinner party, where everyone else followed suit.

    If you are a wine lover, chances are you know what a nice red should taste like. You probably know it’s important to aerate it, or that it should taste nice and smooth, and not like vinegar, which the cheap ones can sometimes do. According to Daily Mail, some experts even suggest putting a cheap red into a blender to aerate it thoroughly and make it taste nice and expensive. So, what do you think of the wine trick? Would you try it?

    Personally, I love wine, but I love every wine. I don’t discriminate between cheap and expensive, but maybe that’s because I haven’t had a truly expensive bottle. I may try the salt trick and never go back!

    Bustle has been helpful enough to offer a few more tips for making your less-than-stellar wine taste great. For example, try serving it with good cheeses, or add fruit! If it’s white, keeping it cold can help take some of the more bitter tastes away from a bad wine.

    If the wine is red, take some advice from above and aerate it. It helps to filter out some of the “graininess” and allows it to breathe better. I’m not sure what all of that means, honestly, but I’ll admit it does taste better that way. I don’t need to understand all of the science behind it to know what my taste buds like!

    You can also make it into a spritzer by adding Sprite or something fizzy to it, or if it’s a red, you can mull it — meaning heat it up and drink it warm. Test out these methods and see what works!

    Sources: Metro UK, Daily Mail, Bustle / Photo Credit: Bustle

    Tags: cheap wine, Expensive Wine, wine, Wine Tasting
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    Smoked Mozzarella And Chicken Ravioli

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    Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Fabio Viviani’s Signature Wines!

    Ingredients

  • 4 sheets thin pasta
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • Smokey mozzarella and Grana Padano for garnish
  • RAVIOLI FILLING INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chervil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chive
  • 1 teaspoon chopped tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup smoked mozzarella or smokey cheese of choice, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Grana Padano cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • POMODORO SAUCE INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup red tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup yellow tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Directions

    1) In a medium sauté pan, add Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt and pepper and cook on medium high heat.

    2) In a bowl combine chicken, chervil, chive, tarragon, parsley, salt, smoked mozzarella, Grana Padano and ricotta to make ravioli filling.

    3) Line 2 sheets of thin pasta together and cut into small squares or circles. Take the remaining 2 sheets of pasta and do the same.

    4) Form 1 tablespoon of the filling into a ball and place into the middle of one side of the pasta. Take the beaten egg yolk and brush the edges of the pasta. Take the other half of the pasta and place on top. Press around the mixture firmly so the pasta does not open up while cooking.

    5) Add 1 cup of water to the pasta sauce and drop in ravioli, cooking them directly in the pasta sauce for about 3 minutes.

    6) Transfer to a plate, topping it with more mozzarella, Grana Padano, a dash of olive oil and basil. Serve with Fabio Viviani Signature White Blend and enjoy!

    Tags: dinner, Fabio Viviani, Ravioli, recipes, wine, Wine-Ding Down
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    Buy This Wine That Can Fit Inside Your Mailbox

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    Sometimes it can be so inconvenient to have to go searching the stores for the right wine. If you live in parts of the world where it’s cold outside, it can be even more of a hassle. Of course, you can always subscribe to weekly wine delivered to your door, but who’s ever home during the postal hours to receive that package?

    Thankfully, Metro News reports that Garcon Wines of London has presented us a solution to these very real problems. Finally, there is now a bottle of wine that can be safely deposited in your mail slot. Don’t worry, the bottle is plastic, so it won’t break when it hits the floor, and just because it’s flat doesn’t mean there’s less wine in there than in the standard bottle. The experts at Garcon have made the bottles longer so that they can hold the 25 ounces that we are so accustomed to drinking (sometimes in one sitting, but only when no one’s watching).

    According to Garcon’s website, the bottles are mailbox friendly as well, so don’t worry if that’s what you’re using instead of a mail slot in your door. The wines are carefully selected from all over the world, and therefore are intended to be of good quality, and they even stack nicely so that you aren’t taking up too much space with your new collection. Very convenient indeed!

    The media is buzzing about this, and why shouldn’t they be? Food & Wine, Bloomberg, Beverage Daily and so many more have invited the new company for interviews to talk about this fine new product. Everyone’s excited!

    The best part of all of this is that the subscription is only $12 per month. Of course, these aren’t wines that we’d want to store in the cellar or anything like that. Keep in mind that with convenience and low prices, there have to be sacrifices. Garcon says to drink it within 6 to 12 months of receiving your bottle. I don’t think there will be any problem there, though.

    Wine delivery services are expected to begin in March of 2017. Let’s hope they’ll deliver to other countries!

    Sources: Metro News, Garcon Wines / Photo Credit: Garcon Wines

    Tags: Garcon Wines, wine, Wine Delivery
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    Brew Your Own Booze Out Of Fruit With This Gadget

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    What if we told you that you could turn your leftover fruit into mead, cider or wine while monitoring the whole process on your smartphone?

    Well, it’s true!

    A new gadget made by Alchema uses a medical-grade UV-C LED light that supposedly makes brewing booze at home as easy as adding fruit, sugar, yeast and water into a device and then customizing your taste preferences using the company’s smartphone app.

    Basically, all you have to do is choose a recipe, wait for the container to auto sanitize, add all of your ingredients, and then wait for the notification that your delicious, boozy elixir is ready for consumption. Put that bad boy into the fridge to settle, and voila! You’ve made your own alcohol.

    The Alchema app also comes with hundreds of recipes that you can choose from, and allows you to customize your cider for alcohol content as well as sweetness, so you really can’t go wrong.

    The Alchema holds about three bottles worth of wine, and one batch of cider usually takes the machine about one to two weeks to fully ferment, but hey, good things come to those who wait, right?

    The Alchema does not come cheap though — it usually retails at $499, but if you pre-order yours now online, you can save $70 and snatch it up for $429 on its website here.

    The Alchema is available in the U.S., Canada and Taiwan, and it is estimated to begin shipping fall of 2017. It comes with a one-year warranty, and you are eligible to receive a full refund in 60 days if you aren’t totally satisfied with the product.

    What do you think? Are you willing to shell out the cash to purchase one?

    Sources: Alchema / Photo Credit: Alchema

    Tags: Alchema, booze maker, Cider, home brew, wine
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    Is White Wine Linked To Skin Cancer?

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    By Cooking Panda

    Gird yourself, folks: if you were planning, like I certainly was, to indulge in a glass (or five) of wine over the holiday season, you might want to read this first.

    A large new study that was published in an American Association for Cancer Research journal has just come out with the disheartening news that, because alcohol actually creates a carcinogenic byproduct when it is metabolized, it could actually increase your risk of certain types of cancers.

    The study reports that drinkers have a 14 percent higher chance of contracting melanoma than nondrinkers, and if you drink 20 or more grams (0.7 ounces or more) of alcohol per day, you have a 73 percent higher risk of skin cancers in areas that generally do not amass a great amount of sun exposure.

    I know, I know: we’ve all heard the news before that red wine is actually supposed to be good for us, if consumed in moderation. Perhaps that explains why the study found that actually white wine contains higher levels of the carcinogenic byproduct found in alcohol, compared to its rosy twin.

    “A total of 1,374 cases of invasive melanoma were documented during 3,855,706 person-years of follow-up,” the case results read, saying that alcohol intake ultimately is “associated with a modest increase in the risk of melanoma, particularly in UV-protected sites.”

    Also, while they don’t know exactly why, researchers found that white wine drinkers were at a 13 percent higher risk of melanoma compared to beer drinkers, or other liquor drinkers as well.

    Look: nobody is saying if you have a single sip of alcohol — particularly white wine — that you’re going to necessarily be in trouble. We all know that simply isn’t true!

    However, do keep in mind that if you are at high risk for melanoma (if you have fair skin, a family history of skin cancer or have had melanoma before), perhaps you should keep all of these factors in mind before you choose what beverage to have.

    Sources: AACR / Photo Credit: Dobromira/Instagram

    Tags: alcohol, carcinogenic byproduct, melanoma, white wine, wine
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