Stitching Memories

Written by Caryl B. Grecia

Continued from page 1

Snapshots arerepparttar mementos of a very special figure or event in a person's life. Take for example a wedding. Loads of films are used (or if digital camera is used,repparttar 116222 memory is all occupied). There are unfortunate times when pictures get ruined because a) liquid was spilled on them; b) kids tore them up; c) they get browned being stored inrepparttar 116223 attic and more. However, a cross-stitch portrait, if ever spilled with liquid could be sent to dry-cleaning (or laundered even); it could not be torn-up easily; and should it get browned, again,repparttar 116224 dry-cleaners can see that it gets back to its original colors (unlessrepparttar 116225 fabric used for background is a black woven linen). But, there would be a slim chance (to none) that these misfortunes could happen because once a cross-stitch portrait is finished, it is put in a frame and then placed on a wall for everybody to see and admire.

Cross-stitch is one ofrepparttar 116226 best ways to preserverepparttar 116227 most memorable moment of a person's life. It is because cross-stitch can survive time. Proofs of this arerepparttar 116228 unearthed remnants fromrepparttar 116229 year 500 AD. This could mean that when a portrait today is saved in a cross-stitch, it could live up to 500 years more!

Cross-stitch was a fad only forrepparttar 116230 religious, royals andrepparttar 116231 elites inrepparttar 116232 early age. That is because cross-stitch was a symbol for status inrepparttar 116233 society. Cross-stitch was considered an elegant, classic and artistic needlecraft that evenrepparttar 116234 famous figures in history such as Queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots (who, even in captivity) did cross-stitch. It would be magnificent to put back elegance and class in today's technologically advanced homes and derive pleasures onlyrepparttar 116235 religious,repparttar 116236 royals andrepparttar 116237 elites enjoyed way back in time through hanging cross-stitch on walls.

When a portrait is saved in a cross-stitch it is like stitchingrepparttar 116238 memories andrepparttar 116239 feelings back to life along withrepparttar 116240 image. Every detail considered is every minute ofrepparttar 116241 memory treasured and labored with. And it is 100% guaranteed thatrepparttar 116242 outcome ofrepparttar 116243 portrait isrepparttar 116244 exact image ofrepparttar 116245 memorabilia because ofrepparttar 116246 accurate conversion ofrepparttar 116247 photo torepparttar 116248 cross-stitch pattern.

Copyright (c) Sphinx Cyberworld Ventures

The writer, Caryl B. Grecia, works for Sphinx Cyberworld Ventures. The company offers custom made-to-order cross-stitching services to those who love cross-stitch portraits but who are too busy to stitch. Their website is

Guide To Tasting Wine

Written by Ben Bicais

Continued from page 1

After your initial visual impressions, swirlrepparttar wine in your glass. While this may be tricky at first, you will pick it up quickly. This revealsrepparttar 116221 "legs". The more wine sticks torepparttar 116222 side of a glass,repparttar 116223 higherrepparttar 116224 alcohol content.

The Role ofrepparttar 116225 Sense of Smell During Wine Tasting

As mentioned earlier, many ofrepparttar 116226 subtle "tastes" of wine are actually perceived by your sense of smell. While there are only four perceptible tastes, there are thousands of different scents. Revealingly, sinus congestion will stop evenrepparttar 116227 most experienced and accomplished wine taster in his/her tracks. Smell is perceived throughrepparttar 116228 upper nose as well as throughrepparttar 116229 back ofrepparttar 116230 throat. Molecules of different scents are registed byrepparttar 116231 olfactory bulb inrepparttar 116232 sinuses.

Before smelling a wine, swirlrepparttar 116233 glass again to revealrepparttar 116234 aroma. When smelling a wine, attempt to put any familiar aromas intorepparttar 116235 context of previous tastings. This isrepparttar 116236 fundamental basis for increasing your knowledge of tasting wine.

After smellingrepparttar 116237 wine,repparttar 116238 majority of registered perceptions occur very quickly. Sense of smell is very delicate and easily overwhelmed. Smellingrepparttar 116239 same thing repeatedly becomes less and less revelatory in rapid succession. If you do not immediately pick outrepparttar 116240 array of aromas in a wine, relax for a minute or two, then try again.

The Actual Tasting Begins

After experiencingrepparttar 116241 aroma of a wine, it is logically time to taste. Swirlrepparttar 116242 wine once more, and then swallow a small sip. After your initial impression, take a slightly larger sip and make an effort to coat your entire mouth. This is called, "chewing"repparttar 116243 wine. Before swallowing, aeraterepparttar 116244 wine in your mouth. While this makes a slightly strange sound,repparttar 116245 enhanced flavors and aromas that are released are more than worth it.

Another important component inrepparttar 116246 tasting process is touch, or howrepparttar 116247 wine feels in your mouth. Major variables to be aware of arerepparttar 116248 body ofrepparttar 116249 wine, serving temperature, and astringency. The body of a wine includesrepparttar 116250 depth of flavor and alcohol content. If these components are underrepresented, a wine will taste dilluted.

Serving temperature is an important variable that mainly hinges onrepparttar 116251 varietal(s) that compose a particular wine. A crisp Sauvignon Blanc will taste flat at room temperature, and should be chilled. Onrepparttar 116252 contrary, a well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon will not reveal its true complexity when served too cold. The incorrect serving temperature for a wine will adversely affect bothrepparttar 116253 aroma and flavor.

Astringency is basically a synonym for bitterness, and is caused by excessive or unmellowed tannins. Great red wines often taste astringent in their youth, but develop into opulent masterpieces when mature.

I hope that you believe that proper wine tasting skills are within your reach; because they certainly are. Mankind's ancient enjoyment of wine is largely derived fromrepparttar 116254 fact that our senses, feelings, and preferences arerepparttar 116255 basic components of what makes us human.

Ben Bicais lives in the Napa Valley and is the webmaster of

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