Understanding Wine GrapesWritten by Nerello Glasure
You will find that one of easiest ways to get to know your way around wine flavors is through grape varieties. Each grape variety has specific characteristics. In some regions, one grape variety is used to make a wine; in others, winemakers blend several varieties in a single wine. To help you identify grape varieties, below is an overview of each of major red grapes and their characteristics.
Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon is big daddy of red wine world. It is like Chardonnay, as it is widely planted and distributed. The result of this is that there are so many versions of this grape. Many people think of Cabernet Sauvignon as being a wine that needs to age, but that is only because best red Bordeaux need age. Most non-premium varieties are ready to go right away. Under ideal conditions, it produces an aromatic, tannic wine that ages and evolves to be both elegant and powerful. Perfectly balanced Bordeaux is one that has classic notes of black-currants, cedar, cigar boxes, pencils, mint and dark chocolate. Sounds delicious!
Gamay For most part, you will find Gamay produced as Beaujolais. It mainly grows on hills in south Burgundy. The aroma of a young Gamay is described as a wave of cherry and strawberry fruit. On palate, Gamay wines are bright and crisp. They are moderate in alcohol and have very little tannin. Wines from Gamay grapes are ideal for all kinds of foods.
Merlot Merlot started out as a Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux and has risen to international popularity. The great wines of Pomerol and St. Emilion in Bordeaux are based on Merlot with Cabernet in blend. These wines show Merlot at its toughest and most intense. Merlotīs popularity is because it is softer, fruiter, and earlier maturing than Cabernet Sauvignon and displays some of same aromas along with mint, and tobacco. In general, drink Merlot young.
How to prepare a great salmon loafWritten by Anita Dekker
You can find all kinds of recipes for creating a delectable salmon loaf. There are basically same ingredients that most people use when preparing this wonderful meal. You can always add or substitute items to create your own unique dish.
The basic items used to create a tasty salmon loaf are 1 16 ounce can of salmon (drained and squeezed), bread crumbs or cracker crumbs, 2 beaten eggs, milk, chopped onion, chopped green peppers, salt and pepper. You just mix all of these ingredients together and bake until loaf is firm usually somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour.