Understanding the Basics of Wine Tasting Written by Nerello Glasure
The wine taster's ritual of peering into a glass, swirling it around and sniffing suspiciously at it, before taking a mouthful only to spit it out again looks highly mysterious and technical. However, as you try more and more wines, your awareness of flavors and your personal preferences will develop. It is however a sequence of events that can enhance enjoyment of good wine. Once learned, they become almost second nature to even novice taster.
Wines Appearance Pour your wine into a wine glass so that it is about 40% full, you will need room for swirling. Have a good look at wine. Is it clear, opaque, or cloudy? Does it contain sediments or other solid matter? Tilt glass away from you at a 45-degree angle against a white background so you can enjoy range of colors in wine from center to rim. Wine changes color with age. Whites are at its palest state during their youth, gradually adding stronger color. Red wine, on other hand, has more vivid color in its youth, slowly fading to brick red.
Smell Wine Give your glass a vigorous swirl to help release aromas. Swirling takes a bit of practice. This technique can be learned by leaving wine glass on table, holding it by stem, and rotating it in small circles. The object is to get wine to move up to around 70% of sides of glass.
Stick your nose right into glass and inhale steadily and gently, as if you were smelling a flower. These vital seconds of inhalation will reveal all kinds of familiar and unfamiliar smells. Try to detect smell of fruity or floral notes. Decide what they remind you of if possible. Note presence of spices, such as pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, tea or possibly nuts. Finally, note presence of other aromas, such as cedar, oak, moist earth, herbs, chocolate, tobacco, toast, or smoke. Always interpret them in terms that mean something to you.
10 SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR KITCHENWritten by Lara Velez
10 SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR KITCHEN
By: Lara Velez
The words "spring cleaning" can make neatest person cringe. They mean more work. As if cleaning all year long wasn't enough. Spring cleaning is more than just cleaning...it is deep cleaning. Something that most people do not have time for all year long. Since my expertise is cooking, I have decided to focus on spring cleaning and dirt build up prevention tips for kitchen....
Baking soda or club soda will clean and shine stainless steel sinks easily. Simply apply directly to surface and scrub a dub dub. To Remove stubborn water spots from a stainless sink scrub with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or vinegar. To freshen up your "white" porcelain sinks, place paper towels across bottom of your sink and saturate with bleach. Let sit over night and rinse. After you've cleaned your refrigerator and freezer place an open box of baking soda in back of each to help absorb odors for about a month. A few drops vanilla extract on a piece of cotton placed in refrigerator will also help eliminate odors.