Become a Wine Expert.
French Wine - Wines of Bordeaux
The red wines of Bordeaux are usually blends of two or more of five grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. In Bordeaux, they blend these grapes to create power, complexity, and elegance. In France, this art of blending is called "assemblage."
Trade Secrets - Wine Myths
Myth: Old wines taste better than young ones.Truth: This is seldom true because the vast majority of wine made today is released from the winery at its peak and ready to drink. If these ready-to-drink wines are aged, they will be older but not better because they're not made to bear the weight of time.Wines designed for cellaring are the only ones that actually improve with age. Chapter 4 reveals the secrets of knowing when to drink a wine.
Wines of Tuscany
Chianti Classico's wines are identifiable by an image of a Black Rooster on the bottle.The Black Rooster guarantees the wine's authenticity and verifies that it has passed strict quality controls.
French Wine - Wines of Alsace
Best recent vintages for the Loire's whites are 1999, 2000, and 2004.
Spanish Wine - Wines of Rioja
Other top producers in Rioja include Marqués de Murrieta, Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Marqués de Riscal, Artadi, Finca Allende,Viña Izadi, Luís Cañas, Primicia, and Roda.
French Wine - Wines of Alsace
Pouilly-Fumé—not to be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé from Burgundy— is also made from Sauvignon Blanc. Both Pouilly- Fumé and Sancerre show a distinctly mineral character due to the soil where the grapes are grown. This stony flavor is usually described as flinty or reminiscent of gun smoke.
Spanish Wine - Wines of Central and Southern Spain
Almansa is a region about thirtyseven miles inland from Valencia. One company dominates the quality wine production there—Bodegas Piqueras. It produces wines under the label Castillo de Almansa. The Tinto Reserva is all fresh berries, leather, dried fruit, and spice in a glass. At about $10 a bottle, this wine delivers serious value.
American Wine - Wines of California
Grace Family Vineyards, Bonterra Vineyards, Brick House Vineyards, Viader Vineyards & Winery, Grgich Hills, and the Benziger Family Winery all practice biodynamic viticulture. As noted earlier in the book, biodynamic viticulture is a way of farming that takes organic standards to a new level by working with the earth's spiritual energies. Does it make better wine? Interestingly, it often does.
Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Cantina Sociale Santadi is a cooperative on the island of Sardinia that produces excellent wines. Santadi's Carignan-based Terre Brune wine is quite a sought after and nuanced wine of juicy plum, wild blueberry, aromatic bay leaf, tobacco, rich chocolate, black pepper, and seriously ripe raspberries.
Knowing When to Drink It
A good rule of thumb is, if the wine retails for less than $25, it's probably ready to drink. Wines above this price point are usually made with better quality grapes grown in better conditions, both of which tend to push the price up. With quality often comes aging potential. Remember, the vast majority of wines are ready to drink upon bottling.
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Benefits of Cassava
What is the evidence
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that botanical products currently made from the cassava plant have anticancer properties. A British researcher identified the cassava genes involved in making hydrogen cyanide in the early 1990s. In collaboration with cancer specialists in Spain, she has conducted studies of the linamarase gene. They added this gene to a virus, which was then injected into rat brain tumors. These tumors were killed when the rats were infused with linamarin. Further research is needed to determine if this technique will work in people.