While mulled wine is a common Christmas drink enjoyed in a number of places where it's actually cold at Christmas, it's not so common here in Australia, even during our chilly winters. Cosying up with a mug of something that's both warm and alcoholic is one of the best things you can do on a cold winter's evening -- here's how you can make some.
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Victoria's Yarra Valley region is known around the world for the high quality wines it produces. And there are quite a few breweries and distilleries there as well. But as businesses grow, they need to move to different premises. That's what happened to the popular White Rabbit brewing team, who moved to Geelong. But that left a great opportunity for Innocent Bystander, a growing, local winery to move into the brewery. And rather than pull out the beer taps, they found a way to re-use them for wine - giving them a different way to serve as well as doing their bit for the environment.
For the real wine lover, anywhere is a good place to enjoy a nice glass of vino. But, when it comes to taking your drink beyond your couch or table, few glasses are designed to withstand the hazards of the outdoors—that is until this Stainless Steel Double Walled Wine Glass came around. Complete with a protective lid, this wine-hacking vessel lets you take your favorite whites and reds to-go, and it's on sale for nearly half-off its usual price.
This Valentine's Day, you may have arranged a fancy meal for your loved one. You've budgeted for everything: A few appetisers, entreés and a stealthily split dessert. When you get to the restaurant, the lighting is just right, the music is soothing, and you're feeling pretty good about where the night may lead. And then the waiter brings you the wine menu.
In times past, it was pretty easy for an aspiring suitor to establish their culinary cred: simply take one’s Valentine down the road for the local version of surf 'n' turf and order a bottle of Lancers or Blue Nun to wash it down. Job done.
How times have changed. The interest in food TV has created a whole generation of home and wannabe restaurant Masterchefs. And wine has also been swept along: “natural”, “alternative” and biodynamic are les mots du jour.
There are literally millions of Android apps to choose from, but if you're looking to go beyond what Google Play has to offer then you're in luck. Thanks to a recent update, you can run Windows 7 apps on Android using a program called Wine 3.0.
Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we're putting a chilly spin on a classic winter warmer: Mulled wine.
When some people go on holiday they bring back magnets or postcards. I bring back booze. For a long time I was just bringing back beer to give as gifts or share with friends, but that eventually evolved to spirits as well. When I went to Scotland earlier this year my home whisky collection ended up getting a huge upgrade.
There are two time-honoured truths about wine: All of it is good -- even at its worst -- and, when it comes to appreciating wine, nobody knows what the hell they're talking about. The latter truth reveals itself time and again, especially in studies about wine consumption. On that point, a team of scientists at the University of Adelaide proved just how easily we can be fooled into thinking wine is better than it actually is.
Like boxed wine, canned wine is looked down upon by wine snobs, but that shouldn't stop us regular folks from enjoying it. Canned wine is actually a much more convenient option for all your outdoor drinking than bottled, or even boxed, wine.
Using things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life, but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting. Especially after a housewarming party or dinner shindig or any other occasion where a bunch of people show up at your house bearing fermented grape drinks, the potential volume of wine down the drain can amp up to tragic.
Wine is pretty dang delicious on its own, but you can also use it to add flavour to many dishes, from "drunken" pasta to sauces and stews. You might think you can grab any wine and toss it into a dish, but you should put a little more thought into it before grabbing any bottle you have.
Easter is rapidly approaching and, whether your serving ham, lamb, or just subsisting on Reese's eggs and hollow bunnies, you're probably going to want a drink at some point. Wine is always a good occasion beverage -- something about popping a cork just feels festive -- and we have some pairing suggestions.