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Martini: The Cocktail Of All Cocktails

Let there be no doubt, the «Dry Martini» cocktail is the mother of all cocktails, it is the ultimate aperitif: classy, and the cocktail that separates good bartenders and Butlers from the rest – It is the cocktail of all cocktails. Learning the fabulous art of mixing cocktails is an …

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Southwest France Wines – The Eclectic Bunch

France, it is well-known, is a wine-producing country and within there are well-defined production areas. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, The Rhône, the Loire, Languedoc could all be found on a map by most wine-lovers but asking them to find the Southwest and its extent, would produce some mixed results. The …

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Wine Perceptions 2.0

Two of the most common reactions that I have had over the years to my having worked, and having a continuing love of wine,  are to have people recoil slightly as if I am going to burst into flame and an almost total indifference flavoured with a conceit that says …

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ELIXIUM – A Truly Luxurious Beverage

ELIXIUM – an unforgettable rejuvenating experience, a special blend of one of the purest waters in England and two forms of… gold! You may be surprised, but drinking the freshest water from the Malvern Hills, (which was once enjoyed exclusively by the Royals) with the real 24 carat gold in …

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Wine Perceptions

People who now consider themselves to be well-versed in wine and who are somewhat deprecating of the novice’s wine choice would do well to remember the past. Through the gloom of yesteryear will be spied a bottle of Mateus Rosé, Liebfraumilch, Jacob’s Creek or Piat d’Or lurking on a mental …

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Curious Facts About Coffee

1.Coffee was originally chewed. Sipping may be your preferred method of java consumption, but coffee has not always been a liquid treat. According to a number of historians, the first African tribes to consume coffee did so by grinding the berries together, adding in some animal fat, and rolling these …

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American Wine, How do they Rank?

how to choose an american wine

Each country in the European Union produces wine and thus has created systems of regional specification, as well as quality designations within those regions with the intent of maintaining their perceived quality, reputation and to secure pricing. France ranks the quality of producers, villages, or vineyards to assist the market …

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The Luxury Coffee Experience

how to source luxury coffee for your estate, villa or yacht

The coffee plant was first discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th Century and back then, the leaves of the so-called “magical fruit” were boiled in water and the resulting concoction was thought to have medicinal properties. As the fame of the coffee plant spread to other lands, its centuries-long voyage …

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How to Aerate Your Wine

how to make your wine taste better

Many people purchase wine, some from vineyards; most from the supermarket – but even more people lose out on the fully developed flavours that a wine has to offer. Even your cheaper supermarket wine can benefit from aeration, which is the process of allowing the wine to hit the air, …

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“Grand Cru” Old World vs. New

You don’t have to work within the luxury market for long before you hear words such as First Growth, Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Cult Cabernet. Wine, not just an alluring experience of the senses, has long been a source of status, prestige and even investment. However, what does it …

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