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Does Red Wine Have to Equal Stained Teeth?

Posted by GraysOnline on 2012-06-30 18:03:31 (9654 views)

[Editorial]
[Australia]
Whether you're attending a wine-tasting event, or enjoying a glass of wine with friends, you don't want to spoil your fun worrying about wine stains on your teeth. If you're planning to partake of red wine over the course of the day or evening, there are some simple precautions you can take to avoid embarrassing stains to your teeth. Here are some tricks to make sure your smile stays brilliant:

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2011 NOWFE Grand Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2011-10-16 20:59:10 (7025 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Held each Memorial Day weekend, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience culminates in the two Grand Tasting sessions on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. This year's event was spectacular, as always.

Though these events have been held in the Superdome during the past few years, it was under renovation this year. So the Grand Tastings took place in the Hilton, a very appealing space but perhaps a little small for the crowds who flock to this event. The decor, however, was probably the most successful I've seen yet. Ghostly fabric trees lit from inside with strings of lights formed the centerpieces, and on the periphery, tables with luminescent plastic footing in brilliant colors gave these edges of the scene a lovely glow.

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How to Open a Wine Bottle...with a Shoe

Posted by perle0 on 2010-06-21 12:26:37 (6506 views)

[Editorial]
Sure, the commentary is in French. Sure, the real action doesn't start up until 1:00. But wouldn't this information come in handy next time you have a bottle of wine, a man's dress shoe, and no corkscrew?

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The 2010 NOWFE Grand Tastings--A Seafood Delight

Posted by perle0 on 2010-05-30 22:48:47 (8414 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Once again, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) ended with its big event, the Grand Tastings. With one held Friday night and one Saturday afternoon, they have for the last few years taken place in the Superdome, where there's plenty of room for the massive amounts of wine and food. It's definitely the event of the year for wine-lovers and foodies alike (so often, the two are combined in the same person anyway), and this year was no exception. With hundreds of wines to sample and dishes for tasting from most of New Orleans's finest restaurants, what's not to love?

The cocktail garden area provided some of the much-coveted seating.

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Do Glasses Matter?

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-21 16:54:45 (5080 views)

[Editorial]
It's an eternal question...does it matter what kind of glass you drink your wine from? The consensus from the experts is that it does matter a great deal. The shape of a glass can concentrate the aromas (which are so very vital to the wine's taste), and allow for the best air-surface-to-wine ratio. But how much does it matter?

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NOWFE 2009 Grand Tasting Review Part 2: The Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2009-06-03 00:14:15 (6507 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
So now, the answer to the question you've all been asking yourselves: forget the details of the how the Grand Tastings went, how was the wine? The short answer is: voluminous! This year, I counted 150 wineries/importers/distributers in the event program, and each one generally had anywhere from 4 to 12 wines available for tasting. Yep, that's over 1000 individual wines, and each tasting lasts a mere three hours. So if you were able to swig one wine every 10 seconds or so, without any need to walk from table to table, point out the wine you want to taste, converse with the winemaker, etc., then you might be able to taste them all. Unfortunately, the laws of physics, not to mention the laws of human endurance, makes this utterly impossible. Even attending both Grand Tastings, thus effectively doubling the tasting time, I could not have tried even half of the wines on offer. With that in mind, let's see what wines stood out in my book....
Freixenet had plenty of options to try.

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NOWFE 2009 Grand Tasting Review Part 1: Overview

Posted by perle0 on 2009-05-27 00:35:46 (6410 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Once again, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience was a smashing success. (It doesn't seem too hard to go right with all of that delicious wine and food, but I imagine that it's a lot harder to put together than it looks.) Like last year, the 2009 Grand Tastings were held in the Superdome, and on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend. The Superdome makes for a handy venue, since it has parking available for a reasonable fee and plenty of room for the exhibitors. Since the crowds barely fit as it was on Saturday, I think they'll be sticking with the 'Dome for a while, unless somebody has a larger space to offer.
the crowd

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Restaurant Review: Cochon

Posted by perle0 on 2009-01-22 14:08:19 (4859 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
After hearing about it for a while, I have finally eaten at Cochon, a restaurant in New Orleans that somewhat specializes in meaty dishes. It had been on my "eat here someday" list for at least half a year.

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Reviewed: The 17th Annual NOWFE Grand Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2008-05-26 21:41:58 (5290 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Another year, another awesome Grand Tasting for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience! This year, the Grand Tasting was held in a huge new venue...the Superdome. The event organizers had tons of extra room to play around with, and it showed in many ways. I can't say if this was the biggest NOWFE Grand Tasting ever, but it sure felt like it!

The Grand Tasting is the culmination of a five-day wine and food blow-out, and this one rose to the very high standards New Orleans has for both wine and food. More than 175 wineries from all over the world were represented, pouring an estimated 1000 wines. 75 of New Orleans' best restaurants provided samples of their finest cuisine, to make sure nobody got too tipsy. (They failed on that account in some cases, but did not fail to provide taste temptations sure to lure attendees to their regular kitchens for more.) In addition, there was constant live music, a Louisiana seafood cook-off of New Orleans' finest chefs, and even Mardi Gras floats and a Second Line parade to close things out.

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Build Your Own Wine Bottle Tree!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-08-29 01:20:04 (27909 views)

[Editorial]
[USA]
You like to drink wine. You drink a lot of wine. Of course you do; it tastes good! But what do you do with all those empty bottles? You could always recycle them...that's good for the Earth. Or you could make them into gorgeous wine bottle lamps. Or you could make a house out of them.

But if you want to do something wacky and decorative, with absolutely no practical value at all (but pretty), and simple enough for anyone with brute strength and zero crafts ability...try a wine bottle tree!

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