beverages

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J. Lohr - Estates – Seven Oaks – Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

  (4/5) cabernet sauvignon  Varietal: cabernet sauvignon | Price: $20.95 Cdn | Winery: J. Lohr Estates | | Wine Website: Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon | Vintage: 2007 | Region: Estrella Hills, Paso Robles California | LCBO No: Vintages 656561 | Bar Code: 89121 28812 | Alcohol: 13.5% Description I am not particularly a fan of cabernet

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How to Preserve Opened Bottles of Wine

In a previous post I wrote about how to use marbles and the vacu vin pump to preserve open wine.  In a terrific Globe & Mail video (shown above but now removed) Beppi Crosariol demonstrates the following additional approaches: Using the Inert Argon Gas: I had used the inert argon gas method in the past

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The Intertwined History of Peet’s and Starbucks

          Few people realize that the owners of Peet’s once owned Starbucks and that the Starbucks we know today was created when Howard Shultz (Starbucks current Chairman, then a disgruntled executive) bought out the original Starbucks owners (who then purchased Peet’s) after a dispute as to whether or not to include espresso bars in their

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Starbuck with Starbuck at Starbucks

I thought these pictures of Dirk Benedict (the original Starbuck from the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series), with Katee Sackhoff (the new Starbuck from the 2004 ‘reimagined’ Battlestar Galactica series) at Starbucks were compelling. I snapped these from the BattleStar Galactica Finale Special that aired on Space TV on March 20, 2009. It looks like they

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Use Glass Marbles to Save Open Bottles of Wine

Last evening I attended a Spanish wine tasting event at Café Taste (1330 Queen St. Toronto).  I was participating in a single’s event put on by Toronto’s Meet Market Adventures. As a single person, I frequently open a bottle of wine and drink just a glass or two. Over the years, I’ve experimented with different

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Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2006 – 375 ml

  (1/5) Varietal: cabernet sauvignon – Price: $5.95 Cdn – website – Winery: Santa Carolina – Vintage: 2006 – Region: Chile – LCBO No: 389866 Other Reviews: Toronto Life  As a bachelor I routinely test the small-sized (375 ml) bottles of wine near the LCBO cash registers in the hopes that one day I may find a

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Yalumba Y Series Shiraz/Viognier 2006

  (1.5/5) Varietal: shiraz / viognier blend – Price: $15.95 Cdn – website – Winery: Yalumba – Vintage: 2006- Region: South Australia – LCBO No: 624494 – Other Reviews: wine scamp | The WineMad Blog  The back label says this wine is spicy, savoury and silky. I found it to be dull and limp, tasting too much

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Birchwood Estate Gewürztraminer / Riesling 2007

(4/5) Varietal: gewürztraminer/riesling blend– Price: $10.95 Cdn – Winery: Birchwood Estate – Vintage: 2007 – Region: Niagara Peninsula Ontario – LCBO No 572156   This wine is very good – especially for the price. It is one of ‘the’ better balanced gewürztraminer/riesling blends I’ve tasted. Each varietal complements the other. The reisling tempers the sweetness of the

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Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz 2006

  (3.5/5) – another nice shiraz Varietal: shiraz/syrah – Price: $17.45 Cdn – Winery: Jacob’s Creek – Vintage: 2006 – Region: South Australia – LCBO No. 665471 Other Reviews: Toronto Life 89 Reference: topwineries.com.au | adegga Another earthy shiraz. Very similar to the [yellow tail] shiraz but, if memory serves, smoother. It is the boldest Jacob’s Creek wine

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Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library Reserve Podcast

(4.5/5) From Revision3’s stable of podcasts comes Gary Vaynerchuk’s (Wikipedia) entertaining and informative Wine Library Reserve podcast (available in HD).  Gary begins most every podcast with: "This my friends is the Thundershow, a.k.a the Internet’s most passionate wine program". He isn’t exaggerating. Note: He also has hosts the longer form companion "wine library tv" podcast

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Perfecting My Bodum Chambord Brewing Technique

Coffee Geek: Bodum Chambord Reviews | How to Use a Press PotMore than a month of testing has passed since I wrote my “Bodum Chambord – Not What I was Expecting” post. I have experimented with different grinds and techniques every day since that post. The changes discussed below have resulted in much better coffee.I

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Bodum Chambord – Not What I Was Expecting

Coffee Geek: Bodum Chambord Reviews | How to Use a Press Pot [July 28, 2008 Update: I have had much better results with the Chambord since writing this original post. See my "Perfecting My Bodum Chambord Brewing Technique" post for details.] After a couple years of immense satisfaction with my Aerobie Aeropress, I decided to

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[Yellow Tail] - Shiraz

(3.5/5) – terrific every day value wine Varietal: shiraz/syrah – Price: $12.25 Cdn – website – Winery: Casella Wines Pty Ltd. – Vintage: 2006 – Country: Australia – LCBO 624544 Spicy, rich, earthy and lovely for the price. Not too dry. A very approachable wine for most palettes. Terrific value. Best of the [yellow tail]

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Washing Wine Glasses in the Dishwasher - Safely!

Being a bachelor, I’m averse to washing dishes by hand whenever possible. Last November I found myself searching Google for ‘dishwasher safe’ wine glasses.  I wanted to add a Canadian etailer link to my Christmas wishhh list on www.wishhh.com (check it out, you’ll like it). It’s surprisingly difficult to find ‘dishwasher safe’ wine glasses. Instead,