We generally tend to think of wine as the ultimate point of sophistication. According to the Greeks and Romans, wine along with art and food were quintessential for good living, so who am I to argue. In my early wine experiences I often wondered how is wine made and how is it possible to have so many different wines. Wines in essence are grapes crushed into juice and slowly converted to alcohol through the addition of yeast. What happens is the sugars in the wine interact with the yeast and get converted to alcohol. I guess it stands to reason, the sweeter the grape, the higher the alcohol. There is lots of chemistry involved in this process which may be best explained by a chemistry professor which your lowly wine enthusiast isn’t able to. I am more concerned with the simple outcome of wine and its enjoyment rather than its intricate design and making at this point.
What gives each type of wine its unique profile is entirely dependent on the type of grape(s) or varietal (the term used by the wine connoisseurs) used to make it, where it grown and how it is grown. There are thousands of grape varietals that exist which I will simplify to the popular few you may typically see on your supermarket shelf, while perhaps oversimplify for the true wine connoisseur reading this column. We could broadly classify it into Reds, Whites and Sparklings.
The pronunciations are there for each so give it try. Say it a few times out loud just to allow it to flow off your tongue with ease. I said, a few times, so once more...There we go. Each wine has its own unique profile which will work best with specific foods.
By Jason Clarke
Gleaner Wine Contributor
Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica, GCG Events, CPJ Foods & CPJ Wines teamed up to offer patrons an absolutely delectable culinary experience at Simply Red 2014 - the Heart Foundation Of Jamaica's Wine & Food Annual Fundraiser. Our GCG Events selection of Jerk BBQ Shrimp, Jerk Pork & Beef Sirloin Flatbreads, perfectly paired with Hob Nob Wines, to which one had the option of adding avocado, sundried tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, black olives, micro greens, fried plantain, chopped basil, capers, red onion rings, chopped scallion & chopped garlic to their choice of flatbread and topping it off with either pesto, sundried tomato, mustard or spicy sauce were a hit! .
From start to finish, GCG Events' Executive Sous Chef Garcia Brown, his team and the CPJ Wines bartenders were kept hopping as patrons piled in one after the other, some returning many times while others opted to settle in for the evening in our Tai Flora decorated mini-lounge .
The theme for this year's event was celebrating Food, Flair and Fashion and featured a number of chefs from overseas including Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks, Chef, Restaurateur & Author Andy Husbands, Steve Nookie Postal & Krysta VanWagner.
Some of our local chefs, without whose support the event would not have been possible were Karl Thomas, Nicholas Beckford, Dennis McIntosh, George Mathhews, Evrol Ebanks, Brian Lumley & Theo Smith. Best Dressed Chicken, Rainforest Seafoods, Chocolate Dreams & Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica were among the vent sponsors.
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Have you ever made wine a part of an amazingly erotic experience? You should! Wine can dramatically
enhance a romantic interlude by reducing anxiety, lowering inhibitions, and ultimately spicing things up!
For centuries, wine has had a reputation of being an aphrodisiac. The word itself, comes from the name
of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, and conjures up ideas of magic ingredients and mystical love potions.
Wine is particularly seductive because of its richness and ability to tantalize the palette. Try pairing your
wine with ‘love foods’ such as cheese or fruit, or even chocolate and your senses will thank you for it.
For years now, people have been asking what’s the real deal on red wine - is it really good for your health or simply a trend that more and more people seem to be catching on to?
Red is hot, the colour of love and passion and often used to grab attention. No wonder so many people are drinking red wine nowadays. Ok, seriously…The latest ‘talk’ about drinking red wine perhaps comes from the benefits of resveratrol – a key ingredient found in this delightful social drink.
Studies have shown that these antioxidants could help people keep heart healthy, helping to increase ‘good’ cholesterol in the body, which in turn can help prevent heart disease and protect the arteries from getting damaged. Even the Egyptians used it as an antiseptic. And today, people include it in a recipe for colds - hot red wine with honey and some chopped up, dried nuts, such as walnuts and almonds.
Try it! And even if you still have the cold, you would have had a glass of wine (smile).
So why all the hype? It’s simple. Wine and partying go hand in hand. You can’t have a social gathering without ‘bottled poetry’. Red wine turns every meal into an occasion, makes every table more elegant and turns every moment into a memorable one. But everything in moderation, for a drink of wine will enliven your mood but lighten your head.
So, depending on who you ask…it may be all hype for now, but as the hype dies down, the facts behind the benefits of these powerful antioxidants will soon be celebrated. So go ahead and have a glass (or two) of your favourite Red
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