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Showing posts from December, 2015

Boxing Day

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas is Canada at its best...when it's done right. Sure, the retail sector with its Boxing Day Sales attempt to turn this charitable tradition into some other than intended, but Boxing Day is simply an opportunity to give back. If you are unsure on what this means, the bottom line is you were blessed on Christmas Day and it's time to pay it forward. 
Origin stories of the holiday are mixed: Some say the name comes from the British aristocracy's habit of presenting their servants with gifts on the day after Christmas, once their own celebration was over and lowly employees could finally get some time off. Another popular suggestion is that it arose from the tradition of making charitable donations during the Christmas season, wherein people would give boxes of food and other supplies to the less fortunate and churches would set out donation boxes to collect for the poor. 
I've always viewed it as you most likely just accumulated more "s…

Tiny Bubbles

Nothing quite says “party” like a glass of bubbly. The festive libation exuberantly sets the tone for any gathering with lively sophistication. But when considering what cork to pop, you maybe wondering if all bubbles are created equal. The difference comes down to geography, but sometimes the particular grapes and the method in which the wine is created are also differentiators
In order to officially be referred to as Champagne, the bubbly needs to be from the Champagne region of France and made in accordance with specific guidelines referred to as ‘Methode Champenoise.’ Basically, this procedure means the bubbles come from a secondary fermentation in the bottle rather than carbonation. This strict process requires aging of at least 15 months, which means that the Champagne is kept in the bottle with the sediment that forms and is gradually turned and inverted until it’s time for the sediment to be removed. Vintage Champagne requires it be cellared for three years or more before the…

WINE. Walla Walla Wonderful AND Spokane Sensational!

Walla Walla In the mid-90s, when oenophiles started to buzz about the region’s Bordeaux-style wines, there were just 10 wineries in Walla Walla, Washington. Today, there are more than 100, mostly accessible from Highway 12. In addition to the wineries, there are more than 1,800 acres of vineyards that make up the agricultural landscape in the Walla Walla Valley.

Experiencing such wine explosion, the Walla Walla Community College now has a Center for Enology and Viticulture, providing students with hands-on experience in winemaking, viticulture practices and wine sales. The renowned vineyards and small-town attitude have attracted not only winemakers, but also restaurateurs who are altering the characteristic of this rural town.

Whether new or established, the members of the Valley’s winemakers and growers openly support each other, maintaining strong family values. The region’s unique terroir sits at 46 degrees latitude, which is the same parallel that runs between Bordeaux and Burgun…