Product Review: Viana Veggie Chickin Fillets

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Viana Veggie Chickin Fillets are fast, practical, organic and vegan. However, they are nothing like how they look on the package. Viana Veggie Chickin Fillets are more like real chicken schnitzels minus the thick batter. They are quite dense but … Continue reading

Herbed Garlic Bread, VegFusion Style

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I have always had a thing for garlic bread. Any kind, really. We used to make garlic bread at Family Tree as people loved to have them with salads, soups, pasta dishes and just on their own as appetizer/starter. Over … Continue reading

Fruit Profile: Pomegranates

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Fruit Profile: Pomegranates Pomegranates are a member of the Punicaceas family. Its name comes from the French words “pomme garnete”, meaning seeded apple. Every pomegranate fruit is composed of a rind, inner membrane and seeds. Seeds are covered with juicy, … Continue reading

Gardein Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites

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When Gardein entered Australia, I was so overjoyed. Perhaps something my husband did not understand at the time but these days, after trying a few Gardein products himself, he even goes out to buy them. Gardein products are made in … Continue reading

Food Ideas for a Vegetarian Buffet-Style Party

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Welcome to Helpful Hosting Tips for a Vegetarian Buffet-Style Party Part 2: Food Ideas for a Buffet-Style Party! I love buffet-style dinners and parties. You know why? Because, it gives me freedom to choose. And it’s a crowd-pleaser, too! I … Continue reading

Helpful Hosting Tips for a Vegetarian Buffet-Style Party

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Helpful Hosting Tips for a Vegetarian Buffet-Style Party Let me clarify one thing here: buffet has nothing to do with Phoebe Buffet from TV show called Friends although the character is also a vegetarian. Having said that, a buffet is … Continue reading

A Brief History of Wine

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Wine, in short, can be described as the product of fermented grapes. Humans have been consuming and enjoying wine for thousands of years.

A Brief History of Wine

It’s not 100% clear where wine making exactly started but historians suggest that China, Georgia and Iran in 6000 to 5000 BC could be the first sites of wine making in the world. All three are regions that wild grapes grew in, so any nomadic farming community may have stumbled across the bitter little fruits and fermented them. There is also suggestion that wine may have come from other regions and used as a trade item. Pottery jugs with trace elements of wine have been discovered in Mediterranean areas from 5400 BC through to 3000 BC, but it wasn’t until the Greek and Roman times that wine making spread as a job through Europe, along with the vines and early notions of viticulture.

With the advent of bottles and corks during Renaissance, wine trade blossomed due to easier transport of goods. Wines also spread with the influence of the religious ceremonies including wine.

During modern era, as shipping routes opened, the religious orders specifically made wine for trade alongside their wine for ceremony. Further refining by skilled wine workers meant an increase in production and international taste soared for quality product.

Phylloxera –a louse like insect—that destroyed most of Europe’s vineyards ironically ended up being a catalyst for the defining of current wine growing regions and standards. Considering grape varieties for their suitability became standard practice, alongside strict wine making and viticulture parameters that have reinforced the European industry.

Old World, New World

Old World and New World are common terms for wine producing countries in the world, based on whether wine making is originated from or introduced to. The countries that have an introduced history of wine culture and wine cultivation are considered as New World countries. Old World countries, on the other hand, are the birthplace of wine making.

Old World Wines

European nations like France, Italy and Spain are considered Old World countries. Their wine making techniques are more traditional with low intervention during the process. The other Old World countries are: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, England, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.

Characteristics of Old World wines: They tend to be more rustic, structure driven, savoury, lighter-bodied, lower in alcohol, higher acidity, less fruity. There are many restrictions and regulations around which varietals to grow.

New World Wines

New World countries embrace technology and science in wine production. New World is led by Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The other New World countries are: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and United States.

Characteristics of New World wines: They tend to be more youthful, vibrant, fruity, higher in alcohol, varietal driven, less acidity, taste riper and sometimes even considered a little simple. There are very few restrictions exist when it comes to which varietals to grow.

Cauliflower Bake with Baby Capers

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Cauliflower Bake with Baby Capers I have been making this bake since my early days of cooking. Cauliflower Bake with Baby Capers is your ultimate winter bake with its creamy texture and heartiness. Best served with a fresh salad as it … Continue reading

Ingredient Profile: Garlic

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Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the Liliaceae family –the same family of onion, leek, chives and shallot. It is also known as poor man’s treacle, clown’s treacle, stinking rose, heal-all and rustic’s treacle. Being one of the oldest … Continue reading

Mum’s Sultana Hokey Pokey Biscuits

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I was introduced to Hokey Pokey Biscuits by Mum when I was in New Zealand. Immediately I understood why John has been raving about them. Because they are absolutely delicious! During one of our visits to Mum and Dad’s, I … Continue reading