The weather’s changing and there’s nothing that says it’s almost-summer quite like a cool refreshing margarita. On Cinco De Mayo — a celebration of Mexico’s 1862 victory in the Battle of Puebla — people flock to restaurants and bars to sip on these delicious tequila-based drinks, but why go out when you can whip up something… read more
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Light, golden, dark, straight, on the rocks, for cooking, or premium rums are few ways to enjoy this distilled alcoholic beverage. Rum production is very common in the Caribbean, Latin America and other parts of the world. Even though is commonly consumed with mixers, rum is no longer seen as a rough spirit to cover up… read more
Take advantage of this golden age of novelty ice molds. Amazon The kinds of molds you want in your house As the temperature warms and the sun starts to beat down on my back, I’m thinking about ice cubes—and not the boring square ice molds, either. In this era of silicone molds—which, as Pop Sci’s editor… read more
VILLA A SESTA, ITALY, February 2, 2017 – La Bottega del 30 is an extraordinary Michelin-starred restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Villa A Sesta in the hills of Tuscany 15 miles east of Sienna. The lifetime achievement of Franco and Helene Stoquelet, and in its 20th year holding a Michelin star, the actual experience of… read more
For five decades, Lee Tien-tsai developed his business empire amid the paddy fields, gorges and mountains of his rural birthplace in northeastern Taiwan. But for all his success, the laborer’s son—who started out selling mosquito-repelling incense as a teenager in the 1950s and went on to become one of the island’s richest men—always harbored a final… read more
Terroir by the glass
One of Chile’s ultra-premium winemakers is touring Asia with a star chef, and standing the traditional wine-dinner concept on its head Few people would have the nerve to ask a former three-star Michelin chef to eat dirt. But that’s more or less what Don Melchor winemaker Enrique Tirado did when he began to plan his current… read more
Storms, torrential rain and heavy rain bring the German winemakers – especially in the southwest – in Existenznot. In Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, the rainfall of an entire year fell in the first half of 2016th For growers a disaster, because the wet summer leads to increased fungal infection of the vines and threatened the harvest. For weeks, therefore the vintners fighting in the wine producing regions already against attack of downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola), to save her wine.
In Rhineland-Palatinate, the state with the largest wine-growing area, the crop failure is so far estimated at approximately 20 percent; in individual layers even threatening a total failure. In particular, the 1300 Eco-wineries in the country have problems: The specific provisions for organic wine producers limit the selection and use of chemical pesticides. The use of copper, the most important crop protection active ingredient in organic farming, is reaching its limits. Copper is washed off by the rain again from the vine and does not penetrate, such as systemic pesticides into the plant itself. Therefore, the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate has now launched a large scale project with the active ingredient potassium phosphonate on the State Winery Bad Kreuznach, the organic winegrowers can join.
As the wine quality of the vintage 2016 will ultimately be, now depends on the weather the next few weeks. In the 13 German wine-growing regions, there are about 102,500 hectares of vineyards and approximately 43.3000 wine producers The largest German wine-growing area is located in Rhineland-Palatinate, with approximately 64,000 hectares, followed by Baden-Württemberg with around 27,000 hectares (details Federal Statistical Office 2015).