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Rising Spirits

June 22, 2013 8:06 pm - Posted by Kevin in Drink

Asia’s new middle class is creating a strong thirst for spirits. IWSR a market-research firm reports that consumption grew by 1.6% to 27 billion litres in 2012. China was the world’s largest market responsible for a whopping 38% of global consumption. However 99% of all Chinese consumption was of the national liquor baijiu, which as our team of writers can attest is definitely an acquired taste.

Thanks to the The Economist for this handy chart.

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Making Wine is Easy Right :-)

February 6, 2013 3:29 am - Posted by Kevin in Drink

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Bar Mozza Has a Lot in “Store”

December 8, 2012 3:13 pm - Posted by Kevin in Eat

There’s a great spot on King West for authentic Italian and European groceries, from that coveted French cheese you can’t find anywhere to the best imported olive oils, antipasto and quality meats. In a time when real food, quality ingredients and attention to detail is becoming more in demand, ALIMENTO FINE FOOD EMPORIUM is growing in popularity for great food finds, catering and full family meals. This market is a funky treasure trove filled with modern conveniences and an old-world vibe. What you may not realize is the King West location is so much more.

An open concept space divided into two, on the other side of Alimento sits BAR MOZZA, an exposed, modern yet cozy, Nouveau-Italian restaurant with an ambiance that slides from bistro lunch chic to a sexy evening groove with ease. A selection of unique seating, inclusive of a stunning marble communal table, comfortable back bar with bright red stools and elegant glass tables; the space artfully blends contemporary décor elements with traditional charm. It’s important to note that BAR MOZZA takes on a very lounge-vibe on weekends, becoming a cool place to pop in for a cocktail, a meal, a snack or just to hang out and soak in the ambiance while enjoying a great wine list.

The kitchen is overseen by the renowned and skilled Chef Joe Friday; French trained and raised in Japan, Joe brings a diverse and modern spin to traditional Italian fare.  Rightly recognized for their hearty yet simple lunches, inclusive of rustic sandwiches, pasta and coffees; dinner at Bar Mozza adds a few unexpected elements to the traditional Italian offerings.  House made pasta and pizzas are certainly a hit, with unique toppings such as spaghetti with crispy pork guanciale, Pecorino cheese and egg yolk; simply delicious. However, if you’re looking for a little variety, there is something for every palate here; the poached halibut served with shrimp and scallops on a bed of cauliflower puree is a real treat; vegetarians are in for a few savoury surprises with the breaded eggplants stuffed with cheeses, basil and tomato sauce, or something as simple as the superb Funghi Pizza, and from the filet mignon to the pork loin, the mains are a meat lovers paradise. Attention to detail and a very well thought out menu seem to be the anchors that should allow Bar Mozza to become a favored West-end Italian eatery for years to come.

Check them out on twitter @joefridaychef  and @alimentofoods

 

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Valentine’s Romance & Travel

February 12, 2012 3:35 pm - Posted by Kevin in Eat

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Japan Needs Your Support

March 30, 2011 9:44 am - Posted by Kevin in Travel

This is Jody’s introduction to the Through the Eye of the Storm Japanese Disaster Relief TV show. It debuted on CNBC World in North America and now thanks to Wine Portfolio is being offered free of charge to all broadcasters around the world.

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Television That Matters

March 24, 2011 4:24 pm - Posted by Kevin in Travel

This weekend our own Jody Ness will be the Host of Through the Eye of the Storm, a special television event designed to celebrate Japan and support the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts of GlobalGiving, The Salvation Army and The Red Cross. This is a call to action for all to pitch in and help Japan begin to rebuild.

The show will air nationally in the US on CNBC World Saturday 3/26: 2000 to 2100 and 2300 to 2400 and Sunday 3/27: 0900 to 1000. Sunday will also be simulcast in Canada. Then it will be offered free of charge to broadcasters around the world. The poster is from Wine Portfolio’s distributor CABLEready who represents our program to the broadcast industry. They’re partnering with us to make this special TV event available without charge to all networks to help raise awareness and funds from around the world.

We encourage the WP community to help, please visit:

http://www.globalgiving.org/japan-earthquake

Text “JAPAN” to 50555 to give $10

http://www.salvationarmy.ca/Japan

Text “QUAKE” to 45678

Or call toll-free number: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

http://www.redcross.org
Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10

Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. Msg & Data rates may apply. Reply STOP to 90999 to STOP. Reply HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full terms and privacy policy http://www.redcross.org/m

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Through the Eye of the Storm | A Celebration of Japan

March 17, 2011 10:50 am - Posted by Kevin in Learn

On March 26th Wine Portfolio and Jody Ness will Host a CNBC World commercial free TV special called Through the Eye of the Storm, a celebration of Japan. The program is in support of the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts of GlobalGiving, The Salvation Army and The Red Cross. This is a call to action for all to pitch in and help Japan move through the eye of the storm.

The show will air nationally in the US on CNBC World Saturday 3/26: 2000 to 2100 and 2300 to 2400 and Sunday 3/27: 0900 to 1000. Sunday will also be simulcast in Canada. Then it will be offered free of charge to broadcasters around the world.

We encourage the WP community to help, please visit:

http://www.globalgiving.org/japan-earthquake

Text “JAPAN” to 50555 to give $10

http://www.salvationarmy.ca/Japan

Text “QUAKE” to 45678

Or call toll-free number: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

http://www.redcross.org
Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10

Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. Msg & Data rates may apply. Reply STOP to 90999 to STOP. Reply HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full terms and privacy policy http://www.redcross.org/m

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Ok maybe the second part of that headline is made up but Archaeologist Levon Petrosyan and his team do have reason to party. They have recently uncovered a wine press and other evidence of grape-based wine making that is over 6,100 years old. The excavation in an area that is now Southern Armenia paints a picture of a complex society where mourners tasted a special vintage made at a caveside cemetery. The researchers outlined their findings on Tuesday in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

In their report Archeologist were able to offer a detailed idea of how the ancient peoples interacted with wine. Like today, it was an important element in rituals but wine wasn’t just for special occasions. The wine press found by the archeologists would have held only a few gallons of juice and crushed grapes. it was operated by the time honored technique of barefoot stomping. For daily consumption experts think the society would have had much larger presses.

The expedition which was paid for in part by the National Geographic Society has also unearthed some interesting politics. Many territories from the Mediterreanean to Iran and from India to China claim to be the originators of wine and so this discovery will be greeted with both cheers and jeers by wine lovers across the planet. It is interesting to note that this area of Armenia still produces wine. In fact the region is known for rich merlots and cabernet sauvignons, so clearly the descendants come by their wine making skills honestly.

Come Fly With Me | Episode 2

January 4, 2011 12:33 pm - Posted by Kevin in Travel

It is Travel Tuesday on Twitter which for those who follow us at @wineportfolio means we focus on tweets and stories about the joy (and sometimes pain) of travel. So in the spirit of this great #TT tradition, I thought I would post the 2nd episode of the British airport comedy Come Fly With me. Written and starring the duo that brought you Little Britain, this show is a great satire of the reality genre and a great take off on the absurdities of the airline industry. Enjoy.

Come Fly With Me | New British Comedy

January 2, 2011 12:30 pm - Posted by Kevin in Travel

As everyone know we travel A LOT and so this new British comedy has struck our fancy. Like most British shows it pushes the boundaries but this comedy series set in a busy airport and on the departing and arriving flights, featuring characters played by Matt Lucas and David Walliams of Little Britain fame is really worth watching.

In this new series cameras have been given unprecedented access to one of Britain’s busiest airport terminals. For months, the producers have followed anyone and everyone to produce this portrait of life at the cutting edge of aviation. From check-in staff to cabin crew, from pilots to paparazzi, and from low-cost airline owners to their passengers, all human life is here – and all played by Matt Lucas and David Walliams!

Written by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Come Fly With Me is directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) and produced by Adam Tandy (The Thick Of It). Lindsay Duncan is the narrator.

We’ll post new episodes as they become available.