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Hierdie week het ek, Matt en ek heerlik geëet by 'n ewe wonderlike wynkroeg. Moerbei, wat besit word deur Michael Polumbo, wat ook Haddington's besit, was 'n fantastiese ervaring. Eerlik gesê, ek raai u ten sterkste aan om een ​​van hierdie proeë te maak, want as die afgelope Maandag 'n aanduiding was, gaan dit 'n goeie maand wees.

Toe ons na die spyskaart kyk, word ons meegedeel dat ons drie ganges proe sou hê: mossels in 'n tamatiefondue met gruyere -glacage, varkpens met fava -bone en reënboogbessie en as nagereg, beignet met koffie -roomys. Dit het alles na 'n heerlike proe -spyskaart geklink, waarvan ons nie bewus was nie, was dat die sjef ons 'n klein verrassing in die vooruitsig gestel het deur middel van 'n amusante bouche. Hierdie mondtertjie was 'n crostini met knoffelparmesaanbotter, blokkies tamatie en knapperige prosciutto, 'n Italiaanse ham. Wonderlike geur, dit het na die beste mini -pizza ooit gesmaak. Dit was 'n goeie manier om ons verhemelte wakker te maak vir die komende maaltyd.

Die eerste gang was gebakte mossels in 'n tamatie fondue met gruyere glacage. Ek moet erken dat ek nie goed Frans praat nie, maar ek het nie 'n idee wat ek hier sou verwag nie; seun was ek aangenaam verras. Die gereg bestaan ​​uit 'n lekker mengsel van suur tamaties gemeng met die sout mossels, sout op 'n goeie manier en die sagte en heerlike gruyere. Hierdie gereg het vir my 'n absolute aria van wonderlike geur en tekstuur besing; Ek was werklik verlief van die eerste hap.

Daarna word 'n varkpens bedien met reënboogbiet oor 'n fava -boontjiepuree. Die varkvleis is perfek gekook en ongelooflik lekker gekruid. Ek het amper nie die mes nodig gehad om in die vark te sny nie, dit was so sag. As jy soos ek is, vra ek om verskoning. Ek bedoel, as ek soos jy is, het jy nog nooit probeer om chard te probeer nie, ek was nie seker presies wat dit was nie. Soos dit gebeur, is dit 'n blaaragtige groen, soortgelyk aan boerenkool of kolwer. Dit was 'n fantastiese kombinasie met die sout en effens soet varkpens en die baie sagte fava bone. Dit was nog 'n gereg wat my 'n operatiewe reeks smaak en tekstuur gegee het. Ek het gevoel dat as dit aanhou, Puccini op 'n stadium uit my mond kan val.

Sommige van julle dink waarskynlik dat die laaste kursus my gunsteling was, nie waar nie? Ek bedoel, hoe kan 'n sjef my meer behaag as om 'n perfekte varkvleis te bedien? Is dit selfs moontlik om 'n groter kookkuns te geniet? Ek is hier om jou te vertel dat dit vriende is. Hoe so? Donuts, perfekte klein Franse donuts. Ek is positief lief vir beignet, en alles oor die wonderlike, deegagtige deegballe, bedek met suiker en kaneel wat dit is. Maar hoe kan jy hulle nie hou nie? Enige kos met die laaste lettergreep word YAY uitgespreek! moet wonderlik wees, reg? Dit was 'n fantastiese, knapperige buitekant met 'n sagte, deegagtige middelpunt wat nie te soet was nie en perfek gebalanseer is deur die kaneel, suikerlaag en donker sjokoladesous daaronder. As begeleiding het ons ook koffie -roomys bedien met sjokolade -espressobone, 'n lekker tikkie. Dit was beslis 'n goeie einde aan 'n fantastiese maaltyd.

Ek beveel sterk aan dat u hierdie ouens hierdie maand op 'n Maandag gaan kyk, u sal nie teleurgesteld wees nie. As u hierdie maand nie 'n sjef proe nie, verstaan ​​ek, maar maak seker dat u Mulberry binnekort op u lys van eetplekke plaas. Dit was 'n absoluut wonderlike ervaring en ek wil my dank uitspreek teenoor sjef Weaver en die hele personeel by Mulberry, so dankie ouens!


10 groot proe -spyskaarte van die Verenigde Koninkryk

Waarom moet u tevrede wees met een wonderlike gereg as u almal daarvan kan proe? En waarom moet u die spanning van besluiteloosheid ondervind as u met 'n verstommende spyskaart gekonfronteer word, as u net die sjef na die kursus van sy eie uitstekende keuse moet stuur? Kyk na die heerlike oordadigheid van The Tasting Menu – hier is 'n samestelling van tien van ons gunstelinge.

1. Alyn Williams by The Westbury

1 Michelin -ster, 4 AA -rosette

Die ontvanger van 'n Michelin -ster, Alyn Williams in The Westbury, is 'n onderskat onderneming met vlekkelose aanbiedings en uitstekende diens. Slegs die beste seisoenale bestanddele word voorberei met eenvoudige tegnieke en kontemporêre aanraking.

Voorbeeld vegetariese proe -spyskaart

  • Tuisgemaakte feta-appel, kohl rabi, komkommer, druiwe
  • Wye -vallei aspersies – haselneute, aartappels
  • Tofu taco – chipotle mayo, vuil guacamole, groen gazpacho
  • (Soos gesien op Masterchef – £ 10 -aanvulling)
  • Prei & amp uie tortellini – peperwortel, geroosterde nigella sade
  • Blomkoolkaas – suurdeeg croutons, Périgord truffel
  • Shitake & amp; boerenkool omelet – kombu, Japannese groente en peer slaai
  • Kaaskeuse (opsioneel £ 15 -aanvulling)
  • Passievrugte – espresso, witsjokolade, saffraan
  • Engelse aarbeie – pavlova, soet cicely

£ 80 per persoon
Met bypassende wyne £ 140
Met prestige keuse £ 205
Met bypassende biere £ 125

Die restaurant: The Westbury Hotel, Bondstraat, Mayfair, Londen, W1S 2YF | www.alynwilliams.com | 0207 183 6426

2. Tudor Room by Great Fosters, Egham

Een Michelin -ster en 3 AA -rosette

The Tudor Room at Great Fosters word in Oktober 2016 bekroon met 'n Michelin -ster en drie AA -rosette, en toon 'n passie vir eenvoudige kookkuns met intense geure. Die kombuistuin by Great Fosters speel ook 'n belangrike rol in die verskaffing van vars, organiese bestanddele vir die spyskaart.

Voorproe -spyskaart

  • Canapes
  • Jerusalem artisjok – pees, ui, truffel
  • Kammossel – broccoli, truffel, hazelnoot
  • Langoustine tee
  • Himalaja sout verouderde wildsvleis – raap, kantarelle, braambessie
  • Komkommer, pynappel, lemmetjie
  • Valrhona sjokolade – karamel, tonkabone, feuilletine
  • Kaas – vyf Britse kase, truffelde heuning, vye blatjang, appel, pekanneut

Met ekstra wynvlug £ 130 per persoon

Die restaurant: Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Virginia Water, Egham, Surrey | www.greatfosters.co.uk | 01784 433822

3. Pied a Terre, Londen

Sedert die deure in 1991 oopgemaak is, het die restaurant 'n paar van die hoogste moontlike toekennings gewen en onder die indruk gebring dat diners dit geniet met pragtig vervaardigde kulinêre lekkernye en Michelin -ster -diens. Pied a Terre bied nie minder nie as 5 proe -spyskaarte, insluitend 'n veganiese spyskaart. Ons bied die sjefs -spyskaart aan, wat 'n lys is van pure kookkuns!

Sjef se proe -spyskaart

  • Pembrokeshire krap, avokado, Tokyo Turnip, Ponzu
  • Gestoofde en gestroopte Foie Gras in 'n Sauternes Consommé met Haricotbone en verkoolde uie
  • John Dory, Pomelo, Miso, Black Quinoa, Brassicas
  • Richard Vaughan se suigvark, wortel, duindoorn, okkerneut
  • Lavinton Lamb, “Ratatouille”
  • Kaasbord
  • Gariguette -aarbeie, karringmelk, suurlemoen, vanielje
  • Sjokolade, Mandaryns, Heuningkoek, Stingelgemmer
  • Koffie en Petits Fours

Met Sommeliers Wynvlug £ 244

Die restaurant: Charlotte Street 34, Fitzrovia, Londen, W1T 2NH | www.pied-a-terre.co.uk | 0207 636 1178

4. Lympstone Manor, Exmouth, Devon

Lympstone Manor is 'n nuut geopende kontemporêre landhuis -hotel wat uitkyk oor die riviermonding van Exe met 'n bekroonde lekker eetplek deur twee Michelin -ster Michael Caines. Hy is in staat om sy visie van die moderne Britse kombuis wat vars en seisoenaal is, volledig uit te druk, en benut die oorvloed van die Exe -monding, East Devon en die suidweste. Twee proe -spyskaarte word aangebied, The Signature -spyskaart en die Estuary -spyskaart.

Proe -spyskaart – Taste of the Estuary

  • Warm slaai van kreef mango en kardemom vinaigrette, kerrie mayonnaise
  • Brixham kammossel tamatie concassé met tapenade, tamatie en eiervrug kaviaar vinaigrette
  • Gestroopte Lymebaai -suurlemoen -ui en suurlemoen tiemiekonfyt, Wye Valley -aspersies, witwynsous en dragonolie
  • Gebraaide turbot River Exe mossels en kokkels met tamatie en basiliekruid sous
  • Kornige seebaars gebraai met anyspeper, langwerpige langoustine en bouillabaisse
  • Appelmoes vanille skuim, groen appelsorbet
  • Kokos panna cotta eksotiese vrugteslaai, klapper skuim, passievruchten sorbet

Die restaurant: Lympstone Manor, Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 3NZ | lympstonemanor.co.uk | 01395 200920

5. Sketch – The Lecture Room & amp Library, Mayfair

2 Michelin -sterre, 5 AA -rosette

In die Lecture Room & amp Library is die hoogtepunt van die ervaring van Pierre Gagnaire in Parys in 'n gesofistikeerde, eksklusiewe en luukse eetkamer. Daar is aandag aan detail in elke aspek van die ervaring, van die ingewikkelde kos tot die indrukwekkende wynlys en professionele diens.

  • Tuin ertjie room met Verbena, ham en parmesaan, soet wyn jellie, sprietuie
  • Geroosterde groen aspersies, Dorsetkrap met pomelo
  • Rogbroodroosterbrood met beenmurg en Oscietra -kaviaar, gerookte aspersies
  • Fera van ‘Lac Leman ’ gestroop in Savagnin, Pascaline
  • Menuiere botter met vars kruie, suring met frambose
  • Gebraaide foie gras, rooi mullet, walke, venkel,
  • Springkool, blomkool
  • Bouillbaisse
  • Stewige artisjok met kruisement, see -amandels en verni -mossels
  • Nuwe aartappel gnocchi, parmesaan room

Mielievoer Hoender

  • Filet van vrye hoender geparfumeer met salie en konfyt suurlemoen, aubergine veloute met wit miso
  • Breëbone, roket, chorizo, groenrissie

Pierre Gagnaire se groot nagereg

Die restaurant: Sketch, Conduitstraat 9, Mayfair, Londen, W1S 2XG | sketch.london/ | 0207 659 4500

Lidklubvoordeel beskikbaar (gratis ete) Klik hier vir meer inligting

6. The Pass at South Lodge, Horsham, West Sussex

Deur die konsep ‘Chef ’s Table te gebruik en dit uiters ontwikkel, is diners in die 26A -omslag 3AA Rosette -restaurant nou betrokke by die kombuisdrama. Maak 'n keuse van proe -spyskaarte wat propvol geregte met unieke geurkombinasies en bestanddele is voordat u kyk na die skeppings van die sjef, Ian Swainson, voor u.

Tien gang proe spyskaart

  • Japannese skildery – gerookte paling, oesterpêrel, dashi
  • Geometika – knolseldery, dragon mayonnaise, sjerrie, hazelnoot
  • Swart rys paella met swart aioli
  • Herten in die bos – wildsvleis tartaar, kakketop en kossop
  • Nuwe Italiaanse klassieke gorgonzola -spaghetti, truffelpasta -water
  • Ongetiteld nr 2 – rooi mullet met harrissa, bisque en pomelo
  • Sien Rooi spog met eendbors, beet, rooikool, eendlewer
  • Kaasbord (aanvulling van £ 12)
  • Die lug val! … bloubessie, passievrugte en roos
  • Geure van die c-word – dennevla, bosbessies, basiliekruid en dennegraniet
  • 'N Bietjie hemel in die hel – okkerneut, muscovado, koffie, sjokolade

Ontdek wynparing ekstra £ 80

Prestige wynpaar ekstra £ 120

Sap vir bestuurders en minders ekstra £ 37,50

The Restaurant: The Pass at South Lodge Hotel, Brighton Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS | www.southlodgehotel.co.uk | 01403 891711

7. The Greenhouse, Londen

The Greenhouse in die hartjie van Mayfair, een van slegs vier restaurante ter wêreld wat die Wine Spectator Grand -toekenning wen, is in 'n oase van kalmte geleë. Die uitstekende Franse kookkuns van Arnaud Bignon het The Greenhouse 'n posisie as een van die mees bekroonde restaurante in Londen gewen. Saam met die proe -spyskaart, bied The Greenhouse ook die spyskaart Arnaud Bignon se Discovery ’.

Voorbeeld van proe -spyskaart

  • Dorsetkrap, kruisement, blomkool, Granny Smith -appel, kerrie
  • Gerookte paling, beet, dille pumpernickel
  • Foie gras ‘domaine de Rouilly ’, gebrand, mara des bois aarbei, aloe vera, mizuna
  • Monkfish, ui, piesang, Kaffir lime, dukkah
  • Walliese organiese lam ‘ Ruglandgoed, eiervrug, gomasio, harissa, soja
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  • Kalfsvleis, ossetra keiserlike kaviaar, Hispi -kool, dulce -seewier (£ 20 aanvulling)
  • Wilde aarbei, rabarber, vlierblom

The Restaurant: The Greenhouse, 27a Hays ’s Mews, Londen W1J 5NY | greenhouserestaurant.co.uk | 0207 499 3331

8. Paris House, Woburn, Milton Keynes

Die Paris House in Bedfordshire, wat aanbeveel word deur 'n park van 22 hektaar, is geleë op die Hertog van Bedford ’s Estate in Woburn. Die restaurant kombineer moderne kookkuns met die beste seisoenprodukte. Dit bied drie proe -spyskaarte VI, VIII en X met die aantal kursusse in die titel, en is saamgestel met 'n natuurlike geurkombinasie.

Proe -spyskaart X

  • Leche de Tigre – Hamachi, Chilli & amp; Sweet Potato
  • Aspersies – konfyt hoender eiers, seisoenale sampioene en wilde knoffel
  • Makriel – appel, peperwortel en yuzu
  • Lamb and Pea – crispy lamb ’s tong, petits pois en oregano
  • Tom Khlong – gestoofde seekat, kimchi, garnaal en gedenkbaard
  • Anjou duif – amandel, tenderstem en swart quinoa
  • Artisan kaas (£ 12 aanvulling)
  • Passievrugte, sjerbetjie en vanielje wodka
  • Lychee, roos en pistache
  • Wortel, witsjokolade, dille en mascarpone en gemmer
  • Mandaryn kleinigheid, swart boontjie, koljander en sake

8 glas wynvlug £ 65 per persoon

10 glas wynvlug £ 77 per persoon

Die restaurant: Paris House, Woburn Park, London Road, Woburn, Milton Keynes, MK17 9QP | www.parishouse.co.uk | 01525 290692

Lidklubvoordeel beskikbaar – klik hier vir meer inligting

9. Vineet Bhatia Londen

Gaste is in 'n wonderlike Georgiese meenthuis aan die Kingsweg geleë en geniet 'n proe -spyskaart -ervaring soos geen ander nie: 'n vinnige ekspedisie na die kulinêre verbeelding van Vineet Bhatia, een van die voorste sjefrestaurante ter wêreld. Geïnspireer deur sy erfenis uit Mumbai, wêreldwye reise en Britse woonplekke, is die kombuis van Vineet Bhatia net so gewaagd as deurdag en presies, maar ook vrygewig.

Voorproe -spyskaart

  • Kalk sop – gerookte garnaal chaat
  • Amritsari skelvis – raan uttapam
  • Bees foie gras
  • Rissie kabeljou
  • Eend korma
  • Patiala hoender
  • Geglasuurde varkvleis
  • Sjokolade geneesmiddel
  • Clementine kulfi
  • Ginger-rose jubub, klapper skerp, chai fudge
  • Chocomosa, amandelskerf, roosblaarmelksjokolade

£ 175 per persoon met wynvlug

Die restaurant: Vineet Bhatia Londen, Lincolnstraat 10, Londen, SW3 2YS | www.vineetbhatia.london | 0207 225 1881

10. Hambleton Hall Restaurant, Rutland

Die restaurant is trots om te sê dat dit die langste Michelin-ster in die Verenigde Koninkryk het, wat 35 jaar in 2017 gevier het, en bied besonderse eetervarings wat 'n reis na Hambleton verdien. Die sjef van die Michelin-ster, Aaron Patterson en sy hoogs bekwame span gebruik die beste plaaslike produkte vir seisoenale geregte en is bekend vir die vervaardiging van bekroonde wildgeregte soos grouse, patrys en houtkraan.

Voorproe -spyskaart

  • 'N Smaak van sampioen, hen van die bos
  • Terrine of Heritage wortels, dragon, gekruide wortelroomys
  • Ballotine van foie gras, kumquat en Sevilla -oranje marmelade, geroosterde suurdeeg
  • Stokvisfilet, mossels, seegroente, wasabi en komkommersous
  • Lavinton plaaslam, filet, roosmarynsous
  • Koffie en okkerneut souffle, gestolde roomys
  • Koffie en sjokolade

Vyf glas wynvlugte beskikbaar vir ekstra £ 50

Die restaurant: Hambleton, Oakham, Rutland, Leicestershire, LE15 8TH | www.hambletonhall.com | 01572 756991

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35 Fantastiese wynparingservarings in Suid -Afrika

Wat is beter as om te drink van die beste Suid -Afrikaanse wyne in 'n pragtige omgewing? Kombineer hul geure natuurlik met heerlike happies en unieke ervarings.

Wat begin het as 'n onderneming om die perfekte wyn met die beste koskombinasie aan te vul, het in die Suid -Afrikaanse wynlande 'n opwindende emmerlys -ervaring geword.

En moenie net dink aan kaas en koekies nie. Deesdae kan u 'n lang lys wyne en Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) -variëteite kombineer met alles van kolwyntjies, nougat en macaroons, tot biltong, fynbos en selfs musiek en foto's.

Of jy nou komplekse komponente fyn wil balanseer of kontrasteer, of net 'n bietjie tyd wil deel op sosiale media, jy vind die perfekte pasmaat op een van hierdie Suid -Afrikaanse wynplase.

Stellenbosch Wynroete

1. Sjokolade en wyn, Waterford

As u Waterford Estate aan iemand noem, is die kans goed dat hulle met die majestueuse woord sal antwoord - 'sjokolade'.

Sjokolade en Waterford is sinoniem en dit is met goeie rede. Hul foutlose kombinasie was nie 'n saamsmelting nie. Hul bekende wynmaker, Kevin Arnold, werk nou saam met die Belgiese Chocolatier, Richard von Geusau, om drie sjokolade te maak wat perfek by 'n verskeidenheid van hul wyne pas.

'N Pittige Shiraz pas by Masala Chai Dark Chocolate, en hul Cabernet Sauvignon voldoen aan die geheimsinnige geure van Rock Salt Dark Chocolate. Eindig op 'n soet noot met gemengde geure van roosgeraniummelksjokolade met hul natuurlike soet woestynwyn.

2. Nougat en MCC, Villiera

Salige borrels ontmoet heerlike lekkernye. Hierdie wynmakery wat in familiebesit is, spesialiseer in die pragtige kuns om van die beste Méthode Cap Classique in die land te maak.

Om perfek te harmoniseer met 'n verskeidenheid van Villiera se vonkelwyne, kombineer hulle dit met 'n verskeidenheid heerlike taai nougat.

Die pittige wenke van Grier Brut word gebalanseer met heuning, amandel en cranberry nougat, terwyl die vrugtige Villiera Tradition Brut gekombineer word met 'n macadamia nougat om 'n romerige kenmerk toe te voeg.

Die aardse amandel -nougat is die beste geskik vir die Monro Brut, en jy sal van die goji -bessie-, amandel- en rooibostee -nougat hou as 'n bloosgeselskap vir die Tradition Brut Rose.

3. Roomys, wyn en MCC, Clos Malverne

Dit klink dalk nogal vreemd om 'n ysige woestyn met wyn te kombineer, maar daar is 'n rede dat dit die kenmerkende proe -ervaring van die landgoed geword het.

Vier hemelse tuisgemaakte bolletjies fynproewersys word aangebied in ramekins wat voor sy vennootwyn staan, wat verloof is om mekaar se beste eienskappe aan te vul.

Die roomysgeurkombinasies verander na gelang van die seisoen, maar u kan op 'n verskeidenheid vars vrugtige geure (by die Sauvignon Blanc Brut), romerige botter in die mengsel (by die rooi variëteite) en 'n pittige byvoeging ( om met die Muscat te koppel).

En moenie dink: "sjokolade en vanielje nie", ons praat van epicureaanse lekkernye, soos hul opsie "Pastinaak, saffraan, gesoute karamel en pampoenpitte", wat tans op die lys is.

4. Cape Fynbos and Wine, Bartinney

Het u geweet dat fynbos, die plantegroei wat slegs in die Kaapse streek voorkom, eintlik 'n UNESCO -wêrelderfenisgebied is? Dit is reg, die Kaapse blommegebied, is amptelik een van die spesiaalste plekke op aarde, en gelukkig is daar baie van Suid -Afrika se wynplase tussenin.

Dit is dus regverdig dat daar 'n multi-sensoriese wynervaring is as 'n huldeblyk aan fynbos, nie waar nie?

Vir 'n unieke geleentheid, bespreek 'n plek by hierdie interaktiewe proe terwyl u aanraking, reuk, sig en smaak inkorporeer om die geure van die plaas se fynbos met drie Bartinney-wyne te meng.

Nog 'n uitstekende kombinasie is die omgewing van die proelokaal en sy omgewing in die Helshoogtepas, met een van die mooiste uitsigte in die vallei.

5. Boerebraai Tapas en Wyn, Middelvlei

Nou hierdie is 'n kombinasie wat oor naweke informeel in duisende Suid -Afrikaanse huishoudings gebeur: braai en wyn.

Vir 'n voorsmakie van egte tradisionele kos wat op 'n oop vuur berei word en vergesel word van 'n groot verskeidenheid Middelvlei -wyne, is dit die regte plek.

In 'n ontspanne plaasomgewing kan u plaaslike gunstelinge geniet, soos mini-potbrood (brood) en snoekpatee, boerewors-sosaties (worsspies) of 'n verskeidenheid fyn fyn braaibroodjies (gebraaide toebroodjies). Hul wynproe -lys wissel van Chardonnay tot Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon en Shiraz.

As jy die vleis wil oorslaan, kan jy kies om 'n verskeidenheid braaibroodjies met wyn te kombineer.

Besoek Middelvlei om 'n draai te maak soos 'n plaaslike inwoner.

6. Flash Food en Slow Wine, Neethlingshof

Daar is niks tipies wegneemetes aan hierdie fast-finger-aanbod met 'n draai nie.

Die ongekompliseerde happies is propvol geure en word gekombineer met wyne wat oor 'n lang tyd versigtig vervaardig is.

Dink aan groente -samosas met mango -atchar, beesvleis -kebabs met gebraaide tamatie, prego -rolle met sjokoladeskaafsels en 'n tradisionele mini -malvapoeding met 'n drop van drop.

In die somer bedien hulle ook salm- en forel -roulade (met die Sauvignon Blanc) wat in die winter vervang word met 'n stewige tamatiesop (met hul Chenin Blanc).

Die kinders kry ook hul eie kombinasie, met pannekoek, hamburgers en sponsvingers bedien met sappe en melkskommel.

7. Fynbos Cupcakes and Wine, Delheim

Die kolwyntjie- en wynpaar by Delheim is al jare 'n treffer. Nou het hulle 'n geurige nuwe plaaslike wending by die ervaring gevoeg: fynbos-geïnspireerde geure.

Die nuwe heuningbos -kolwyntjie sal die vrugtige geure van hul Chardonnay na vore bring, terwyl die buchu -kolwyntjie 'n verrassende paar is vir die skaars variëteit van die plaas, Gewürztraminer.

Delheim se Merlot pas goed by die fynbos heuning kolwyntjie en om dit op 'n hoë noot af te sluit, word die Pinotage gekombineer met 'n rooibos kolwyntjie om die donker en warm pittige geure uit te lig.

8. Artisanal Salt and Wine, Fleur du Cap

Die sjef wat hierdie fassinerende proe begin het, is sy sout werd.

Die sjef Craig Cormack is so geïnteresseerd in die speserye dat hy al 68 van die 161 verskillende soorte sout regoor die wêreld gevind het.

Om u 'n blik op die verskillende soutgeure te gee, kan u vyf verskillende soorte happies bymekaarmaak om vyf van Fleur du Cap se ongefiltreerde wyne aan te vul.

U begin met dolmades met swaelsout by hul Sauvignon Blanc, en proe 'n bietjie olyf tapenade en swart lavasout om by hul Chardonnay te pas.

Hulle lewerpaté met Murray-riviersout word saam met die Merlot geniet, terwyl die songedroogde tamaties, kaas en Khoisan-sout die beste saam met die kajuit geniet word.

Uiteindelik, en natuurlik, sal u die Maldon -gesoute fudge moet probeer, hemels saam met hul Noble Late Harvest.

9. Pizza en wyn, Brenaissance

Wat 'n beter kombinasie as pizza en wyn om 'n aangename en ontspannende aand saam met goeie vriende te wees? En u sal niks anders beleef by Café Blanc de Noir op die Brenaissance -wynlandgoed nie.

Hulle Full House Pizza bestaan ​​eintlik uit vier verskillende pizza -geure in een porsie, elke sny saam met een van Brenaissance se premium wyne.

Dit is 'n informele aangeleentheid met die proe van blaaie waarin die wyne verduidelik word en proe-aantekeninge, wat u die geleentheid bied om self die pad te volg.

Franschhoek Wynroete

10. Pierneef à La Motte en Five Wines, La Motte

Vir 'n eersteklas ervaring, moet u twee dae vantevore bespreek om te verseker dat u 'n bespreking by die eksklusiewe Pierneef à La Motte -ete en wynkombinasie kry.

Die proe vind plaas in 'n privaat kamer in die proegebied met die kookkuns wat voorberei word in die Pierneef à La Motte -kombuis - 'n restaurant wat onder die top tien in die land gelys is.

U kan 'n kontemporêre uitkyk op kulinêre genot op erfenis verwag, gekombineer met wêreldbekende wyne, alles saamgebind deur u professionele wynambassadeur, wat u deur die reis lei.

As toevoeging tot die kuns van alles, is die klei -opdienborde deur plaaslike keramici ontwerp as hul interpretasie van elke gereg.

Dit is 'n delikate ervaring wat selfs die moeilikste skoonouers sal beïndruk.

11. Culinaria Food and Wine, Leopard's Leap

Die vergete persepsies wat wynplase in die verlede gehad het, is lankal vergete.

Die kombinasie van Culinaria Food and Wine wat Vrydagoggend by Leopard's Leap gehou word, is 'n warm en interaktiewe ervaring. Dit word aangebied rondom 'n lang tafel wat in die middel van die bruisende kombuis gedek is.

Terwyl die sommelier entoesiasties die ses uitgestrekte wyne na mekaar verduidelik, kook die sjef 'n storm om die gereg waarmee elkeen gekombineer gaan word, voor te berei. U neus sal die koppeling doen voordat dit op u bord beland.

'N Opwindende ervaring, en almal word uitgenooi, en selfs die kinders voel tuis.

12. Charcuterie, Wine and MCC, Môreson

Charcuterie is waarskynlik net 'n goeie pasmaat met wyn as kaas. Die rokerigheid en sout van die vleis kan sterk eienskappe in wyn na vore bring, wat dit 'n uitstekende vennoot maak.

U hoef nie ver te gaan om hierdie perfekte kombinasie te ervaar nie. Neill Jewell was al meer as twee dekades die sjef by die wynplaas Môreson en word dikwels die 'Charcuterie King' genoem.

Voorbeeld van 'n verskeidenheid Môreson- en Miss Molly -wyne (of MCC) wat gekombineer word met handgemaakte handgemaakte vleis, soos worsies en snye vleis.

13. Musiek en wyn, Black Elephant Vintners & amp Co

Black Elephant Vintners & amp Co staan ​​bekend as die 'rebelle van die wingerdstok' en stel hul eie reëls vas oor hoe om hul wyne te produseer en te bemark ... en hoe hulle dit kombineer.

Dit is verfrissend anders om wyn met musiek te kombineer. En moenie dink dit is 'n vinnige in-en-uit-prentjie nie. Die spyskaart met wyne saam met epiese liedjies kan tot 14 items bevat, dus maak gereed vir 'n interaktiewe reis van twee tot drie uur soos geen ander nie.

Hierdie unieke ervaring is slegs beskikbaar op Dinsdae, Vrydae en Saterdae, en u moet bespreek voordat u 'n wedstryd begin (woordspeling bedoel).

14. Oesters Three-way en MCC, Grande Provence

As u op soek is na 'n verfynde en luukse paringservaring, kan dit nie veel beter wees as om oesters te proe en borrelend in die elegante beeldentuin van Grande Provence nie.

En hulle is nie sommer oesters nie. Die oesters van die Weskus wat plaaslik verkry word, is vars op die landgoed en bedek met fynproewersversierings wat deur die sjef gekonseptualiseer word.

Grande Provence Brut word gedrink saam met 'n oester bedek met ingelegde daikon, radyse in Asiatiese styl en soja- en sesamdressing. Die Brut Rosé is 'n dekadente vennoot vir 'n oester met tuisgemaakte wasabi-mayonnaise en sprietuie, en die vlagskip-finale is die Vintage Brut met 'n yuzu-pêrel-oester om sitrus by te voeg.

Paarl Wynroete

15. Marshmallows and Wine, Perdeberg Winery

Blykbaar word ambagsmanlike malvalekkers 'n interessante nuwe voedselneiging. Wees deel van die beweging en probeer 'n paar lekkernye met 'n paar wynsoorte uit Wellington.

By Perdeberg Winery word 'n reeks van vyf wyne bedien saam met handgemaakte fynproewers-malvalekkers deur die plaaslike onderneming, Roses Artisanal Confectionery.

Die rooswater -malva pas goed by hul bubbels en die framboosmalp werk die beste saam met die Sparkling Rosé. Hul skaars kultivars, die Grenache Blanc en Cinsault, word gekombineer met 'n lemoen- en kersiegeur, terwyl die soet Chenin nageregwaardig is in kombinasie met die heerlike marmelade en heuningkoekmalva.

16. Kaaskoek en MCC, Laborie

Goed, wag. Twee van die beste dinge wat ooit geskep is, formeel langs mekaar geplaas om saam te geniet? Iemand knyp my.

Laborie se nuwe borrels en kaaskoekpaar word by die KWV Wine Emporium gehou en word in drie fases aangebied om by elke verskeidenheid van hul gewilde MCC te pas.

Die eerste ronde is om die suurlemoenkalk van die Brut te beklemtoon met sy tint van oranje blom. Tweedens is die salmkleurige sprankelende Rosé, gekombineer met aarbeikaaskoek, om sy heerlike bessies uit te haal.

As die kersie op die koek, word die ryk 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc heerlik gekombineer met 'n kaaskoek met haselneut, 'n droomkombinasie.

17. Bokke melk kaas en wyn, Fairview

Wie kan die verslawende smaak van romerige kaas weerstaan?

Fairview is een van die mees besoekte wynplase in die land en hul beroemde trekkaart is presies dit: hul immergewilde kombinasie van wyn en kaas.

Tydens u kombinasie kan u ses landgoedwyne proe met 'n verskeidenheid aanbevole bok- en koei -melkkase wat by hul smaak pas. Van gladde kase soos Camembert en Brie, tot krummelrige feta en bloukaas en hul beroemde White Rock vrugtige kase. U sal binnekort u gunsteling ontdek.

(Fairview het ook 'n baie gladde stelsel om groot groepe te bestuur, met 'n verskeidenheid proe-areas en peule, sowel as 'n proe-kaartjie-stelsel, wat gerieflik is.)

18. Artisanal Pies and Wine, KWV

Onder die 15 miljoen liter KWV -wyne wat elke jaar vervaardig word, is daar 'n besonder eersteklas en baanbrekersreeks genaamd The Mentors.

Dit is 'n gesogte reeks unieke wyne wat u by die KWV Emporium kan draai en teug. Om dit nog meer spesiaal te maak, word u uitgenooi om dit te kombineer met 'n verskeidenheid handgemaakte pasteie, vars uit die oond van die plaaslike bakkery, Pasticcio.

Die skilfergebak het almal heerlike vullings soos hoenderkerrie en plaaslike gunsteling, bobotie.

19. Koek, likeur en soetwyn, KWV

Die lewe is te kort - eet eers nagereg! KWV het meesters geword in die kombinasie van heerlike drankies en bypassende byt, en hul aanbod 'A Taste of Sweetness' verskil nie

Geniet vier heerlike klein koeke saam met hul bekroonde KWV Cape Tawny en Red Muscadel sowel as twee van hul likeurs-die Van der Hum en die Wild Africa Cream-likeur.

Die koek sal nie teleurstel nie - verwag gebak soos hul appel- en pekanneutkoek met 'n pittige marsepein en soet karamelgeur.

Klein Karoo Wynroete

20. Kos en Brandewyn, Barrydale Kelder

As u op die kenmerkende roete 62 ry, moet Barrydale-kelder een van die penne op u kaart wees.

Hulle proelokaal en restaurant is 'n heerlike oase met drie verskillende proeë: Suid -Kaapse wingerde, hul eie ambagsbier en 'n verskeidenheid brandewyn.

Hulle bekendste aanbod is egter hul brandewyn, terwyl gaste hul pottebottels vergelyk met van die beste ter wêreld. Om die fluweelryke geur en smaak van hul brandewyn te komplimenteer, verwag 'n smaak trifecta wat begin met peer, nusturtium en prosciutto, gevolg deur vy en Gorgonzola, gekombineer met 'n 8 -jarige Ladismith -brandewyn, en uiteindelik 'n Oude Molen VSOP -brandewyn saam met 'n rokerige sjokolade en stroop nagereg.

21. Biscotti en Wine, De Krans

Italianers is besonders oor hul kos en wyn, so as hulle die beroemde koekie die knik gee om met wyn gepaard te gaan, moet daar iets wees bellisimo daaraan.

Tradisioneel word die harde amandel-biscotti in 'n soet laat-oes gedoop om as nagereg te geniet, maar De Krans het die kombinasie nog verder verfyn. Die sjefs en eienaars het 'n verskeidenheid biscotti saamgestel om die smaak van hul wyne hand aan hand te pas.

Die klassieke biscotti het die eer om met die Moscato te trou, terwyl die biscotti met gemengde kruie goed pas met die Pinotage Rosé. Die trots Suid -Afrikaanse biltong -biscotti is 'n interessante soutwedstryd vir die Touriga Nacional, waarvan die geure aan kersiesigar en sjokolade herinner.

As 'n gepaste finale word die De Krans Espresso-wyn gekombineer met 'n koffie-biscotti, gevolg deur die ryk Cape Vintage, gekombineer met 'n pittige choc-chip biscotti.

22. Candy Floss and Wine, Jakkalsvlei

What a pleasant surprise Jakkalsvlei is – an unanticipated little wine farm nestled between the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo. Another unexpected spoil is their wine pairing with something sweet and sticky. We’re talking about candy floss or ‘spookasem’ in Afrikaans.

Pair five of Jakkalvlei’s wines with uniquely flavoured candy floss, like their Sauvignon Blanc with passion fruit candy floss, Pinotage with coffee candy floss or their Muscadel with turkish delight flavoured candy floss.

You’ll be delighted to hear that they’ve also just released a new gourmet pizza and wine experience that looks delicious.

Namaqua West-Coast Wine Route

23. Biltong and Wine, Die Keldery

Die Keldery has mastered the perfect balance of hosting a warm and authentic environment, whilst offering modern facilities with delicious food and wine.

Their pairing journeys are fun and interesting, but there’s one problem: how on earth will you be able to choose between chocolate or biltong?

I guess you don’t have to, but the traditional savoury pairing won this time round. Included in the biltong tasting is five different cured meaty bites to pair with Namaqua and Spencer Bay wines. Finger-licking chlli bites, beef biltong, droëwors, cabanossi and BBQ bites go down well with their sweet and dryer wine counterparts.

Oh yes, don’t forget the kids! Let the young ones be entertained by the Master Taster adventure with grape juices and jelly tots.

For more kid-friendly wine estates, click here.

24. Rooibos and Wine, Klawer Cellars

Did you know that South Africa’s famous rooibos plant can only be found in the Cederberg area of the Western Cape? To make the most of this special regional produce, Klawer Cellars is combining it with what they do best: wine.

Start the rooibos product pairing with their whites: Chardonnay with skuinskoek (a local doughnut-type speciality) and rooibos jam followed by Chenin Blanc and rooibos fudge, whilst their Rosé is a matched with the rooibos drizzle and local olive oil.

Over to the reds, their Pinotage is paired with a rooibos biscotti, and the Cabernet Sauvignon with rooibos soya sauce and cheddar. The pinnacle of the experience is a delicious solo performance by their African Ruby Rooibos infused wine.

25. Grenache Experience, Piekenierskloof

Although Grenache is commonly identified with Spain, the cultivar is one of the most widely planted varieties all over the world.

Celebrate its unique flavours with four of Piekenierskloof’s finest bottles and four gourmet bites.

The Grenache Blanc is served with baked camembert on a crostini with cranberry jus before getting salty with the bokkom-stuffed green olives and smoked tomato and Grenache Rose. The thyme and parmesan cheese straw is dipped in a mushroom truffle and paired with the earthy Grenache Noir. Finish on a sweet note with their flagship Heirloom Red and a beetroot Turkish delight flavoured with dark chocolate and white pepper.

Durbanville Wine Route

26. Macaroon and MCC, Canto

“Paire parfaite” is French for “the perfect pair” and the term was probably invented to describe two of their finest delicacies: macaroons and champagne.

The South African version of champagne is of course Méthode Cap Classique, and although the winery is brand new, Canto has created four delicious varieties.

In a modern tasting room you get to match their MCC with four distinct flavours of sweet macaroons to enhance your delight.

The Chardonnay MCC Brut is paired with a hazelnut macaroon and highlights the wonderful earthy undertone. The Shiraz Rosé MCC is one of only three of its type in the country and is a very interesting match with the red velvet macaroon. A favourite is the moreish Turkish Delight macaroon with the Pinot Noir MCC and to end it off the classic Chardonnay/Pinot Noir MCC is enjoyed with the salted caramel macaroon.

Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley

27. The Story of Creation, Creation Wines

Ladies and gentlemen, the creme de la creme of food and wine pairing in South Africa.

Creation is the trend-setters for pairing experiences, and their “The Story of Creation” is a five-course, eight wine dining affair that will take you through a medley of taste sensations.

Their story has five chapters, starting out on a peachy note, getting heavier and more complex as the plot thickens, before it ends with an elegant touch.

They have more than ten other pairing options available, from vegan to brunch, charcuterie and even alcohol-free.

(Pssst, they’re also winners of the Klink Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing for five years in a row as well as the Best of Wine Tourism Winner for Regional Winner Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences.)

Robertson Wine Route

28. ClemenGold and Wine, Zandvliet

These are all tasting terms that could be used to describe either wine, or ClemenGold, a special type of soft citrus fruit.

That’s why the flavours blend so well. The distinctive taste of the juicy, sun-ripened citrus have been infused into four sweet delicacies that Zandvliet wines are effortlessly pairing with their wines.

The spicy panforte with candied peel matches the golden Chardonnay, The Kalkveld Shiraz works its magic with the biscotti, their special Vintage Liqueur partners with the dark chocolate, and the Muscat is paired with the ClemenGold marmalade.

They say you can’t mix apples and oranges, but grapes and citrus could certainly work.

29. Taste the Difference, Esona

Before going into the details of the multi-faceted pairing, the setting of the tasting is something you should know about. It is one of a kind experience, set in a 95 year old, rustic, dark underground cellar with their 'kuipe' (vintage cement fermentation tanks) still in place.

By candlelight, you get to taste their three soft wines, twice.

Why a second time? Well, they want you to compare the taste of the wine in an ordinary wine glass, with a grape-specific crystal glass, called a ‘riedel’. Apparently the difference is remarkable.

Each of the wines are then also paired with a different confectionary, including Lindt chocolates and local fruit preserves.

But that’s not all. Esona also incorporates your senses of hearing and sight, by playing music to suit each varietal and showcasing an art piece with each tasting. Simon and Garfunkel will match the relaxed Sauvignon Blank, with the Chardonnay leaning towards country music and classical music ending off the Shiraz.

30. Christina Master Tasting, Van Loveren

At Van Loveren the focus is on having a great time.

You can go the relaxed route and enjoy your platter-pairing on your own, or select the tutored option, throwing a wine pairing guide into the equation. Whatever you chose, you’ll be learning a lot about different food and wine combinations in a fun way.

Van Loveren has eight different wine pairings to choose from including tasting platters with nuts, nougat, cheese and charcuterie.

Their Christina van Loveren Master Tasting is the star of the show though, offering their premium wines with a combination of very interesting flavours from olive oil and balsamic vinegar to homemade dukkah and local cheese.

Non-alcoholic versions of all the tastings are available too, for kids or designated drivers.


TASTING THE WINE

Begin by examining the color of the wine against a white background, tilting the glass away from you. Look for bright and, in the case of red wines, saturated color. A young red that is going brown at the rim is probably aging too quickly, while a white that is unusually dark may be showing signs of incipient oxidation.

SWIRL

To release the aromas of a wine, swirl it in the glass and then give it a deep sniff. Repeat as necessary, taking notes.

Take a good-size sip. Hold the wine in your mouth swish it around, allowing it to coat your entire palate. What does the wine feel like? Is it thin and acidic? Is it rich and velvety? .

SAVOR

Draw in some air be-tween your front teeth or across your tongue and "gargle" the wine in your mouth. Keep in mind that your tongue can identify only four basic tastes: saltiness, bitterness, sweetness and acidity. All other flavors actually reach your brain as aromas through the retronasal passage at the back of your throat. By "chewing" the wine, or combining it with air, you cause its volatile elements to vaporize.


RESERVATION INFORMATION

A very small number of outdoor reservations for all guests and club members are available in Leavenworth, Seattle and at our Warehouse District Winery & Tasting Room only. You can book a table by clicking “VISIT” at the top of our website and select your location. We welcome all guests and club members on a walk in basis at our Hollywood Hill tasting room.

NEW: There are a few wine tasting reservations available for club members at our Hollywood Hill location each day during wine club pick up time!

Passports, Pull Tabs & Groupons are welcome at our tasting rooms on a walk-in basis only.

Reservations are for 75 minutes - tables will be held for maximum of 10 minutes unless other arrangements have been made. $15 tasting fee refunded as a credit towards a bottle purchase of $25 or more.

Based on Washington state reopening guidelines, we can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests to a table.


Variations and Extra Ingredients

Chicken wings are a staple in our home because we just love them. The basics are in preparing the chicken as I have explained above. Now that I have explained the basics I would like to suggest a few other alternatives you can adapt to my method.

1. Different Herbs

I have already suggested a variety of herbs. One of our favorite combos is to use rosemary and garlic, salt and pepper. I sometimes add a pan full of quartered potatoes below the sheet of wings. For this, I just use two separate cookie sheets and season the potatoes exactly the same as the chicken wings. I coat them with olive oil as well. The potatoes can also be seasoned any way you like as long as you add that light coat of olive oil to the spuds. Lay them out on the second cookie sheet in a single layer and cook it all at the same time. Add a salad to the table and your meal is complete.

2. Grilled Chicken Wings

When the weather is too hot to crank up the oven, I turn to the grill to bake up my bird. This requires using an indirect heat grilling method. John D. Lee has outlined a great How To article where he describes the pros of grilling indirectly. The idea is flavor and you will be amazed at the results of adapting indirect grilling to firing up some of the best chicken wings on the planet.

The chicken wings can be prepared the same as for the above chicken wing recipe. Instead of using a cookie sheet, place the wings directly on the grill. Do not place them over the fire. Use the indirect cooking method. Grill the chicken wings with the lid covering the grill at all times. This chicken wing recipe will take about 45 mins. to one hour. Look for a golden skin color and crispy skin.

3. Flavor Them to Your Liking

You can make them plain, meaning just salt and pepper or go for the gold and baste them with your favorite barbecue sauce during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Again, the key is to make sure the skin is golden brown before adding your sauce.

I have somewhat of a reputation for my awesome chicken wings with family and friends. Please give this chicken wing recipe a try to leave me your thoughts and suggestions below. I look forward to hearing from everyone.

Happy chicken wings to all! C.S. Alexis


Perfect Cup Of Coffee

The Pacific Northwest is noted for its great coffee. In fact, Oregonians love and crave their coffee. An entire coffee culture has sprung up to answer this craving. Espresso stands and carts have sprung up in every major northwest city. You can find espresso or coffee places on street corners, in grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores, department stores, stadiums, and even in the fast food outlets. There are even drive-through espresso stands for coffee drinkers who don’t have time to get out of their cars. It is more than just a trend it is a new institution of the busy lifestyle.

As to why coffee is so popular in the Northwest, some people laughingly argue it is because people can not function in the cold, gray, and drizzly climate without it. Whatever the reason, this craving has spread through out the United States and the world. Coffee is the second largest commodity in the world.

Coffee House History: The boom of coffee houses is not new, as the roots of coffee houses go back to the 15th century Arabia, 16th century Europe, and 17th century North America. Coffee drinking began in the American colonies as early as 1689 in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. In fact, the Green Dragon Coffee House of Boston was where the idea for the famous Boston Tea Party was conceived in 1773. Americans revolted against England’s tea tax, and the Continental Congress declared coffee the “Official National Beverage.” What better way to protest the unfair tea taxes imposed than to enjoy an alternate coffee beverage?

Facts and Trivia about Coffee: The coffee bean is a fruit. It is actually the seeds of a cherry-like fruit. Coffee trees produce berries, called coffee cherries. These fruits are first green before turning red, and each fruit usually contains two beans. The coffee cherries turn bright red when they are ripe and ready to pick.

These seeds or beans of the fruit are then fermented, much as grapes are fermented when making wine, but the end result is different. After the coffee bean has been separated from the fruit, it remains covered in a mucilaginous layer. Fermentation breaks down the mucilage that surrounds the coffee bean. This mucilage, if not removed, will retard the taste of your coffee and create an undesirable taste.

Like the grapes of fine wines, coffee acquires unique taste characteristics from its local geography and climate. This depends on such factors as altitude, rainfall, type of soil, and how it is processed.

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

A great dining experience deserves great coffee – A few simple rules to follow for that perfect cup of coffee

Clean Coffee Pot – A clean coffee pot is essential and can make a substantial difference in the taste of your coffee. The type of coffee pot that you use is also very important (buy the best one that you can afford).

My Favorite Coffee Maker – I am always being asked what type of drip coffee pot is the best to use to make perfect coffee. After many years of purchasing and trying different pots myself, I complained to my favorite local coffee roaster that my coffee was never as good as theirs. They told me to purchase and use the Bunn ThermoFresh 10-Cup Thermal-Carafe Home Coffee Brewer. I now use this coffee maker and my husband and I are now in “coffee heaven.”

Coffee Beans – Purchase coffee beans as soon after they have been roasted as possible. Fresh roasted coffee beans are essential to a superb cup of coffee. Also purchase your coffee beans in small amounts, only as much as you can use in a given period of time. Remember that coffee is a perishable produce that is less than spectacular when it has staled.

Ideally you should purchase your coffee fresh every 1 to 2 weeks. I suggest you contact your local coffee roaster and select from their fresh-roasted coffee beans. It does not cost more money to purchase good coffee beans. Your local specialty coffee roasters are solely in the business to sell coffee beans. You can be confident that their beans are fresher, and thus the coffee that you serve in your restaurant will taste better.

Water – The quality of your coffee is heavily dependent upon the quality of the water that you use. Use only fresh cold filtered water . If you are using tap water let it run a few seconds before filling your coffee pot. Depending on your tap water, your coffee can turn out tasting sulfurous, metallic, tinny, flat, or worse. An alternative is to buy Artesian water (do not use distilled water). For optimal extraction, maintain a water temperature between 195 degrees F. and 205 degrees F

French Press – Use very hot water, but not boiling, in your French Press Coffee Maker. Learn How To Use a French Press.

Moka Pots – Use very hot water, but not boiling, in your Moka Pot Coffee Maker. Learn How To Use A Moka Pot.

Coffee Grinders – There are basically two different kinds of grinders: Blade Coffee Grinders or Burr Coffee Grinders (preferred):

Burr Coffee Grinders: The best coffee grinders are the Burr Coffee Grinders. The Burr grinders crush the beans between a moving grinding wheel and a non-moving surface. The positioning on the burr is what regulates the ground size, which allows for a more consistent grind. This style of grinder provides a much more consistent particle size than the blade grinders that most people are familiar with. Consistent grounds yield a sweeter, more enjoyable cup of coffee. I, personally, use the Burr Coffee Grinder shown in the upper left photo.

Blade Coffee Grinders: Very inexpensive coffee grinders that uses a metal blade to chop up the beans. The blade cuts up the beans, and you control the fineness by how long you let the grinder run. Unfortunately, the resulting coffee grounds can be uneven in size, leading to inconsistent brew quality.


Grinding Coffee Beans
– Always grind your beans as close to the brew time as possible. Coffee deteriorates quickly after grinding and you should grind only the amount you are going to use at one time. If your coffee is too strong, try adjusting the grind of the coffee coarser rather than using less coffee.

Coarse Grind: 5 to 10 seconds – used for percolators and the cold water brewing method. This is the least popular grind used today.

Medium Grind: 10 seconds – used for electric drip/manual drip and French press methods. Should be about the size of medium coarse sea salt. The drip method is the most popular in the United States.

Fine Grind: 15 seconds – used for vacuum and Neapolitan flip methods. Vacuum method equipment is not easy to locate in the United States.

Extra Fine Grind: 25 to 30 seconds – used for espresso machines.


Coffee Filters
– Always use a coffee filter if your coffee pot requires one to keep the grounds from blocking the drip and making the coffee overflow the basket. Use an unbleached (brown) paper filter or a gold filter. The bleached (white) ones affect the flavor of the coffee, so avoid them.


Amount of Coffee
– Using the right ratio of ground coffee to water is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a good cup of coffee. Use enough coffee, and don’t use too much or too little! If the below measurements sound like a lot, then you have probably been making less than full strength coffee. Make sure to spread the grounds evenly in the coffee filter so full brewing is achieved.

Professional coffee tasters use: exactly two (2) tablespoons (7 to 9 grams or 2 scoop of a standard coffee measure) of ground coffee beans for each six (6) ounces of water


How To Store Coffee Beans –
Coffee bean’s two greatest enemies are air and moisture. Ideally, coffee should be ground, brewed, and consumed quickly to obtain the best flavor.


Drinking Coffee – Brewed coffee should be enjoyed immediately! Pour the fresh-brewed coffee into a warmed mug or coffee cup so that it will maintain its temperature as long as possible. It begins to lose its optimal taste moments after brewing, so only brew as much coffee as will be consumed immediately. If the coffee is not to be served immediately after brewing (and your coffee pot doesn’t have an insulated coffee carafe), it should be poured into a warmed, insulated coffee carafe thermos and used within the next 45 minutes.

If you are displeased with the taste of your coffee, there are a number of things you can do like change the water to coffee ratio and/or use different coffee beans. It ends up being a matter of your own personal taste!


Taste Assessment

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Washington and Lee University: "Mindful Eating."

TLC: "Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Palate."

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Food & Wine: "15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings," October 2009

Beer Advocate: "Beer & Food Pairings for buttery Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss - Cheese."

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Pavlos, P. BMC Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders, August 2009.

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Smell & Taste."

News release, American Lung Association, Sept. 30, 2009.

American Cancer Society: "Guide to Quitting Smoking."

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Sparkling Cranberry Punch from Taste and Tell – This is one of my very favorites. It comes together so fast, and that pink color is so gorgeous!

Cranberry Cutie from This Week For Dinner – this one not only looks festive, but it’s gorgeous as well!

Spiced Cider Punch from Taste and Tell – I love that this one is served cold. And that it really packs a punch of flavor!

Iced Chocolate from Taste and Tell – chocolate lovers will go crazy for this indulgent drink complete with a scoop of gelato.

Cranberry Spritzer from Taste and Tell – all you need are 2 ingredients for this super easy mocktail recipe!

Cranberry Apple Spritzer from Belle Vie – I obviously have a thing for cranberry mocktails, and this sounds like another fantastic one!

Virgin Frozen Margaritas from Taste and Tell – Margaritas aren’t just for Taco Tuesday!

Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail from La Fuji Mama – you can’t tell me this doesn’t look fantastic! Blackberries and vanilla seem like a match made in heaven.

Shirley Temple from Damn Delicious – The most simple, yet maybe one of my favorites – the classic Shirley Temple!

Sparkling Cucumber Limeade from Taste and Tell – cucumber, mint and limeade – such refreshing flavors – this one doesn’t have to be just for summer!

Raspberry Fizz from Jo Cooks – only 4 ingredients make up this refreshing mocktail that’s great all year round!

Homemade Slurpee Recipe from Taste and Tell – this isn’t as much of a mocktail as it is just a fun drink, but I love how adaptable this is. You could make so many flavors!

Moscow Mule from Our Best Bites – I want to make this one just for the mug!

Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis from Taste and Tell – Both sweet and tart, these Virgin Pomegranate Cranberry Bellinis are a delicious mocktail for any celebration!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria from Real Mom Kitchen – I love all of the fruitiness of this one, and I bet that mint simple syrup is so refreshing!

Warm appelasyn from Taste and Tell – Apple cider, citrus juice and spices make up this drink that will warm you up from the inside out.

Strawberry Pineapple Shaker Upper from Something Swanky – this looks like the perfect way to have a taste of summer any time of year!

Roy Rogers from Recipe Boy – the opposite of a Shirley Temple – this Roy Rogers is sure to please!

Ginger Lime Spritzer from Taste and Tell – Ginger and lime come together in this satisfying and refreshing Ginger Lime Spritzer.

Princess Nojito from Taste and Tell – Not your normal mojito!! This non-alcoholic Nojito mocktail is based off of the nojito served on Princess cruises.

Non-Alcoholic Juicy Julep from Completely Delicious – I’ll take this drink anytime – derby or not!

Honey Lemon Balm Spritzer from She Wears Many Hats – I LOVE lemon, so this one is definitely calling out to me!

Blackberry Lime Soda from Taste and Tell – You can make your own fancy soda at home!! This Blackberry Lime Soda is sweet and sour and tart and refreshing – a delicious mocktail!

Ginger-Cinnamon Apple Cider Mocktail from Rachel Cooks – I’m a sucker when it comes to ginger, so I have a feeling this one could be a favorite!

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail from Running to the Kitchen – lemons and berries – you can’t beat that flavor combination!

Sparkling Peach Punch from Carlsbad Cravings – I am a peach lover, so I know this peach mocktail will be a family favorite!

Christmas Mocktails from Lauren’s Latest – Sweet and fruity, this one would be great for any celebration!

Basil and Mint Lemonade from Taste and Tell – the basil in this simple drink really makes it!

Cranberry Apple Crush from The Recipe Critic – This is a spicy drink that is served warm. Sounds perfect for a cold night!

Frost Bite Mocktail from The Little Kitchen – fruity with a little bit of sour lime added in – this is just the perfect mocktail for a New Year’s celebration!

Persian Pomegranate Mocktail from Tori Avey – I love the combination of sweet and tart in this unique mocktail!

Limeade Punch from The Girl Who Ate Everything – This sounds super easy and delicious, but the color is what is calling me!

Italian Soda from Oh Sweet Basil – Italian sodas are favorites for adults and kids, so you know this one will be a hit!

Warm Berry Cider from Chocolate and Carrots – I love that this one is warm – sounds amazing!

Fruit Freeze from Taste and Tell – The perfect beverage for when you want to cool down, this one is super easy to make ahead of time, and can feed a crowd.

Banana Pina Colada from Tasty Yummies – I love the addition of the banana to make this a real tropical treat.

Cran-Raspberry Sorbet Bellini from Country Cleaver – Sorbet in your mocktail? Count me in!

Sparkling Ginger Lemon Mocktail from Snixy Kitchen – There is a fun love story attached to this delicious mocktail, so make sure to head over and read that one!

Juicy Mango Margarita from Healthy Happy Life – This is a drink I could be happy sitting back with!

Ginger Mojito Mocktail from Taste as You Go – I have a secret obsession with ginger, so sign me up for one of these!

The Best Party Punch from No Biggie – this is the perfect beverage for a crowd!

Ginger Ale Mint Limeade from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe – Ginger, mint and lime – what’s not to love?

Caramel Apple Pie Mocktail from Merry About Town – this would be so perfect for fall, but I know I’d enjoy it year round!

Strawberry Margarita Mocktail from Life Straight Up – fruity and fabulous- this is a must!

Mai Tai Mocktail from Liz on Call – a super easy mocktail recipe that everyone will love.

Holiday Punch from Taste and Tell – sweet and fizzy, this one is always a kid favorite.

Jingle Juice Holiday Mocktail from No Biggie – if you are looking to serve a crowd, this holiday mocktail is for you!

Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail from Purely Katie – I am mesmerized by the pretty pink color in this mocktail! The rosemary simple syrup addition makes this a sophisticated drink – perfect for an adults only party.

Very Berry Spritzer from Deliciously Sprinkled – yes to all the berries!!

Disneyland Mint Julep Copycat from Six Sisters Stuff – I love the Disneyland version, so I know I’d love this copycat at home!

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Perfect Gravy

Your Thanksgiving only deserves the best, which is why perfecting gravy is worth it&mdashand so easy!

What is gravy?

At its most basic, gravy is a thickened sauce made of meat drippings + stock + seasonings.

What does the flour do?

Gravy starts off with a classic roux: equal parts fat (in this case butter) and flour are cooked in a skillet until it becomes golden and bubbly. This creates a base for your sauce&rsquos texture. Without the flour, it will lack thickness and body.

How do I save turkey drippings?

The essential ingredient to perfect gravy? Fat! As your turkey bakes, it renders a ton of fat that'll be left over in the roasting pan. Don&rsquot&mdashwe repeat, don&rsquot&mdashpour that fat into the garbage! Those drippings are packed with flavor, all of which you want in your Thanksgiving gravy. After you take the turkey out of the roasting pan, set a colander or sieve over a large bowl or another pan. Pour the contents of the roasting pan through the colander&mdashthe drippings you want to keep will end up in the large bowl. You can discard the bits left in the colander.

Do I need to use fresh herbs?

Not necessarily. We love the flavor of fresh thyme and sage, but dried herbs totally work. You can swap out the thyme and sage for the same amount of poultry seasoning, rosemary, even Italian seasoning.

How long does gravy take to make?

Only 15 minutes. And since you absolutely need your leftover turkey drippings for traditional gravy, you can't start on it until your turkey is done roasting. Let the bird cool in the roasting pan for 20 minutes, then remove it to a cutting board to cool completely. That way, you can get to work on gravy ASAP.

How long does gravy last?

Gravy is perishable, so it will only last 2 days in the refrigerator. However, you can freeze leftover gravy up to 3 months in an airtight container or plastic bag. Thaw the mixture in the fridge the day before you plan to use it.

Can I halve this recipe?

Absoluut. If you're serving a smaller crowd, feel free to scale down the measurements. But know that leftover gravy tastes amazing on sandwiches the next day. It also freezes well when stored in an airtight container.

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