Refoksa Sat, 15 Jan 2022 23:13:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Refoksa 32 32 Week of 09/01/22: Vinography Sat, 15 Jan 2022 23:13:06 +0000

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig into the pile of wine samples begging to be tasted. I’m happy to bring you the latest episode of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the best bottles that have come through my door recently.

Last week an interesting set of wines from Spain and Italy were brought to my kitchen table, along with an absolutely outstanding Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

Let’s start with three wines that I have been particularly looking forward to receiving recently. The Parés Baltà estate, in the Spanish region of Penedes (Cava), produces extremely moving wines from biodynamic and organic farming. The wines are made by two young sisters-in-law, while the estate is run by their husbands and other members of the Cusiné family, who trace their winemaking heritage to the region since 1790. I love the deeply mineral expressions of the Xarel-lo and their “Cosmic” blend of Xarel-lo and Sauvignon Blanc, and “Indigena” Grenache basically explode out of the glass with incredible aromas. If you haven’t had any wines from these folks, I recommend you seek them out. They are not that expensive, but can be hard to find.

I’ve written before about the wines of Abel Mendoza, who makes very clean natural wines (no sulfur added) deliberately outside the Rioja classification. Mendoza ages its wines in French oak barrels and for shorter periods of time than necessary for them to be labeled as Rioja Blanca, and it chooses to make single-varietal wines labeled as such. I tasted three more of his whites this week and found each to be delicious and compelling.

The folks at Château Moulin-à-Vent have been making a big push to sell in the US lately. Originally named Château des Thorins, with a history of making fine Gamays dating back to 1732, the estate was renamed Château Moulin-à-Vent (after the nearby windmill) in 1924. The Moulin-à-Vent region du Beaujolais obtained AOC status in 1936 with the same namesake. This week I tasted a pair of wines that the estate sent for side-by-side tasting, the 2019 vintage and the 2009 vintage from their main Gamay bottling. They were clearly the same wine from the same place, but at very different times in their lives. The older wine had a slightly stinky nose, but resolved beautifully on the palate, remaining quite appealing in its old age. The younger wine was pretty and refined, and likely to appeal to more people.

The Bolgheri region of Tuscany rose to fame in the 1990s (and the rest) thanks to Sassicaia and a number of other high-level Bordeaux-style blends that are made in the gravelly soils sloping down to the Ligurian Sea to the south. from the city of Livorno. After Sassicaia was “discovered”, the prices of vineyards and the wines they produce skyrocketed in a region that had previously been charming and rustic. But there was a good reason for that. The warm weather and stony, well-drained soils provide the opportunity to make wines of great power and finesse, as many have proven. The Tenuta Argentiera was created in 1999 and replanted in 2000, incorporating the Tenuta di Donoratico estate which existed before and had existed for a long time. The estate sent me three wines to try recently – their two flagship reds and a less expensive red, all of which are worth seeking out.

While the quality of the wines was quite high this week, with a significant deliciousness quotient, the highlight of the week by far was Spottswoode’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon release. One of my favorite estates in Napa Valley, Spottswoode makes $230 Cabernets that easily rival the valley’s $800 Cabernets. Even though they are significantly cheaper than their peers, I still can’t afford to buy the wines myself, but that doesn’t stop me from loving them. The 2018 that hit the market recently is perhaps one of the finest bottles this estate has ever produced. Balanced, energetic, balanced and powerful (without being sweet, overly rich or overripe) is what happens when Napa Cabernet becomes chic. If you are part of that small segment of wine drinkers or collectors who buy wines in this price range, I recommend that you delve into this vintage of Spottswoode. It will improve for a few decades and last a little longer than that. Youza.

Tasting notes

2020 Parés Baltà “Calcari” Xarel-lo, Penedes, Spain
Pale yellow gold in the glass, this wine smells of lemon peel, yellow plums and damp blackboard. On the palate, electrically bright candied lemon flavors are welded to an incredibly stony and deep minerality that is breathtaking. Slight saline notes linger on the finish. Fantastic acidity, and just a wonderful, electrically brilliant quality to the wine. 12% alcohol. Closed with a screw cap. Note: approx. 9. Cost: $21. click to buy.

2020 Parés Baltà “Cosmic” White Blend, Penedes, Spain
Pale golden yellow in color, this wine smells of crushed stone, lemon peel and green apple. On the palate, green apple, lemon and wet pavement have a fantastic stony core. Excellent acidity and a nice light tannic texture complete the wine. Hugely refreshing and crunchy. A blend of 85% Xarel-lo and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. 14.1% alcohol. Note: approx. 9. Cost: $21. click to buy.

2020 Abel Mendoza Malvasia, Rioja, Spain
Pale gold in color, this wine smells of lemongrass, citrus pith and damp blackboard. On the palate, beautifully saline flavors of lemon pith, grapefruit and wet blackboard have fantastic acidity and a deeply wet blackboard minerality that lingers with chalk in the mouth as the wine ends clean, crisp and with just a hint of oak vanilla. . 14% alcohol. Note: approx. 9. Cost: $50.

2020 Abel Mendoza Grenache Blanc, Rioja, Spain
Clear greenish gold in the glass, this wine smells of pear, apricot and starfruit with a hint of bruised apple. On the palate, slightly saline flavors of peach, pear and yellow plum have a lovely silky texture and excellent crisp acidity. Complex and rich, but not overpowering, it’s delicious on the palate. 13.5% alcohol. Note: approx. 9. Cost: $50.

2020 Abel Mendoza Viura, Rioja, Spain
Pale greenish-gold in color, this wine smells of grapefruit pith and a hint of new oak. On the palate, silky flavors of yellow plum, lemon curd and oak vanilla have a nice rich weight as well as a bright saltiness. Excellent acidity. 14.5% alcohol. Note: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $50.

2019 Grenache “Indigena” Parés Baltà, Penedes, Spain
Light to medium ruby ​​in the glass with just a hint of purple, this wine smells of aromatic herbs and berries. On the palate, the bright flavors of strawberry jam and huckleberry are cut through by very disarming floral and herbaceous flavors, and a wonderful scent of thyme lingers on the finish, with a piney tang. Fantastic acidity and barely perceptible tannins. A wine that is sure to turn heads. Extremely delicious. I recommend serving slightly chilled. 14.3% alcohol. Note: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $20. click to buy.

2019 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent Moulin-a-Vent, Beajolais, Burgundy, France
Light to medium garnet in color, this wine smells of saddle leather, dried herbs and berries. On the palate, the bright blackberry and herbal flavors have a slightly fleshy quality with hints of flowers. Excellent acidity and slightly muscular tannins. 13% alcohol. Note: approx. 9. Cost: $40. click to buy.

2009 Moulin-à-Vent Castle Moulin-à-Vent, Beajolais, Burgundy, France
A cloudy dark ruby ​​in the glass, this wine smells of horse sweat and saddle leather and dried herbs. On the palate, lovely flavors of dried berries, undergrowth and dried herbs mingle with a very nice umami quality somewhere between dashi and bone broth. Not as funky on the palate as one would expect given its initial aromas. Nice acidity, very light tannins. 13.5% alcohol. Note: approx. 9.

2019 Tenuta Argentiera “Villa Donoratico” Bolgheri Rosso, Tuscany, Italy
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherry and vanilla. On the palate, black cherry dances on the verge of being overripe, with hints of raisins in the mix, as well as cola, cocoa powder and vanilla. Unctuous, with fine, relatively restrained tannins and excellent acidity. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot aged in a mixture of large and small barrels. 14.5% alcohol. Note: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $42. click to buy.

2018 Tenuta Argentiera “Argentiera” Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of dark cherries and cocoa powder. On the palate, black cherry, cocoa powder, cola, and dried herbs have a lively, crisp acidity that brings more sour flavors of plum skin into the mix. Light, flaky tannins stiffen on the palate, giving the wine an athletic, muscular quality. Notes of licorice root and bitter chocolate linger on the finish. A blend of 40% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc that ages in 50% new French oak barrels for 14.5% alcohol. Note: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $90. click to buy.

2019 Tenuta Argentiera “Poggio ai Ginepri” Bolgheri Rosso, Tuscany, Italy
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of chopped green herbs, cherries and blackberries. On the palate, lively blackberry and dark cherry flavors have a lovely herbaceous, juicy luminosity with excellent acidity. Notes of dried and fresh herbs, as well as licorice and black cherry linger on the finish with just a hint of salinity. Light tannins, mastic. Delicious. Blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Half of the wine is aged in oak barrels, the other half in steel. 14.5% alcohol. Note: approx. 9. Cost: $25. click to buy.

2018 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa, CA
Inky, opaque garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherries, earth and flowers. On the palate, gorgeous black cherries, plums, violets and dried herbs have an incredibly lively freshness thanks to exceptional acidity. Gorgeous earthy, carob and licorice root notes linger with cola nuts on the finish. Supple, muscular tannins, but of impeccable finesse, flow through the wine like a sheet of satin stretched over a curved material. Striking and fabulous. 13.8% alcohol. Note: between 9.5 and ten. Cost: $235. click to buy.

Paso Robles real estate sees strongest sellers’ market since post-WWII Sat, 15 Jan 2022 16:59:31 +0000

Local real estate agents Pete Dakin and Fred-Bruen

Sale prices higher than ever in North County

–This report is a look back at North County real estate in 2021 and provides a window into the first quarter of 2022. Diving deeper into 2022 is a bit problematic with the myriad of economic, political and health issues facing us. face in today’s world. .

Buyers are actively looking for property in North County today. The pool of buyers may be shallower than a year ago, but buyer demand is strong today. This buyer demand for the product covers all non-commercial properties including homes, land, ranches and vineyards. With low interest rates and historically low inventory levels, there remains an optimal seller’s market.

Simply put, this is the strongest seller’s market since post-WWII. Selling prices are higher than ever in North County.

The total number of homes sold in 2021, 1,683 units, represents a 7% increase from 2020.

However, the number of sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 fell by 73 units, compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. Listings for sale fell in the fourth quarter to the point that there were only 10 homes available for sale at Paso Robles near year- end.

The median selling price jumped to $629,000 year over year, with the fourth quarter median price hitting $660,000. We do not expect prices to drop in the coming months.

In our office, we see many more people who are considering selling their homes. These sellers should succeed and achieve high prices.

As interest rates rise, more sellers are likely to venture into the market to take advantage of high prices. Inflation seems to explode in the first quarter, which could alter buyer demand. Some buyers may want to secure excellent inflation coverage while other buyers may back out due to increased expenses. Add in COVID and it’s a bit of a dice roll after the first trimester.

Rental rates are expected to increase by 7%, reflecting the lack of new construction and homes available for sale. The residential single-family home becomes a luxury item.

Adding to the confusion is the continuation of the great redesign migration that began with COVID in 2020. In the face of the pandemic, people began to operate with a sense of urgency. Many people are retiring earlier and moving to more affordable neighborhoods. Remote work has expanded housing options. The political divide has prompted more people to seek to live with other like-minded people. An increase in crime and gradual education reform spurred more population movement.

Fruit prices are high and demand for wine and vineyard properties is strong. Farm properties tend to dance to their own music and are much more stable than house prices. Low interest rates and planting restrictions provided a solid foundation for wine grape properties.

Operating costs are increasing and labor is still an issue. The reputation of our region for its quality wines and fruits continues to grow.

You could say that North County is an optimal place to own real estate in California. Our two main food markets are the Bay Area and Southern California.

These areas are still much more expensive and less pleasant to live in on a day-to-day basis than North County. North County residents generally migrate out of state. These sellers are replaced by urban refugees who buy cheaper and more pleasant houses and a way of life.

–By Pete Dakin and Fred Bruen
RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate

Drinks to Help You Lower Your Alcohol Units | Wine Sat, 15 Jan 2022 01:50:00 +0000

IIf you’re simply having a wet January, rather than a dry one – that is, you’re cutting back instead of cutting back – you may well be more attracted to low-alcohol beverages than non-alcoholic beverages, that I talked about last week.

When it comes to wine, at least, there’s plenty to talk about too. There are more than drinkable wines at 12% ABV or less – mostly white wines and sparkling wines, it must be said, although a number of producers are now making reds at 9%, including the lovely Sunny With a Chance de Fleurs pinot noir which I have recommended below. Unlike most low-alcohol reds, it’s not overly sweet either, the usual downside of lower alcohol being higher sugar, although this matters less with Riesling, where this is usually offset by lively acidity. A small glass of 8% Moselle Riesling, like the delicious Dr Loosen’s Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 2019 (€16.99Rannoch Scott, Where £35 per magnum from Waitrose Cellar), for example, is just one unit. (Incidentally, you can determine the number of units in your drink by multiplying the ABV by the volume of the drink in milliliters, then dividing that by 1,000, or 8 x 125 ÷ 1,000 = 1.)

So-called “small” or “table” beers, on the other hand, have been around for a while, spearheaded by the likes of Kernel Brewery and the small beer Brew Co, but a growing number of others now also offer beers at less than 4%. And they also manage to pack a lot of flavor into the bottle or can, and are a particularly easy way to cut your intake. More surprising, at least for me, it turns out that there is also an equivalent in the world of cider – the small cider, or “cidrekin”, according to The History and Virtues of Cyder by RK French. In addition to the extraordinary Templar’s Choice in my picks below, I love Apple Pilton Apple (£6.95 a half bottle on their, which at 4.8% is slightly higher, and deliciously infused with quince.

You can, of course, also get low-strength spirits, although part of me wonders why you would, given that they can be more expensive than the full-strength version. Certainly, they make life easier and it is less tempting to play with a less strong mind. Maybe they’re more for budding mixologists than those of us who like our drinks neat, but I can’t help but think that having a single instead of a double of your bevvy usual might not be a better solution.

Five low-alcohol drinks to lower your units

Late Harvest Cider Templar’s Choice £7 for 750ml, £8.50, 3%. Made by a British couple in Normandy, this strong tasting semi-dry cider is an extraordinary drink, almost like a liquid tarte tatin.

Newtown Park Square

Newtown Park All Day Table Beer £3.50 for 440ml of two bellies, £3.65 Hops, Burns & Black, 3%. Yet another quirky Bristol brewery doing its thing. They also have a 3.9% lager called Yelling at Inanimate Objects. As you do.

Sunny with a chance

Sunny with a chance of flowers 2019 £10.75 (on sale) Cabins, £12.50 Aitken from Dundee, 9%. Who can resist a wine with such a name? Light, but with good pinot character.

The Doctor's Riesling

The Doctor’s Riesling 2019 £13.95 Frontier Fine Wines, £10.99 New Zealand wine house, 9%. Crispy, lime and demi-sec Riesling from Forrest, the kiwi pioneers of 9% wine. Perfect for Thai cuisine.

Classic cut

Cut Classic Premium Light Spirit Drink made from aged Caribbean rum £30, 20%. Decent, low-alcohol dark spirits are in short supply, so this is welcome, if a bit pricey.

]]> The DO Terra Alta makes orange wine official Fri, 14 Jan 2022 09:00:40 +0000

At the final board meeting of 2021 for the regulatory board of DO Terra Alta, in Catalonia, Spain, a long list of changes was approved.

The most striking was the implementation of a very strict certification system for 100% Garnetxa Blanca since it is their flagship grape variety. But perhaps the most interesting element is a little further down the list that allows the certification of a type of wines called in Catalan “broken wines”.

The name refers to the white wines which are produced in contact with the “broken” or, the skins, stems and pips of grapes. This is a method of wine production that has gained prominence and popularity in recent years and is more commonly known internationally as ‘amber/orange wine’.

Via wine bars and especially restaurants, the style was seen more due to its gastronomic pairing capabilities and heavier weight. Although it seems like a modern trend, it has actually been produced historically in countless regions such as Georgia, Armenia, parts of Slovenia, and others. Terra Alta has been producing this style of wine for as long as anyone can remember, but in general the wines are lighter than what many others are producing.

As Núria Altés, co-owner of the winery, Herència Altés, told Decanter: “The people of the region have always drunk wine made in this style. People were actually more used to it than to the current style. It was much simpler to produce because you put everything in the tank to ferment together.

But the brisat style fell out of fashion in most parts of the world because it was often rightly considered more rustic and tannic. Since the inclusion of the skins allowed many faults to be hidden, it was also not always the best wine from a given cellar.

With only half a dozen wines produced in this style in Terra Alta, however, one wonders why they chose to include it now in their official statutes given that it seems to be a very small part of their overall production. .

DO President Joan Arrufí told Decanter: “We have many more wines that will be released soon because many winemakers have returned to these wines, but this time using modern winemaking techniques, allowing traditional “brisats” but with more finesse and compatibility with current tastes. We wanted to include it in this revision of the plc (statutes) in order to reflect this history of our region as well as its evolution, and also because it is clear to us that the wine-loving public is more and more interested in these wines.

Once the new version of their statutes is fully approved (scheduled for mid-2022), any wine that can show traceability to the regulations will be allowed to be certified, regardless of vintage. The same will apply to 100% Garnatxa Blanca wines. And how they hold 1/3 of all the vineyard of this grape variety in the world, it is also the standard base for “brisat” wines.

In addition, it will make DO Terra Alta the first DO in all of Spain to have legal certification for this style of wine. Arrufí and others within the DO can’t say for sure, but they believe they could be the first regulatory designation in all of Europe to do so as well.

While reaction to the more orange wine segment can sometimes be controversial due to the widely varying strengths of the resulting wines, the fact that a DO shows a willingness to introduce legal certification speaks to their belief that they are is a market segment with growth potential. .

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4 costly renovation mistakes to avoid Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:05:12 +0000


You’ve saved some money and you’re ready to start a home improvement project. Whether the updates are to get your home ready for the market or just for your own enjoyment, you want to be smart about this investment.

Get Started: 8 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Master Bedroom
More Rooms: 8 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

As a savvy homeowner, you know that not all home renovations provide equal returns. So you want to choose a project that will increase the value of your property. Here’s a rundown of four costly home improvement mistakes you don’t want to make, along with budget-friendly alternatives that are definitely worth your money.

Niche Updates

Your home is your image, so you might be tempted to embark on a bespoke renovation that reflects your interests. However, Isabelle Emond, real estate broker and owner of RE/MAX Ocean Surf and Sun, based in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, recommended against making excessive upgrades specifically tailored to your preferences.

“Converting an extra room into a knitting room, turning the garage into a games room or installing wine cellars can make it difficult to find buyers, because not everyone will share
your interests,” she said. “You should avoid these deluxe rooms as most buyers would rather have the extra space as a blank slate, rather than [have to] modify it according to their tastes, if they decide to buy your property.

Options: How to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom: 7 Affordable Solutions

For reference, the average cost to build a wine cellar is $40,000, while converting a garage to living space costs around $14,419, according to HomeAdvisor.

Instead of: If you have the funds and are committing to a major project, consider converting your basement into living space. This is more universally appealing as many buyers want to use the garage for its intended purpose.

Converting your basement into living space costs about $46,900 and you can expect to recoup 64% of the costs, according to the 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, published by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Realtors® .

If your budget isn’t that big, but you still want to take on a big project, consider adding a new roof. It’ll cost an average of $7,500 and you’ll likely recoup 107% of the cost, according to the Remodeling Impact Report.

See: 5 affordable ways to transform every room in your home

High-end kitchen renovation

A kitchen is the heart of the home, so you might think no monetary value is too high to invest in it, but Emond says that’s not the case.

“Avoid redesigning the kitchen with the latest smart appliances with overly fancy features that a buyer wouldn’t appreciate,” she said. “Renovating too much to the point of not recovering your initial investment is a bad choice.”

While innovative devices can be fun for you in the short term, Emond said it’s best to focus on upgrades that appeal to the masses.

“Instead of rebuilding a kitchen to be super smart, redo the cabinets, change the backsplash and repaint the walls, because those features are easier and cheaper for the buyer to change.”

You’ll also save a lot of money by opting for a high-end kitchen renovation, as the average cost for this type of project is $149,079 – with 53.9% of costs recouped – according to the magazine’s Cost vs Value report. Remodeling 2021.

Instead of: Transforming your mid-priced kitchen remodel offers some serious savings. If you’re looking for a total overhaul, a major mid-range kitchen renovation costs an average of $75,571 – with a return on investment of 57.4% – while a minor kitchen renovation costs around $26,214, with 72 .2% of costs recovered, according to Remodeling magazine.

Find: 26 home improvement ideas that each cost less than $500

waterfall counters

Speaking of kitchen upgrades, if you’re considering jumping on the popular waterfall countertop trend, Martha McNamara, product design and curation manager at Vevano Home, a company that provides kitchen design services virtual interiors and specializes in major home renovations, advised against it. .

“While they’re a nice statement piece, it often doubles the price of your countertop,” she said.

Expect to spend $40 to $100+ per square foot of stone slabs for a waterfall countertop and up to $100 per square foot for installation, according to Caesarstone. While the site notes that these costs are comparable to what you would pay with a conventional countertop, it is these manufacturing costs of up to $2000 and resealing costs of $200-1200 – required up to two times a year with granite – which really drives up the price.

Instead of: If you’re in doubt about that waterfall countertop, McNamara suggested finished cabinet panels that extend the depth of the overhang as a great alternative. She said this option is also more versatile and can work with more traditional styles, whereas the waterfall countertop is hard to pair with anything other than a modern look.

Overall, expect to spend an average of $3,068 to install a countertop, including materials and labor, according to HomeAdvisor.

Start now: 20 insider tips for saving money on every part of your home

Home gyms

At the start of the pandemic, home gyms were all the rage, but Ben Fisher, a luxury real estate agent with the Fisher Group in Salt Lake City, Utah, said that trend had gone out of fashion.

“If you really want to do some serious exercise at home, you can just buy a treadmill for running and a few other materials like a dumbbell, jump rope and the like,” he said.

The average cost to build a home gym is $2,000, according to HomeAdvisor. Luckily, there’s no shortage of better home improvement options for your money.

Instead of: It’s not the most exciting upgrade, but an insulation upgrade costs around $2,400 and you’ll recoup around 83% of the cost, according to the Remodeling Impact Report.

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BlockBar, the world’s first direct-to-consumer NFT marketplace for wines and spirits, democratizes the traditional spirits industry by selling Maison Hennessy’s very first NFT collection to a crypto community club Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:58:00 +0000

NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Block bar, the world’s leading NFT marketplace for luxury wines and spirits, is delighted to announce its record-breaking sale of Hennessy 8 – a cognac masterpiece and a tribute to eight generations of Master Blenders.

Bought by Angry pit bull club (APC) for 66.49 ETH ($ 226,450) USD), Hennessy’s very first NFT collection consists of both digital and physical assets, which were sold as double-drop decanters 1/250 and 250/250 respectively.

Selling within the crypto community puts more emphasis on BlockBar’s mission to make luxury spirits more accessible.

Sam Falic, co-founder and president of, exclaims, “We bring spirits to all demographic groups, we democratize the traditional spirits industry and enable everyone, everywhere, to participate. It’s revolutionary and something that couldn’t have been done before, and we expect to see a slight increase in investment in premium spirits. We believe that we are bringing the younger ones into luxury spirits and the older ones into NFTs. It’s a dream come true to see a community made up of a younger demographic buy this NFT directly from the brand.

The crypto version is held securely by, with a record of authenticity held on the blockchain as a digital certificate of ownership. APC chooses to keep the physical product in BlockBar’s secure storage facility and not to trade NFT versions on the Marketplace.

“Because the owners of the Angry Pitbull Club are longtime Hennessy fans, purchasing the very first Hennessy NFT just made sense for the brand. We joined this project out of pure love and out of a desire to consider it an asset for the benefit of the NFT community ”, states NFTrein, one of the founders of the Angry Pitbull Club.

Angry Pitbull Club, which also belongs to revolutionary memes pages comicvidz and hoodville, was inspired by the love of its owners for their pitbulls. The Club takes digital art to new levels by incorporating charitable activities into its community. At the end of December 2021, APC donated 10% of its mint sales ($ 276,513.96 in ETH) to Best Friends Animal Society.

APC was built on the long-standing support of its fans and followers. From providing spaces on its channels to discuss mental health and NFT education offerings to extending exclusive benefits to its holders, the Club offers a community like no other.

The sale was offered exclusively through, known for its partnership with leading global wine and spirits brands including Glenfiddich, Royal Salute, The Dalmore and Penfolds. For more information on BlockBar, please visit

About Hennessy 8

Made from an eau-de-vie from eight generations of Hennessy master blenders, Hennessy 8 enters a new dimension as NFT, with its first and final decanters featured in double drop on In five years of development, Hennessy · 8 honors the arrival of a new generation and the heritage of the House of transmitting its cognac know-how. The Hennessy · 8 NFTs come with physical and numeric attributes. A commemorative sculpture accompanies each purchase, as well as a jewel-shaped copper key to open the physical chest, which cradles the decanter like a protective shell. The chest, designed by Arik Levy from oak staves from La Sarrazine, the Hennessy cooperage, is made up of 25 layers each symbolizing 10 years of Hennessy’s history. An elegant accompanying toolbox contains 4 tasting glasses originally designed by glassmaker Georg Riedel and Yann Fillioux 30 years ago; these have been reissued exclusively for Hennessy · 8. An oak barrel wood pipette and cork holder are also included. A souvenir brochure describing the genesis and spirit of Hennessy · 8, a personalized authentication plate and a numbered certificate signed by Yann Fillioux complete the presentation of Hennessy · 8 heritage cognac.

About BlockBar

Created in October 2021, Block bar is the world’s first NFT DTC marketplace that connects consumers and collectors with luxury wine and spirits brand owners by offering the ability to redeem NFTs for unique products. Working in the spirits industry for many years, co-founders Dov and Sam Falic noticed the issues consumers and brands faced in the wine and spirits world. So they launched to offer transparency, authenticity, quality assurance and storage. BlockBar’s proprietary platform allows consumers to purchase asset-backed NFTs directly from the brand owners themselves. BlockBar’s proprietary smart contracts verify authenticity, and its partnership with top cybersecurity and crypto-security companies ensures transactions are fully protected and transparent. Consumers can deal directly with brands and no longer have to worry about authenticity or storage. The physical bottles are stored in a secure facility in Singapore with 24/7 security, motion sensors and temperature control. Buyers can pay for the products by credit card or Ethereum and have the option to burn the NFT to redeem the physical product or resell the product through the Marketplace.

About Hennessy

The leader in Cognac, the Hennessy House shines around the world through its exceptional know-how for more than 250 years. Built on the winning spirit of founder Richard Hennessy, the brand is present in more than 160 countries. Located in the heart of Charente, Hennessy is also an unwavering pillar of the regional economy. The success and sustainability of the House are based on the excellence of its cognacs, each of which is born from a unique process of passing on know-how from generation to generation. The first spirits house to be ISO 14001 certified, Hennessy combines its capacity for innovation and the support of all of its partners to protect this exceptional territory. The flagship of the LVMH group, Hennessy is a major player in French international trade, with 99% of production sold for export, and a global ambassador for the French art of living.

About Angry Pitbull Club

Angry Pitbull Club (“APC”) is owned by comicvidz and hoodville, two pages of one-of-a-kind memes that joined NFTrein, an expert in the world of viral marketing and business development. Together, they have built dedicated and supportive communities that now also live on the blockchain. Inspired by their mutual love for their own pitbulls and other animals, they decided to take digital art to the next level by incorporating charitable activities on a global scale. APC has launched revolutionary NFTs which are stored as ERC-721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. APC holders, as Angry Pitbull NFT owners, enjoy innovative benefits and unlimited opportunities by being part of this special community.

Their 10,000 unique NFT currency in December 2021 sold out in an hour, reaching the top five NFTs by trade volume on OpenSea. APC donated 10% of its mint sales ($ 276,513.96 in ETH) to the Best Friends Animal Society. The Club has also created mental health channels on its Discord server and spaces on Twitter to help educate people about NFTs. In all their efforts, the creators want to continue to allow their subscribers, NFT holders and visitors to experience a community like no other.

]]> Eggnog – Flathead Beacon Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:59:34 +0000

When we talk about eggnog, let’s get rid of the mass-produced drink that consumes shelf space during the holidays. Some, of course, including myself, may enjoy the drink, poured thick in a carton and too filled with spice and sweetness.

However, a well-made and handcrafted eggnog can be a rich, creamy, boozy (or virgin), and elegant drink that embodies all the warmth associated with vacations, family, friendship and coziness. Eggs may seem intimidating, but the process is relatively straightforward and well worth the extra effort. Eggs in cocktails – like a flip or fizz – can create an experience like few other ingredients can.

“You will get a richer texture, you will get a smoother, rounder drink. It’s less astringent and less tannic in nature, ”said Meagan Schmoll, Whitefish-based bartender and spirits educator. “The vegan alternative is chickpea brine, or aquafaba. “

The aquafaba is the liquid obtained either by draining a can of chickpeas, or by reserving the rest of the cooking liquid. About an ounce can be used to create the similar concept of an egg white.

The lineage of eggnog probably dates back to around 13th-century Britain, where posset – a mixture of milk and wine or beer – was used as a medicinal remedy. The alcohol would curdle the hot milk, creating a viscous mass at the top with the alcohol separated at the bottom. The rich, who had access to better ingredients, mixed a similar concoction of milk and finer alcohol, plus the addition of sugar and spices. Spoons were used to consume the sugary top crust while a straw was used to drink the alcohol below.

The drink became so popular that specific posset jars – some with clay straws (like a faucet) built into the cups themselves – were designed to consume it. William Shakespeare has mentioned the posset in several plays, as a medicine or as a means of dispensing poison.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, eggs became a more common addition as thicker versions of the drink became more popular across Europe. It was also around this time that the popularity of egg milk drinks arrived in the American colonies. With easier access to farm foods, sugars and spices – as well as whiskey and rum – the delicacy has become more accessible to everyone.

It was also around this time that we see the use of the term “eggnog”, although theories are mixed on the origin of the term. In America, the slang term for a drinkable dessert was “egg ‘n’ grog”, while it was also served in a wooden cup known as “noggin”.

The recipe for eggnog hasn’t changed much over the decades. Still, a wide variety of recipes can be found – from favorites of home or professional bartenders to those attributed to Presidents George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower – and experimentation is part of the fun.

To try it at home, choose a recipe that has flavors that you personally appreciate. The recipe included here is from Dale Degroff’s book, The Craft of the Cocktail, using Whistling Andy’s Spiced Rum, a limited-edition bottle released each year as the holidays approach.

An egg-based cocktail trick that Schmoll passes on: “Some people hate the smell of sulfur in egg white. If you are (creating) an egg white drink, be aware of the first scent you experience when the cocktail arrives at you. Some people put aromatic bitters on top… or a pinch of nutmeg. Then you get into the flavors and it’s really cool.

Where to find it: Find Meagan Schmoll on and the Whistling Andy Distillery tasting room at 8541 Montana Highway 35, Bigfork, or


6 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1 liter of milk
1 pint of cream
6 ounces of bourbon

6 ounces of spiced rum
1 whole nutmeg, for grating

Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they turn light in color. Add ½ cup of sugar slowly while beating the eggs. Add the milk, cream and liqueur. Beat the egg whites until they become soft peaks, slowly adding the remaining sugar. Gently fold the whites into the mixture.

Pub talk

In a riot at West Point after the American Revolution, students defied Colonel Sylvanus Thayler’s orders and got drunk on eggnog over Christmas. Twenty students were court martialed after the incident.

Ways to shake an egg cocktail

The dry shake: Add all the ingredients to a shaker without ice and shake. It does not dilute or cool the drink.

The wet shake: Usually this follows the shake and involves shaking the ingredients with ice. This dilutes and cools the drink.

Reverse dry shake: First shake the drink with ice but without the egg. Strain the ice from the drink and shake again without ice.

This LA sommelier recommends bottles and delivers wine to your doorstep Tue, 11 Jan 2022 23:20:00 +0000

The Angelenos’ level of access to natural wine has increased dramatically over the past two years. Natural wine bars and shops continue to proliferate in Los Angeles, with recent openings such as Only the Wild Ones, Voodoo Vin, and Vinovore Eagle Rock joining the city’s ever-growing list, while places like Lolo and Melody are emerged from the pandemic as popular hangouts centered around playful wine menus. In October, Governor Gavin Newsom enacted Senate Bill 389, allowing restaurants to serve wine, beer, and cocktails on the go with food until 2026.

An obvious advantage of wine delivery is that instead of having to go out to buy a bottle, the wine can come to you, as in the case of Little Lands, a natural wine delivery service that operates from a white european style transport van. decorated with hand painted vintage stamps. Its owner is Brion Brionson, an industry veteran who draws on his 20 years of wine experience at restaurants like Barbrix, Botanica and All Time to deliver sommelier-like service in street edge.

“Because there is only me, there is no filter. It’s just about the most unlimited access to my psyche and the way I interact with the world and with wine, ”says Brionson. Brionson has long, dark curly hair and a knack for colorful Japanese streetwear; her fiery energy contributes to her accessible nature. Instead of looking like a tailored beverage manager in a fine dining restaurant, he’s got more of a quirky wine nerd vibe with a stash of bottles in his backseat he’s happy to tell you about.

Wines from the Little Lands wine truck.
Small lands

Brionson holds a specific license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, known as the Limited Off-Sale Wine License, which allows him to sell wine directly to consumers online and over the phone, as opposed to an open retail outlet. to the public. Customers of Little Lands – which launched in December 2020 – can place orders for specific bottles to be delivered via SMS, DM, and through the website, or they can simply request the presence of Brionson and his van. “And then I’ll review, they’ll meet me in the van and review what’s on board,” he explains. All of her stuff has come by word of mouth or Instagram, and many of her customers have found Little Lands after spotting the van.

Little Lands takes its name from the ephemeral commune that existed in Tujunga, where Brionson lived with his family, in the early 1900s. He was also known by his Spanish name, Los Terrenitos. When he first came up with the idea several months after the start of the pandemic, the original plan was to serve those in his immediate vicinity in the Crescenta Valley. The area is more of a bedroom community with chain restaurants and fast food restaurants, but there aren’t many natural wine stores. In order to generate enough volume to sustain itself, it expanded its service throughout Northeast LA and beyond. Most of Little Lands’ patrons live in Altadena, Pasadena, Eagle Rock, and Glassell Park, and Brionson has also found his way into other neighborhoods where there is no dedicated natural wine source, such as Laurel Canyon.

For people who live in the Eastside of LA, orders placed before 12:30 p.m. can be delivered the same day, while people at the Westside are serviced once a week on Little Land’s “Town Day”. One of the perks of being a one-man roving operation is the flexibility, and Brionson has traveled all the way to Malibu to deliver wine. It can also ship. So if someone in Venice wanted just one bottle they would probably send it in the mail, but if they wanted the van experience and were looking to buy wine for a party, they would figure out how to make it work. .

Backlit white wine bottle to make it sparkle.

Bottle of Litrozzo wine at sunset from Little Lands.
Small lands

A bottle of red wine on a table.

Bottle of Pommard Les Petits Noizons 2018.
Small lands

Little Lands primarily sells white, red, rosé, skin contact and sparkling European wines. Due to the modest and personal nature of the business, Brionson’s ever-evolving offering is a representation of the wines he loves, the producers he trusts and the bottles he can get his hands on in the market. competitive Los Angeles. Marlet. He stocks a few bottles of Californian and Australian winemakers, but says he has always been drawn to France because it was French wine that fascinated him early in his career. Everything it carries is considered natural, or in its own words, made “without chemical additives, sugars or additional yeast”, due to its interest in preserving the history of wine made on a small scale by winegrowers with a background. agriculture.

Brionson argues that prior to the 1980s, when the use of additives in wine became more popular, all wine was natural wine. (“Due to the growing demand for natural wine, much of what is available is faulty or bad wine that would never have been marketed before,” he says.) Little Lands is a way for him to put showcasing the wines he likes and feels good to drink.

What Little Lands has to offer in the vast sea of ​​wine-buying experiences in Los Angeles is a miniature boutique on wheels. Calling on Brionson is a simple and intimate way to buy and experience wine without leaving home. One of his regulars, Ryan James, says Little Lands helped give him and his wife a sense of normalcy as they went through their first year of parenthood in a pandemic: “When we started to train us to sleep, Little Lands was there to help us. through a brutal weekend with a bottle of 2018 La Grange de I’Oncle Charles Alsace and 2018 Athenais De Beru Bourgogne Pinot Gris Rose. Then it was our birthday, then my birthday, my wife’s birthday, our son’s first birthday, etc.

“I end up delivering mostly to people with young children who are sort of homebound or people who work from home. There are a lot of young families for whom it is a big ordeal to get in the car and drive to Lou or Psychic, ”says Brionson, adding that people also really like the personal touch that comes with buying. his wine. “I’m able to send someone a DM and say, ‘Hey, I have Alsatian Riesling and I know you’ve enjoyed it in the past.’ Most of the time people are like, “Yeah, bring it. “

Find small lands on Instagram or by calling (323) 538-2618.

Britons Seek Vegan Alternatives To Milk, Skin Care – And Even Wine, Study Finds | Nature | News Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:21:14 +0000

Of these, 38% are concerned about the environmental impact of using non-vegan items, while 35% are concerned about animal welfare.

As a result, many are looking for herbal alternatives for skin care (41%), makeup (31%), and leather accessories (34%).

It’s also found that one in six people are more willing to try vegan skincare products than plant-based milk – the same percentage of people saying cow’s milk has a negative effect on their skin.

These problems include dry skin (53%), acne (49%) and puffiness (46%).

But nearly six in ten adults say they don’t even know vegan skin care exists – with the price (51 percent), the natural ingredients (37 percent), and whether they’re cruelty-free (36 percent), among the main considerations when purchasing beauty products.

Of those looking for vegan care products, 64% do so because it’s good for the planet, while 68% prefer animals not to be harmed during production.

Nora Zukauskaite, spokesperson for the vegan skincare brand Proud skin, who commissioned the study to mark its Cowfunding this Veganuary campaign, said: “The study shows how vegan alternatives are on the rise, but there are still some who are reluctant to make the switch.

“It’s sad to see so few people know how dairy cows behave in agriculture.

“It can be both emotionally and physically harmful to animals, as well as have a devastating impact on the environment.

“At Skin Proud, we want to encourage people to incorporate more alternatives into their daily lives, from clothing and skin care, to simple and easy changes, and to help them with our simple and affordable vegan skincare products. .

“It’s interesting that women are more likely to try alternatives than men, but it’s still a good start in the right direction.

“Our hope in 2022 is for vegan options to become the first and only choice of consumers for skin care and beauty products, to combat the impacts on animals and the environment. “

The study also found that one in five adults would be willing to switch to another milk choice if they knew more about the health benefits.

But a fifth have never tried anything other than cow’s milk – because they fear the plant-based alternatives will taste “weird.”

And 39% didn’t taste an alternative because of the price, according to the OnePoll study.

Almost half of adults are unaware of the impact dairy farming has on cows – but of the 52 percent who are, more than half said they know it makes them more inclined to try alternatives. with milk without dairy products.

Nora Zukauskaite added, “We are committed to being vegan and cruelty-free, and are PETA certified.

“We are working to help save cows in UK and US, with our Cowfunding campaign to protect cows and their rights in UK and US, part of our product sales through Veganuary being donated to the Animal Equality charity which helps reduce animal suffering.

Skin Proud’s Cowfunding campaign will see them donate 50% of profits online in January to help reduce animal suffering in the UK and US.

* Skin Proud is available at Boots, in-store and online.

Culinary trends to look for this year Mon, 10 Jan 2022 23:20:19 +0000 Well, it’s over. Two weeks ago now, 2021 has passed and with it a few food trends we might be happy to say goodbye. With any luck, feta and cream cheese will be back on the shelves now that TikTok Cheese and Tomato Pasta has reached its viral expiration date. And while pesto eggs might be the flavor of last year, the espresso martini revival seems here to stay.

Unlike last January, we are starting this new year with vaccines and boosters at our disposal, but the omicron variant will ensure that eating at home remains an unbroken trend. Other habits will take root: take-out meals and meal kits for participatory home cooking will continue, and local delivery services will appeal to third parties known for their abusive prices. Customer interest in food sources, local supply chains, foods containing CBD, and adaptogenic drinks designed to calm us down will remain, like most of us, high. But what else can we expect in the trend forecast for 2022? A few surprises, but many that make sense for the health of the industry as a whole.

Restaurants with limits

Impacted by staff shortages and high food costs, we will continue to see restaurants open for fewer days, with smaller, tighter menus and higher prices. There will be more stringent cancellation policies with some requiring a credit card, no-shows and last minute cancellations incurring a charge per person. On the service side, there will be more bundled tips for front and back staff, a more equitable lump sum hourly wage, and tip suggestions on the bill that start at 20 percent but show the tip calculation at 22 percent. one hundred and 25 percent or more. If you still expect the servers to work so you can eat out, now is the time to embrace that big-tip energy.

Culinary experiences

High-end gastronomy is back. We will see an increase in fixed price tasting menus and chef collaborations. Just as musicians collaborated on pandemic releases, we’ll see more collaborations across the top and bottom of the state with residences, guest conductors, and pre-sale tickets paid in full in advance through sites like Tock. Al fresco dining will also last, fueled by the increase in outdoor events, wood-fired cooking and asado barbecues.

All Comfort Food, all the time

We’ll see more comfort food from chefs cooking foods that reflect who they are, where they are and how they belong, from Nigerian fufu to Lebanese kibbeh. With previous national trends for Korean tacos and desi Indian pizzas already available in the upstate, we’ll see fusion menus from chefs less concerned with restrictive labels or strict authenticity. We will be treated to more culinary mashups like Itameshi, the Japanese version of Italian cuisine, or Mexican-Chinese cuisine with dim sum tamales and tacos with lettuce instead of tortillas.

Eat plant-based and environmentally friendly

The past year has brought a tidal wave in plant-based diets and the integration of vegan menus. In 2022, we can expect more, including the rise of “reducetarism” among those who do not swear against animal products but reduce the amount of meat, dairy and eggs they want. use. We will continue to see alternatives to mushroom-based meat, and with more and more people eating their vegetables in direct-to-consumer channels like CSAs and farmers’ markets, the pandemic growth of frozen vegetables will not happen. probably won’t stop. Plus, here’s a weird one: You know soy, rice, almond, and oat milk, but potato milk is touted as the next big thing.

Fermented and preserved foods

Another pandemic hobby has spurred the popularity of pickling, canning, drying and storing salt, and this is expected to continue with restaurants expanding pickle programs, exploring koji fermentation and using koji fermentation. fermented products like vinegar and kombucha in cooking and cocktails, some even drying out and finding use for these mighty potent kombucha mothers. Kefir and kefir drinks that are good for the gut will continue as part of the widespread interest in drinks that are good for the body.

Low ABV cocktails

While mocktails have found a respected place on cocktail lists for those who don’t drink, it is the widespread interest in low-alcohol cocktails that shows a major shift in the market. Consumers choose low-alcohol spritzes and amari-based cocktails to reduce their overall alcohol intake or alternate with more alcoholic drinks on a night out. Canned cocktails continue to reflect this interest and are taking over from the low calorie, ABV hard seltzer of 2020.

Dairy free ice cream

Sunflower seed butter and oat milk are two leading plant-based products on the ice cream or fro-yo scene, and along with Ben and Jerry’s, four non-dairy flavors, oat milk d oats in partnership with 16 Handfuls and Hudson’s own Creme Culture selling kefir and probiotic sorbets and ice cream with fermented and alcoholic flavors, we can expect more fresh treats in 2022.

Spice & Heat

Crispy Chilean Oil was the star of 2021, and who hasn’t watched “First We Feast: Hot Ones” episodes with celebrities working on increasingly painful hot wings? Well, spicy sauces like gochujang and hot pepper oil were just the tip of the condiment, and we can expect to see more spice on our plates this year.

Splurge on luxury

My New Years social media was filled with people throwing 1 and 2 year old leaven in a weirdly cathartic and symbolic end to their required self-sufficiency. But as many posts featured big spoonfuls of caviar stacked on potato chips, latkes, and fried chicken with a layer of sour cream. Between that and the unstoppable interest in pet-nat wine and authentic champagne, it seems that our taste for the luxury of life is returning.

Dinner with pandemic puppies

You cannot have missed the pandemic puppy epidemic that skyrocketed when isolation and the need for emotional contact and support were at an all time high. Today, these little patches of fur drag their owners to sidewalk parking lots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and more restaurants are ready to welcome well-behaved dogs outside and outside. inside, even if the health service says it is banned.