Archive for March, 2015
It’s been a few years since our last article on the top wine countries of the world. The most recent statistics on the top wine producing countries will astound you. For instance, did you know that China is now in the top 5?
Top Wine Producing Countries (2012)
Top Wine Countries
- United States
- South Africa
- New Zealand
Statistics from wineinstitute.org
Weird facts about the world of wine
- We make enough wine to feed the world a gallon of wine every year.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is the top wine variety in the world.
- California makes almost 90% of the wine in the United States.
- The United States drinks 15% more wine per capita than we did in the 2000s. Yay.
- China’s wine production grew by 50% in 5 years and moved into the top 5. Whoa dude.
- Italy surpassed France for #1 place due to foul weather that reduced the crop size in France.
- Spain technically has more vineyards than any other country. Vineyards are spread out due to irrigation laws.
- The Russian Annex of Crimea from Feb. 23–March 19, 2014 occurred in Ukraine’s most important wine region.
- Canada makes less wine than Mexico They are 32nd place and 25th place respectively.
Learn about Madeira wine, from how it tastes, the different styles to advice on Madeira in cooking and cocktails.
Madeira used to be the most popular wine in America during the time of pioneering ideologues like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. So when you taste Madeira, you are trying what people cared about over 200 years ago. Madeira is in fact, one of the few wines of the world that hasn’t changed.
What is Madeira Wine?
Madeira for Cooking
US law allows bulk-winemakers the ability to use the regional Madeira name on cooking wines. Avoid these if you can and get an inexpensive true Finest or Rainwater Madeira instead.
Madeira is a fortified wine available in a range of dry to sweet styles. It gets its name from the island of Madeira, a small, beautiful rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira’s unique taste comes from repeatedly heating of the wine. The heating creates a wine with fascinating flavors of roasted nuts, stewed fruit, caramel, and toffee.
The Taste of Madeira: There are several tastes profiles but most will have flavors of Caramel, Walnut Oil, Peach, Hazelnut, Orange Peel, and Burnt Sugar.
When to Drink Madeira: Dry styles of Madeira (such as Sercial and Verdelho) are served chilled with starter courses and sweeter styles are served as after-dinner-sippers like a fine Cognac.
A Wine Born at Sea
a glass of 1980 Boal Madeira. by Ulf Bodin
During the 1600 and 1700s, wine often spoiled and needed to be fortified (by adding a little brandy) to survive the voyage at sea. At the time, the island of Madeira was an important provisioning point for journeys to the Americas and the East Indies and shippers would load up on Madeira wine on their way to England and the Americas. The casks of Madeira wine would be heated and cooled as the ships passed though the tropics. Shippers noticed how the wine’s flavor deepened and became better and called this sea-aging “Vinho da Roda.”
The Different Types of Madeira Wine
There are two main types of Madeira that have several unique styles ranging in quality:
- Blended Madeira: Inexpensive wines of average quality with a few exceptional aged styles.
- Single-Varietal Madeira: The highest quality Madeira wines made primarily of 4 different varieties.
Blended Madeira is often inexpensive and lower quality, but there are several higher end examples that make wonderful sipping wines; these usually carry an age designation.
- Finest Madeira isn’t the finest style of Madeira, but instead a 3 Year Old blended style with the grape Tinta Negra Mole
- Rainwater Madeira is a fruity blend that must ages at least three years before release. This inexpensive style is good for cooking or mixing in cocktails, but isn’t half bad by itself either. The grape Tinta Negra Mole is used for producing rainwater and other young blends.
- Reserve, that oft-abused wine labeling term, has different meaings in Madeira. Reserve wines are between 5-10 years of age, Special Reserve is 10-15 years old and undergo a higher quality winemaking process, Extra Reserve is 15-20 years in age.
- 20 Year Old is a multi-vintage blend that incorporates wines from several different years that are proven by a panel to taste at least 20 years old, and often older. 30 Year Old and 40 Year Old Madeira follow this same pattern.
Varietal Madeira represents the highest quality Madeira wine that are perfect for aperitifs or dessert wines. These wines are made as both non-vintage blends and as single vintage wines that can age for centuries due to Madeira’s unique winemaking process.
- Sercial (“Ser-seal”) is the brightest, most crisp style of Madeira. It is usually served as an apéritif at the start of the meal, or alongside light fish and vegetable dishes. Sercial shows lemony, spicy herbaceous notes and often displays a stony mineral character on the palate. These wines have a slight sweetness that is offset by their acidity, especially when served chilled.
- Verdelho (“Ver-dell-oo”) is smokier, slightly more concentrated, and richer than Sercial. A classic pairing for Verdelho Madeira is soup, especially seafood bisque or smoked potato and leek soup. Verdelho’s dryness and intensity of flavor makes it one of the most flexible Madeira styles for pairing with foods of varying richness. Verdelho has notes of spice, smoke and light caramel.
- Boal or Bual (“Buwall”) is a sweet Madeira that shows incredible complexity and aromatic lift. Open a bottle of old Bual in your kitchen and you might smell it in your dining room a few minutes later. Boal is great with any desserts that incorporate nuts, figs, stewed fruit, caramel or chocolate. With aromatic, rich cheeses, Boal is an amazing pairing. Boal smells and tastes like roasted coffee, salted caramel, bitter cacao, dates and golden raisins.
- Malmsey (“Malm-see”) is the richest and sweetest style of Madeira. You can pair Malmsey with rich chocolate desserts, ice cream, and cheese, or just sit with a glass by the fireside. Malmsey is dessert in and of itself. It’s common for Malmsey to show the most fruity, roasted nut and chocolate notes of all the styles of Madeira. Just like Boal, Malmsey can live for decades and even centuries in some cases.
Extra Rare Styles of Madeira
There are rare varieties on Madeira Island such as Terrantez and Bastardo. In addition to rare grape varieties, there are also some more rare styles and labeling terms that you may come across while shopping for Madeira:
- Colheita Madeira: which like its cousin in the Port trade on mainland Portugal, is wine from a single vintage. Colheita Madeira must be aged a minimum of five years before release, and is considered one of the most ageworthy categories of Madeira.
- Frasqueira Madeira is a rare, high-quality style meant to age for a long time, and must be aged a minimum of twenty years in cask before release.
Cooking with Madeira
chicken, Madeira & mushrooms flickr
The complex, rich and layered character makes it a fine substance for deglazing pans, reducing sauces and adding to salad dressings. It’s so powerfully flavored that you only really need a splash to make a difference.
Mushrooms are one of the greatest partners for Madeira’s sweet earthiness. For this, you sauté mushrooms and splash in Madeira before adding in the chicken or vegetable stock to make the sauce. Madeira also adds a smoky sweetness to soups or simmering vegetables (imagine butternut squash or turnips).
Learn the chef method for making wine marinades
A Good Madeira for Cooking
The major Madeira producers like Justino’s, Blandy’s and Broadbent have several entry-level wines labeled Rainwater or Finest Madeira that are great for cooking and cost less than $15 a bottle.
A Good Substitute for Madeira
If you can’t find a real Madeira, instead of being disappointed with supermarket stuff, you might be able to substitute Madeira in a recipe with a dry or sweet Marsala. It won’t taste the same, but it will create a similar taste profile and the wine is just as complex and interesting.
Madeira in Cocktails
Madeira punch was one of the most popular drinks in the Age of Exploration and the American Colonial period. The punch bowl was a social institution in those times,–a reason to gather– and a vehicle for doing business.
- Quoit Punch : (punchdrink) Madeira adds depth, nuttiness and complexity.
- Madeira Punch : (Eamon Rockley)
Cocktails have figured heavily in the story of Madeira, especially in the United States. A popular category of cocktail in the 1800s was the flip, where spirit or wine was mixed with sugar, and a whole egg. Egg adds texture, richness and some negligible nutritional value to a cocktail.
- Madeira Flip or Boston Flip : (spirited alchemy) caramel-tinged nuttiness of Madeira is boosted by the richness of the egg. The rye can be substituted out for rum, armagnac or brandy to create several delicious variations.
- Sherry Cobbler : (savoy cocktail book) This is just an incredible drink: refreshing, complex and session-able. Why not replace the typical addition of Sherry to this cocktail with a medium-rich Madeira?
And Finally, How is Madeira made?
Where Madeira differs from any other wine in the world is its aging process. The things that winemakers try to avoid in every other wine region, Madeira producers do deliberately. For example, the wine is heated and cooled dozens of times throughout the aging process. It’s also exposed to oxygen (a winemaking no-no) and often evaporates without being topped off in barrel.
a barrel of 1980 Colheita Terrantez Madeira aging at the no-longer Barros e Sousa . photo by Ulf Bodin
Why does this weird warm-oxidative aging method work? Well, Madeira grapes are picked much earlier than the typical harvest dates which means the juice has much higher acidity than other wines. The aging process ultimately preserves the wine which is why Madeiras are one of the only wines to cellar for a hundred years or more.
Looking for quality? there are 2 aging methods with Madeira: Estufa or Canteiro. Quality producers tend to use the Canteiro method for their finest wines.
- Estufa Method Madeira wine is kept in heated tanks called ‘Estufa’ for a period of 3 months to caramelize sugars. This method is typically used on lower quality Madeira.
- Canteiro Method Madeira wine ages in barrels in heated rooms or outside in the sun. This method is considered very fine because wines caramelize and oxidize at a slower rate, sometimes for as long as 100 years.
Το Σάββατο 28 Μαρτίου στις 19:30 θα γίνει η παρουσίαση του βιβλίου: “Φυτώρια αυτοδίδακτων – Φυλακές και εξορίες” του Θανάση Κορακάκη (εκδ. Κοροντζή, 2015) από τον ίδιο τον συγγραφέα καθώς και με την τιμητική παρουσία και αφήγηση της ΕΠΟΝίτισας Ζωής Πετροπούλου.
Ανάλογα με το πολιτισμικό υπόβαθρο, κάθε εποχή έχει τους δικούς της αυτοδίδακτους. Είναι αυτοί που κατόρθωσαν, παρά τις όποιες αντιξοότητες, να αποκτήσουν δυσανάλογη παιδεία με αυτή του σχολείου, που φοίτησαν.
Αναφερόμαστε στους αυτοδίδακτους πολιτικούς κρατούμενους της περιόδου 1945 – 1966. Αυτούς τους θεωρούμε αυτοδίδακτους πρώτης γενιάς. Αυτοδίδακτους δεύτερης γενιάς θεωρούμε μια μερίδα νέων, η οποία παρά την κοινωνική καχεξία της, επηρεάστηκε από τη στάση ζωής των πρώτων και στράφηκε στα γράμματα και τις τέχνες. Η εξουσία τις πολιτικές διώξεις, διαχρονικά, τις χαρακτήριζε μονομερώς και αυθαίρετα «έγκλημα», το οποίο αποσύνδεε από τις κοινωνικές αιτίες που το προκαλούν.
Διατρέχουμε συνοπτικά το θεσμικό πλαίσιο των πολιτικών διώξεων, που αναπτύσσονται με προσήλωση στη δογματική γραμμή της εξόντωσης του ταξικού εχθρού. Ακολουθεί συνοπτική περιγραφή της οργανωτικής διάρθρωσης των πολιτικών κρατούμενων για την αντιμετώπιση των καταπιεστικών συνθηκών κράτησης και των νέων διώξεων στους τόπους κράτησης, των μορφών που χρησιμοποίησαν για να παρακάμπτουν τις απαγορεύσεις των βιβλίων, των μαθημάτων, των εκδηλώσεων που διευρύνουν τον πνευματικό ορίζοντα κ.λπ.
Στη συνέχεια, μέσα από διάφορα αποσπάσματα κειμένων θέλουμε να δείξουμε εμπειρικά, πώς οι νέοι αυτοδίδακτοι μυθοποίησαν και απομυθοποίησαν τα παλιά τους ινδάλματα (της πρώτης γενιάς) και γιατί οι νέες κοινωνικές συνθήκες συνέβαλαν στην εξάλειψη όλων των αυτοδίδακτων αυτής της κατηγορίας.
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Okay, I don’t have a ton of experience tasting Greek wine. There are a couple reasons for this: I haven’t visited the country; the labels are confusing and plastered with words I can’t pronounce; and I don’t come across many Greek bottles here in the States.
But I’ve been missing out.
I recently tasted through six Greek wines and found lots to like. I’m especially intrigued by the unique flavor profiles and food-friendly approach of wines made from the indigenous red grape, Agiorgitiko. For my palate, the wines from Claudia Papayianni stole the show, especially the Viognier-Assyrtiko blend, which would be killer with all sorts of seafood.
These Greek selections come from Stellar Imports, and they were received as trade samples and tasted sighted.
Review: 2013 Claudia Papayianni Viognier/Assyrtiko – Greece, Macedonia, Chalkidiki
Light gold color. Hugely aromatic, popping with lime, lemon and grapefruit zest, mix in some lemon oil, honey and wildflowers. Zesty and tangy on the palate, with mouth-tingling acid, but also some richness to the body. Lime and lemon mixes with white peach and apricot fruit. Laced with dandelion, white tea and margarita with salt. Some interesting pith, wax and nutty elements that evolve with air. Not your average hot weather quaffer, this is complex and possibly has more to show in the cellar. I’m surprised by how much I really like this wine. A 50/50 blend of Viognier and Assyrtiko that harnesses the best of both varieties in a bright but tropical mix. (90 points IJB)
Review: 2014 Palivou Estate Vissino Rosé – Greece, Peloponnisos, Nemea
Vibrant light ruby color. Smells like candied apple, strawberry jam, mixed with roses and rhubarb. Palate shows moderate acid on a medium-bodied frame. Red apple peel, grapefruit and wild strawberry mixed together, the wine also has an airy sense of hay, wildflowers and sea breeze. White pepper spice and sea salt notes linger on the finish. A crisp, fun, delightful blend of 90% Agiorgitiko, 10% Syrah. (86 points IJB)
Review: 2013 Nasiakos Agiorgitiko – Greece, Peloponnisos, Nemea
Bright red cherries and currants on the nose with roses and smoke, a Beaujolais-like element of granite and violets. Fresh and bright, a medium-bodied wine with some balanced acid. Juicy red cherry and currant fruit, even some fresh watermelon flavors, along with hints of red licorice, cinnamon and light roast coffee, which add a slight level of complexity. A drink-me-know approach, this begs for a sunny bistro and some tapas. (85 points IJB)
Review: 2011 Nasiakos Agiorgitiko – Greece, Peloponnisos, Nemea
Deep ruby color. Black and red cherries and some currants on the nose, along with smoke, rose hips and smashed rocks. Palate shows lots of vibrant acidity, smoothing out the dusty tannins and making the wine bright and easy to drink. Flavors of currants, cherries and berries, red and black equally divided. A very zesty wine with notes of balsamic, green olive and black pepper glaze. Interesting smoke, cedar and hazelnut notes on the finish. (86 points IJB)
Review: 2012 Palivou Estate Single Vineyard Selection – Greece, Peloponnisos, Nemea
Medium ruby color. I get aromas of cherries, but almost like they’ve been left out in the sun a bit, along with some red currant jam, violets and roses. With time, some pretty loamy and rocky aromas come out. On the palate, fine tannins and refreshing acidity, a clean and fresh wine but some moderate structure. Bright red cherries and raspberry fruits are matched with notes of hazelnut, cedar and vanilla. Accents of granite and dusty soil linger on the finish. Drink in the near term. Made from Agiorgitiko. (87 points IJB)
Review: 2008 Claudia Papayianni Chalkidiki – Greece, Macedonia, Chalkidiki
Medium ruby color. These aromas are interesting things: wild raspberries and strawberries (throw the leaves in, too), notes of pickle, white pepper and roses, some underlying mushroom and tobacco. High acid on the palate, the tannins have been toned down a bit but still sport a fine-dusty structure. The acid tears across this wine, cutting through the tart wild red berries. I like the complex notes of tobacco, oregano, garlic and white pepper. I also get a sense of wet earth, moss and downed trees from this wine, a damp forest of goodness. A nerdy, interesting, but ultimately food-friendly wine that make a great ringer in a blind tasting. Not a ton of structure for long cellaring, but it is drinking just fine right now. 50% Xinomavro, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. (89 points IJB)
Πέμπτη, 19 Μαρτίου 2015
Το αλιεύσαμε από το site :
Παρουσίαση Νέου Δίσκου, Νίκος Ζουρνής – Αρόδου (update – photos)
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Θα ακολουθήσει φωτογραφικό υλικό από την παρουσίαση, αναμείνατε!
και τώρα, το φωτογραφικό υλικό που σας υποσχεθήκαμε από την χθεσινή παρουσίαση:
(special thanks στον Νίκο, την Αντιγόνη, τον Άλκη και τον Πάνο για την παρέα)
Από ΒΑΘΥ , Σάββατο, 14 Μαρτίου 2015
Σαν σήμερα, το 1883, αφήνει την τελευταία του πνοή ο φιλόσοφος Καρλ Μαρξ.
Παραθέτουμε αρκετές συνδέσεις που αναφέρονται στο έργο του σπουδαίου αυτού διανοούμενου που πρώτος συνέλαβε την ιδέα του ιστορικού υλισμού και ανέλυσε την ιστορία υπό το πρίσμα της πάλης των τάξεων.
Ένα σχετικό απόσπασμα από περασμένη ανάρτησή μας, που αναφερόμαστε στο έργο του: Αν κάποιος θέλει να λέγετε επαναστάτης και κομμουνιστής πρέπει να έχει απεγκλωβιστεί από τον κοινοβουλευτικό κρετινισμό και να έχει δεδομένη την αναγκαιότητα της ένοπλης σύγκρουσης με το πολιτικό σύστημα.
Υπάρχει η γνωστή ρήση του Μαρξ ότι «το όπλο της κριτικής δεν μπορεί να υποκαταστήσει την κριτική των όπλων». Μας λέει δηλαδή ότι το κεφαλαιοκρατικό σύστημα δε σκοπεύει να παραιτηθεί εθελοντικά απ’ τα κεκτημένα του και πως θα χρησιμοποιήσει με κάθε τρόπο τους μηχανισμούς καταστολής, μπάτσους και στρατό για τον αποκλεισμό των μαζών από τη συμμετοχή στην κατανομή του κοινωνικού πλούτου που οι ίδιες παράγουν..
Ο ρόλος της βίας στην ιστορία αποτελεί, ως γνωστόν, κεντρικό σημείο στην κοινωνική θεωρία του επιστημονικού σοσιαλισμού. «Η βία, γράφει ο Κάρολος Μαρξ στο “Κεφάλαιο”, είναι η μαμή κάθε παλαιάς κοινωνίας που κυοφορεί μέσα της μια καινούρια. Η ίδια αποτελεί οικονομική δύναμη». Με τον ορισμό αυτό της βίας, ο Μαρξ δίνει το στίγμα της επαναστατικής βίας, την οποία και συνδέει άμεσα με την ιστορική εξέλιξη της ανθρωπότητας, τις οικονομικές σχέσεις, τις μορφές εξουσίας που αυτές συνεπάγονται και τέλος με τη διαδικασία συνειδητοποίησης των μαζών…
«Οι κομουνιστές δεν καταδέχονται να κρύψουν τις απόψεις τους και τις βλέψεις τους. Δηλώνουν, λοιπόν, ανοιχτά ότι ο σκοπός τους μπορεί να επιτευχθεί μόνο με τη βίαιη ανατροπή της σημερινής καθεστηκυίας τάξης».
All math-lovers have a special occasion today – a magical once-in-a-century Pi Day. It’s an international day which honors one of the most recognizable mathematical irrational symbols – “pi” or “π,” proving once again that math can be fun.
This Saturday, March 14, 2015 is 3/14/15 in the US date format which corresponds to the first digits of a mathematical constant Pi: 3.1415. The best time to enjoy all the ‘irritability’ of today’s day is to celebrate it at 9:26 and 53 seconds, morning and evening as then the time matches with all 10 digits of Pi: 3.141592653.
The holiday happens once in 100 years and the true fans of Pi should really savor the moment as the next time it happens will be in 2115. For the admirers of general theory of relativity it’s also an occasion to celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday, which is also March 14.
“It’s the Pi Day of the century,” Michael Breen, public awareness officer at the American Mathematical Society, told The Boston Globe. “There’s a lot going on to celebrate.”
According to University of California Berkeley mathematician and author Edward Frenkel, Pi is special as “it’s a portal into this magical mysterious world of mathematics.”
Artist: Ray Charles
Album: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Format: MP3 320Kbps / FLAC
Size: 171 Mb
01 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
02 – From The Heart
03 – Just You, Just Me
04 – Takes Two To Tango
05 – Together
06 – Side By Side
07 – Let’s Go
08 – Cocktails For Two
09 – People Will Say We’re In Love
10 – You And I
11 – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
12 – Birth Of The Blues
13 – Strike Up The Band
14 – Mister
15 – Stompin’ Room Only
16 – I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
17 – One Mint Julep
18 – Goodbye We’ll Be Together Again
19 – Moanin’
20 – Alone Together
21 – For All We Know
22 – I’ve Got News For You