Welcome to our first Foodie Flavours blog since we took on the business a wee while ago. I truly hope you get something from each blog as the idea behind this is to share a laugh, ideas, new recipes we're having a crack at at home, maybe a bit of foodie history or interesting foodie related articles. Always light, hopefully of interest and I'll try not to waffle on!
I’ve ringfenced Monday afternoons in future for my blog writing and will be strict about keeping that time sacred, that’s my commitment to you for your kindness in reading the blogs. I’m hoping that the blogs will be good for when you’ve a moment to yourself whilst waiting for a coffee, sitting on the train, having a lie-in (‘cos we all get those all the time), you get my drift. Maybe a moment of fun in the midst of the mayhem.
I thought a nice topic to kick things off would be WINE, something that’s appreciated by most folk I know anyway.
Let me make it clear that I’m certainly no wine connoisseur, probably evidenced by the fact that I often choose wine based on the number of award rosettes are on the label (It works for me so don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it). I’m not into heavy wines so again, I understand that I'm probably more of a wine pleb than a wine buff, but my current favourite ‘red’ is a Shiraz Viognier blend (not a real red I know) from Johnny Q (see the pic). If you like an easy red that tastes bloody great for around $15, give it a try.
As I’m writing I’m thinking that it would be cool to get a “Foodie Flavours Favourites” list together of people’s favourite everyday wines that might just help us try something new and not too expensive if we’re in the mood. Who knows, it might even help me develop into the kind of sophisticated James Bond-like fella that I think I am.
If you like the idea of a Favourites List, drop me a super quick e-mail by clicking here and tell me your current favourite wine and maybe say if it’s ‘easy’, ‘heavy’, something else perhaps, (preferably something I can understand). I reckon if we can keep to wines priced up to $20 max, then it’ll be all about wines that anyone can have a go at rather than special occasion drinks only. Get involved, it'll be fun :-)
Anyway, here are a few additional wino facts to mull over and marvel at whilst you’re deciding what wine to add to our “Foodie Flavours Favourites” list:
• One bottle of wine contains about 1.27kg of grapes.
(A kg of grapes was about $8 in the market last weekend)
• Intense fear or hatred of wine is called oenophobia.
(A Wine phobia, who’d have thought it?)
• Studies have shown that moderate wine drinkers have 50% fewer deaths from coronary disease than non-drinkers.
• Australia now produces more than 1 billion litres of wine each year.
(That’s enough wine to fill 40 olympic sized swimming pools)
• Ancient Romans believed that seasoning was more important than the main flavour of wine. They often added fermented fish sauce, garlic, lead and absinthe.
(Cheeky little numbers, those vinos in ancient Rome)
• Women are more susceptible to the effects of wine than men, in part due to the fact they have less of a certain enzyme in the stomach lining, which is needed to metabolise alcohol efficiently.
(I’m not that stupid that I'll be commenting on this one.)
• Wine acts as a mild euphoric agent to the convalescent and especially the elderly.
(So many things make sense now.)
That’s it for now. Thanks for sharing my first ever blog writing experience, you're a wonderful bunch of foodie folk and see you again soon.