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Wine Tasting: A How-To

Written by Alesia Papastavros.

Wine—a staple of many diets since it first came onto the scene as early as 6000 B.C., is as much a taste test as it is a practice. Although fermenting grapes and adding yeast seems simple enough in order to make wine, the skill behind the production and tasting of the final product is a science in itself.

There are various stages that exist in order to taste and truly savor the flavor that comes from wine.

These are often known as the 5 S’s: see, swirl, sniff, sip and savor.

Beginning with the appearance of the wine itself, a wine, much like a diamond, needs to be examined first for color and clarity. Beyond red and white, there are is a large variety of colors in between—from maroon and purple hues for reds, to clear and yellow shades for whites. The clarity or opacity of the wine helps to tell the age. The older the wine, the more translucent it will be.

Ingredients You Need to Get Baking

Written by Alexis Vieira.

Whether baking a cake, cookies or pies (and other delicious desserts as well), certain ingredients show up as the basic essentials for the start of most recipes. Having these on hand will save you the troubles of remembering to buy them but will also allow you to whip something up whenever the mood strikes.

Flour. Having a large bag of flour on hand is often the best way to go when buying for baking. Flour is used to not only leaven items but also to stop dough’s from sticking to surfaces. Rub flour lightly on a rolling pin before rolling out dough to help keep it together and off the pin. Generally, the choice of flour is up to you and there are several varieties to choose from.