It is Saturday, and wine quizzes are back at Talk-A-Vino!
I will continue the grape series with the next quiz (we already covered 3 grapes, so there are only about 200-300 left), but for today, I want to play one of my most favorite games – the one with the picture, you know?
Below is the picture which is very relevant to the wine world – do you know what it is, what it is for and how to use it?
Good luck, enjoy your weekend and don’t forget that Mother’s Day is tomorrow. Cheers!
And here is the answer to the last “what is it” post.
Confused? No, there was no whisky in that ice cream. I’m just trying to be allegorical here. I understand that unless you would taste or at least smell this Balcones Brimstone Texas Scrub Oak Smoked Corn Whisky, it is hard to pick up what the allegory is. This whisky had a perfect smoked bacon nose, and beautiful round palate – very different from traditional Islay smoke, like Caol Ila or Laphroaig, which have a lot more acidity and accompanying roughness with it. This Texas Whisky had bacon or slow smoked rib on the palate, full bodied with a hint of sweetness.Very nice.
Did you get my allegory by now? Yep, it was bacon. Actually it was Maple-Bacon ice cream, and I have to admit, it was delicious.
Those of you with the ice cream making machines – give it a try. And for the rest of you – take my word for it, or visit Biga in San Antoino. Or at least have a glass of Balcones Brimstone. Cheers!
Here is one of my favorite short posts again, this time with a slightly different angle. Of course you see an ice cream bowl on the picture below. There are three different ice creams there, and while one of them is absolutely basic, two others presented quite unique combinations for me. On top of that, I never tasted one of the ingredients in the ice cream before. Can you guess what ingredient was it?
So here is the answer for the last “what is it” question. Little glass ball in the Japanese soda bottle looked so fascinating right after the bottle was popped, so I couldn’t resist to play the game. Here is a picture:
Until the next time – cheers!
It’s been a while since we played this game, so here is a picture for you – try to guess what it is. I can even give you a hint – in contrast with two previous “what is it” questions, this one is beverage-related:
Why coffee? First, this is the answer to the last “What is it” post – it is actually Kona coffee berries (picture taken at Greenwell Farms in Kona, Hawaii). The reason to chose that picture was simple – I was fascinated by a number of similarities in coffee production and wine making – in both cases I’m talking about very good coffee ( Kona is one of the best coffee types in the world) and very good wines. Coffee berries are picked by hand, and also they are picked selectively – only individual ripe berries are taken from the bunch, and the rest is left to ripen. Coffee beans have their skin removed (sounds familiar?), and then they are left to dry under the sun (same as the grapes used for production of Amarone, one of my favorite wines). Once the coffee beans are dried and cleaned, they are left to rest for at least a month or two, before they will be roasted – and this is the step which is enforced by the years of experience and tradition, and nobody asks for explanations – this have to be done just because it has to be done. Again, the same element of mystery and tradition as in production of a good wine. And last, but not least – complexities of the final beverage. Good coffee, similar to the good wine, has layered complexity and brings a lot of pleasure. Anyway, I will look for more obvious picture for the next “what is it ” game.
Now, let’s talk about updates. First, the Treble certificate from the Wine Century Club has finally arrived! Not that I want to brag, but let me share the picture with you:
‘nuf said – getting to the Quattro level will not be too easy, so don’t expect to see a picture of another certificate any time soon.
Lastly, I’m continuing writing posts for The Art of Life Magazine. Last two posts were in “Forgotten Vines” series, talking about Jerez (Sherry) and Madeira, both wines are hard to find, but worth seeking – you can find posts here and here.
That’s all for now, folks. Cheers!
I think we didn’t play a “what is it” game in a while, so here is the picture for you, and traditional question: what is it? As usual, the answer will come later in the comments.
Here is an answer to the “what is it” question from the last post (and congratulations to Marc):
Pretty, isn’t it? And here is the whole “still life” – right before it was sliced and transformed into a beautiful sausages and peppers medley:
Sometimes, you take a picture, just because you have a gut feeling “it is interesting”. Of course things look differently on the small camera screen and big computer screen – and when you see the picture in the full size, you understand what was “interesting”… and sometimes you just sigh. But then it is the matter of prospective…
I played this once before in this blog, and I want to try this again. Same as before, I still don’t have the prize – except that I will tell you what is actually shown on that picture. Here we go:
So, what is this?
Sometimes, life just takes forceful precedence. I know what I want to write – but between business trip, my son birthday and other things, I simply don’t have time. So this is just to say “hi, I will be back with more stuff” ( whether you like it or not). And…let’s play a quick game. Below is the picture – please tell me what do you think it is. There will be no prize in the end, except that I will tell you if you are right or wrong. And yes, it is related to food. So, what is it?