Tastes of Wine

These are some cool and easy tools for helping you learn more about wine – from Quora we get this question and answer:

Is there a simple way to explore and learn about the tastes of wine?

Madeline Puckette, Certified Sommelier

I’m very interested in this topic and have produced a variety of different visuals to try to help people understand how wine tastes.   There are many different ways to visualize wine.  Here are a few:

Where a wine lies compared to other wines.  The design above I created was derived from a tasting graph seen at Vino Volo

An example of it in action in How to Order Wine Like a Sommelier | Wine Folly

Another visualization is for the standard flavors of each wine variety or blend.  Such as:

used in Discover White Bordeaux | Wine Folly

Here is a recent image created for Chardonnay ripeness

used in Chardonnay Wine Guide | Wine Folly

Here is a comparative way to regard a single variety

used in Guide to Merlot Wine Taste, Regions and Food Pairing

Here is a way to visualize location

Used in The Best Pinot Noir Regions in the World | Wine Folly

‘Cloud Island’

So gorgeous in black and white!

Short film shot at the Isle of Skye, Scotland, in June 2014.

In colabaration with Pathgate Institute we produced a series of images to be used in an upcoming remake of the Buddhist film ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche.’ The film is still in production but this short film showcases a selection of the time lapse photography shots as well as video footage shot from a quadcopter.

For the film, the sequences are being processed in a 3D space so that mountain ranges and sky replacement can be added in order to emulate Tibet and the Himalyan region. This is an ongoing project with more shooting locations being planned.

All shot in Isle of Skye over 5 days in June 2014 except one shot at Red Tarn, Lake District.

Time lapse photography – Jonny Maxfield
Aerial Cinematography – Loday Gonpo
Editor – Jonny Maxfield
Music – Luke Richards – It’s Happening

50 Places Based In Fiction You Can Actually Visit

This is cool. You can visit some of those places you have seen in the Movies or on TV Shows! Details from JustTheFlight:

50 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

The setting and location of a hit movie or a favourite novel can be integral to the story and why it’s easy to get wrapped up in a world created by the author or director. Some of these places are so thoroughly imagined by their creators, you forget they aren’t real. Some leave spaces and pose questions that only your imagination can fill in. Whether the inspiration behind these fictional destinations is based on a real town, on the creator’s life experiences, or just their vivid imagination, the idea of actually visiting locations like Frank Miller’s brooding Basin City or Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park appeals to many. Thanks to our infographic below, your wish is now our command!

50 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

Get Rid of Any Stain

Don’t ya hate that when you spill something, or find a stain on something valuable? From Lifehacker we can

Find the Solution to Any Stain with This Searchable Database

Find the Solution to Any Stain with This Searchable Database

(click the graphic above to go to the searchable site)

Nobody likes a big ugly stain on their carpet or clothing. This searchable database has stain solutions for everything from automotive oil to mustard.

The database comes from the University of Illinois and covers carpets, upholstery, and washable fabrics. You can browse their stain solutions from A to Z, or narrow things down with a quick search. The database covers common stains like berries and wine, but also covers uncommon stains like ashes, chalk, cough syrup, soy sauce, and maple syrup. Bookmark the database at the link below and always be prepared for any stain.

Stain Solutions | University of Illinois

I Love Almonds!

I love almonds! I eat them almost everyday – either raw, roasted or in my green smoothie. I even love almond milk! Here are some interesting facts from NutriLiving:

What’s Going on with Almonds?

Did you know that California supplies 80 percent of the world’s almonds? Not only do they help manage weight and combat diabetes, they are also one of the most nutrient-packed tree nuts on Earth! Get your almond Blast ready with these fun facts about one of our favorite NutriBlast boosts!


Foods You Shouldn’t Refreeze After Thawing

Good to know! We freeze a lot of things to reduce waste (empty nesters here), but I will look at these tips before refreezing! Great tips from Kitchn:

5 Foods You Should Never Refreeze



Freezing food is a great way to have meals on the go and food stashed away to avoid last minute trips to the grocery store or ordering delivery. It also helps us not to waste food and is, in a sense, an extension of our pantry.

But we’ve all been there. We rifled through our freezer and pulled out a few things to thaw in the fridge and promptly forgot about them. Can you put it back in the freezer? Here’s a list of five things that you should avoid giving a refreeze and why refreezing in general is a big no-no.


What Happens When You Freeze

Freezing anything ruptures some of the cell walls in the product at hand. It’s why frozen food doesn’t taste quite as good as fresh and why oftentimes frozen foods aren’t as expensive as their fresh counterparts, especially meat and seafood.

What Happens When You Refreeze

When you freeze, thaw and refreeze an item, the second thaw will break down even more cells, leaching out moisture and deliciousness and changing the integrity of the product.

The other enemy is bacteria. Frozen and thawed food will develop harmful bacteria faster than fresh. It’s not something you can see, so it’s easy to brush off, but the threat is real. Once the ice crystals from your food are gone, your food starts the clock on developing these nasty buggers.

Freezing and thawing of foods is a big safety concern and there are legal restrictions for the restaurant and grocery industries to help keep us all safe. Applying these same philosophies in our own home will ensure the same!

How to Handle Thawed Food

Your best bet will always be to cook or utilize what you thawed and if needed, refreeze the cooked product. That said, there’s not always time to cook it, so if you’re in a hurry and debating whether or not to throw it back in the freezer, keep in mind these five things that should never, ever be refrozen!


1. Raw Proteins

This includes meats, poultry and seafood. If they were thawed in a chilled environment that’s less than 42 degrees (like your refrigerator), then it’s safe to refreeze. But if they thawed on the counter or have an off color or smell, they’re done!

Don’t forget that a lot of seafood, especially shrimp, arrive at the grocery store frozen but are defrosted to be put into the display case. They’ve already gone through a first freeze, so don’t put them in your home freezer for a second freeze!

2. Ice Cream

If you left it out on the counter so that it was easier to scoop and then forgot to put it back in the freezer quickly, just drink it as a milkshake and call it a day folks. Refrozen ice cream will have a weird, icy texture.

3. Juice Concentrates

Fermentation occurs quicker than you think in fruit-based products, so don’t forget that this goes for blended smoothies too.

4. Combination Meals

Eat up your casseroles, pot pies, stews, pastas, and the like or bring it for lunch so that it doesn’t go to waste. After all, it’s cooked and ready to go so it’s the easiest kind of homemade meal to have!

5. Cooked Proteins

Freezing leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken is a great idea, but then you pulled it out for salads a few weeks later and forgot about it in your fridge. Call some friends over and put the chicken on nachos ASAP, because it shouldn’t be refrozen!

Don’t forget that there are also some foods that you should never freeze in the first place! Check out that list before you stock up at end-of-season farmers markets!