What are the best French wines?

In France the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlee) acts as the governing body regulating wine trade practice. They govern the standards designated within the more than 466 different Appellations d’Origen Controllee, plus over 150 Vins de Pays. These 5 are the ‘premier crus’ of the Medoc region slightly northwest of Bordeaux along the Gironde River: Chateau…

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What are the various types of wine bottles called?

If you really want to impress your friends, here’s the breakdown on those huge bottles most restaurants keep more for display and presentation and what they are named after. Types of Wine Bottles Sizes Liters Bottles Description Standard 750 ml. 1 bottle NA Magnum 1.5 liter 2 bottles  From Latin word “magnus,” meaning great Jeroboam…

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Who drinks the most wine?

Wines of Europe ·         the average bottle of Bordeaux contains 680 calories and has only 100-110 calories per 5 oz. or 150 ml. glass the standard Bordeaux oak wine barrel holds 225 liters of wine wine has been cultivated as far back as 4000 BC Europe consumes 70% of the world’s wine and 75% of…

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Where are the fancy mineral waters from?

Evian (Still)-Besides the fact that Evian spelled backwards is Naïve, the source is a French spa town at the foot of Mont Blanc. See www.evian.com Perrier (Carbonated)-located near Nimes in Vergeze in the south of France containing an alkaline composition which aides in digestion and a very slight saltiness. The Romans built baths at the…

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Where was Red Bull invented?

Popularized for its energizing abilities and internationally recognized for its motto “Red Bull gives you wings,” Red Bull has built an empire as a pioneer in its industry. But many speculate where did Red Bull originate?   Founded by austrian, Dietrich Mateschitz, the idea first came about in the mid-80s after Mateschitz was influenced by Krating…

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On an English menu, what the is hell is…?

 “toad in the hole” – A hot English food that contains sausages smothered in Yorkshire pudding batter. This dish is often accompanied by gravy or vegetables and can be served with meat substitutes  “pigs in a blanket” – Typically served as an appetizer, pigs in a blanket are small sausages wrapped in puff pastry dough.…

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How many types of cheese are there?

“How can you be expected to govern a country that has 246 kinds of cheese?” asked Charles de Gaulle back in 1962. Visit www.fromages.com Major Types: England: Stilton France: Roquefort, Brie Holland: Gou Italy: Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago, Mozzarella (di Bufalo) Greece: Feta Switzerland: Gruyere and Emmental Spanish: Manchego

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Who invented French Fries?

Yes, this is a bit of a trick question. Actually it was the Belgians, not the French, who first came up with frites. According to their tradition they must be twice-fried to capture that perfectly golden brown texture and usually come served in a paper cone. Aside from debating whether to top them with ketchup…

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What is gazpacho?

Gazpacho is a chilled tomato based soup which is perfect on a hot summer day. My favorite recipe makes about 6 servings and calls for: 1 large can whole tomatoes with liquid 1 cup tomato juice 1 clove minced garlic 1 peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumber 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped 1 small green…

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What’s a good recipe for Paella?

Paella, which originates from Valencia and is pronounced paw-ayy-yah, is a rice-based Spanish dish that uses a saffron-infused chicken stock to tint the rice a golden yellow and can contain any and every variety of vegetables, poultry, seafood, shellfish, and occasionally sausage. It is cooked and usually served in a shallow, wide bottomed pan known…

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What are tapas?

Some Spanish traditions will always confound tourists. Eating lunch as late as 3pm and dinner as late as 11pm are two such examples. Tapas, also known as pinchos or pintxhos in the Basque country, are normally consist of a sliced piece of baguette topped by any variation of seafood, ham, or omelette but also can…

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