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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:39

The Wrath of Grapes - The wrath of Oktober

Break out your lederhosen, kids; it's time for Oktoberfest. Yes, now. In September. Look it up. Ja, Bavaria's annual folk festival (the largest in the world; nothing in the U.S. even comes close to the 7 million-strong crowd that will converge this year on Munich) celebrates its 201st birthday this year, and it comes as world interest in beer is reaching fever pitch.

For the uninitiated, the year 1810 saw the marriage of Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and to celebrate, the royals held public horse races on the 43-acre field where the festival still takes place. The following year an agricultural element was added to the festival, though in typical Bavarian style, the focus of the event gradually shifted to the food 'n fun aspect that we identify with the fest today.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:38

Wrath of Grapes - An open mind is a happy one


I've noticed a preponderance of folks who approach what to consume with a closed mind, and I often find myself with little evidence of why that is, despite my efforts to flesh out the reasons behind the reluctance.

No doubt something nightmarish occurred in their past, which caused them to swing shut the door to exploration - I'm looking at YOU specifically, kangaroo wine. But for some, I fear it is merely the court of public opinion that has prematurely stunted their potable peccadilloes: things uttered by parents, spouses, or the dreaded "friend who really knows wine."

As a parent of a young child myself, I am growing to understand the power of influence. If someone thinks you know significantly more than they do, often your opinion will carry weight that may cause them to "form" the same opinion, despite their lack of actually having the experience themselves.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:18

The more you know...

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