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A bottle of olive oil… great gift giving traditions Comments (0)

Giving a gift of premium gourmet olive oil as a host / hostess gift is becoming more common (perhaps a new tradition?) in the United States. Although most of the olive oil consumed by Americans are imported from olive growing areas of the Mediterranean basin, the number of U.S. olive farmers growing olive trees to […]

Exactly how big are the biggest wine bottles? Comments (1)

Most of the wine we buy is contained in a standard size, 750ml bottle. For special occasions or to serve wine to a larger group of friends and family, we may buy a “magnum” or 1.5 ml — equal to two bottles of wine. Pictured at left is Native Leaf’s hand-woven romblon leaf, 750 mil […]

How many grapes does it take to make 1 bottle of wine? Comments (0)

Here is a fun little quiz…       How many wine grapes do you think it takes to create ONE bottle of wine? a) 100 b) 1,000 c) 200 d) 600 e) 800 And the answer is….                   Answer: D and E!  It takes from 600 […]

Need a bag to present your bottle of olive oil host / hostess gift? Comments (0)

An alternative to giving a gift of wine to your host / hostess is to give a bottle of extra virgin olive oil.  Considered a healthy oil, olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which is a healthy dietary fat. Every year, consumer demand for high quality extra virgin olive oil continues to increase significantly.  […]

Oldest winery? How about 6,100 years ago? Comments (0)

After my previous post on weird wines, and that “calabash” gourd wine / beverage container, I wondered what we know of about the oldest wines…or the first known wineries. I found an article from the Wall Street Journal about a fairly recent archeological find — an Armenian winery — with “well-preserved remains of crushed grapes, […]

Omiyage – Japanese and more gift-giving tradition Comments (0)

We posted about Japanese gift giving traditions (omiyage) recently, so my ears perked up when I heard a call into the Splendid Table radio show about what gifts to take to Japan, for those visiting from the United States. The host, Lynne Rossetto Kasper responded with what I thought was a a perfect suggestion…maple syrup! Maple […]

The “punt” in wine bottles… Comments (0)

Ever wonder why the bottom of  most wine bottles curve in? In the wine industry, this is called a “punt”, and can be traced back to how glass wine bottles were created. Wine bottles that were free blown left a scar referred to as a pontil mark or punt mark  where the punt was broken […]

The economic impact of the California wine industry Comments (1)

California wine industry facts and statistics from the Wine Institute of California… CALIFORNIA WINE INDUSTRY BENEFITS THE STATE & NATION $61.5 billion in state economic impact $121.8 billion in national economic impact 330,000 jobs in California 820,000 jobs nationwide $12.3 billion in state wages $25.8 billion in U.S. wages  and  20.7 million tourists visit California […]

The Top 15 Wine Producing Countries Comments (0)

Led by France, Italy, Spain and the United States, here are the top 15 wine-producing countries in the world… Rank Country Production (by tonnes) 1 France 6,590,750 2 Italy 4,673,400 3 Spain 3,339,700 4 United States 2,211,300 5 China 1,657,500 6 Argentina 1,547,300 7 Australia 1,133,860 8 Chile 1,046,000 9 South Africa 965,500 10 Germany […]

Top 5 most widely produced vegetable-based oils in the world (and it’s not olive oil or coconut oil) Comments (0)

There are so many different types of cooking oil available to consumers today — and it is quite easy to buy just about any type of cooking oil imaginable at your grocery store or through on-line merchants. Olive oil continues to gain popularity in the U.S., and more recently, all things coconut, especially coconut oil is […]

Wine Growing in areas with a Mediterranean climate Comments (0)

The California climate is often described as a Mediterranean climate type…but what does this mean exactly, and why do vineyards  in this climate type produce world-renowned wines? Mediterranean climate characteristics include cool but mild, wet winters and warm to quite hot, dry summers, such as those in the Mediterranean Basin, covering portions of three continents […]

Wine or Olive Oil Bottle Gift Bag and more…we have standard, tall or short sizes Comments (1)

Perhaps a gift of a standard size, 750ml bottle of wine may not exactly fit the bill for a host / hostess gift. Instead of a bottle of Cabernet or Chardonnay, how about a gift of super premium California extra virgin olive oil, or a bottle of lush and aroma filled sweet dessert wine — […]

Wines from Japan Comments (1)

Grape wines from Japan? According to the Statistics and information from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Japan ranks 25th in wine production by country, producing 79,000 tons in 2011.  Who knew! Wine consumption in Japan was first documented in the 16th century, when Francis Xavier, a roman catholic missionary brought […]