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Malota – the other Mar Hernandez

Some time ago I wrote about the artist Mar Hernandez. I just wanted to clarify – there is another artist called Mar Hernandez out there. She calls herself ‘Malota’ and is pretty established. Check out her homepage here. Her work as grafik designer is so appreciated that she is not only asked to design beer bottle labels (see picture above) but she is also a professsor for grafic design. So, don’t confuse the 2 Mar Hernandezes even though both are pretty damn good artists…. !! Gosh, I really love those beer bottles… what a nice design…  

Wine that is blue as blue jeans

… is so blue cause it is spiked with indigo – the natural colour of original blue jeans. Some natural wine varieties – such ‘blauer Portugiese’ or ‘Blauer Zweigelt'(see pic below to compare colours) – are very dark wines cause of naturally occuring blue pigments in wine. But, this new wine variety is a marketing trick. The Spanish brank ‘GIK‘ thought to themselves: “hm, if everybody is selling red wine – we will sell blue wine”. And, their concept works – they are celebrating economic successes in Spain. Quite obviously, it is absolutely tres chic, to drink blue wine if everybody else drinks red wine 😉 Now they are up to conquering other European markets. Interesting! Their wine by the way is product of food technology and not of raising a special new grap variety… they take out the grapes red pigments and add blue pigments – indigo and anthocyan – exctracted from the graps skins. Honestly, I want to try it!!    

Poiera Dusty – an opportunity to spend an afternoon with friends

Recently, I described the liquor wine Maydie – quite an experience and a beautiful wine to be drunk alongside a dark chocolate desert. The chocolate artist Warren Laine-Naida now brought to my attention another wine – Poiera Dusty (see picture)- that excellently goes along with dark chocolate. If you think you see a mob on the wine’s label – you are right there is a mob on the wine’s label… Mobs and vaccuum cleaners are the distinction mark on all Poiera wine labels. The reason for this is simple: when the current wine-grower and owner – Jorge Moreira – bought Poiera, the slope was so dry that it reminded him of a dust desert. Since his first wine in 2001, this vineyard in the Dourotales region of Portugal has been critically acclaimed for their original and spirited wines. The wines are grown on a slope with northerly aspect by the way, i.e.tastes of Poiera wine tend to be more elegant compared to sun  bathed plants. And, this characteristic is preserved throughout the whole wine-making process: …

500 years of German Beer Purity Law!

Tomorrow – the 23rd of April – is the official day of the German Beer! Why? Cause that is the day the German Purity Law was proclaimed, i.e. back the on the 23rd of April 1516. It says that German beer can only be brewed from hops, barley and water. Later yeast was added to this mix as well (back then they were not yet able to produce yeast). The German beer brewer association prouds itself that this is the oldest, still maintained food purity law in the world (is that correct? Comment, if not!). And tomorrow, it will have been in place for 500 years – yeah! So, how is this date getting celebrated? Obviously, in Germany a lot. Every single beer brewery opens their doors to offer insight tours that day, hands out beers for free, offers ballon rides, etc. In Munich, for example, they are building a fountain of beer from which people can take drinks for free. For an overview of events – click here, here, here, here or here! (links are …

Auswandererbier (emigrants’ beer) – perfection in taste and function!

The eccentric, edgy blog of Michael Risse brought this little pearl among the beers to our attention. True story – the beer called ’emigrant’s beer’ – was created in 1849 by a father for his son who needed to escape Germany to America due to political reasons.The loving and very skilled father created a beer that was uniquely suited for the long transport to America.  Intense hopping and a high alcohol content makes the beer very robust and long-time storeable. Mr Risse – an acknowledged gourmet and realist – describes the taste as “incredibly intense, especially accentuated, and impressive” beer. The brewery Faust (Brauerei Faust in Miltenberg) has remained in family ownership ever since and you can buy this for €  9,95 per bottle. Currently it is run by Johannes Faust by the way. So – nice little bit of history here 😉

Last call – get those bottles of champagne now!

What are you doing the morning of the 31st? Well, in case you are hosting a new years eve party – this is your last chance of getting some bottles of sparkling wine. Cause – guess what! – this year, just like the years before, new champagne cocktail fashions have appeared on the scene that are just too tempting to be ignored. After all, its always best to prepare several different types of those, cause experience taught me it is the safest way to keep the guests entertained and get them drunk quickly enough so that they don‘t ask for entertainment anymore. No, don‘t get me wrong, champagne cocktails are really an art and in no way a cheap road to eternal headache the next day. This year‘s trendsetter for champagne cocktail recipes is ‚goodie mother‘ with a rosemary mix: But it is always worth going back in time, i.e. to the year 2008, to seek additional inspiration from e.g. ‚Noble Pig‘ – all in orange: In 2014, 2013, and 2012, our lives were enriched …