Happy Worker’s Day! Sit back and relax with a glass of Legacy! Wednesday, May 1 2013 

Legacy White Wine

“Each day I am … Friday, Dec 21 2012 

“Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” Have a sweet weekend Legacy fans!

Alternative use of old wine bottles… Tuesday, May 29 2012 

What do you think? Good or bad idea?

Slightly sweet quote of the day… Tuesday, Apr 24 2012 

Legacy Johannisberger is one of South Africa’s Best Value White wines of 2012 Wednesday, Oct 26 2011 

It’s official! Legacy Johannisberger is one of South Africa’s Best Value White wines of 2012.
Nothing quite like a good deal of quality at a great price. If in doubt check it out.
When last did you treat yourself to an award winning bottle?

Interesting study: Sold-out products create a sense of immediacy for customers Wednesday, Sep 7 2011 

An empty store shelf spurs shoppers to buy the closest substitute for the product that isn’t there. This is according to a recent Canadian study which found that “Sold-out products” create a sense of immediacy for customers.

Paul Messinger, a professor at the University of Alberta, found “sold-out” signs create a sense of urgency.

“Sold-out products create a sense of immediacy for customers; they feel that if one product is gone, the next item could also sell out,” Messinger said in a statement.

“Our research shows there’s also an information cascade, where people infer that if a product is sold out, it must have been good and therefore a similar available product will also be desirable.”

A study of merlot wines found 49 percent of consumers would buy a bottle if they had one choice, but if they thought a similar wine had sold out next to it on the shelf, nearly twice the number of shoppers would buy the available bottle.

Source: upi.com

Wine quotes by legends Wednesday, Aug 24 2011 

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”

-Humphrey Bogart

“I drink to make other people interesting.”

-George Jean Nathan

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

-Ernest Hemmingway

“Work is the curse of the drinking class.”

-Oscar Wilde

“I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.”

-Miguel De Cervantes

More quotes

Wine drinkers tend to have a healthier lifestyle Tuesday, May 24 2011 

Drinkers who enjoy two or three glasses of wine a day are healthier than teetotallers, according to a new European study.

Moderate drinkers had lower rates of heart disease, obesity and depression than those who abstained from alcohol entirely, researchers found.

But, while previous studies have highlighted the health-giving properties of wine, the authors of the latest report sounded a note of caution. Drinking modest amounts of alcohol does not necessarily make you healthier, they said. Rather, those who enjoy alcohol without indulging to excess tend to be wealthier and more successful than average, and are the sort of people who look after their health in general.

Boris Hansel of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, who led the study of the medical records of 150,000 Parisians, said: “Moderate alcohol intake is a powerful marker of a higher social level, superior general health status and lower cardiovascular risk.”

In the study, light drinkers were defined as those who drank one unit of alcohol a day — the equivalent of one small glass of wine. Moderate drinkers consumed between one and three units a day — up to half a bottle of weak wine or a pint-and-a-half of standard strength beer.

Light and moderate drinkers scored better than both teetotallers and heavy drinkers on a range of health indicators.

Read more on www.independent.ie

Leftover wine and cooking – Enhance the flavours Tuesday, May 3 2011 

If the dregs of a nearly empty bottle of wine have been kicking around your kitchen a little too long, chances are it will be better appreciated in a dish rather than a glass.

That’s because whether red or white, extra wine that’s past its prime still can have life as a great flavour enhancer.

“That leftover bit of wine has more potential to add flavour to your cooking than you realized,” says Food Network host Alex Guarnaschelli. Whether a chardonnay or a pinot, wine enhances flavours and brings its own zing to sauces, marinades and desserts.

Onions, for example, can be caramelized in a bit of butter, red wine, salt and pepper, then used as a topping for pizza, in a grinder with sausage and peppers, or on panini with gruyere cheese.

Once you’ve made sure that the wine isn’t so old it’s turned to vinegar, there are few rules to cooking with wine, except to use one you actually would drink.

Here are some favourite recipes for that leftover glass of wine:

  • -Toss pasta with grated Parmesan cheese, butter and fresh herbs, then add a splash of white wine. The wine will give a pleasant acidity to balance the other flavours.
  • -Make a reduced-wine vinaigrette to serve over grilled meat or fish. Bring red or white wine to a gentle simmer, then add a pinch of sugar or honey and reduce by half. Transfer the wine to a medium bowl. Add a handful of sliced seedless grapes, a pinch of salt and a generous splash of olive oil. Stir to blend, crushing some of the grapes as you mix.
  • -Braise vegetables in it. We recommends carrots, parsnips and turnips. Peel the vegetables, toss in a bowl with a bit of brown sugar, salt and pepper. Add a splash of white wine and a little olive oil, then toss to coat. Arrange them on a single layer on a baking sheet and cook, at 180 degrees Celsius, until they are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.
  • -When steaming clams or mussels, pour some wine into the pot along with peeled shallots. Stir to blend, then let the wine reduce and meld with the juices of the shellfish. Add some fresh basil leaves and a little butter.
  • -After blackening fish with spices — such as cayenne pepper, paprika and ground cumin — transfer the fish to a platter and gently add wine to the pan used to cook the fish. Return the pan to the heat and allow the wine to reduce. Add a few capers, a squeeze of lemon juice and a touch of smooth mustard. Stir it all up and then pour the sauce over the fish.

Source: washingtontimes.com

The wine toast – Where did it originate? Tuesday, Mar 29 2011 

The word “toast,” meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine.

Another cool wine ‘did you know?’

 Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the liquid to determine the ideal temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, for adding yeast. That is where we get the phrase “rule of thumb.”

Source: rackwine.com

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