Sunday, August 22, 2010

Corsica - L'île de Beauté

Cape Corsica.

Corsica, off the French south coast, produces delicious dry white and subtle rosé wines that are best drunk chilled, young and fresh as an aperitif or to accompany light meals of seafood, salads, tapas.

Wine of Corsica is the common appellation to all the wines of Corsica, with the following AOC classifications related to either the soils or the villages in which the vineyards are grown: Ajaccio, Calvi, Coteaux du Cap Corse et Muscat du Cap Corse, Figari Patrimonio, Porto-Vecchio, Sartène.

While Corsica is definitely "south of France," it does not fall under the newly minted branding of "Sud de France," a term that is being used by the region of Languedoc-Roussillon as they voyage forth once again onto the world export stage with their wines and other agricultural products.

Corsican wines are one of those "well-kept secrets." The island, which the French call "L'île de Beauté," produces some great wines but they aren't exported much overseas...yet. Set in the Mediterranean Sea, many of the island's wines originate from Italy.  The sun's reflection on both  white rocks and the Mediterranean brings even more energy to the vine which, combined with low yields, will eventually produce a very concentrated grape.

Typical Corsican Village. Perched between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Cap Corse Wine This white wine is pretty rare and much appreciated by winelovers. Many agree that it is the best white wine in Corsica.
  • Sartene Wine This is an excellent wine, and the red San Michele is definitely a must-taste. These are fruity and warm Corsican wines.
  • Patrimonio This wine is as famous as the classic Corsican appellation and its quality is constantly growing.  Corsican reds and whites are increasingly famous even out of the island. Patrimonio rosé wines are also fine wines. Patrimonio wines have a pretty strong character that originate from the soil, which is composed mostly of clay and limestone. This Corsican wine is full-bodied but still light and fruity.
  • Ajaccio The Ajaccio French wine boasts the distinction of being the most elevated wine region in France. Most of its vineyards are located 500 m and above. This Corsica wine benefits from the warm weather, and the sea air provides it with a very particular flavor too. This French wine fully benefits from the Corsican environment thus it is light coloured, fruity and has a pronounced pepper flavor in the mouth. The Ajaccio soil is mostly granite.

They also have excellent beaches in Corsica!

Corsican Beaches.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Muesli Delivered To You by iPhone 4

The made-to-order muesli mixers of mymuesli recently created the first TV commercial filmed and edited entirely on the iPhone 4.

In the three years since mymuesli launched, they've expanded to the UK, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and have been joined by similar concepts in other countries, including [Me]&Goji in the US. They've also forged smart alliances with established health, fitness and beauty brands, and developed a convenience product: mymuesli2go.

<p>mymuesli2go, a tv commercial - filmed and edited on an iPhone 4 from Max Wittrock on Vimeo.</p>

Which brings us back to the iPhone. mymuesli's founders were so impressed by the phone's video quality, that they decided to use it to shoot and edit an ad for their new product.

Highlighting the convenience aspect of mymuesli2go, the ad features a skydiver eating cereal before jumping out of a plane. (The video below shows both the ad and 'the making of'.) The commercial aired on German and Austrian television over the weekend.





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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

School of Fish Floats Its Boat In Vancouver

The founder of the School of Fish Foundation, Shannon Ronalds, is working to create a positive impact on the seafood industry by educating chefs about sustainable seafood.

He had a vision to build the floating dining room and new that plastic 2-Liter bottles could be used as flotation.

With the help of a marine engineer and Goodweather Design, they drew up plans for a dining room that floats using 1,672 bottles. The elegant raft was constructed out of reclaimed pinewood. All materials going into and coming out of this floating dining room are renewable, recycled, reclaimed and/or repurposed.

Read more: Floating Dining Room Sets Sail on 1,672 Bottle Raft in Vancouver | 

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Win Free Tickets To Bottles And Bangers

Bottles and Bangers

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Liberty Merchant Company is happy to host their 9th annual Bottles and Bangers tasting, as part of their much anticipated ‘Tastings-in-the-Park’ series.

Join them and taste the sensational wines of the southern hemisphere accompanied by a traditional banger overlooking the water at the Vancouver Rowing Club! Admission ticket includes one complimentary smokie or veggie dog with additional fare available for sale. All proceeds to benefit amateur sport at the Vancouver Rowing Club.

Date: Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 

Vancouver Rowing Club, Stanley Park - 7:30-9:30PM

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