Building A Wine Cellar Into Your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen renovation is the most popular room to makeover in our domestic abodes. In the 2014/15 financial year, we as a nation, spent $7.2 billion dollars on building renovations. It seems the kitchen has captured our imaginations, having been fed a diet rich on TV celebrity chefs and reality cooking shows. Every mum and dad wannabe ‘supercook’ wants to strut their stuff in a designer kitchen that looks like it belongs in a restaurant. They want to rattle the pans and bang out some seriously fine fare for their nearest and dearest.

Building A Wine Cellar Into Your Kitchen Renovation

Well, if you are going to spend bucks on building a better kitchen, why not consider, building a wine cellar into your kitchen renovation. If it doesn’t work out, you can always get drunk instead! Just joking, of course, folks. Most great chefs know that there is a synergy between good food and fine wine. Sure some of them have a problem with over indulging in the sauce; but wine stimulates the taste buds. A matched wine makes a dish taste better, and wine helps our bodies digest. Putting a wine cellar into your kitchen makeover plans, makes sense.

There are kitchen home improvement companies, which specialise in innovative renovations. Australians can click here to see an example of this kind of thing. Why not think outside of the square and bring design brilliance to your house or apartment? Be bold and push back the boundaries to reveal your own stylishly unique lifestyle plan. Capture the culinary world in your own backyard. Put all the building blocks together and make your home the palace of food and wine. Imagine the fortune that you will save on fine dining at home, instead of wasting money at less than impressive dining establishments.

Bring the mountain to Mohammed; and ‘if you build it, they will come’. Building a wine cellar into your kitchen renovation will increase the value of your property. It will make your home something special, that prospective buyers will salivate over. Step outside of the hum drum world that your friends and neighbours live in and enter the pleasure dome. A new designer kitchen with a cellar attached, will put the ‘I am’ in ambience into your home. Imagine yourself, or your partner, preparing a truly memorable meal in your newly renovated gourmet kitchen, sipping a glass of sensational shiraz from Riedel glassware. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Taste it? Well, be it!

Wine Racks: Elegance vs Function

wine racksIf you love your wine, but haven’t started stocking up your own wine collection, you will see its appeal sooner or later. Throwing a party only to find out that you are freshed out of wine is a real party pooper. A true wine enthusiast knows the importance of well-crafted old-school wooden wine racks. These do not only keep your wine at the optimum, but also help in ageing it just right.

The best solution in storing your wine is to invest in a wine rack. Wine coolers are also a good alternative. However, wine refrigerators can only hold up a limited number of wine bottles. Plus, they consume a lot of space in your house. On the other hand, wine racks are loved for their functionality and elegance. That said, wine enthusiasts should find the right balance between elegance and functionality when choosing a wine rack. This way, they can organise and store the wine bottles while staying stylish.

Wine Racks: Elegance vs Function

Wine enthusiasts are confronted with a lot of factors to consider when choosing a wine rack. They should weigh up the style and design; the number of wine bottles to be kept; the materials of the wine rack; and the location of the wine rack.

Where to Install Your Wine Racks

Before you decide to buy a wine rack, you should have at least a place in mind where you will install your wine rack. One common mistake among wine enthusiasts is that they place their wine racks in their kitchen. This is a big no-no since the sunlight and the temperature adjustments affect the taste of your wine. It is advised to fix your wine racks in the coolest area of your home. Moreover, you should only store your wine in a wine rack if you think that it will be consumed within a couple of months. Even the coolest part of your home can reach high temperatures and high humidity levels.

Capacity Limit of Your Wine Racks

It is logical to buy wine racks that have room for your wine collection. For instance, if you own a couple bottle of wines and you think this number will double or triple in the future, a countertop wine rack might be what you’re looking for. But if you have, say fifty to a hundred bottles, a wine rack that can be mounted on your wall is right for you.

Materials of Your Wine Racks

Various types of materials are being used in building a wine rack. It can be made with stones, concrete, wrought iron, plastic and wood. Among them, wood is the most commonly used because of its qualities. For instance, wine racks made of wood are easy to form and assemble. Moreover, they are more lightweight, durable, and can complement any design or colour. That said, one major drawback of wooden wine racks is that it is not fireproof.

Design of Your Wine Racks

The last thing to consider when choosing a wine rack is its design. Never sacrifice the functionality of your wine rack for its design. Wine racks are meant as a storage space, and not as an adornment for your home.

There are different wine rack designs that you can choose from. A stackable wine rack is ideal for people with small wine collection, while a wall-mounted wine rack is best for those with a growing stockpile. Other designs, such as table top, floor wine and wine furniture, can also be considered. The style of your wine rack still depends on its purpose.

Sexy wine labels

Sexy Wine Labels

It is always what’s inside that matters. Having said that, the appeal of sexy wine labels does influence why people tend to buy a wine based on its look, and not on its taste. If a wine label looks phenomenal and sexy, one can’t help but think that it also tastes good. When you get right down to it, wine companies that made an effort on their sexy wine labels must have devoted more work on the wine itself.

In the wine industry, sexy wine labels are just as important as the wine. It all boils down to the marketability of the product and in making the impression to the right customer. For instance, the millennials are more inclined to buy brightly coloured wine labels. Well-thought-out names and the use of sans serif font on the label also add to the market appeal of the wine. Listed here are examples of sexy wine labels, most of which are delicately sipped by upmarket escorts. 

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Sexy Wine Labels

  • Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir

The Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir is a playful vino that harmonises the intense flavour and the rich, fruity redolence. It has traces of vanilla that dally in the mouth after one sip. Meanwhile, the image on the bottle is similar to a Belle Époque-era advertisement of a bicycle of the same name.

Originally, the poster was created in France in 1895. It shows a nude nymph drifting side by side with a winged bicycle. The image also represented women’s liberation, prompting them to travel easily and on their own.

  • Sogno Uno

Sogno Uno is a red wine conceptualised by the porn star, Savana Samson. The wine comes from the line of Sogno Uno, Due and Tre red wine. Because of her brilliant marketing gimmick, her initial 400 cases of Sogno Uno were sold out. That said, a wine guru thinks that Sogno Uno is more than its smart packaging. The vino fared 91 out of 100 on its overall taste.

As what is expected from a porn star, the wine label of Sogno Uno features Samson in a see-through frock. However, her pose is more playful than racy, and resembles the popular pin-up art of the 40s and 50s.

  • Marilyn Wines

The Marilyn wines are a brilliant idea of Bob and Donna Holder from Rutherford. Using Marilyn Monroe, the famed sex goddess, in their sexy wine label apparently worked. The Holders have been marketing the Marilyn wines for over two decades, and made quite a fortune out of it.

Marilyn Monroe’s name alone implies sexiness and sultriness. In the early 1950’s, the sex icon became a Playboy cover model. And after half a century, Monroe made her way as the main figure of sexy wine labels. The bottle of Marilyn wines features the unclad Monroe, whose sexy parts are covered with a shiny, garland-like peeling sticker. The wine label is the first “peel and peek” of its kind.

  • Sexy Wine Bomb

Sexy Wine Bomb is an exciting mix of Merlot, Zinfande, Syrah and Petite Sarah. A bottle of the wine offers a mouthful of fruity flavours with a hint of vanilla and butterscotch. Its wine label is eye catching enough to attract your attention and sway you to buy it.

The graphics on the label depicts a woman in a risqué position. She is holding a bottle of wine as if that there is an occasion to drink at. The gigantic bomb, which supports the woman’s weight, is lit and about to explode. Since women are almost synonymous to pleasure, maybe the winemaker is aiming for a discharge of extreme sensation while sipping the Sexy Wine Bomb.

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Injuries People Receive While Intoxicated

When you party and drink all night, chances are you will wake up all sore. Worst case scenario, you will be in total pain due to unknown bruises and injuries. Believe it or not, even the safest places can pose particular danger to people under the influence of alcohol.

Here are the most common injuries people receive while intoxicated.

Let’s start with slight injuries like slips and falls. These are pretty common in settings where alcohol is being served. Alcohol impairs your senses and your judgment. Therefore, the likelihood of falling also increases. A simple massage for these types of injuries solves it.

According to the analysis, head and face injuries are most common, especially for people in their late teens and old age. Interestingly enough, men are suggestively more likely to hurt themselves while drinking. At certain times in life, they have more than double the rate of injury compared to women, and according to surveys over 70 percent of overall injuries happened to men.

Club fights frequently happen. Customers who consume excessive amounts of alcohol often start fights. The extreme force they apply can result in unnecessary injuries. Speaking of which, domestic violence can also arise. Partners or family members are more likely assaulted by men while drunk or high on other drugs.

Moving up a notch higher, too much alcohol consumption can in the long run cause blood and organ injuries. Several ailments linked to alcohol abuse include liver cirrhosis, blood poisoning, blood capillary failure, and several types of cancer.

Lastly, the most common and serious type of injuries resulting from the over consumption of alcohol can be fatal. Drunk driving accidents are the consequence of intoxicated drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Their incapacity to see and/or correctly understand traffic signs causes many drunk driving accidents. Drowning is another outcome of alcohol consumption around pools and beaches. The effects of alcohol can cause a person to fall hitting his or her head on any perimeter surfaces. Their inability to see clearly, can cause them to fall hard. They usually fall on diving boards or any solid objects around the water.

When individuals drink too much on one instance it can cause alcohol-related accidents. Drinking too much on one occasion, causes too many complications and these problems are avoidable. These problems include injury, violence, burns and falls. Anti-social behaviour and problems can also occur with friends, family and third parties. So think before you drink.

Disability in the Family

Whatever business or industry your family might be involved in (for us it is the wine industry), when one of your own has special needs, you do whatever you can for them. Disability in the family is not a curse, we have moved on from those primitive and barbaric views, it is actually an opportunity. It opens you up to experiences and feelings that you would never have had without it. When people say, it has enriched their lives, they are not speaking, merely sentimentally, it is true. Your heart is opened not only to your own child with disability, but to all people in similar circumstances.

Disability in the Family

Disability breaks you out of the selfish prison that locks up most people and their families in a ‘me and mine’ only attitude. Siblings who have a disabled brother or sister, become greater people in their own right. Their views are broadened and they empathise with a much wider section of the community. They have championed their sibling through the harsh playground of childhood and schools. They have seen beyond the vacuous world of celebrity and cosmetic beauty. Their eyes have been opened to the true nature of what it means to be a human being.

All of these qualities are not always easily come by. There is suffering to go through and to come out of. Wisdom and compassion are qualities that must be earned. Disability is not only challenging for the disabled; it affects family and carers too. We do not cry, poor me, however, we grin and bear it most of the time. We put our child first and foremost; handling a disability is their test. We provide as much support as we possibly can. There are times when it does seem like the whole world is against us.

At those times, we look for support where we can find it. Extended family and friends are called upon. If there are community support groups or networks of families with disabled members, we explore those possibilities as well. Because living with disability can be isolating sometimes, when that disability pushes your family to the fringes of society in terms of what we can and cannot do. Exclusion from entertainments and recreations, because they cannot accommodate those with a disability. Exhaustion from going it alone without support for too long. We all need some help at times. Disability in the family demands a lot of that family in the long run.

 

 

Food and Wine: Familiar Bedfellows

There are three sisters and their names are Food, Wine and Sex. These lusty girls like nothing more than to hang out together in a concert of gratification. Sensual and earthy, they sing from the same hymn sheet, songs to satisfy you. For where would either be without the others? A meal without wine is missing something essential. Wine without tasty victuals is unbalanced at the core. Sex is the culmination of the other two, the icing on the cake. A generous serving of each sister is a diet worth living for. Too much of either without the others is a crying shame and a recipe for obsession.

Food and Wine: Familiar Bedfellows

There are fakirs who claim to live on fresh air, without the help of food or water. What is the point of that my friend? Where is the deliciousness in denial? We are human beings, big brained mammals, who walk on two legs. Still we are animals, with monkeys as ancestors; and our bodies are designed to consume food. The material that longs to be spirit is a disease of the mind. Those Qumranites, those Yogis, those Cathars and all their ilk, are lost in their spiritual egos, so far up their irrigated colons they miss the point.

Food and wine: Familiar bedfellows for the flesh. Accept yourself, do not seek perfection, for it does not exist. Celebrate your humanity with a fine meal and a glass of wine. Remember Dionysus and the irrational chorus that sings from our hearts. Where have our celibate priests led us? What have they done with our children? Religious behaviour like this is a sickness of the soul. Deny the flesh, deny the natural, and you are ensnared by more evil thoughts – a corruption in a cassock.

The kitchen renovation, involves replacing the old with the new. In a similar vein we must dump the superstitious mumbo jumbo of the old religions and replace it with a more enlightened humanistic philosophy. Renovate your beliefs and design a new reality based on the real and the tangible. The earthy and the sensual in balance with the scientific. Put away these invisible gods and their strange priests. Sit down at table and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a glass of wine. Eat, drink and laugh a little every day. Remember how ridiculous you look when you are making love. Honour those three sisters and sacrifice some of your seriousness at their altar.

 

Viticulture: Common Injuries in the Industry

The winemaking industry is a very hands-on workplace. Because of this, cellar hands and wine making staffs incur many injuries. They are also exposed to health risks that are related to their line of work. Like your typical agricultural laborers, viticulture workers are prone to farm-related injuries and medical conditions. In addition, their working environment presents hazards that accompany their job. These include insect bites, thermal stress, exposure to UV rays and harsh weather conditions. Moreover, there’s a good chance that these laborers acquire musculoskeletal disorders, asthma and ailments due to pesticides.

Viticulture: Common Injuries in the Industry

There are some wineries that manually prune their vineyards by hand. Unfortunately, hand pruning has adverse effects, which usually cause pain and injury. One of which is plantar fasciitis. This medical condition results to heel pain due to swollen plantar fascia, the ligament that connects our toes and heel bones. Luckily, this can be treated via low level laser therapy.

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders

Viticulture workers are vulnerable from being struck down with musculoskeletal disorders, mainly because of the nature of their tasks. These include straining of the back and neck, tendinopathy and neuropathy. In a study, French vineyard workers were found to develop 20 percent of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. There is said to be a relationship between suffering from the injury with the intensity of their pruning activity. Workers also experienced pain in their hands and wrists, and had nocturnal hand paresthesia.

Pruning injuries also involve muscle and tendon fatigue. These types of injuries are normally caused by monotonous movements, bad posture and forceful hand activities.

  • Mesothelioma

Although not considered as an injury, winemakers and workers are susceptible to mesothelioma and other conditions stemming from exposure to asbestos. According to Asbestos Justice, there are reported cases of mesothelioma among Italian winemakers. Mesothelioma is a cancer in the mesothelial tissue that is normally associated with exposure to asbestos.

Personal Protection While Working

It is advised that workers pack their body with good food, especially during breakfast. This will give them enough energy to perform their chores in the vineyard. Moreover, they should also wear appropriate clothing and protection from the sun. It is also highly suggested that they do stretches, primarily on their backs, forearms and shoulders in between breaks. Lastly, they should rehydrate their body by drinking enough fluids.

Occupation Health & Safety in the Viticulture Industry

The Viticulture industry has its own share of problems with regards to the occupational health and safety of their workers. Wine is common staple in a huge number of restaurants and households making them a drink of choice by many. The supply of wine is made possible through the shared efforts of the viticulture workers. The job however, is taxing and demanding making them prone to injuries. Let us look at some of the OHS issues in the wine making business. Injuries to cellar hands & viticulture workers & the therapeutic solutions to their problems.

Occupational health risks of wine industry workers is a persistent problem that has plagued a considerable number of employees. Wine industry workers have a number of specific health risks associated with their occupation. Viticulture workers are at risk in developing work-related musculoskeletal problems. Hand pruning remains the single largest expense in vineyard operations, though mechanization has had a significant impact.

Pruning injuries are usually caused or aggravated by work or activities that involve repetitive movement, sustained or constrained postures, or forceful movements. This in turn makes it problematic to complete their task in a timely and effective manner. Muscles and tendons are able to withstand fatigue and recover better if they are given a variety of tasks and regular rest breaks.

It is good to hear that they government are taking the necessary course of action in an effort to protect labor groups, viticulture workers included. The new Health and Safety at Work ACT has a key emphasis on everyone in the workplace being responsible for health and safety; everyone is equal; everyone has some responsibilities. This seems to be in response with the growing number of lawsuits in France have begun to expose the serious risk faced by those working on non-organic vineyards. Numerous studies have suggested links between pesticide use and a range of health impacts, including cancers, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic conditions which is a cause for concern.

Vineyards investing to an insurance for wineries goes a long way in protecting not only their employees but also with their clients. For instance, the general liability insurance helps protect companies and business owners from unexpected events, hazards, problems and accidents. It’s particularly important if your winery offers public tours and tasting events.

Viticulture does indeed involve a lot of tasks that needs to be performed. Without them, companies will not be able to produce high quality wine for their customers. This is the reason why it is important to consider the needs and demands for viticulture workers. One way of offering them relief is by offering them a trip to an osteopath. Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. This description fits right into the alley for viticulture workers which experience a lot of joints and muscle pains.

These clinics come in great numbers making them fairly easy to find. There are Balmain Osteopaths that have setup their services over the internet. This in turn allows their patients to setup an appointment at any given time when the need calls for them to do so at the comfort of their very home. Reserve a schedule today!

Selling Wine Online: Cellars & Networks

An analysis of secondary market sales channels for selling wine online in Australia for private individuals or business charged with the disposal of assets. Finding where to sell your wine can be a tricky proposition. There are a number of options (online and otherwise) and each have their positives and negatives. When it comes time for you to sell your wine online , you want to ensure you get the best price in the right time frame. If you have rare and valuable wines to sell then you need to ensure you entrust it to the right place, one that will give you a true but realistic valuation (nobody likes their time wasted) and who will have a ready congregation of eager wine enthusiasts and wine lovers willing to make an offer on it.

How do I sell my wine online?

Choose from various private, retail and auction options below for one that best suits you and your wine. Send a list of your wine to be valued. You will then normally be sent an offer and a list of reserves. Most places will suggest reserves within 10% of each other, anything too high or low should be queried. If you choose to accept, they will either arrange to pick up your wine or you can drop it off to them. Once it is sold you will get paid, minus any commission that was agreed on. 

Where can I sell my wine?

There are a number of channels open to you for selling wines online. It is important to understand how the buyers perceive these sales channels as well.

Private. The best option if you want to see your prized collection go a good home and you have the time to offer after sales support (so to speak). Beware of how you announce your intentions as most social media sites have very strict rules about selling or promoting alcohol on them, and you may also attract the attention of the authorities and the tax man.

Retail. Some corner bottle shops may take your wine on consignment and sell it in their shop. Just keep in mind that their specialty and market is to sell current release wine and your bottle may languish on the shelf for some time before it sells and can cost you as much as 40% commission. Also enquire where they will display your wine, you don’t want it sitting on a warm shelf for months on end.

EBay and other self-service auctions. Because you are selling direct to the consumer you require a liquor licence or you will find your listing removed and/or it will be reported to the authorities.

Wine storage facilities. Some wine storage facilities offer to sell your wine while you store it with them. The prices that are suggested are usually significantly higher than secondary market prices which can make it hard to find a buyer in the short term and often leaves your wine sitting in a managed facility for far longer than you may be comfortable with while you continue to pay storage, insurance and handling fees.

Wine Auctions are your best option if you have good quality wine of any quantity to sell. In Australia, there are only a few traditional, wine-only, auction houses, such as Wickman’s, whose only business is to sell wine through auction. General auctioneers may not completely understand the worth of your wine and typically draw only from a pool of buyers who are looking for inexpensive, current release wines.

How is wine valued on the secondary market?

The true market price is determined by the buyer and not the seller, unless the item in question is rare and desired by multiple buyers. Because retailers specialise in recent release wines rather than aged and uncommon wines, the retail prices for secondary market wines are highly exaggerated and rarely based on any realistic volume of recent sales.

What is the value of my wine?

Most wines typically fall in value by as much as 40% as soon as you pay for it. The amount it falls depends on the marketing hype surrounding the wine, how good the wine actually is and how well that quality is known amongst the wine drinking community. A winery can only guess what the wine is worth when it is first released and it is usually a marketing decision that sets the final price you pay in the bottle shop or cellar door. Then over time, as the wine circulates and is opened, the wines reputation is solidified through wine shows, tasting panels, wine reviewers and, more and more importantly, through social media chatter. The subsequent price being demanded for the wine then becomes a matter to settle on the open market via traditional auctions. Good vintages, in the least tend to hold their initial release price even as the current release price rises with annual inflation. Very good vintages tend to bubble up to the current release price as it changes over time and exceptional vintages sometimes tend to exceed even the current release price.

Do I need a liquor licence to sell wine?

Only if you intend to sell the wine through eBay or another type of online self service facility, otherwise you can sell it through an auction house or retailer who will act on your behalf as your agent.

Are reverse auctions good for selling wine?

Reverse auctions favour the buyer rather than the seller and have traditionally been used to move distressed or excess stock at the cheapest possible price with sellers, not buyers, competing against each other.

What wines are worth more than cellar door price?

There are only a handful of Australian wines that you can buy at the cellar door that rise in price immediately or very soon after release, worth more on the auction market. However, because these wines are generally strictly controlled on release, it is impossible to actively collect them in any sufficient quantity that could classify the purchase as an investment:

What is provenance and how does it affect the price I get at auction?

Many buyers are wary of buying secondary market wine as they don’t know where it has been. Since adverse storage conditions can affect the quality of the wine, buyers like to know the history of where is has been purchased and stored. The greater the level of buyer comfort about how well you have looked after your wine, then the higher a buyer will value your wine against wines of unknown origin. Wickman’s offer a guaranteed provenance system for qualifying sellers.

When should I sell my wine?

Whilst there has not been any conclusive evidence put forward that good quality wine sells better online at any particular time of year, logic suggests that selling prior to Christmas and other festivals or occasions may yield slightly better volume returns. Also, significant birthday vintages may cause prices to temporarily rocket up in price.

Trade vendors – How to sell wines online through auctions

Many wineries have a stigma about their older vintages appearing for sale on the auction market. Actually it is an excellent way to promote a brand and maintain a reputation over the years. When a wine is out of circulation for many years and it is not talked about through the wine drinking community then its value falls at auction which in turn can reflect on current release price. The larger companies understand this as a viable marketing strategy for their brand and ensure that past vintages are always available (in minute quantities) for circulation through the wine community via auctions.

The World’s Most Expensive Wines

Wine is already a favorite drink of the early civilization, dating back as early as 4100 B.C. Due to meager ingredients and controlled growing conditions of grapes, wine is among the most arduous drinks to produce. Over the years, the highly talked up vintage wines have, in fact, been auctioned and bought at sky-high prices. But what makes this draught that expensive?

The Daily Mail reported that the selling price of a wine depends on the supply and the need for it, the economic situation of the wine-producing region, age and maturation, and whether if it’s a vintage classic or not. Some of the most sought wines by the elites are the kinds of wines you drink with high class escorts. Here is a list of some of the world’s most expensive wines:

1. Château D’Yquem

According to the Thrillist, Château D’Yquem is “the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold.” The winery is actually one of the favourites of Thomas Jefferson (yes, that Jefferson). The Château has also the reputation of the only sweet wine to have been given the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. No wonder that a bottle of D’Yquem was sold at a whopping $117,000 in 2011.

2. Château Lafite Rothschild

The Rothschilds are one of the richest families in the world, mainly because of their bank ventures. Chateau Lafite Rothschild, a bottle owned by the family, was sold at a staggering $156, 000 in 1985.

3. Château Margaux

This is the only wine that made our list that wasn’t exactly sold. Château Margaux is among the wine collection of Thomas Jefferson and was presumed to have a value to the tune of $500,000. However, a waiter accidentally knocked over a bottle in 1989. The merchant, a New Yorker named William Sokolin, received $225,000 from the insurance.

4. Jeroboam of Château Mouton-Rothschild

Produced during World War II, this bottle of wine was sold at $310,000 in 2007. That being said, a glass of Jeroboam of Château Mouton-Rothschild only costs $8,631 since the wine is not in a standard 750-mL wine bottle. Nevertheless, big bottle or not, a sip from this wine does not come cheap!

5. Screaming Eagle Cabernet

This 1992 wine classic is the most expensive wine in our list. This six-liter bottle was auctioned at $500,000. You can basically buy 25,000 boxes of the cheap stuff with that kind of money. A good thing about this Cabernet is that the proceeds from the auction went to charity.

Farms & Vineyards: Idyllic Property Investment

People look into a lot of items they consider to be a worthwhile investment. This includes valuable items, antiques and other related rares that grows in price as they get older. One of the more popular investment endeavors a huge of individuals is engaged in is with the purchase of property. Property investment is considered to be relatively popular by a huge margin due to the fact that it gives owners fulfilling returns. They can develop the property or have them rented instead giving them plenty of options to choose from. Let us look at farms & vineyards and why they are known as idyllic property investments in the present.

It should be noted that type of commodity that is being grown as well as its current price in order plays a huge contributing role in generating your dividend return. Property cost can also vary depending on the location. Properties that are closer to the city rise in value more and clients can expect them to be much higher compared to the ones that are situated in remote areas.  The same can also be said with regards to property investment around Adelaide. When buying a potential property to be used for farms and vineyards, buyers are given the option to buy irrigated or non-irrigated ground. Non-irrigated ground is considered to be the least expensive option with that being said your crop will be worth less each year since it doesn’t get any water but rain. On the other hand, buying property that is on irrigated ground may cost a bit more but this is outweighed with the benefits it provides since buyers are basically guaranteed to raise a fine crop each year.

Buying property does not instantly generate income or produce instant success. There are a number of environmental factors one should consider making returns not always a guarantee. One of these factors include the likes of pests which can destroy crops, the weather that can drastically affect quality and quantity of your products as well as the law of supply and demand not being in your favor. Property owners should take these factors into consideration and accept the reality that sometimes things just don’t go well according to plan. Owners however, are not left on their own as readily available help can be found today.

Those who are planning on starting farm and vineyards as property investments can benefit greatly in hiring the expertise making it possible for them to possible to generate good income from vineyards by selling grapes or even making wine. Aside from acquiring their services, property owners can get firsthand experience and learn from the experts how this particular type of industry works. Wineries buy grapes on contracts and these experts can help sharing their insights along the way. Since there is an open market every year for grapes, property owners are given a good amount of opportunity to develop their crops.

Another thing to note is that it usually takes at least three years, from the initial planting, to produce the first crop for a vineyard to be properly integrated to your farm. You should be in full production by the fourth year and this is where you can start selling your crops. The relationships you develop to buyers also play a very huge role with your success. Look for potential lands for a farm & vineyard business today.

Organic and Biodynamic Pest Control in Wineries

In ensuring a bountiful harvest, wine farmers make certain that their vineyards are not teeming with weeds or swarmed with bugs and other pests. Nowadays, crop farmers are depending on commercially produced herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers. Meanwhile, organic farmers avoid chemical mixtures but instead use compost or mulch, and employ biodynamic farming.

The application of organic and biodynamic farming in vineyards will allow the grapes to exude more varietal character and have a deeper tang and flavour. Steering clear your winery from pesticides will also yield quality harvest. Moreover, studies show that over reliance to insect repellents or bug killers that are chemical in nature can be harmful to your vineyard.

Fighting the Pests

Problems involving wasp control or managing other pests are among the reasons why some farmers opt for chemical pesticides. That being said, there are a lot of ways on how crop growers can a wage a war against these harmful insects without the use of chemical substances. For instance, farmers can use beneficial insects in combating other insects. This can be done by encouraging a sustainable number of diverse insects, such as lacewings, predatory wasps, and thrips, to grow on vineyards or insectaries. To further intensify the efficiency of this method, crop growers utilise cover crops. Here, insect-friendly and flower-rich crops are being planted on sections of the vineyard. Instead of using pesticides and herbicides, the beneficial insects thriving in the cover crops will act as your natural bug killers or insect repellents.

One of the most common threat in growing crops, such as grapes, are leafhoppers. These pests draw off the liquid from the vines, thereby draining the vine’s strength. In controlling these leafhoppers, farmers introduce lacewings. If the occurrence of leafhoppers on crops can’t be managed, crop growers spray the grapevines with organic oils.

In getting rid of spider mites and aphids, it is recommended to concoct your own organic pesticide. To do this, just mix a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap with a cup of vegetable oil. Stir the mixture until it became an emulsion. Then, add a quart of water. Your homemade pesticide should be sprayed every 10 days to your crops.

The methods discussed here are just among the numerous alternatives that winegrowers can employ in pest management. We are optimistic that these approaches will ensure a productive and profitable organic winery.

Horses and Wine: A Lifestyle Sublime

The good life is full of prancing horses and tranquil wines. The thundering hooves of a stallion in flight and the pools of reflection in my cups of night. I stand in top and hat and tails, a bevy of maidens on my arm, and the winning thoroughbred saluting the finishing post. Horse and wine: A lifestyle sublime for the select few. Not everybody can have this combination of thrilling and luxurious moments in their lives. It would not be so special if just anybody could have it. I have mounted the mare called success. I have nobbled the race of life. I have arrived in the member’s stand.

Horses and Wine: A Lifestyle Sublime

They call it the ‘sport of kings’, horseracing that is. We share the enclosure with princes, politicians and captains of industry; and we are all partial to a drop of fine wine. We want that intoxication that comes with wealth, pleasure and showing off. The alcohol is merely an added extra, we are high on our fortunate place in the scheme of things. We need poor people in the outer, because without the coarse contrast it would not be nearly so much fun. We select few surround ourselves with beauty in both horse and female friends; not really friends, but gorgeous vaginal acquaintances.

Gambling is another cheap thrill for the rich, because unlike those in the cheap seats we can afford to lose on occasion. Whisper, www.betsfree.com.au in the shell-like of an old soldier and smile with a wink and a nod. Backing our own piece of horseflesh to win is another sinful pleasure. Holding that cup aloft, with the scruffy trainer and invariably smelly little men who ride our horses beside us, is a bit of a hoot, what. We stand before our peers of the realm and shine in the sunshine of a glorious day.

Later that night we sip our favourite tipple, a Haut-Brion, or something more run of the mill like Grange, and we contemplate our lives. The fact that we are so very special and that the world around is so lucky to have our presence. Horses and wine: A lifestyle sublime, sounds like Keats’ Ode to a Grecian Urn. I have several Grecian urns by the way. I collect fine things. It is lovely to surround oneself with the best that life has to offer. Pretty things of that order. I find that they reflect a little of my aura to those around me. “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

Asian Thirst for Wine Growing Fast

More and more Asian countries, such as China and Japan, are increasing their wine imports from nations like France, Australia and Spain. In fact, a report from the University of Adelaide shows that as the global wine market continues to surge, Asian countries will become the world’s top wine consumers with China leading the wine craze. Economists expect that China’s thirst for wine will swell to 60 percent by 2018. Even if China ranked fifth in terms of global production of grape wine, wine imports are seen to increase as much as 790 million litres by 2018. According to the ACM Asian Wine Group, China’s importation on wine had increased by 1.86 percent in 2014.

The Asian Obsession to Grape Wine

Over the past years, the wine culture in Asia has flourished. Aside from top wine-consuming countries like Japan and China, their Asian neighbours are also quenching their thirst for wine. A predominantly beer-nation, the Philippines’ wine imports will grow by 8 percent in the next few years. Wine trade in Indonesia and Vietnam is also projected to increase. It is reported that Indonesia will consume 2.1 million cases of wine by 2017; while Vietnam’s annual expenses on wine may reach the billion-dollar mark by 2019.

In China, after the strict campaign to reduce the demand for luxurious items including wine, the wealthy Chinese class is now in the mood to get their hands on fine Australian wine. Australia’s wine exports to China increased by 32.1 percent, while it is 28.4 percent In Hong Kong.

Red wine has become popular in China mainly because of the wine’s colour. In the Chinese culture, red symbolises prosperity, power and good fortune. These three values are extremely important especially to Chinese businessmen. That’s why red wine is pretty common in business events, gatherings, socials and meetings.

There is also a correlation that exists between gambling revenues in Macau and the price tag of premium French wine. Due to China’s economic slowdown, Macau’s gambling revenues were slightly affected. As a matter of fact, government data confirms waning profits in the months of June, July and August. Until recently, wine trade in Macau started to get active. This is an indication that rich Chinese gambler who love Bordeaux are now flocking the casinos in Macau.

The Future of Wine: Biodynamic and Organic

Some say, the future of wine is biodynamic and organic. Which both sound to me like some new forms of physical exercise. Will my wine be very fit in the future? Will each sip ripple with muscle and low fat? Will my tongue get even more of a work-out from my drinking sessions? Golly gosh I hope not. The world of wine for me is replete with reclining Romans on couches. Symposiums of drinking gents with togas, each with a profound point of view. Shapely women sharing smiles and peals of laughter that ring like Riedel.

The Future of Wine: Biodynamic and Organic

If the future of wine is biodynamic and organic, where will the fat people go? Where will the lushes hang out? What will the extra-large indulgers imbibe if wine becomes a health drink? Doris Day told us that the future is not ours to know. I feel history when I drink wine. That is a very profound statement, if you didn’t already know. Wine from the grape has been with us big-brained monkeys for a very long time. Wine is a sign that we have arrived, that we have reached a state of leisure. To kick-back and drink identifies the practitioner as human.

Predicting the future is not something you want to do sober. Otherwise, aspirations get confused with manifestations, and, looking a gift horse in the mouth is called selectivity. So, fit new wines with healthy environmental credentials will be filling the bottle shop shelves in the very near future. When tasting these wines, you will be encouraged to say, mmm herbaceous, clean finish, pure on the tongue, unpolluted, no chemical after-taste, well wooded but rainforest free, and the saviour of the terroir shows no sign of toxicity.

The future of wine: Biodynamic and organic and built not to last. These wines are, invariably, fresh and young; designed to be drunk in the here and now. Don’t put away these babies for a rainy day, because you will only be disappointed. Spoilage without sulphur. Chemical free means keep me close at hand, and closer to mouth and tongue. Pure fruit flavours undiluted by the tricks of devious winemaking. Naked wines proudly displaying their curvaceous intensity. Don’t leave this young lady on the shelf; deflower now and penetrate with forked tongue.  Lift and stretch, really feel it and hold, the biodynamic bench-press is crushing life’s grapes ever so naturally.

The Sensual Dimensions of Red Wine

Red, red, red wine, I taste your body in my mouth. The silken softness on my tongue, and those crushed berries filled with flavour. I sit with glass in hand and reconnoitre the sensual dimensions of red wine. At the end of my working day I come back to myself with the aid of this taste sensation. I mull over memories, and murmur about aroma. I sip at the blood of my saviour. I anoint my tongue in the fermented juice of soil, oak and fruit. The days become a daze; and I hear the beating of my heart.

The Sensual Dimensions of Red Wine

Good red wine is like no other wine. I cradle that glass bowl in my hand. I ponder on the magic of time and technique. There is passion and process in the making of this elixir. I think about the last deep and moving experience in my life. The last helping of love. I am inclined to remember, reclined to review. Inside I am jam, sweet, and honey too. The gelling with another, lips touching, levity and longing mixed up with one another. Red wine stimulates sensory recollection and love’s echo sounds deep inside my heart.

I tell a lie. It is just a glass half full. The promise of future expectations drain like the last few sips of something slightly bitter. Like the allure of sweet smooth phone sex on your tongue, full of undeliverable delights. Like the whisper of first love, deep in your dreams on a sleepless night. Red wine begins something it cannot finish alone. In the drinking you reach a point of negative returns. A drop-off zone that stains your tongue blackly red. That leaves you with nothing but a dry mouth, no longer a mouth full of the memories of love.

Wine is a processual performer; and you need to know when the party is truly over. The sensual dimensions of red wine delight, deepen and then, determine your short, and sometimes, long term future. Keep a lid on it Sunshine. Quaffing leads to a permanent red nose day. The next morning you sound like a muffled sufferer of the flu. Jeffrey Bernard is unwell. Machiavellian machinations undo the simple pleasure of being alive. Dehydration and a swollen liver ringbark the resurrection. Until next time, that is, of course, when the blood-like brew once more winks at you and the spell is pronounced out loud again. Red, red, red wine.

 

Starting Your Own Online Wine Store: How to Win

More and more people are getting invested with the multi-billion dollar wine industry. In fact, business owners have opened wine stores online to attract more customers and penetrate new market. Success stories of wine retailers on the Internet have persuaded many aspiring entrepreneurs to embark in the same endeavour. But with many established wine stores online, how can you compete against them?

For starters, here are some tips on how you can build your dream wine empire:

  • Identify Your Target Market

According to research, there are five types of wine drinkers in Australia. These are the enjoyment oriented (casual wine drinkers); experimenter (highly knowledgeable wine drinkers); your basic wine drinkers; image-oriented (knowledge seeking wine drinkers); and conservative (wine knowledgeable wine drinkers). From here on, you will know which wines you need to stock your store with.

  • Study Your Competition

For your online wine store to be a clear cut above the rest, you have to research and study you competition. What makes them successful? What are the things you would do differently? Scrutinise everything on a customer standpoint. You can also look for less popular wine stores and note the things that should be changed or improved.

  • Create a Business Model

Determine which wines you should sell. Think over what will be your store’s specialty. In addition, plan your future deals, promos, sales and discounts. When is the best time in making such offerings?

  • Study Your Local or State Laws

Ascertain what laws will have an impact on your business. Comply with the tax laws and submit necessary permits before you start your operation. Moreover, know what areas ban the shipping of alcohol via mail to avoid future repercussions.

  • Choose Your Distributor

If you want to sell wines that are cheap but have superior quality, source your wine from small-scale winemakers who produce quality wines but do not have the means of marketing their product. Be that as it may, you can still source your products from your usual winemakers and merchants. 

  • Build Your Website

You will need funds so that you can finance a web designer and developer. That is why a small business loan might be important at the beginning of the process. Sourcing a no credit check loan has its ups and downs, therefore you should only transact with loan agents who understand what it’s like starting a business.

In designing your website, it should look professionally and must have a shopping cart with 128-bit security encryption. You can also opt for trusted shopping partners. Moreover, avoid a web design that has too much stuff on your home page. Remember that less is more.

  • Promote Your Store

After creating your store’s website, increase your traffic by promoting your products in Wine-Searcher.com or WineZap. You can also advertise using social networking sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Alcohol, Personal Responsibility, And Compensation Laws

Many people drink to forget. Some folks drink to get high. A lot of us just drink because it is there. Whatever the reason that you imbibe alcohol, never forget that you cannot avoid your responsibilities in the eyes of the law. If you get drunk and kill someone in your car, you are still responsible for that death. Alcohol, personal responsibility, and compensation laws are what this article is all about. Alcohol has been with us since the dawn of time, ancient men, and maybe some women, were brewing up fermented batches of intoxicants.

Alcohol, Personal Responsibility, And Compensation Laws

Hell, they probably needed it more than we do today, with no television, and illness and disease around every corner. Not to mention the number of predators in their neighbourhoods, I mean wild animals of course. At the end of a hard day’s hunting, they would gather about the fire and drink up their homebrew, and tell stories about their adventures. Sounds very much like what goes on at the nineteenth hole at my local golf club. Booze and bravado go hand in hand, like Amy Winehouse (what a well-named celebrity she was) and drugs.

Alcohol, personal responsibility, and compensation laws are, however, no laughing matter, just ask the families of the deceased victims of car accidents involving drunk drivers. Drinking does not mix with driving transportation of any kind, whether on the road or at sea. Driving is a serious activity and not something to approach with any frivolity. Compensation laws and motor vehicle accident compensation often involve large amounts of money. Although, no amount of money can bring a loved one back from the dead or from states of permanent disability. Drunk driving its a crime.

Drinking needs to be confined to places where everybody is, basically, sitting down and stationary. Sure, have a good time and get pissed, but don’t be a bloody idiot and spoil the rest of someone else’s life, not to mention your own. Guilt never goes away in these tragic instances; you will have to live with yourself and your actions for ever more. Compensation helps people recover in the material sense, especially if they have to care for a permanently disabled family member. Remember that you are always responsible 24/7, and that you never get time off from that. That is what being an adult member of our society is all about.

Ways to Make a Small Vineyard Financially Viable

The wine business, as anybody who has owned, or worked in, a winery will attest, is a tough game. It is highly competitive; and it costs more than you think to consistently produce top quality vino. There are vested interests at the heart of the industry, established families and corporate players, who do not take kindly to interlopers and dilatants. Crushing grapes can lead to crushed egos and crushed finances.  What do they say about how to make a small fortune in the wine business, start off with a big one.

Ways to Make a Small Vineyard Financially Viable

What ways are there to make a small vineyard financially viable? Getting the right level of industry expertise at the very beginning, can be one way to avoid spending lots of money on your mistakes. Getting some viticulture training yourself, or someone close to you like a family member getting that knowledge, can be a very fortuitous thing. Even if you are employing viticulturists and winemakers it pays to know what they are talking about, so that you can be an effective business leader. Join an industry association so that you can pick the brains of its members, who have direct experience running a vineyard.

It all comes down to money in the end, as most of us know, it is the same in every industry. Getting the most bang for your buck in terms of productivity is vital if you are to succeed in the long run. Making top quality wine at affordable prices is half the battle; and getting as much professional help in terms of business plans and financial advice is the only way to do this. Your next pitched battle in the wine business, is selling the stuff. You can have a wonderful product, but if you do not have a market, you are dead in the water, as they say. You might be looking for no credit check loans in this instance.

Winemaking is as much about marketing as it is anything else. If you have a vineyard and you are making your own wine on it, you need to work out who you are going to sell it to. Will you have a tasting room for vineyard sales on the property? Will you be attempting to get your boutique wines onto the wine lists of the best restaurants in town? Will you be making enough product to distribute through the big wine retailer chains? These are all questions you need to have answers for before you go into production.

Waste Management in the Wine Industry

First up, it would be remiss of me not to say that the wine industry as a whole is pretty good when it comes to the responsible removal of wastes it produces. Wine is a natural product and the industry tries to keep the use of agrochemicals to a minimum. But as with any large scale production there are certain issues, which need to be dealt with. Here is a general overview of waste management in the wine industry.

Waste Management in the Wine Industry

The number one priority is the chromated copper arsenate and creosote posts in the vineyard. These are strong potential toxic pollutants in the soil and when getting rid of old fence posts it usually calls for controlled landfill sites, as these sites are lined to prevent seepage into the surrounding water table. Burning of these treated posts is very dangerous for those in the vicinity who may breathe in the toxic fumes. The wine industry is investigating safe alternative waste management solutions for these treated posts.

Winery wastewater is a more constant issue that fluctuates from heavy production during vintage to more moderate levels in non-vintage periods. The biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and the total suspended solids (TSS) of the winery wastewater can vary greatly depending on season and type of winery activities undertaken. The pH levels of winery wastewater also fluctuate according to activities happening at the winery. High pH levels occur during the cleaning operations after fermentation. This is often when winery pollutants are at their highest ratio. Currently in most regions winery wastewater is not treated separately, but there have been several reports into the projected efficacy of doing this.

If certain oxidation ponds were reserved for winery wastewater during the peak production periods of vintage, more effective treatment of the chemical wastes could be achieved. The use of an anaerobic digester has also been looked into, specifically for winery wastewater. This would involve higher strength wastewaters of no less than 20 000mg/1 BOD being injected into the anaerobic digester. Understanding limited digester capacity would be important during high production times in season.

Plastic packaging waste during packing operations is another waste that needs to be dealt with by the appropriate waste management provider. Different types of waste management must be recognised and allocated to the various specialists. Caustic cleaners need to be disposed of in this way, as do any other chemicals that have reached the end of their lives. There are great opportunities for recycling of solid grape waste matter and these can be explored by the individual wineries in their locales.

Red Wine Is Good for You

‘Red wine is good for you’, this statement has become a contentious issue of late. The wine industry jumped on it, of course, when it first emerged following some research into the health of some surveyed sections of the community. It was found that those who imbibed regularly, in moderation with a glass or two of red wine a day, were less likely to suffer from a heart attack. Many doctors, especially GPs, see the ravaging results of too much alcohol consumption in their patients and are loathe to praise any part of the liquor industry and their products. They spend large parts of their day attempting to convince their patients to drink less, and so it seems counterintuitive to acknowledge this information.

Red Wine Is Good for You

The important part of this ‘red wine is good for you’ message, is that it is only good for you in moderation. The real problem that most countries face, is that the people who drink alcohol most regularly do not drink in moderation, they drink excessively. Too much alcohol kills you, through liver cancer and a variety of other very serious health failures. Now that we have clearly put that truth on the table, let’s talk about red wine. Red wine, and wine in general, has been with us since the very beginning. When studying our ancient history one can make a case for the fact that wine was the most important thing in the life of the ancients.

In ancient Greece and Rome, both strongly agrarian cultures, the grape was preeminent, along with the olive, in providing the staples of their diet. Wine and feasting, in Greece it was called a symposium, when folks got together to drink wine and share what was important in their lives. When somebody died, they would be accompanied into the grave with drinking cups and vessels, for some good times in the next life, in the after world. Being able to have the leisure time to feast and drink was a sign of wealth and material attainment in the ancient world.

Today some people talk about women’s health and even anti-ageing when it comes to the moderate consumption of red wine. This is due to the presence of some anti-oxidising properties in red wine, which can reduce the amount of free radical destruction happening on a cellular level. It all sounds a little too complicated for my gentle appreciation of a fine red wine. Best advice I can give you is to sip it and don’t slurp it.

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