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Grenache is an innately likeable workhorse wine grape that is made into a huge variety of wine styles. From the fruit-forward, medium bodied bistro wines of Côtes du Rhône, to t...

Jun 10, 2019

Red wine being poured into a wine glass with wood background

From the revered pinot noirs of Burgundy to the iconic cabernet sauvignons of the Napa Valley, the sweet vanilla and spice notes of oak aging are hallmarks of some of the great ...

Jun 10, 2019

Wine barrels with wine stains

Silk is a natural fiber known for its luster, shine, strength, and durability, and it has a long trading history across the world. Silk is the epitome of luxury due to its high ...

Jun 10, 2019

Black silk fabric in bunches

If you are familiar with the hearty taste of mushrooms, seaweed, miso, salmon, and parmesan cheese then you are familiar with the taste sensation known as “umami.”

Jun 10, 2019

Dried mushrooms on plant leaves with wicker cooking basket

If you’re a lover of bread, crackers, beer, or whiskey, then you’re probably familiar with rye. This edible grain has been part of human consumption for millennia, and it remain...

Jun 10, 2019

loaf of bread with slices on wood cutting board wrapped in kitchen towel

As recently as the nineteenth century, humans risked serious illness or even death by drinking liquids—such as milk, juice, or even water—that were several days old. By contrast...

Jun 10, 2019

Glass of milk and pitcher of milk on wood background

Cheese begins as animal milk—most commonly cow’s milk, although goat and sheep milk are also quite popular. In order to become cheese, the milk needs to solidify to varying degr...

Jun 10, 2019

Wheel of cheese on dark wood

They’re both gourds, they’re both green, and they’re both technically fruit—although we treat them as vegetables. They’re cucumber and zucchini, two plants that are frequently c...

Jun 10, 2019

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Leeks are an edible plant used in many different cuisines. Closely related to onions, garlic, and scallions, the edible parts of leeks are the tightly bound leaf sheaths that fo...

Jun 10, 2019

Leeks in wooden basket with burlap