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  • A public announcement for St. Patrick's Day: It's Paddy

    Some would say that Saint Patrick’s day has already been slandered enough through various forms of leprechaun-costumed commercialism, but other brave souls are determined to draw a line in the sand and say ‘this far but no further’.

    In this light we’d like to offer the following public announcement: it’s Paddy not Patty.

    If you like to use the nickname for Patrick, the 5th century British missionary who bought Christianity to Ireland and (supposedly) booted out the snakes then it’s Paddy you need, a name itself that originates from the Irish Pádraig.

    It’s not quite clear when the ‘Patty’ mistake came about, but it’s probably some mixture of the fact that the ‘Patty’ and ‘Paddy’ sound nearly identical in an American accent; because Patrick, the anglicised version of Pádraig, can be shortened to ‘Pat’; and because ‘Paddy’ has been used as a slur for the Irish and people are trying to be polite.*
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  • There's an App for that - Hello Vino

    Hello Vino is a wine recommendation app, which tailors choices to a particular meal, occasion, or personal taste preferences, which has gained 1.7 million users since it was founded in 2009.

    They mean business as they company have just acquired the'instagram' of the wine world app Corkbin bringing together millions of wine lovers worldwide.

    Rick Breslin, CEO of Hello Vino, said: ”The acquisition of Corkbin allows Hello Vino to enhance the entire wine shopping experience. While the Hello Vino app assists wine shoppers before they buy, the Corkbin app facilitates the tracking and sharing of their wine purchases.”

    “We believe the most enjoyable wine experiences hinge on social interactions and contextually-relevant recommendations.”

    The combining of two mobile apps is the first of its kind in the wine industry.
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  • How to be a winner at wine tastings

    In our experience, the best way to find the wines you like is to compare one wine with another or, better, with a few others. And the most convenient place and time to do that is at a wine tasting, an event held to showcase a number of wines.

    A wine tasting can be as uncomplicated as a local retail shop opening a few bottles for sampling during weekend hours. Sometimes there's a theme to the selection; sometimes it's just a chance for merchants or importers to display their wares.

    It works by a single charge per person and the individuals can have a go at dozens of wines, often paired with food at a sit-down meal or buffet. Having something to eat at a tasting is a good idea for reasons beyond feeding; food in the tummy is a smart setup when drinking alcohol.
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  • Airplane wine gets a shake-up

    FYI: Even if you’re flying first-class, wine tastes worse when drunk thousands of feet up in the air. But, the solution is simple: give the bottle a shake.

    High altitude — and the dry air in the plane cabin — makes wine taste more alcoholic, acidic and bitter.

    This is partly because cabin air dries the mucus in our nasal passages, which reduces our sense of smell and changes how we taste things.
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  • Be My Valenwine: Wine, food and music to match

    Valentine's Day, or as it is more formally known, Saint Valentine's Day is based around two Italian saints, Valentin or Valentnus, who share the saint's day of 14th February, the date is now when lovers declare their love by sending each other gifts and romantic cards. Just like romance, wine can be light and sweet, bold and unique or refreshing and new.  Which is why romance and wine often go hand in hand and HDW has the best of cupid's concoctions right here for you.

     

    With Valentine's Day coming up and ideally placed on a Friday for that matter, we have been keeping an eye out for the sexiest bottles to pass down our wine catwalk over the last few weeks.

    We've been looking for wines that are not just sensuous in themselves but those that will also make love to seafood, embrace roast chicken and jump into bed with desserts.

    The most seductive of wine regions to us is Burgundy and the most inviting and arousing wine we've sampled for some time is J. Moreau & Fils Chablis, 2011 (£12.99).

    "The most seductive of wine regions to us is Burgundy and the most inviting and arousing wine we've sampled for some time is Moreau & Fils Chablis 2011."
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  • Brangelina Wine takes Second Wind

    Yes, yes we know we have been here before talking about celebrity branded wine and the growing trend and whether it’s a fad or not. But let’s be fair to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as they have just released their second wine and it’s not the celebrity/ female magazines raving about it but some of the industry’s harshest critics.

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    A botte of Miramar 2013 is pictured in Paris, Friday, Jan.31, 2014. The latest Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie sequel is being described as powerful and elegant with a “mouthwatering finish.” taken from Decanter magazine’s review of the celebrity couple’s second vintage of rose wine produced at their Provencal estate Chateau Miraval.

     
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