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    On a recent sunny afternoon, traffic slowed to watch men pushing a giant elephant out the doors of the historic River Theater in Guerneville. “This used to belong to Mick Jagger,” one explains, while the other twiddles a beer-can weather vane on the elephant’s trunk. “He had two made for his daughter’s wedding on Treasure Island. I got this one and painted it pink.” Yes, it’s your typical day in everyone’s favorite boho Sonoma town, Guerneville. Tourists clutching sun block and ice cream head down to the Russian River beach, while a shirtless dude who has hooked an amp up to a VW van blasts wah-wah-infused funk. It’s hard to believe this place was underwater three years ago, in one of the most disastrous floods this flood-prone area’s witnessed. The effects of the deluge and other calamities – Guerneville seems to attract misfortune – still linger. “The flood was definitely the beginning of a massive hit on the town. We went from that to COVID to nine days of being evacuated due to the Walbridge fire. It’s like kicking a...
    From a rich Chardonnay to a refreshing Pinot Grigio, most supermarkets have a wide range of delicious wines to choose from. But if you're not a seasoned wine connoisseur, deciding which bottle to buy can be a daunting process. Now, a new study claims that when it comes to white wine, you should avoid varieties that come in clear bottles. Researchers from the University of Trento found that wines stored in transparent vessels – known as 'flint glass' – can react with light to develop nasty aromas, including 'boiled cabbage' and 'wet dog'. 'Light can dramatically damage the aroma profile and sensorial identity of varietal white wine in less than a week of shelf-life in flint glass bottles,' the researchers wrote in their study, published in PNAS. Researchers from the University of Trento found that wines stored in transparent vessels can react with light to develop nasty aromas, including 'boiled cabbage' and 'wet dog' (stock image) How to improve the taste of cheap wine? Tell your friends it was expensiveIf you want to impress dinner party guests with expensive wine...
    A WOMAN was furious after the bartender made a "judgemental" comment about the amount of wine she drank. She explained that she was at her local where she'll always go for the same large glass of wine followed by a few smaller ones. 1The woman was annoyed with the bartender for her 'judgemental' commentCredit: Getty The serving staff always try and encourage her to buy a bottle as it would be cheaper but she refuses. Taking to Mumsnet, she said: "At our local pub my usual tipple is rose wine. "Almost every time we go they want to flog us the bottle and I always say no thanks. "I tend to have a large glass to start and then a couple of small ones with ice & soda to 'tip in'. Read more on pubsTHAT'S NUTS! I started selling nuts to pubs with my mate... now our business is worth £10m "Anyway today they tried to push the bottle and as usual I said no thanks to which the lass helping out behind the bar (not even staff)...
    Andrew Selsky/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Asking questions about the ethics of something you’re already doing can be a useful evasion. Still, it’s a dodge. Just own it. But let me ask for your feedback. I’m curious. Is this is ad? When I say this, I am asking: Is this post from erstwhile New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s Substack “asking for feedback on an ethics question” actually just an ad for his new cider? Is it a bizarre way to avoid admitting the normal fact he wants people to buy his alcohol? Is it a wild attempt to unnecessarily pre-empt blowback?  Thoughts? Mostly I inflict my views on others; this time Im asking for your views about an ethical question of my own. Is it OK for someone like me who has highlighted the toll of addiction and alcoholism to be raising wine grapes and cider apples? https://t.co/e9pdZVZXey Thoughts? — Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) June 14, 2022   In case it helps inform your opinion,...
    Hear our full conversation on today’s “Beyond the Fame” podcast. toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley previews DJ Jazzy Jeff at National Harbor (Part 1) (Jason Fraley) DJ Jazzy Jeff spun a pair of rap Grammys into a role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” On Saturday, he joins Robin Thicke and Tamia for “Célébrez en Rosé” at National Harbor. “It’s a wine festival, a rosé festival, but everybody wears pink and white,” Jeff said. “It has great talent and people have a good time. Last year was the first one that I did and it was just amazing looking at a sea of people enjoying themselves. … My job in between these acts is to make everybody have a good time, so throw your glass in the air and let’s go!” More Entertainment News A lot has changed since he last played the festival last August. His longtime friend, Will Smith, infamously slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Academy Awards in March. “A lapse in judgment,” Jeff said. “It’s just different...
    Sonoma County is beloved for its agricultural roots and all-around un-Napa vibes. It might be the only place where you can get third-wave coffee made by woodworkers, hummus with Michelin cred and a self-serve taste of $350 cabernet. Last month, we went specifically to eat. My son was in search of premium pizza. I was looking for micro-seasonal, veggie-forward yum. And my husband, who allows himself about two steaks a year, wanted the best cut he could find. Our pup, like always, had scraps on the brain. Each of us found our bliss — and then some. Despite the pandemic, the number of noteworthy bars and restaurants that have opened in Sonoma County in the past two or three years is astonishing. And that doesn’t include the hidden gems and weekend pop-ups we discovered, like Woodshop Coffee, which is tucked inside the trellised alley of a French antique shop, Chateau Sonoma, near Sonoma Plaza. That’s where we start on this particular Saturday morning. Woodshop Coffee is a third wave coffee business from two Sonoma woodworkers. (Courtesy of Cameron Iturri-Carpenter)  Owners Cameron...
    “Merced? Why on Earth are you spending the weekend in Merced?” I’m asked this as I’m driving northbound from Southern California, through the Grapevine, past Bakersfield, past miles of railroad tracks and graffiti-painted trains. The question has merit, because of all the glorious destinations on Earth, I’d never longed for Merced. After checking the crime rates and cringing, I asked myself the same thing. But Merced is making a push to become the next hot destination spot for wine and dine enthusiasts like me, so rather than visit Sonoma or Paso Robles, I figure, OK Merced, let’s see what you’ve got. The newly renovated El Capitan Hotel on the corner of Main and M streets is a modern white building with nods to its art deco past incorporated into the design. Looking around, there are no clear signs of the crime rate that had me spooked. The streets are clean, cleaner than the streets of downtowns I frequent. Inside, I get settled and head to dinner in the courtyard where there’s a two-man ensemble playing stand-up bass and guitar. Andrea,...
    Tucker Carlson brutally mocked Vice President Kamala Harris’ latest word salad. Speaking at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Harris declared, “When we talk about the children of the community, they are children of the community.” The vice president’s comment is reminiscent of similarly redundant or tautological remarks she has made in other venues, such as her statements about “the significance of the passage of time,” and how the U.S. “will assist Jamaica in Covid recovery by assisting in terms of the recovery efforts in Jamaica that have been essential.” During Monday’s segment Carlson stated, So, you never heard anything about Kamala Harris during the 2020 presidential campaign that wasn’t about her inspiring firstness. She’s Black and Indian. She’s a first, she must be excited. So she gets elected in the country wakes up the next morning and realizes, “Wait, we just elected a low-I.Q. wine mom as vice president.” So the administration tried to give her jobs. “Hey, fix the border. Wait, get Russia to pull back and not invade Ukraine.” That didn’t work. So now...
    (CNN)Carlton McCoy isn't from a family of wine lovers.After dropping out of high school several times, he took a culinary class and discovered his love of wine. At 28, he became only the second Black master sommelier (today, he is one of three). Master sommelier is the highest distinction in the wine profession, requiring years of studying what makes wine taste a specific way and how to pair it with certain dishes.Today, he is the president and CEO of a Napa winery and serves on the Court of Master Sommeliers' Diversity Committee. He is also the host of the new series "Nomad with Carlton McCoy," which follows the chef, master sommelier and expert traveler on his quest to find the places where food, music, art and culture collide.In an effort to improve the diversity in the wine community, he co-founded The Roots Fund, which provides resources and financial support to Black and Indigenous populations passionate about wine. They're connecting young wine enthusiasts with scholarships, mentorships and career opportunities.We asked McCoy to write a letter to the next generation of Black...
    In 1882, there was an epidemic sweeping vineyards in the Los Angeles Basin of California. Named after plant pathologist Newton Pierce, it was known as a mysterious plant disease that turned green leaves brown, shriveled grapes, and killed a grapevine within three years. It would take about a century for scientists to figure out what was causing the disease—a bacteria named Xylella fastidiosa—and who was spreading it: a leaf hopping insect called the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Despite best efforts to eradicate the half-inch long insect, Pierce’s disease still ravages vineyards today. There’s a fear climate change will exacerbate the problem and make Xyella infections intractable. But there is one glimmer of hope on the horizon—and it involves hacking the glassy-winged sharpshooter’s DNA. In a new study published May 3 in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, researchers at the University of California Riverside managed to successfully use the gene-editing tool CRISPR to change the eye color of the insect, an alteration that was passed on to its progeny. This may not seem like much, but this proof-of-concept shows that it’s possible to...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — There is a new approach to bringing back crowds to Old Sacramento. Without a doubt, that historic district has been one of the hardest-hit areas in the last two years, but it’s determined to bounce back from a pandemic punch in the gut. READ MORE: 'A Community That Cares For Each Other': City Of Ripon Hasn't Had A Homicide In Nearly 20 YearsBusinesses hope live music and a monthly sip-and-shop wine walk will bring customers back to the area. “We love it, itgives us something to do on a Wednesday night,” one woman said. “I was just excited to get out, get fresh air sip wine and shop,” another woman said. Kevin Robinson bicycle store is one of the historic district’s newest businesses. It opened just one month ago. “Where I would like to see improvement is local people coming down during the week after work, during their workday, on their lunch break,” he said. READ MORE: Rough And Not-So-Ready? Small Nevada County Town's Fire Department Struggling FinanciallyMany of these merchants cater to the tourist industry and...
    Many ancient civilizations considered booze to be a heavenly gift bestowed by the deities they worshiped. Centuries later, scientists would discover that these intoxicants were instead the byproduct of a tiny being much closer to home: yeast. This single-celled microorganism thrives off of sugar and converts it into alcohol, turning malted grain into beer, and crushed grapes into wine. Winemakers have come to realize that there are many different strains of yeast (and even bacteria) at play that enhance the aromas and flavors of wine derived from a variety of grape vines. Whether you’re tasting the tarty fruitiness of a red wine, the buttery, creamy feel of a Chardonnay, or the bitter acidity of a wine that’s gone bad all depends on the microbes chomping away in the barrel. “[Winemaking] is part science and part art,” Linda Bisson, a molecular biologist who has researched wine at the University of California, Davis, told The Daily Beast. “People who get to know their food—because they’re winemakers, they’re tasting and tweaking things—they become real artisans in how to get the flavor profile they...
    Justin Verlander was nothing short of sensational on Saturday night in his start against the Seattle Mariners.  Despite being 39 years old, Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros is showing no signs of slowing down. Just ask the Seattle Mariners and the fans at T-Mobile Park about that. On Saturday, Verlander took the bump and he was downright brilliant. On the night, the veteran righty tossed eight innings, giving up only three hits and recording eight strikeouts. Only tossing 87 pitches too, Verlander joined some elite company with his showing in Seattle. Justin Verlander of the @astros is the first pitcher to throw 8.0+ shutout innings with 8+ strikeouts on under 90 pitches on the road since Atlantas Greg Maddux did it at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 1997. — Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) April 17, 2022 Justin Verlander looks like his old self following Tommy John Surgery Verlander missed all of the 2021 campaign due to Tommy John Surgery. Baseball fans across the world were robbed of his outstanding abilities, but he reminded everyone of just how dominant he...
    WINE lovers may have something serious to whine about. Inflation continues to climb around the globe increasing the price of most goods. 1The price of wine is predicted to rise as glass prices soar We've seen a hike in price for things like gas, groceries, clothing, housing and even electricity. In February, the consumer price index (CPI) rate hit a four-decade high of 7.9%. As we prepare for the March inflation read on April 12, many are predicting it will be just as high. Experts attribute the soaring prices to overwhelming shipping costs, labor and material shortages, government spending and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Read More on Price SpikesDELIVERY FEE Amazon raises price of popular Prime subscription by $10 in shock changeNETFLIX BILL SPIKE What to know about Netflix's price change Why the increase in wine prices? Oil prices are skyrocketing by about 70%, and soon wine prices will follow. Glass suppliers and winemakers could be forced to increase their prices as shipping heavy bottles is beginning to put a strain on gas prices, reports MarketWatch. As wine lovers focus...
    EVEN after weeks in court, Ed Sheeran can still muster up the energy for a good knees-up, especially when it is with his celebrity pals. I can reveal the superstar celebrated victory in his court case on Wednesday night by throwing a private party at his Notting Hill bar Bertie Blossoms. 13Ed had been accused of copying parts of his hit single Shape Of You 13He celebrated victory in his court case on Wednesday night by throwing a private party at his Notting Hill bar Bertie Blossoms Ed, who had been accused of copying parts of his hit single Shape Of You, was joined by track co-writers Steve Mac and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, as well as his comic mate John Bishop. A source said: “Ed got the chance to let his hair down and celebrate. “There were about 30 people there in total and everyone had to give a password on the door to be allowed in past the bouncers. “They got there at around 8pm and Ed left about four hours later. Johnny stayed out the latest, heading...
    It’s one of the six symbolic foods on the Passover seder plate — and it’s pretty delicious too. Charoset (also spelled haroset) is usually made from sweet fruits, nuts and some red wine, all nods to verses in the Bible. You can keep eating it, of course, once its role on the seder table is done. Passover begins this year on the evening of April 15 and runs for eight days. Seders, which tell the story of the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt, are held on the first and second nights. The word charoset is derived from the Hebrew for clay. It represents the mortar used by the enslaved people in the building of pyramids and other structures for Egyptian masters. American Jews who celebrate Passover, at least in the Ashkenazi Jewish tradition, have probably had some combo of apples, nuts and red wine, possibly seasoned with ginger or cinnamon. There are plenty of other fruit and nut combinations to play with, especially in the Sephardic Jewish tradition. Dates, sesame seeds and coconut are some other ingredients...
    It has often been thought that our cultural background plays an important role in the smells we like and loathe. But a new study suggests that people enjoy or turn their nose up at the same odours regardless of where they are from. Scientists say the smell of vanilla is universally loved the world over, while the opposite is true for the odours of cheese, apple juice and sweaty feet.  A team of academics at the University of Oxford and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden added that our preferences are determined by the structure of each odour molecule. It has often been thought that our cultural background plays an important role in the smells we like and loathe. Scientists say the smell of vanilla is universally loved the world over (stock) This graphic shows how people across the world liked the taste of vanilla, but disliked Isovaleric acid THE CHEMISTRY OF BODY ODOURS Bad breath is the result of three main chemical compounds: methanethiol, hydrogen sulphide and dimethyl sulphide. They produce a blend of odours including sulphur, garlic, rotting eggs and...
    BLACKSTONE (CBS) – Blackstone, Massachusetts is considered by some to be the birthplace of American Industrial Revolution. Today, local businesses still line the riverbanks, and inside Crave Mead, Rachel Humphries carries on an ancient tradition. “Mead is fermented honey. It’s very simple and it’s easy to make. You take honey, water, and add yeast. The yeast eats the sugars in the honey and turns it into alcohol,” Humphries explained to WBZ-TV. “It is nothing like a beer, it is nothing like a wine. It is its own entity.” Mead is considered the oldest alcohol in the world. Scholars say it predates both beer and wine by thousands of years. While Humphries says mead is making a comeback in the United States, there’s a reason it hasn’t gone mainstream. “The story that I’ve passed down is thousands of years ago the only way to get honey from a beehive was to submerge the hive in water, kill the bees, and gather the honey. But no one knew that they were creating an issue, so honey became rare and very expensive. It...
    ELON Musk's SpaceX rocket will be sending some delicious meals to the International Space Station courtesy of a celebrity chef. Famous Spanish chef José Andrés is partnering with Axiom Space, which has organised the private space flights for very rich tourists. 1Celebrity Spanish chef José AndrésCredit: Getty According to Food & Wine, the space menu is mostly made up of Spanish dishes including paella. The food will be sent to the ISS this spring at the same time as a private flight. The first all private crewed mission to the ISS should take place sometime next month. Four lucky people make up the private crew and they'll spend eight days on the ISS. Read more on spaceOPEN SESAME Nasa reveals close up of precious Moon sample finally OPENED after 50 yearsTOUCHDOWN! Jeff Bezos gets NEW chance to beat Elon Musk's SpaceX for 2nd Nasa moon lander Nasa veteran Michael López-Alegría will be the commander on the upcoming launch. He's also a friend of Andrés. Andrés told Food & Wine: "Before I began dreaming of feeling people in a space, I...
    HALF MOON BAY (KPIX 5) — An unlikely pair is serving up a weekly dinner that’s become a safe haven on the San Mateo County coast for those who need it most. From the dinner menu to the decorations, Sister Jeanette Braun and her all-volunteer team address every detail to make sure every guest feels loved. “By that warm welcome of each guest, that gesture of hospitality, we affirm the dignity of each person,” Braun said. The weekly suppers started in 2012 when winemaker Clyde Beffa Jr. wanted to create a sense of community among members of his church. Beffa, founder and co-owner of K&L Wine Merchants, also wanted to do something to honor his late mother. While talking with his priest, Father Charlie Fermeglia of Our Lady of the Pillar parish, they came up with an idea. “We’ll do a wine tasting, and we’ll try to bring all these people together. It might be a fun event,” Beffa recalled. That event, which raised $15,000, turned into an annual fundraiser that would sustain a brand-new nonprofit. The men called it...
    Vegan restaurateur-turned-fugitive Sarma Melngailis has opened up about how her scammer ex-husband Anthony Strangis gained her trust by interacting with Alec Baldwin on Twitter, leading her to think they were friends.    Melngailis, 49, detailed the downfall of her celebrity-loved restaurant Pure Food and Wine following her relationship with Strangis in the new Netflix docuseries Bad Vegan: Fame, Fraud, Fugitives, which chronicled how they swindled nearly $2 million from investors and stiffed employees before going on the run. Baldwin, 63, was friendly with the chef at the height of her success and famously met his wife, Hilaria Baldwin née Thomas, at the New York eatery in 2011. Melngailis touched upon their relationship in the first episode, recalling how they had an immediate connection. 'I met Alec Baldwin at the restaurant,' she explained. 'We talked a lot on the phone and via email. Sometimes when you meet somebody, and you feel like you already knew them, it kind of felt like that with him.'  Sarma Melngailis, 49, (left) claimed that her scammer ex-husband Anthony Strangis gained her trust by interacting with Alec Baldwin (right) on...
    STAINS can be hard to remove, but some just wont budge. Spills from things like red wine could mark the end for your favourite dress, but lucking this cleaning pro shared her clever tips for removing stubborn stains. 3The clever stain removing hacks amazed viewersCredit: theboostuk/Instagram Chantel Mila shared a few of her clever tricks to help get rid of grim stains in an instant with her Instagram followers, wowing them with how easy they are. If you spill red wine you might think it's the end for you clothes, but the cleaning whizz shared a genius trick to tackle stain. Just cover the stained area with a good amount of shaving cream, rub it in to the stained area and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off in water. Her next trick is for tough oil stains, by mixing together dish soap and baking soda you can create a liquid that will penetrate through the oil, simply wash the mixture off to reveal stain free clothing. Finally, for pesky sweat stains try soaking the item of clothing...
    LEBRON JAMES continues to break records on a weekly basis. The LA Lakers star, 37, is still thriving in the NBA despite entering the twilight years of his basketball career. 7James is still wowing NBA fans at the age of 37Credit: AP 7The Akron-born star has been at the top for nearly two decadesCredit: AP 7James was the overall No1 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, taken by Cleveland CavaliersCredit: AP:Associated Press 7 And like any good athlete, LeBron knows that diet is essential to back up all that hard work in the gym. The No1 pick in the 2003 Draft, James has enjoyed two stints at the Cleveland Cavaliers and is an 18x NBA All-Star. He's still turning on the style for the Lakers despite their disappointing campaign so far, recently scoring 56 points in a stunning performance to down the Warriors. LeBron's uses high-interval training to prepare himself for the energy-sapping process of running up and down a 94-foot court nightly. Read More on The US SunBABY BUMP BLING Tristan's baby mama goes totally nude as bump...
    LEBRON JAMES knows what it takes to stay at the very top. The LA Lakers star, 37, continues to thrive in the NBA despite entering the twilight years of his basketball career. 7James is still wowing NBA fans at the age of 37Credit: AP 7The Akron-born star has been at the top for nearly two decadesCredit: AP 7James was the overall No1 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, taken by Cleveland CavaliersCredit: AP:Associated Press 7 And like any good athlete, LeBron knows that diet is essential to back up all that hard work in the gym. The No1 pick in the 2003 Draft, James has enjoyed two stints at the Cleveland Cavaliers and is an 18x NBA All-Star. He's still turning on the style for the Lakers despite their disappointing campaign so far, recently scoring 56 points in a stunning performance to down the Warriors. LeBron's uses high-interval training to prepare himself for the energy-sapping process of running up and down a 94-foot court nightly. Read More on The US SunNO KHLUTTER! Inside Khloe's perfect pantry with $2K JARS in...
    Award-winning sommelier Victoria James Are you having trouble getting a reservation at a restaurant? It could be that you're blacklisted. And it could be for a fairly trivial reason, as revealed by Victoria James, an award-winning sommelier and author of fascinating – and shocking – bestseller 'Wine Girl: A Sommelier's Tale of Making it in the Toxic World of Fine Dining'. In a Zoom chat with MailOnline Travel about the world of fine dining and the art of choosing wine in restaurants, Victoria – who at 21 became America's youngest sommelier – divulges that she once worked at a restaurant in New York that blacklisted a group of guests for being 'cheap'. She said: 'There were these guests that were quite lovely, actually. I thought they were tourists or students, and they went in and they only wanted to order one appetiser to split. 'The maitre d' [head waiter] was furious because they were taking up a table which, if you just look at a restaurant from a business perspective, they're costing the restaurant about $500 (£375) theoretically by just...
    A Hollywood prop house has offered a behind-the-scenes look at their 'corner store' — where people working on movies and TV shows can get generic food, drinks, medicine, and other grocery items to film in scenes. ISSprops, a Los Angeles-based prop rental house, shared a peek at the store on TikTok, stunning millions of viewers at close-ups of some of the special brandless props made for movies. The video captures shelves of cereal, beer, wine, candy, condiments, and other items that Hollywood productions can use so they don't have to worry about getting rights for name brands. A Hollywood prop house has offered a behind-the-scenes look at their 'corner store'  It's where people working on movies and TV shows can get generic food, drinks, medicine, and other grocery items to film in scenes ISSprops, a Los Angeles prop rental house, shared a peek at the store on TikTok, stunning millions of viewers at close-ups of some of the special brandless props made for movies There is a huge alcohol selection, including six-packs of Heisler Gold Ale, Cerbeza, El Brazo, and Haver...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Winding down with a glass of wine can be a nightly ritual for many, but new research from Britain’s Alcohol Health Alliance shows drinking just two glasses could put you over the recommended daily sugar limit. “I think for a lot of people, they think of alcoholic beverages as kind of, you know, not counting or not really thinking about what’s in it,” said registered dietician Alissa Rumsey. READ MORE: Volunteers Answer Call To Help Local Vet Who Fell Into Tough TimesResearchers analyzed 30 bottles of red, white, rose, fruit, and sparkling from the leading wine brands in the UK. They found some popular wines pack close to 60 grams of sugar per bottle. Dieticians say that adds up over time. “High sugar intake over the long term is associated with an increased risk of certain diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” Rumsey said. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Parents Upset Over Legislation That Would Financially Punish Schools For Defying DeSantis' Anti-Mask RulesThe study found wines that contained less alcohol, like rose, fruit, and sparkling varieties tended to be higher...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In our celebration of Black History Month at CBS 2, here is a look at the world of wine – which has very few Black people represented at high levels. Some of the few are from Chicago. CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos spoke to the trailblazers about breaking into the wine business – and breaking barriers, as we see more Black and Brown in the world of reds and whites. READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Heavy Rain Overnight Causing Flooding Thursday MorningMichael Lavelle Wines was founded in June 2020 by Howard University alumnus Aaron “Michael” Coad and Terrence “Lavelle” Low, and their partners, sommelier Devin Kennedy and Brandon Crump. Low and Crump are from Chicago’s South Side and sat down with Bigos to talk about their success. “They haven’t seen us before, so it’s unusual to see us is in this space – but also to be doing well in this space,” Low said. The luxury wine label is now deemed the youngest Black-owned label around. But it doesn’t stop there. They are pouring into others, with part...
    BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese people working in hazmat suits inside the Beijing Olympics’ closed-loop “bubble” don’t hesitate to be photographed. In fact, they seem to welcome it, showing pride in carrying out a national mission of controlling COVID-19. Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong has spent time around Beijing’s Shangri-La Hotel, one of the city’s top destinations for out-of-town guests. It’s also a hotel inside the Olympic bubble, accessible to athletes, Olympic officials and reporters. Everyone seems approachable. The scenes are incongruous to outsiders who are enjoying an evening meal of Beijing’s renowned roasted duck. Waiters and waitress dress head to toe in puffy white suits — with blue, pinstripe trimming — hands covered with clingy plastic gloves, shoes encased inside the ensemble, and masks in place behind plastic face shields. Everyday pleasures like a cup of coffee or a glass of wine turn exotic when the server arrives, seeming to have landed from the set of a disaster movie. The industrial-like focus on safety and sanitation contrasts markedly with the opulence of the hotel with its massive chandeliers...
    WE’VE all been there: you’re enjoying a glass of red wine while sitting on a crisp white couch, and you accidentally spill it all over the cushions. When this happens, many of us begin to frantically google how to remove the stain and are presented with dozens of options so we don’t know which to follow. 3A man on TikTok said he knows the best way to remove stainsCredit: TikTok/kadama 3A website created by Illininois.edu allows people to discover solutions for hundreds of stainsCredit: TikTok/kadama A man who goes by @Kadama on TikTok revealed a website that will solve all your stain-cleaning problems. All you have to do is go to this website extension created by Illinois.edu. As you’ll see, there is a search bar on the page. Type in the stain you need to clean. For example: wine. You’ll be taken to a page that lists a few different fabrics you may have stained, with instructions on how to clean each. For upholstery, it says you will only need detergent. Most read in LifestyleCOOK OUT Brilliant reason Queen will...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- This week's host chat is all about the big game! Ryan and Val can't believe the price of tickets to the Super bowl. The duo, who are both L.A. natives, talk about their excitement for the halftime show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.Plus, would you give up sex for your favorite team to win the Super Bowl ? A new survey says 48% of NFL fans would!Chicken and Sausage Gumbo RecipeEMBED More News Videos Chef Wayne Johnson joined us in the kitchen with a delicious New Orleans classic: chicken and sausage gumbo! Chef Wayne Johnson joined us in the kitchen with a delicious New Orleans classic: chicken and sausage gumbo!Ingredients:2 tbl Alessi Olive Oil1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into 1" cubes3/4 lb Andouille Sausage, sliced1 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined1 lg Yellow Onion, chopped1 lg Green Pepper, seeded and chopped2 lg celery stalks, thinly sliced2 tsp Alessi Garlic puree, or 4 Garlic Cloves, peeled and smashed2 tsp Cajun Seasoning1 tsp Chili Powder1 tsp fresh Thyme1 tsp Salt1 tsp Pepper1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper1...
    GEORGINA RODRIGUEZ has revealed she HATES cooking but is not like other Wags because she LOVES eating. David Beckham said earlier this week his superstar wife Victoria had ‘unfortunately’ eaten the same meal every day for 25 years - grilled fish and steamed veg. 3Georgina is currently starring in a Netflix documentary about her lifeCredit: Netflix 3She admitted paella and chorizo sausage are among her favourite dishesCredit: Refer to Caption Food and wine-lover Becks admitted the one time Posh shared something on his plate when she was pregnant with daughter Harper was one of his ‘favourite evenings’. But Cristiano Ronaldo’s fiancee insisted she was different as she reeled off a list of dishes - including chorizo sausage with red wine - that leave her drooling. Opening up during a TAROT CARD reading she shared with her Instagram fans, Georgina admitted when asked if she liked cooking: “More or less”. She then quickly added: “Actually no, what I like doing is eating.” Quizzed on her favourite dish, the 28-year-old revealed: “It’s difficult to name one. “I love paella, Spanish omelette, croquettes,...
    A bride-to-be has shared her list of wedding rules on TikTok, including that uninvited guests are unwelcome, most kids are not allowed, and any questions that arise on the big day must be directed to her mother. Jasmine Cruz is engaged to be married and took to the social media platform to share her top 11 rules and preferences for the big day. In the week since they were posted, her videos have gone viral, with commenters sharing enthusiastic agreement with her decision to skip the garter toss and let her bridesmaids pick their own dresses. Jasmine Cruz is engaged to be married and took to TikTok to share her top 11 rules and preferences for the big day They include that uninvited guests are unwelcome, most kids are not allowed, and any questions that arise on the big day must be directed to her mother @cruzjasmine824 These are my very real wedding rules I¿ll be doing at my wedding this year ! #greenscreen #wedding #elfitup #latinabride #latinowedding ¿ original sound - cruzjasmine824 Jasmine's first rule is a soft one: no...
    DUGGAR fans think that Jessa’s husband Ben Seewald is “aging like fine wine” and looks “so handsome” in new photos. The 29-year-old shared two news pictures of her husband after he had his hair cut and his beard trimmed. 5Duggar fans think Jessa's husband Ben looks 'handsome' in new photosCredit: Instagram / Jessa Seewald 5The Counting On alum shared the new snaps on WednesdayCredit: Instagram/@jessaseewald Jessa took to Instagram on Wednesday to post new photos of Ben, 26, showing off his new haircut. In the first photo, the Counting On alum looked off to the side as he put his profile on display. The second snap captured Ben as a barber shaved the side of his head. After noting that her husband’s new look was “fire,” Jessa wrote: “I’ve always cut Ben’s hair, but the beard has intimidated me. “This morning, Ben got a haircut + beard trim + beard line-up from @myguythebarber479. “Loved watching the process… and I think I’ll leave the beard to the professionals!” Most read in EntertainmentLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with wife...
    ANY BRIDE would be upset if they ruined their wedding dress on their big day. But one woman stunned people with how she handled spilling red wine down her entire dress. 2Britt Van Nuland, a wedding planner from the US, didn't let the red wine spill ruin her big dayCredit: @brittnewland/Tiktok Britt Van Nuland from the US shared a video on her TikTok account, brittnewland, where it has gone viral with over three million views. The bride from the US, is also the founder of New Land Weddings which helps brides-to-be organise and plan their dream weddings. Back in 2021, Britt had her own big day when she married her middle school sweetheart, Chad up a western Colorado Mountain. Britt designed her own wedding dress for the special day, but whilst at the reception, she accidentally spilt a glass of red one down it. Most brides would be mortified by making such a blunder, but Britt shocked users by how she handled it. She posted the video and she captioned it: "Alright anyone else have wedding fails they’d like to...
    NOT trying to boast or anything but we'd give our cakes a 10/10 on the flavour front. But as for their presentation, they almost always look like they've fallen off the back of a lorry - and that's putting it kindly. 3The TikToker shared this inspiration image for her £65 cakeCredit: TikTok/@hol__trems 3Holly's dad was reduced to a stock figure and his 'bottle of red wine' looked more like a traffic coneCredit: TikTok/@hol__trems So whenever there's a special family occasion, we're happy to fork out a bit extra for a cake that looks as good as it tastes. One person who knows a little something about this is TikToker Holly. Earlier this month, the devoted daughter paid a local baker £65 to create a bespoke cake for her dad's 60th. Before handing over her cash, Holly sent over some inspiration images of what she pictured the cake looking like - which all had fondant icing figurines. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED In a viral video that's racked up over 350,000 views, Holly explained:...
    WE ARE JUST days away from Christmas, which means people up and down the country are in the midst of panic wrapping their presents. Bus as we all know, leaving things to the last minute can bring up more issues along the way, like running out of wrapping paper. 6Lindsay, believed to be from the US, shared her present wrapping tips on InstagramCredit: lindsayroggenbuck/Instagram 6She showed users how to wrap a teddy without squishing it or giving away what's insideCredit: lindsayroggenbuck/Instagram 6Lindsay often posts organisation hacks on her Instagram account to share with usersCredit: lindsayroggenbuck/Instagram But thankfully, one organised mum on Instagram has us covered. Lindsay Roggen Buck created a series on her Instagram account showing users a variety of different wrapping tips and tricks. A common present that is difficult to wrap is a stuffed toy, but thankfully Lindsay shows us an extremely easy solution. She says if you struggle to wrap these kinds of presents it is best to create the package for the item than wrapping it traditionally. She begins by measuring and cutting out how...
    Sparkling wine is the undisputed signature beverage of New Year’s Eve. But the festive nature of the drink goes beyond a countdown to midnight. Bubbly is a welcome addition to all types of seasonal celebrations and works perfectly with a range of delicious holiday foods and desserts. To help make your season extra special this year, we asked three wine experts for their advice on how to serve and pair sparkling wine. Choose Your Glass Sparkling wine is often served in an elegant flute—but a fancy glass isn’t necessary. Many professionals actually prefer to use a different glass. “I am all about aroma, so I drink my bubbles out of a white or all-purpose wine stem glass rather than a flute or a coupe,” says veteran wine expert Estelle Bossy. “I can easily fit my nose in the glass and thanks to the expanded surface area, far more flavors and smells are released.” If you have a flute and a wine glass at home, pour a flavorful Champagne, like Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, into both and notice the variation...
    MUM Kirsty Jordan-Smith was in stitches when her five-year-old son’s teacher took her to one side to reveal his first written sentence — “I like wine”. Kirsty, 39, was worried because she feared “boisterous” Finlay may have been causing classroom chaos. 3Kirsty Jordan-Smith was in stitches when her five-year-old son’s teacher took her to one side to reveal his first written sentence — 'I like wine'Credit: Kennedy News But the psychology student guffawed when the teacher showed her a tablet with a photo of her son’s words on it. Kirsty, from Yeovil, Somerset, said: “His teacher called me over in front of other parents and my first thought was maybe he’d done something. “She showed me a photo and said, ‘This is Finlay’s first sentence.’ "I fell about laughing. “I’ve no idea where he got it from at all. When I got home I said, ‘Finlay, do you know what wine is?’ He said, ‘No’. “Neither my husband, Mark, nor I drink very often so it’s not like he sees bottles and labels around. Most read in The...
    Getty Tracy Tutor in 2021. A star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” says she is pissing people off with her new business venture and Tracy Tutor couldn’t be happier about that. Tracy, who appeared on the show for seasons 10 through 13, has partnered up with two women (one of whom is Fredrik Eklund’s sister) for a new healthy, zero sugar wine called un’sweet. The wine, Tracy says, is kicking up dust in the wine industry, and making a lot of the age-old wine connoisseurs upset … but she likes that. “You could remain in the elitist wine world and I know a lot of those people. They’re quite boring, to be honest,” Tracy told Heavy via a Zoom wine tasting. “There is an inaccessibility. It’s just not accessible. And so for the person who lives in middle America and want to drink wine and they work hard and they’re raising kids, or they’re killing themselves in school, and want to come home at the end of the day and have something that they can drink that’s affordable,...
    More On: nicole snooki polizzi Snooki: I hope my kids learn from ‘Jersey Shore’ antics Adam Rippon explains what his ‘Messyness’ co-stars would do in his dream wedding ‘Jersey Shore’ cast excited for Snooki’s return ‘Super scary:’ Snooki tests positive for coronavirus There’s nothing “messy” about Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Tori Spelling’s friendship. The co-hosts have formed a tight bond while working alongside each other on MTV’s “Messyness” — and Polizzi, 34, opened up to Page Six about what their friendship is like off the set. “I feel like Tori sometimes doesn’t show her authentic self because she tries to be, like, this actress and trying to get jobs and stuff like that, and I feel like with me, she could be her messy self,” the “Jersey Shore” star exclusively told us. “She could be her 100 percent self and I love that with her. She always says, like, ‘I’m so happy that we’re friends because I don’t have to hide anything from you.'” “Messyness” Season 1 premiered on MTV just as rumors of a rift between Spelling, 48,...
    SNOOP Dog is mostly known for dominating the music industry in the 1990s. Yet, more recently, we have seen Snoop Dog turn into quite a wine connoisseur. 2Snoop Dog's Rosé from 19 CrimesCredit: 19 Crimes What is Snoop Dog's wine brand? Snoop Dog partnered with 19 Crimes, an Australian wine brand, and he released a new bottle of rosé — Cali Rosé — earlier in March of 2021. The rosé is a great drink for summer, and it has lovely hints of raspberry, strawberry, and red cherry. A nice Caesar salad, oven-baked salmon, or nutty pesto pasta will definitely take this wine to the next level and elevate the drinking experience. Not into rosé? Don't worry. Snoop Dog has a wine for all types of wine lovers. He has red, red blends, white, and rosé. Anything a wine-lover's heart desires can be found at 19 Crimes Winery. Most read in CelebrityIN COURT Jussie Smollett verdict 'expected TODAY' after jury's first day of deliberationsSTAR'S PAIN Nick Cannon praises baby mama Alyssa Scott after son Zen dies from brain tumorDELIBERATION...
    WE’RE all guilty of pulling dusty, half-drunk bottles of booze out of the kitchen cupboard at Christmas. But how long is the grog in your home bar safe to glug, or should you pull the plug? 12We're all guilty of pulling dusty, half-drunk bottles of booze out of the kitchen cupboard at ChristmasCredit: Getty Its shelf life mostly depends on alcohol content, sugar and other ingredients that affect oxidation, which can cause the flavour and colour to deteriorate. Drinks expert Helena Nicklin, from thethreedrinkers.com, gives Laura Stott some corking advice on how long your open tipple will be at its best, plus other tips. Cheers! Port 12Port - one to two weeksCredit: Getty Ruby and LBV port – all forms of fortified wine – stay drinkable for around one to two weeks after being opened. Tawny ports generally last longer – up to two months – while vintage ones should be supped within a couple of days. Pop in the fridge to optimise longevity, but beyond three months it will definitely taste like vinegar. Most read in LifestyleROYAL ANGER...
    It’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday season: thinking of all the people I’d like to give a little package to, mulling over what that right present should be. This year, perhaps more than any other, it feels pleasurable to treat all of your people to something thoughtful and cheery, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. The kitchen is a great place for inspiration in choosing perfect-little-something gifts. Maybe it’s a treat that recognizes a friend’s sweet tooth. An ingredient that inspires a budding chef. A kitchen utensil to brighten their cooking. The gift ideas below are $30 or less, so you can bring a bit of holiday joy to everyone on your list, from the teacher who went above and beyond to the neighbor who shared her flour to the niece or nephew just getting into cooking. Many of these items have beautiful packaging too; add a little card and skip the wrapping. —- Vermont-based Runomok makes infused organic maple syrups that not only beg to be drizzled over pancakes and waffles this winter, but...
    The Christmas season is looming and is a time where many like to indulge and enjoy some sweet treats and our favourite festive tipple is no exception.  Interested in the best and worst cocktails for our teeth, ExpressDentist.com discovered 20 of the most popular cocktails we enjoy over Christmas and then analysed the sugar content - and the results aren't so sweet… They found that the worst cocktail for your teeth in terms of sugar content is the Mudslide - a creamy coffee-flavoured beverage - which has a whopping 22 grams of sugar which amounts to over 5 teaspoons. This is almost 75% of your recommended daily intake which is 25g for women and 38g for men.   ExpressDentist.com discovered 20 of the most popular cocktails we enjoy over Christmas and then analysed the sugar content. They found the worst cocktail for your teeth in terms of sugar content is the Mudslide, which has a whopping 22 grams of sugar Second on the list is a grapefruit gin sour mocktail with over 17 grams of sugar in just one serving (left)...
    BRITS are facing a Christmas drinks shortage with tipples like Bucks Fizz, wine, and gin hit by a supply crisis. Booze companies are warning the lack of lorry drivers could pummel shipments of our favourite festive products. 2Brits could face shortages of some drinks this ChristmasCredit: Getty And they said firms may have no choice but to put up prices for thirsty revellers unless the problem is solved. The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps asking more support. They've told him companies are struggling to get drinks to customers and ministers must "ease the burden". The call comes in a letter signed by by major brands including Moet Hennessy, Pernod Ricard and Campari. It says: "Businesses are still struggling and further action is needed in the run up to Christmas - a critical trading period for our sector. "This is an urgent issue for our businesses and it is imperative that Government takes immediate steps to help mitigate the impact of the driver shortages crisis before the Christmas period." Bosses are warning the...
    Time to party like it's 1979? Fotostorm/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.It’s starting to feel a lot like the late 1970s, when rising prices hammered US households. At least, according to the financial press. “The highest annual US inflation rate in almost 31 years reverberated across financial markets and in the minds of Americans this week, damaging consumer sentiment, leaving many traders flummoxed, and causing one financial firm to warn that the proverbial ‘genie is out of the bottle,'” reported a Saturday morning Marketwatch piece.  To bolster her case that we’ve entered the first real US inflation crisis since the glory days of disco and a cardigan-bedecked president, reporter Vivien Lou Chen stated that “average Americans are paying as much as $100 to $200 for a single concert ticket, $90 for a bottle of wine, and $5 a gallon for gas.” Move over, milk panic. Let’s all join hands and freak out about wine. Actually, let’s breathe for a minute before we plunge into a Jimmy Carter-style...