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In Vino Veritas: The Truth About Homemade Wine

Jules EspositoIn South Philadelphia, bottles of homemade wine flow freely as hostess gifts and gracious thank yous from friends and family. Most of them have three things in common:

  1. The gifter thinks highly of you to share their precious stash.
  2. You must be incredibly grateful for their generous gift and enjoy it, or at least pretend to love it.
  3. It will almost certainly be more palatable as salad dressing than wine.

Jules Esposito, Jr. is determined to change the perception that homemade wine is nothing more than glorified vinegar. Jules is our cousin, and far from the average twenty-something. By day, he works alongside his family at Esposito’s Porchetta (1627 S. 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148). You may have enjoyed their sandwiches at any number of festivals in the area. In his free time, he crafts delicious homemade wines. Continue reading

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Eric Miller – The Vintner’s Apprentice

Eric Miller: author, wine enthusiast, lover of life!

I had the opportunity last Saturday to chat with Eric Miller – author of ‘The Vintner’s Apprentice’ and lover of all things wine. He was here at Fante’s discussing wine, signing copies of his book, and chatting with customers about…well, everything! Here are some highlights from our conversation:

What can blog readers learn from your book?
The book isn’t some technical in-depth and serious text book. It’s for people who are curious about wine, who love to drink wine and want to know WHY wines taste the way they do. It was very important at the beginning of writing the book that it appealed to all types of wine enthusiasts. Sure, there is technical information in the book for those that want that in-depth information, but also has interesting information about different types of wine, the grapes used for different wines, and again, why they taste the way they do.

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Home Soda Makers

Let’s start this week’s edition of Toque Tips with a little game: What ties these three things together? Plants absorb it, human beings release it, and it’s an essential ingredient to any refreshing carbonated beverage. Did you say Carbon Dioxide?

Drinks made with SodastreamWith Sodastream’s carbonating system, you can harbor the scientific power of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) right in your kitchen to create your own sparkling concoctions. This easy-to-use contraption uses a specially designed CO2 cartridge to quickly and easily carbonate water.

If seltzer is your go-to beverage, your drink is ready after one push of the button! But if you’re like me and prefer a fruity flavor or cola taste, it’s easy to add some extra zing to your drink with Sodastream syrups. For more at-home fun, try your hand at making different flavor mixtures. A personal favorite of mine is rhubarb syrup.

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