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Develop Your Palate Through Exclusive Wine Tasting Tips



With grapes being the star of the show, wine tasting is something all of us have dreamt of! The sweet and bitter taste with some authentic secondary and tertiary aroma gives a satisfying finish to your taste buds.

Entering a cold, furnished tasting room while your belly is buckling up for a new favorite, there’s a method to enjoy this madness. With tasting rooms providing overwritten menus and ebullient staff, let’s find some exclusive tips to follow while attending a wine tasting.

8 Exclusive Wine Tasting Tips

1. Spice It Up

Whether it’s visiting a wine tasting room or a casual dinner at a vineyard, dressing up is always a prudent idea! For no spills or fall, women wearing cute dresses with dark colors is a perfect choice. Flat sandals or convenient sneakers are something you should be rooting for. For men, dressy shorts or pants with a designer T-shirt is a top-level wine fashion! Just a pinch of your stylish sneakers and you’re good to go! However, make sure you dress accordingly to the tasting description given for a better choice.

2. Dine Before Wine

Going for a wine tasting tour and getting buzzed on an empty stomach isn’t something you would want to do. But don’t overeat, especially foods with a strong aftertaste, to avoid any lingering effect on your smell or taste palate. Eat an hour before the tasting to keep your stomach full while having zero sensitivity to your taste buds. Subtle flavored, neural meals with some healthy options is something you should opt for on tasting days. And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated throughout!

3. Spit And Dump

With tons of wines being offered during the tasting, spitting is a safe choice for most people, as one wouldn’t want to forget the rest of their night by having only one particular drink. Spitting buckets are available on every table for spitting wine as you go. Sometimes, tastings can include large pores, so dumping wine is the best choice. It might look disrespectful but take all your heart and do it, as you wouldn’t get the other wines’ flavor if you’re drunk and wasted.

4. No Heavy Scents

Every wine enthusiast knows that it’s completely disrespectful and inelegant for someone to wear a fragrance or a cologne at a wine tasting. The smell has a direct relationship with the taste; hence you wouldn’t appreciate the gentle aroma of any wine. So, be careful and avoid any unwanted scents that can act as a barrier for your taste buds. Avoiding hair sprays and lotions is a must, too, so that you can have a refined experience with your wines! 

5. Etched And Stained

Imagine going for a wine tasting, and you stain your teeth with the delicious looking red wine? You wouldn’t want to ruin the appearance of your smile. The acids in wine react with the enamel of your teeth that give a little purple tint. To avoid it, try brushing an hour before the tasting, and make sure you drink water regularly. Carrying chewing gum for your after-party is a great way to avoid these stains!

6. Take Notes

With a variety of wines being offered for tasting, it can be difficult to memorize each one of them with precision. Hence, taking notes of the various wines and their authentic aroma is a must for a more knowledgeable experience. Most wineries provide sheets to list down the tastes, and if not, you can always document the wines with the help of your phone camera.

7. Enjoy Around

Sometimes, wine tasting can be electrifying, especially for those that are religious followers of wine. So avoid any seriousness, and enjoy the entire experience! Notice the various informative surroundings, and capture them for future references. Talk to people and make it a memorable experience for everyone around you!

8. Talk To Winemakers                                     

If you’re a wine aficionado, detailed knowledge of the process behind it is a must. Going to various wine tasting rooms and talking to winemakers can be a great way to get the information you need! Tour guides make your wine experience more fun and memorable while giving a detailed story behind every bottle you taste. At various tasting rooms, wine is served by professional winemakers, who give you in-depth knowledge. So, seize the opportunity and educate yourself on the multiple wines around you.


Coming from personal experience, these are some of the best tips to follow at a wine tasting; therefore, avoid yourself from any embarrassments while getting the utmost knowledge. Niagara Vintage Wine Tours offers some exclusive personalized wine tours for anyone wanting to get to know their wine better. The wine is poured by experienced winemakers and winery owners, so grab your opportunity and make the best out of it. While providing an in-depth educational guide, they give an exquisite culinary experience to its customers. So book your immersive wine tasting tour with them today for an experience like no other!

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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