The Top Winery Tours of Yarra Valley

If there is one activity you should not miss when you’re visiting the highly-acclaimed Yarra Valley, it’s joining the winery tours. There are over seventy wineries found in the region, offering world-class quality wines you won’t easily find elsewhere. In the same manner, there are various winery tours you can join if you want to visit winery restaurants, small wine boutiques, and vintage family-owned vineyards.

Wild Wombat Winery Tours

The Wild Wombat Winery Tours is one of the most informative and fun tours the Yarra Valley can offer. It offers a personalized and flexible touring of 4 to 5 wineries plus a gourmet winery lunch, which includes some of the best food and wines found in the region. If you are going out in a social tour, you can request which wineries you want to visit. The tour is very relaxing and comfortable, offering high-end tour vehicles that could accommodate up to 11 persons.

Wine Tours Victoria

Wine Tours Victoria offers one of the most flexible tours in Yarra Valley. Rather than a fixed itinerary, the tour destinations depend on the request of the guests. A typical tour includes an outdoor morning tea, a sumptuous lunch, and a visit to up to 5 wineries. Wine Tours Victoria offers door-to-door pickup from all Melbourne CBD hotels and makes sure every guest is brought back to their accommodations safe and satisfied. With their experienced driver/host, you will surely have one of the most unforgettable winery tours in the region.

Driven Indulgence

Driven Indulgence offers a very affordable luxurious tour of Yarra Valley wineries. They specialize in personalized private wine tours, offering guests their own guide, host, and driver. Driven Indulgence works with you choosing a particular date to take the tour and picking a wine region to visit. If you have your own car with you, you only need to pick a driver. If not, you will be offered a luxury car of your choice. With this flexibility, you can have the winery tour of your dreams with Driven Indulgence!

Wineries on Foot

If you’re on for a unique experience, the Wineries on Foot tour is the perfect choice for you. As the name of the tour says, the tour involves gourmet wine tours through vineyards of the Yarra Valley region with guest going either by foot or by bicycle. A truly one-of-a-kind outdoor experience, Wineries on Foot is perfect for wine lovers who love cycling or bushwalking.

California Winery Business Discussed

It has been known that El Nino/La Nina changes very much affect the California Wine crop and Winery Industry and this year’s switch over will be no different. It should also be realized that the global market for wine is expanding, perhaps you have heard; the Chinese are drinking up a storm. Therefore, I am not so sure all this negativity in the Northern California wine sector is correct. One could say that the real estate bubble caused many to pay way too much for winery properties at a point that they could never get a decent ROI on their land.

These extra costs are not a product of a failing wine market, rather they are the irrational purchasing by speculators or wealthy folks that perhaps wanted a tax write-off business and always wanted to retire in the wine country. One could say that any economic strife from those sorts of winery business models, or boutique wines is merely a “reality check” coming back into free-market conditions, while the next boost and long term growth cycle in the sector awaits. Remember the wine business too is somewhat cyclical.

Also, realize that the global economic crisis did challenge consumers, and mid-range products due to price sensitive buying behavioral changes, again temporary, especially considering all the new wine consumers coming online world-wide as folks emerge from poverty. Now then let’s discuss all this in more detail, shall we?

El Nino weather changes “supply” of yields and thus, prices (supply and demand), meanwhile, the Two-Buck-Chuck syndrome where low-cost wine became trendy did reduce the allure of the middle range products, and softened upper ranges, and the economy of course as a whole effects “elective” consumer spending as most of the winery industry articles in the Wine Trade Journals suggest and indicate.

Further, like all luxury brands in all categories have gotten slaughtered lately, many of which currently in deep-discounting survival mode, all of this should have been expected. Wineries must use low-cost branding tactics and go with low-cost high-volume type strategies for now. This will soon change, and the California Winery Region will be open for business with high-end customers again.

Too, the “California Wine Property Rush” was spectacular indeed, way out of control, and the thought of ROI based on those high real estate purchase prices and increased competition – simply not doable under the market conditions, and economic factors. So reality will bring it all back. But Whooyah! The Chinese upper-middle class demand is coming online too. Yes, I bought some Trader Joe’s wine the other day $5.99 a bottle, the stuff is excellent, so I bought a case. Why break out the good stuff after the first bottle when guests are visiting? They don’t care, and the $5.99 stuff is excellent, it actually tastes better.

If you’d like to think more on the winery business branding strategies needed to excel, I’d recommend that you read the book; “Zag” it’s pretty good, and there are ways to survive if you are a winery. Now then, back to the property cost challenges.

Turkish food , the recipes of the most delicious foods

Turkish foodThe best Turkish food :

Turkey has a lot of delicious and varied dishes and that is why it is very popular among people all over the world.  In this post, we are going to explain the recipe for different types of Turkish dishes.

Turkish food, Simit :

Simit is one of the most delicious and famous Turkish bread that has many fans. Make this delicious bread at home with the recipe below.

Turkish food

Ingredients for making Simit :

  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Liquid oil
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Baker’s yeast

Ingredients to the top of Simit :

Grape juice or date juice

Water to dilute syrup

Sesame seeds and black seeds

How to make Turkish Simit bread :

Mix two tablespoons of sugar and yeast and then pour the warm milk over it. Let it stay like that for 4 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the sugar and some of the liquid oil . And then add yeast and milk on it. Pour half the flour you have over the ingredients and stir together and gradually add the rest of the flour until you obtain a soft paste.

Pour some flour on a table and transfer the dough there. Cook it for about 5 minutes. Pour about 4 tablespoons of liquid oil on the bottom of a large pan. Spin the dough on this pan and make it all oily and then put this pas in a warm and humid place. After 50 minutes place the dough on your desk and make the pieces of it like an orange. You can bake the bread in the shape of an orange or you can make it look like a long strand and twist it and connect the two ends and then bake it. For the top of this bread sprinkle the diluted syrup with a brush and then popped sesame seeds and black seeds.  to keep away the bread from dryness use a damp cloth and carefully put it on the bread. Warm the oven and place Downstairs oven another pan full of water to fill it with steam. Then place the bread in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Turkish food, Iskender kebab :

It is a traditional food in Turkey and a special kind of kebab that serve with yogurt and sauce and bread. The meat we use should be neither too fat nor fat-free. The special kind of this kebab is made in Bursa. Although  In most Turkish cities you can see Iskender kebab on the menu of any restaurant, what is made in Busra is much different and more delicious.

Ingredients of Iskender kebab :

  • Veal
  • Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Pide bread
  • Tomato paste and pepper

How to make Iskender kebab :

Slice the meat very thin and bake it in a pan with a little butter.

Melt some butter in another pan and add the tomato paste and meat juice and let it boil and then put them away from the oven.

Slice the bread into small squares and dressed them with butter. Then fry it for 2 to 5 minutes in a pan (don’t fry too much ).

Put small pieces of bread on a plate and pour two tablespoons of meat juices on them and sprinkle with a few tomato pastes.

Put the thin meat on the bread and then apply the remaining paste to the meat.

Melt some butter and pour it on the kebab. And serve with grilled pepper, grilled tomatoes, and yogurt.

Turkish food, Borek :

Turkish food

 Borek in one of the most famous snacks among the Turkish people . Borek is an extremely popular snack in Turkey . This appetizer is consists of a dough and favorite ingredients.  to make this food ,Turkish people wrap cheese and vegetables in Uefka dough breakfast and use sausages ,tomatoes,olives,vegetables ,cheese ,sweet peppers ,and many other ingredients for lunch .also they use minced beef ,poultry ,spinach ,mushrooms and eggs to making Borek .

Birek is a very simple and tasty food and you can make it in your home depending on your taste and time .

Ingredients of Borek:

Uefka dough

Potatoe

Onion

Olive oil

Creamy cheese

cheese

Egg yolk

Salt and pepper

How to make Borek :

Cook potatoes on boiled water and chop onion and saute it in some oil . Then finally chop or grate the potatoes and add to the onion and then add a little salt and pepper. After a few roast you can put them away from heat .

After that you must add cheese  and mix it with ingredients.  Roll out the dough and apply egg yolk on it then put some ingredients into the dough. Turn the edge of the dough over and apply some egg yolk again .

Pour some oil in the bottom of tray and put the dough on it and then put it in the oven . After 20-30 minutes you can serve it with desired sauce . You can also pour a small amount of oil into the pan and fry the sides of Borek .

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The easiest sweet treats this winter

Arm yourself with a can of sweetened condensed milk and some quick dessert recipes for a sweet winter this year.

The winter has truly set in all over the country, and while you love the season, cooking extensive meals takes its toll on you.

Washing up a spate of ingredients in freezing water, forcing your numb hands to knead, chop, roll, split and maneuver your food into delicious recipes all results in you spending a lot of time whipping up meals instead of relaxing on your couch with a blanket. It’s true that a warm kitchen is a source of comfort in the winter months, but it is even more comforting to cook a sweet recipe quickly and devour it in the embrace of your sofa or bed!

So, which are the quick and easy winter sweets you can make? We recommend going with the tried and tested gulab jamun, or gajar ka halwa, or anjeer ka halwa. But wait – if you are going to use the traditional recipes to make these, then you will spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Take a less complicated way out – make gulab jamuns and other sweet treats in just a few steps using Milkmaid condensed milk.

Condensed milk in desserts – why didn’t you think of this sooner?

When you use condensed milk in Indian or Western desserts, you end up saving not just time and effort, but also two ingredients – milk and sugar.

Condensed milk imparts a rich creaminess to the dessert, whether it is cake or halwa, gulab jamun or smoothies. The texture of the dish becomes decadent and velvety, thus satiating the eater much more. Also, condensed milk mixes quickly without leaving any lumps in other dry ingredients like sugar – you often see this happening when you use a material like khoya and paneer. Thus, your prep time is reduced, and the end result is even more delicious than before.

Milkmaid has so many easy winter dessert recipes that you will be left wondering which one to start with first. They minimize cooking time and have just a few steps to follow, so even amateur cooks can whip up delicious sweet treats in just a few minutes. For instance, the usual method of preparing gulab jamuns will have you sweating over the cooktop for at least two hours. But with the condensed milk recipe, you are done and dusted in just about 30 minutes from start to finish. And the recipe only calls for about 3 steps in all!

Desserts for the winter – essential ingredients

* Ghee: We recommend upping your intake of clarified butter or ghee during the winter months. It aids absorption of nutrients, better joint health, improved digestion, and increased warmth.

* Fibrous fruit and vegetables: Whenever possible, include fruit and vegetables like carrots, beetroot, sweet potato, oranges, guava and apples to get the maximum benefit of dietary fiber.

* Full fat milk: To add good fats to your diet and increase warmth.

The Undiscovered Anderson Valley Wineries

Surrounded by 2500-foot high mountains, Anderson Valley opens up its beauty to the coast towards its eastern end, allowing the summertime fog to touch its surroundings. Let’s explore and have a taste of what a visit to Anderson Valley wineries is like!

Navarro Vineyards

Tucked in a small valley beneath the rolling hills is the Navarro Vineyards, famous for the Alsatian varieties, especially its big-nosed gewürztraminer. You can only take advantage of these wines here and at some indie restaurants and shops. If you are a non-drinker, worry not because this one of the best Anderson Valley wineries offer you a wide selection of deliciously prepared unfermented grape juices.

Lazy Creek Vineyards

The smallest among all the wineries in the area, the Lazy Creek Vineyards serves gorgeous wines that are exceptionally paired with delectable dishes. Most wines here are unfiltered and organic, lending its tasters the specific fullness to satisfy their mouth’s desire. Among all Anderson Valley wineries, this is the only winery that grows pinot blanc, and its popular gewürztraminer vines belong to the oldest species in the U.S. Its funky little wine tasting room is also the winery’s barrel room so expect it to be chilly inside.

Esterlina Vineyards

Esterlina Vineyards lies high above the Anderson Valley. It has spectacular views, making it a perfect spot for a family picnic. Because this winery gets its fruits from five different vineyards, it makes a wide variety of delicious wines. Aside from the local specialties, chardonnay, pinot noir, and Riesling, Esterlina also offers big, chewy cabernets and zinfandels. The hilltop location of this winery makes it a perfect place to visit if you want a combination of wine tasting activities and scenic drive.

Husch Vineyards

Creeping roses can be seen at the four corners of this 100-year old redwood wine tasting room. Among all the Anderson Valley wineries, Husch Vineyards has the oldest and healthiest pinot noir vines, almost 40 years old. This winery makes both Burgundy and California- style pinots. It also offers two styles chardonnay. All its wines are grown and bottled at the estate and most of them are of single varieties.

Handley Cellars

Do not forget to check out the cool collection of Eastern and African artifacts at this winery. The Handley Cellars makes really good estate-grown chardonnay and gewürztraminer. You can also find worthwhile pinot gris, pinot noir, and pinot rose. The wines here are definitely worth tasting; however, it is really the artwork here that captures any visitors’ imagination.

Buy Your Wine Direct From the Winery

How wine is sold is subtly changing. Until recent history wine was sold through an arcane system known as Three Tier Distribution that came about when prohibition ended. The winery or brewer or distiller has no choice in how they get their product to market. Gradually however, this is changing as states approve wine being shipped directly from the winery to the consumer.

The 2016 Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) wines sales report has some interesting information. It confirms that wineries are focusing more of their strategies on marketing their wines directly to the consumer. In fact, this method of distribution isn’t just for the smaller wineries; the large wineries are now focusing more attention on this outlet. Greater than 5 million equivalent cases of wine were shipped direct to the consumer and it wasn’t limited to less expensive wines either. Sonoma wineries had the highest grow rate in 2016 of nearly 30%.

Wines and Vines has a 2016 database of 9,069 U.S. wineries that they have divided into 5 categories based upon number of cases produced annually. The largest combined categories are called Limited and Very Small producers, each producing up to 4,999 cases per year. These two categories represent 79% of all wineries shipping direct to consumers, roughly 3,600 wineries in each category. If Small Wineries (totaling 1,570) are added to the prior two categories they represent 96.4% of wineries in the U.S. The take-away from this information is that wineries each producing 49,999 cases of wine and less annually, while selling DtC, have a significant market presence.

The five million cases of wine shipped DtC in 2016 represented a 17% increase over 2015. This was made up of single or multiple bottle shipments. “The value of 2016 shipments rose 18.5 percent over 2015, topping $2 billion for the first time and culminating at $2.33 billion”, as reported by Sovos ShipCompliant/Wines and Vines. The average price of a bottle of wine shipped to the consumer in this format was $38.00; far from the $15.00 per bottle of wine making up the greatest number of bottles shipped. Jon Moramarco, Managing Partner of BW 166 LLC reports that the average bottle of wine sold “off- premise” was $9.29.

This points out that consumers are not shy about buying expensive wine on-line/phone and receiving the wine via FedEx, UPS or contract shipper. With the number of wineries growing at approximately 5% annually, most are in the limited and small producer category, therefore it would appear they are the group most receptive to reaching out directly to customers. With DtC shipment representing 8.7% of domestic wine sales there is plenty of room for growth.

The very large wineries, in 2016, represented 13% of all DtC shipments which was a 183% increase over 2015. However, it appears they did this by reducing the price of their shipped wines. The average price for the wine shipped by the 64 largest wineries (producing >500,000 cases) fell to $16.00 per bottle. Obviously, there is some elasticity in the wine business. There are some exceptions however, some Napa and Sonoma wineries did raise prices and still realized an increase in shipment and therefore values.

The varietals that have seen the greatest increase in shipment volumes since 2011 are: Rosé (+259%), Other White and Other Red (+174% and 172% respectively) and Pinot Gris (+101%). Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blend wines are still the stellar performers in annual increases in DtC sales. The Red Blends are surprising because they are relatively new for people to try.

In all the good news for direct shipments to almost all states (expect Utah, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi) all regions/states producing wine saw increases. Sonoma County’s 2016 surge is worth noting – “to the tune of $100 million over 2015 – was so impressive that, despite the region representing only 18 percent of the total dollar value of DtC shipments, Sonoma County accounted for 27% of the $363.6 million added to the DtC shipping channel during the year,” as reported by Wines and Vines.

Direct to Consumer, as a channel of distribution is becoming more important to a winery’s success. Yes, technology is an important tool to selling direct, but the ramifications on reducing costs cannot be over stated. This channel allows wineries to respond in real-time to changes in markets, need to promote products; even promoting products geographically. Shipping costs can be less than the discounts required to distributors.

The Top Wineries in the British Columbia Area

Are you living in the British Columbia area and fancy doing something different on your weekend? Perhaps you are a wine connoisseur who has decided on visiting the vineyards for your holidays and now you just need to find the top wineries? Either way, we have assembled some advice to aid you on your way to sipping the good stuff.

Containing over 200 wineries in the area, there is a great deal of variation in British Columbia when it comes to wine, and with some of them being the top wineries in Canada you would be crazy not to check it out.

There are over 60 different varieties of grape grown in the BC area, with the dramatic variety of the soils combining with differing weather conditions to produce unique flavours that help create some of the top wineries in North America.

With a lot of the top wineries, you are able to have a guided tour that will explain the procedure behind the process of making their wine. Alternatively, if you prefer to browse at your own speed, then many wineries will allow self-guided tours, where you can walk around the top wineries at your own pace. The tours are a great way to sample the wine, while also increasing your knowledge.

One of the best regions for top wineries is in the Okanagan area. With more than 80 percent of the total vineyard acreage of BC and over 8000 acres planted in the region, the diversity and variations make it a renowned area for wine.

The top wineries don’t stop at the Okanagan, with other notable areas being Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Fraser Valley, the Similkameen Valley, as well as new, emerging regions such as Lillooet and The Kootenay.

With the amount of variety available at the top wineries, you can find almost every type of wine, although there are some award winning grape types that simply must be tasted. When it comes to reds, be sure to sample the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Whereas with whites, be sure not to miss the Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.

One of the best ways to check out the top wineries in British Columbia is to attend one of the famous wine festivals. Okanagan and Vancouver both have a number of wine festivals, which will usually include set meal courses and complimentary tasting with the price of the ticket.

There are many websites that can help you locate the top wineries in the British Columbia region, where you can search by name or by region. Take the time to read the reviews of each, so that you can find a list of the wineries that suit your preference.

If you are already a wine buff or someone with a fleeting curiosity, then hopefully this will have given you a taste of what is out there in the wine regions of British Columbia.