For a long time German wine was the punchline to jokes made at its expense by more famous wine-producing nations such as France and Italy.
However, in recent years, German winemakers have enjoyed something of a renaissance as international buyers come to appreciate the product once more. Produced mainly in the west of the country, German wine comes from around 102,000 hectares of vineyards. This surface area represents just 10 percent of the vineyards in France, Spain or Italy, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it.
For some, German wines are cheap and sweet. Liebfraumilch, Blue Nun and Black Tower are largely responsible for the misconception, and should be avoided. Look beyond these names and you will find the Riesling grape, used to make some truly amazing wines. It was out of fashion for decades, but a new generation of wine drinkers are rehabilitating the grape.
Try an Alexander Gysler Kammerton from Rheinhessen or a Weingut Bischel and you won’t be disappointed. Those who want a sweet wine should look for alcohol content of around 10 percent, while anything up around 12.5 percent will most likely be a dry wine. There is something to suit every taste once you put aside the residual snobbery that surrounds German wine.
For some reason when everyone hears snow is coming, they runs to the store for milk and bread. They are definitely not the first things I run to the store for. Instead of milk and bread, make sure you have these things stocked up to have the best snow day yet.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Blood circulation is an ever-present concern, especially for people who sit for long periods of time for work or travel. If you’re preparing for a long trip, make sure to pick up some compression socks to keep blood flowing.
Finding a hotel during the Olympic Games can be harder than launching a shotput across a bed of sand. Some host cities find themselves investing millions of dollars to construct new hotels just for the Games, which is a strain on resources and the environment, and can send the city into debt. In an effort to avoid these problems, Airbnb and the International Olympics Committee teamed up to offer accommodation to attendees during the next handful of Olympic Games around the world.