Wine doesn’t always get better with age – especially not to a new wave of vino pros slinging bottles of Château Margaux older than they are.
“Wine is bigger than ever. It’s more of a part of our younger generation’s lifestyle,” said Justin Amick, 29, sommelier - or wine steward - at Parish restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. “Food culture is just so popular right now – and wine definitely goes along with the foodie culture.”
According to a recent Nielsen survey, the majority of millennials (age 21-34) are purchasing relatively more wine (and spirits for that matter) than older generations did at that age.
“I turned 21 on January 31, and I took the introductory [sommelier] course the first week of March,” said Desi Echaverrie, 29, who runs the wine program at Julian Serrano in Las Vegas, Nevada. “So basically a month had passed, and that’s because it was the soonest I could take it.”
Echavarrie is currently an Advanced Sommelier and a Masters Sommelier Candidate – he had previously won the 2004 Young Sommelier Competition at the ripe age of 22.
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Attention grocery store shoppers: it's that time of year again when rows of matzo-based products start dominating supermarket displays as the Jewish eight-day holiday of Passover draws near.
During Passover, which begins the night of April 18 this year, Jewish people all over the world will forgo leavened bread products to commemorate the story of the Exodus.
Sure - some people only eat the unleavened cracker during Passover out of observance, but chef Stephanie Izard likes her matzo all year 'round.
Stephanie Izard was the season four winner of Bravo's über popular reality cooking competition, "Top Chef." Her latest venture, Girl and the Goat, just nabbed a 2011 James Beard Award nomination for "Best Restaurant."
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Sanjay Gupta, "Even if you were to eat this radioactive spinach every day, the amount of radiation you'd get over a year of doing this would be about equivalent to one CT scan."
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Japan's Health Ministry reported Tuesday finding radioactive materials at levels "drastically exceeding legal limits" in 11 types of vegetables grown in Fukushima Prefecture, including broccoli and cabbage, according to Kyodo News Agency.
None of the vegetables have been shipped since Monday, it said.
The news agency, citing the ministry, said, "If a person eats 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) of the vegetable with the largest detected amount of radioactive materials for about 10 days, it would be equal to ingesting half the amount of radiation a person typically receives from the natural environment in a year."
"If a person keeps eating the vegetable at the same pace, the amount of radiation intake could exceed the amount deemed safe."
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When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his longtime partner Dr. Brent Ridge stumbled across a 19-century mansion for sale in the tiny, upstate New York village of Sharon Springs during an apple picking trip, little did they know they'd lay down roots.
Josh, a New York Times bestselling author, ad executive and former drag queen and Brent, a former VP of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart, spent the next several years transforming the Beekman Mansion's mostly abandoned barn and surrounding acres into the sustainable, working farm that now fuels their burgeoning goat soap and cheese brands at Beekman 1802. It also serves as the core of their reality show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys and Josh's memoir 'The Bucolic Plague'.
As the pair connected with the land, establishing their heirloom vegetable garden and learning to grow nearly everything they ate, they realized they had also planted the seeds of self-discovery.