February 21st, 2013
10:30 AM ET
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A mid-winter swim into 51 degrees Fahrenheit water doesn’t sound like a smart idea - even if it is in the Charleston Harbor.

But, 48 bottles of Mira Winery’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon are taking a three-month long dip to find out if aging wine underwater can affect the wine’s chemistry and taste.

Jim Dyke Jr., President of Mira Winery and a Charleston native, said he’d heard of Europeans who had experimented with underwater aging and storing, but no American, to his knowledge, had ever done it.
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National sticky bun day
February 21st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Craving a warm, bready breakfast? You're in luck - February 21 is National Sticky Bun Day.

Do you know the difference between a sticky bun and a cinnamon roll? The two pastries are similar in that they typically have cinnamon, sugar, nuts and sometimes raisins rolled between concentric circles of yeasty dough, but the major difference is that sticky buns are baked in a brown sugar glaze.
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Coffee klatsch
February 21st, 2013
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.
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Nationwide study casts a wide net over seafood fraud
February 21st, 2013
03:02 AM ET
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Mislabeled fish is flooding the marketplace and Americans may be swallowing it hook, line and sinker, according to a new study by an environmental activist group.

A look at seafood sales across the country by ocean conservation group Oceana found that roughly one third of the time, seafood sold at U.S. grocery stores, seafood markets, restaurants and sushi venues had been swapped for species that are cheaper, overfished, or risky to eat.

Beth Lowell, campaign director for Oceana, told CNN that the study was conducted over the course of two years and encompassed retail outlets in major metropolitan areas across 21 states. Staff and supporters of the organization purchased 1,247 pieces of fish and submitted samples to a lab for DNA testing to determine if the species matched the in-store menu or label in accordance with Food and Drug Administration naming guidelines.

Out of the 1,215 samples that were eventually tested, 401 were determined to be mislabeled.
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