The Hotel Cha-Am is set in the backdrop of serene tranquility and is beautifully decorated by white beaches, turquoise blue waters and shady palm trees. One of the most beautiful hotels of Thailand, this resort has 7 pool villas and 72 guest rooms. Each of the rooms and villas feature huge open spaces, private terraces, unobstructed ocean front, hammocks, large LCD television, wireless internet, Bose speakers, Apple TV with a good collection of films and music, and Dornbracht rain showers. Private gardens and pools are the additional features of each of the seven pool villas. Guests can indulge themselves in the Chill Pool, wellness zone, Spa and the special relaxation centre. The resort offers various fun-filled activities to its guests like kayak tours, water sports, mountain bike rides, nature walls, local sight-seeing, internationally acclaimed golf course, culinary instruction and many more such activities. A variety of dining options are presented by the resort like the Motion restaurant at the poolside, Clouds Loft at the rooftop, and the Red Bar.
Yesterday, the approval of a powdered alcohol called “Palcohol” got a lot of media attention. You could add it to food. You could smuggle it into stadiums. You could snort it.
However, the story got a little ahead of itself.
An attorney at bevlaw posted the original item noting that the TTB, a division of the Treasury that approves all things alcohol at the federal level, had approved seven labels for Palcohol. The labels included “Powderita” and “Cosmopolitan” with the words “Just add water for an instant cocktail.”
When I checked the TTB site for label approvals yesterday afternoon, the labels were all listed as approved as of April 8 (good thing it wasn’t April 1 since it reads like an April Fool’s prank) yet were currently “surrendered.” I wrote Mark Phillips the developer of Palcohol and he told me via email that the “seven labels have been surrendered due to an issue with the fill level.” He added that he did receive a separate approval for the “formula” so, he says, “powdered alcohol is still approved…We’re still moving forward and will submit new labels.” The alcohol powder is derived from vodka and rum.
Mark Phillips is the author of “Swallow This: A Progressive Approach to Wine.” His web site claims that his television show “Enjoying Wine with Mark Phillips” is “one of the most-watched wine shows ever.” Episodes include microwaving and freezing wines.
Tom Hogue, a spokesman for the TTB, responded to a query from the Associated Press that the Palcohol labels were approved in error. Palcohol’s web site posts that gave up the labels through a “mutual agreement.”
It is unclear what led the Palcohol applicant to surrender the labels nor what made the TTB do a 180. But one thing is for sure: powdered alcohol donuts are still a ways off.
Back in the the first year of wine blogging (2004 for those just joining us) Lenn Thompson of LENNDEVOURS (now New York Cork Report) made a modest proposal and Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW) was born. I joined the monthly virtual tasting back at WBW 7 in early 2005 and have continued off and on over the years since and have maintained the WBW website. But interest wained in the event after Twitter tastings took hold and WBW went on long-term hiatus a couple times in recent years.
But the embers of WBW remained and there has been enough interest in the event recently that Lenn and I have decided to bring it back in its original, grass-roots format.
The idea is simple; each month a blogger “hosts” the virtual tasting determining the theme and posting a summary wrap-up some days after the event. On the Wednesday appointed for the tasting anyone can blog a post related to the theme and let the host know so their link can be included in the wrap-up post. Back in the day this literally meant a blog but over the years this has expanded to places like Tumblr and Google+; basically any public-facing spot on the web that doesn’t require a membership to view (so Facebook wall posts are out but you could participate on a Facebook page).
I am pleased to announce the return of Wine Blogging Wednesday on August 14st for our 80th (non-consecutive) monthly tasting. My choice of theme was easy given the heat of the summer here in the Northern Hemisphere: Dry RosÃ©.
Good dry rosÃ© is one of the most versatile wines in summer matching with light to heavy fare. But like some other wines, rosé (here in America anyway) doesn’t get the respect it deserves. So I’d like to see everyone explore beyond their regular summer rosÃ©s and try something new. It might be an obscure varietal or a region you haven’t tried before. Or maybe just kicking it old-school and picking up a rosÃ© from Bandol, Tavel or Provence from a new producer.
Basically you can pick up a rosÃ© wine made anywhere from any grape varieties, just make sure it’s dry.
When you post your entry, just send me your link via email (winecast at gmail dot com), Twitter (@winecast and please use hashtag #WBW80) or post here in the comments. A few days after the tasting I’ll write up a summary post and pass the baton to the next host (Lenn will host WBW 81 in September). And you can mark your calendars as all future WBW tastings will take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Hope you can join me next month and beat the summer heat with some dry rosÃ©!
Here you find the ratings of the 2007 Medoc 2. Grand Cru ClassÃ© from Robert Parker, Decanter and Wine Spectator:
|5. Cru:||Decanter||Wine Advocate||WineSpectator||Price|
|Chateau d’Armailhac||****||87 - 88||86 - 89|
|Chateau Batailley||***||87 - 89||83 - 86|
|Chateau Belgrave||****||82 - 85|
|Chateau Camensac||***||83 - 86|
|Chateau Cantemerle||****||89 - 91||84 - 87|
|Chateau Clerc Milon||****||88 - 90||88 - 91|
|Chateau Cos Labory||****||86 - 88||85 - 88|
|Chateau Croizet Bages||***||75 - 77|
|Chateau Dauzac||****||84 - 87||86 - 89|
|Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse||***||85 - 87||84 - 87|
|Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste||****||89 - 91||88 - 91|
|Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal||****||83 - 85||85 - 88|
|Chateau Haut-Batailley||****||85 - 87||87 - 90|
|Chateau Lynch-Bages||****||87 - 89||85 - 88|
|Chateau Lynch-Moussas||***||84 - 86||80 - 83|
|Chateau Pontet-Canet||****||91 - 94||88 - 91|
|Chateau du Tertre||****||87 - 89||83 - 86|
Two weeks from today, nearly 100 international wine judges will converge on Fairplex to sniff, swirl and spit their way through more than 3,000 wines – all in attempt toÂ crown the best of the best.
Â The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition begins May 27. Right now, wine staff are busy preparing the thousands of bottles of wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oil for judging, washing thousands of glasses and printing thousands of labels for the blind testing. It’s a huge undertaking, our competition!
Keep checking back to find out the behind-the-scenes buzz. We will also have some special guests blogging their thoughts about the competition, so stay tuned.
And don’t forget the public’s first opportunity to taste the medal winners is June 20 at Wine & Cars Under the Stars - a fun evening of classic wine and classic cars which benefits the foundations at Fairplex.