Good morning everyone! I'd love to hear from any wine drinkers out there, because I'm wondering if my experience is ‘normal'. Friday night we went out with friends to a new place here in our hometown for wine tasting: Kayla Rae Cellars. I'm normally an all-white-wine kind of gal, I haven't matured to reds yet, except for a sweet red table wine now and then. Here's how my palate has progressed so far: I started out with stuff like mixed drinks, such as amaretto sours (which are waaaay too sweet for me now) and wine coolers – GASP! I know, yuck, with all those artificial flavors and junk in them… Once I became a label reader I went to wines and first it was a sweet white, like Moscato, then to various Rieslings, which I've been drinking for a while now, because others were mostly too dry for me. Now I'm wondering, though, if it was just that I didn't like the brands, not the type of wine, because at the wine tasting they had chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, AND pinot grigio, and I loved them all! Either I finally have a big girl palate and it's maturing some after all these years OR, more likely, it's just that these specific wines were really really good. Share your thoughts in the comments, please — let me know how your own ‘wine palate' has matured?
Here's what I've found for you this week:
- Most of you have probably started to receive all the emails about the “Heartbleed” internet security flaw. Scary stuff. Here's a good article that helped me understand it a little, but I'm still not sure what in the world I should be doing about it. Did I misunderstand, or did they hint that maybe we shouldn't be changing our passwords? (Of course I read that after I'd already changed a few…)
- Do you wonder where to find decent nut butters (here or here), or where to buy fermented foods online? What about where to get the only supplements we take these days? All that and more can be found over on my resources page.
- How's this for irony? Kroger is being sued for misleading consumers with false labeling of their “natural”, “cage-free”, “raised in humane conditions” chicken in the SIMPLE TRUTH line. It's almost funny. Click here to read about the lawsuit and sign the petition telling them to stop labeling factory farmed chicken as if it were raised on a real farm. Click here to see the truly funny video explaining why the word “natural” on labels is often meaningless. Or get in on the Facebook conversation here.
- What do General Mills, Nestle, Kraft, Hillshire, Campbell's, Heinz, and 5 other food industry giants have in common? If you inquire about where they source their meats, you will get either no response or one like these:
- “As a standing practice, we do not normally discuss our sourcing strategies.” (General Mills)
- “We don’t give out supplier lists.” (Kraft)
- “We do not disclose the names of our suppliers.” (Heinz)
- “It’s our policy not to provide the names of our vendors, as this is proprietary information.” (Nestlé)
- (For the record, Applegate did disclose their sources.)
- Click here to learn more, including the entire list of companies and their responses. (Pin it here.)
- Find local sources of meat, where you can KNOW your farmers here and here. Or if you can't find a local source, click here to buy safely online.
- There's another great conversation over on Facebook that you'll want to check out if you've followed the recent hysteria over measles outbreaks and the accusation that unvaccinated kids are to blame.
- One more from Facebook where people were NOT happy that I posted about minced garlic from a jar not being the best option. (I'm surprised the article didn't even mention the icky preservatives.)
- Ever thought about taking a vacation/tour for real foodies? Check out this one!
- Now for a couple pictures I thought you'd like: