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2011-04-14 10:50:00

In a blind taste test of wine drinkers, the average person could not tell high-end wine from plonk, or cheap wine, the Telegraph reports. Describing the taste test on a variety of red and white wines ranging from a $6 bottle of Claret to a $50 bottle of champagne, researchers categorized inexpensive wines as costing $8 and less, while expensive bottles were priced at $16 and more. Researchers found people correctly distinguished cheap and expensive white wines only 53 percent of the time, and...

2010-11-16 05:18:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Plonk Wine Merchants, an Internet-based wine retailer that specializes in selling top-notch, small-production, and obscure wines from around the globe all under $30 per bottle, just announced the launch of its cutting-edge wine club. In addition to shipping wine to its members on a monthly basis, the Plonk Wine Club will feature a series of interactive online wine tastings led by an arsenal of acclaimed winemakers from around the world via live...

2009-01-03 13:56:34

A 16-year-old Basset hound named Beryl in Tenterden, England, has an unusual best friend, a 4-year-old Tawny owl named Wol, the animals' owner says. Sara Ross said she has been sharing her home with the two animals and witnessing how they have bonded despite their significant differences, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. They are both rescue animals and they're like best buddies. Wol needs full-time care and one day I was giving him a bit of exercise and he just plonked down on Beryl's...

2008-09-26 21:00:21

Is this trend of taking a movie and putting it on stage to be applauded or derided?In the cons corner and the place where I might normally set my own stall is the argument that these shows are merely a cynical way of producers cashing in on audiences' familiarity with a story. Clearly this sort of safe bet makes financial sense, but where's the originality, where is the encouragement for the new story makers, where, for goodness sake, is the wit?If the imaginations of producers can only...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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