050-Icewine?


Icewine or in Germany Eiswein is a specialty desert wine of extraordinary character. It is categorized as a desert wine because of its sweet taste. Icewine needs to be made late past the harvest season when the grapes freeze on the vine. Typically the grapes are harvested in subzero temperatures in the early morning hours. The grapes also need to be pressed while frozen to ensure only the sweetest nectar of the berries are used. We talk about icewine and taste a little of this amazing treat on today’s Curioso.

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033-Mead?


Mead is quite possibly one of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. Such a unique beverage with its yellow color of sunshine; the smell of flowers; and the sweet, bright taste. Honey being the only sweetener humans used for centuries it’s obvious we would find a way to make it alcoholic. Of course it’s very likely mead was made naturally in a stump beehive. This is the way I like to think of it happening, with Wojtek the solider bear coming along and getting a bit tipsy drinking the Nectar of the Gods.

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033-Mead?


Mead is quite possibly one of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. Such a unique beverage with its yellow color of sunshine; the smell of flowers; and the sweet, bright taste. Honey being the only sweetener humans used for centuries it’s obvious we would find a way to make it alcoholic. Of course it’s very likely mead was made naturally in a stump beehive. This is the way I like to think of it happening, with Wojtek the solider bear coming along and getting a bit tipsy drinking the Nectar of the Gods.

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016-Harvest?


A good harvest means life or death for many people around the world. Almost every culture has a harvest festival to celebrate the bounty from the fields. Frequently the reaping of souls to the afterlife is associated with this time of year as well.

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