[img]http://fermentationwineblog.com/wp-content/uploads/fight.jpegIf you live in Michigan or know someone who lives in Michigan, if you love wine, if you believe wine lovers and wine retailers deserve fairness in commerce, if you hate when special interests screw the rest of us and if you want to help preserve all that is fine, good and beautiful in the world then continue reading: Last night the Michigan Legislature, at the behest of the state's beer and wine wholesalers passed SB 1088. It's a simple bill: BAN MICHIGAN CONSUMERS FROM BUYING WINE FROM OUT-OF-STATE WINE STORES, INTERNET WINE RETAILERS, WINE CLUBS AND AUCTION HOUSES, WHILE ONLY ALLOWING MICHIGAN CONSUMERS TO BUY WINE FROM IN-STATE WINE STORES. Believe it or not Michigan used to have this same law on the books and it was ruled unconstitutional in a Michigan Federal court in 2008. The judge in the case said the discriminatory law clearly violated the Constitution. SO YEAH, WHY NOT PASS AN IDENTICAL LAWâ€¦JUST TO SCREW RETAILERS AND CONSUMERS AND GIVE WHOLESALERS PROTECTION FROM HAVING TO COMPETE FOR A LIVING. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is not predisposed to sign the bill. So, what needs to happy is for him to hear from Michigan residents. That's why I'm asking you to do the following: [list=1] [*]If you are a resident of Michigan, pick up the phone and call the governor and ask him to veto SB 1088
[*]If you have family or friends in Michigan, contact them and ask them to call the governor and tell him to veto SB 1088
[*]Spread this request as far and wide as you can. [/list] The Michigan Governor's Constituent Services Phone number is: 517-335-7858 Tell the person who answers the phone the following: 1. You oppose the bill and urge the Governor to veto SB 1088 â€“ The Wine Shipping Bill. 2. You oppose a bill that bans you from buying wine from licensed out-of-state retailers. 3. The bill is unconstitutional and interferes with interstate commerce. 4. SB 1088 only aids special interests while reducing my choices of wine. 5. It has already been announced that if passed the law would face a costly lawsuit. In my role as Executive Director of the National Association of Wine Retailers, I worked to help kill another bill just like this in Michigan this year. Then the new one popped up and we've been working to kill this bill too. It's not quite as easy to influence legislation when you don't have hundreds of thousands to feed the legislatures. But the principled argument has worked in the past and it could work now if the governor hears from his constituents. I'll certainly be speaking with his office. It's remarkable that this kind of legislation continues to be introduced and passed. It speaks to the power of the three-tier system to corrupt. It speaks to the power of money in politics. It speaks to the allure of rent seeking. Any help you can give would be appreciated. The Governor has until the end of the year to sign or veto SB 1088. The post Help Fightâ€¦For the Love of Wine appeared first on Fermentation.
This weekend, Bompas & Parr will be opening their latest ambitious cocktail project, named 'Beyond the Waterfall' and featuring a Christmas-themed bar in an underground lagoon. We went along for a sneak preview...[img]http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/12/feature-image-lagoon-300x198.jpgCredit: Charlie SurbeyLondon'sÂ Westfield centre commissioned Bompas & Parr to build a Christmas pop-up bar in its luxury shopping village. The duo responded by filling a 20-metre area with water, complete with sailboats and cascading waterfall, through which guests row themselves to reach the cavern bar. [list] [*] Scroll down for cocktail list
[/list] Once inside, the host â€“Â a merman drag queen named Ruby â€“Â offers punch, and three other mermen draped over the bar provide hand massages and serenading, as well as sea-themed cocktails. [img]https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/12/beyond-the-waterfall-inset-630x417.jpgCredit: Charlie Surbey Co-founder Harry Parr described the project as an 'unlikely but enchanting Christmas experience that avoids all the usual cliches of the season'. [list] [*] Top London wine bars as chosen by the experts
[/list] Practically, the nautical element does come with difficulties, and guests are required to sign a form freeing the bar of responsibility â€“Â in case your iPhone goes overboard, or your loafers get a soaking. This slowed entry to the bar considerably, although visitors were mollified with a glass of Champagne at Searcy's just outside. Our mermaid guide also told us that, although the boats were designed for two, in reality they had experienced problems with the boats sinkingâ€¦ So now it's one person per vessel. [list]
Grower Champagne can be a minefield of variable quality, but Decanter's Christelle Guibert has picked out five outstanding performers that can be bought for the same price as the big brands...[img]http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/12/phenomenal-value-grower-champagnes-christmas-300x210.jpgWhile we are all familiar with the Champagne brands of the Grandes Marques (think Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger), the quantities they produce demand that they buy in grapes from growers across the region, which is then blended to achieve a house style. These producers dominate the market, so although there are over 15,000 growers in Champagne, only around a third produce their own Champagnes. As grower Champagne is made in very small quantities, often coming from just one or a handful of local vineyard sites, it canÂ reflect its terroir much more ably than a large-scale blend. Unlike the Grandes Marques,Â there is rarely any money spent on advertising, and many will only sell at the cellar door. These comparativelyÂ tiny overheads and modest margins ensure that there are some incredible value grower Champagnes out there.
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Champagne resident and expert Pieter Liem picks out 10 top grower Champagnes to try.
How to identify the Champagne you are drinking: Every bottle of Champagne has a small code on the label that can immediately tell you what you are drinking, althoughÂ they are no indication of outright quality. The most common are listed below: NM
Smashbox Fairplay Be Legendary Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a very light lavender with a strong white base paired with a satin finish. It was supposed to be matte, but it definitely took a couple of hours for the shine to wear it down to more of a matte finish in my experience. The Be Legendary formula is supposed to have "rich, vibrant color" that is long-wearing and moisturizing. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and non-tacky but still emollient enough to glide across the lips with ease. It was comfortable to wear for the four and a half hours Continue Readingâ€¦
[img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-5.jpg I picked up the Pinrose Rollerball Wardrobe Gift Set ($60) which is limited edition Holiday set that comes with 10 perfume rollerballs in a festive gift box. This is a great way to try the entire Pinrose Fragrance Collection without over splurging on a larger size. My perfume sales associate at Nordstrom convinced me to try these out about a year and a half ago when they had a little iPad on counter that helps you select a fragrance that fit your personality. I picked up Gilded Fox even though I wasn't recommended it. I actually ended up liking it but after trying a few of the other scents I was disappointed at the shorter wear of the fragrances and ended up not exploring the line further. [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Set.jpg Fast forward and now Pinrose is available at Sephora.com and this gift set launched and I felt like it was a perfect excuse to try the rest of the scents.
[img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set.jpg This was actually a solid purchase and I'm glad I got it. It'll make a rather nice gift for a younger girl as well who might like fragrance. I think they missed the boat by not including suggestions for fragrance cocktailing though. Pinrose has always promoted combining their fragrance to create a unique scent all your own. However, this set didn't have suggestions for combining any of these fragrances. A simple card like Commodity includes with their fragrances that gives a few layering tips and tricks would have this gift set perfect. The box these come housed in is a very pretty and ready for gifting! Slap a tag on and you're good to go if you're a bit lazy about wrapping. [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-8.jpg [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-3.jpg [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-4.jpg Scents you get are: [list] [*]Merry Maker is a refreshing nectarine blend to help you distress. [*]Tambourine Dreamer is an avant-garde bouquet of white lily for a sense of peace and quiet. [*]Wild Child is a flirty bouquet of white flowers to engender a happy feeling. [*]Secret Genius is a romantic blend of vanilla and caramel with a spirit of playful sensuality. [*]Gilded Fox is a warm and sexy potion with notes of cocoa and hot buttered rum for an aura of mystery. [*]Cuddle Punk is a playful mashup of apricot and vanilla for silly and sexy combination. [*]Pillowtalk Poet is a fresh laundry mix of powder and musk for a cozy and comforting sensation. [*]Treehouse Royal is an elegant mix of fig and moss notes for a focus on chic. [*]Pinrose is an unexpected rose and leather blend with romantic tones. [*]Garden Gangster is an invigorating and fresh citrus blend with an energizing lift. [/list] [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe.jpg As I said I already own Gilded Fox and always felt it was the strongest and longest wearing scent from Pinrose. Their scents seem a little weak to me with a short wear. However, the set surprised me. Maybe blame it on the rollerballs and the fact I'm wearing these a little closer to my skin versus misting on my clothes and you end up with a bit of a stronger and longer wear. I wasn't disappointed in the least with these as they seemed to wear a little longer and a little stronger than the larger bottles. Count me surprise as that was unexpected. I also found some new Pinrose scents to love here like Merry Maker! I could see myself wanting a full bottle of that (but I might just stick to the rollerball just in case the larger size disappoints)! I'm glad I purchased this. It was worth being able to try out the entire Pinrose Collection and seeing what I would and wouldn't like plus the rollerballs travel easily should I need to touch up throughout the day. The Pinrose Rollerball Wardrobe Gift Set is available now at Sephora.com or you can try out the other Pinrose Set which contains 35 Eau de Parfum Wipes and comes housed in the same box. This is available from HSN.com for $25.