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Herb and Spice Liqueurs constitute one of the sub-categories of the broad liqueur family, one which came out of the monasteries of Europe where, over the centuries, monks developed herbal remedies for various ailments. Many herb and spice liqueurs still bear the name of monastic orders from which they originated.
Herb and spice liqueurs are one of the most intriguing categories of liqueur as in many cases the recipes are a closely guarded secret, handed down from generation to generation. One of the most famous examples is Chartreuse; it is claimed that there are 130 different herbal extracts in the blend and only four people worldwide know the recipe. (At the other extreme is crème de menthe, in which p ... more
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest in the world. With roughly 205,000 acres (83,000ha) of vineyard, it ranks just behind its near-neighbors Argentina and Chile in terms of acreage under vine. Only a small proportion (about 10%) of these acres are planted with vitis vinifera vines, however, so this large acreage does not translate large volumes of quality wine. There are concerted efforts underway to improve this ratio, and although not yet recognized on an international scale, the quality and quantity of Brazilian wines are increasing year on year. Brazil's best-known wines are arguably its sparkling whites, which are made in a similar style to the spumantes of Italy.... more
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