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These days few of us give much thought to our breakfast staples of coffee, toast and a poached egg or what it takes produce them. However, the ability to boil water, make toast and cook a perfect egg are premised on a raft of technological developments that we all take for granted. The discovery of fire and early humans learning how to use it for cooking purposes, marked the beginning of big...

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A Passion for Appassimento. Carlos Marques. In the hills of Valpolicella north of Verona in Italy, there is a method of wine making called Appassimento: the process involves drying the grapes for as long as five weeks to concentrate the flavours prior to making them into wine. If that was not enough, the wines are then aged in oak barrels for three years. Casa Dea winery has brought this method...

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Port Picton Waterfront Homes...Sitting Pretty on the Dock of the Bay? I met David Cleave in the building that I recall was formerly the splendid design showroom known as The Renovators and am quickly introduced to the economics of property development: it is not for the faint of heart. Development is a risky business, the acquisition of suitable sites takes time: rezoning and subdivision...

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A hot and sunny day presented an ideal opportunity to shoot the front cover image in Tugg’s Furniture Store. Taking inspiration from the diet of operatic favourites on the stereo, by about three o’clock we were ready to move on to the interview stage of the proceedings, but it appeared Carol Weir had other ideas. Noting that we had not had lunch, despite spending hours over photographing a...

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Visitors to Alice Teichert’s Port Hope studio have a new hurdle to surmount in the form of a most attractive wrought iron gate originating from Roumania, but sourced somewhat more conveniently from Legacy Vintage, just down the road in Cobourg. Responding to my knock, and most probably alerted by the strident shriek expressed by the gate’s hinges, Alice appears and immediately disappears deep...

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Not being a ‘journalist’, most of the stories I write are exactly that — stories and profiles of people and issues I find intriguing or important. This article ticks both those boxes and talks about one of my favourite topics: equality. Falling into the wine world really by accident, once I was exposed to it I was hooked. The rest, as they say, is history. Or should I say ‘herstory’ since this...

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