Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wedding Fair Survival Guide - Cae Mor Wedding Venue North Wales

Winter often marks the beginning of the “wedding fair season” where numerous fairs around the country are set to take place. If you are planning to get married, you should most definitely attend a fair, enabling you to become enlightened as to what is available and allow you to be comfortably prepared for the big day. To help guide you through a successful wedding fair day, we have written a guide, so check it out below!

•    Have a plan for the day: Are you hoping to get inspiration for your wedding or meet a particular vendor? Maybe you are going with an open mind and are hoping to meet as many vendors as possible? Knowing this can make the day much more productive, as you know which stalls you’ll need to spend most of your time and effort!

•    Wear shoes that you can walk in all day: You may be walking and standing for hours depending on the show, so make sure you wear some comfortable trainers or flats.

•    Collect plenty of literature/flyers etc: You may think you don’t need certain suppliers, but you may just encounter a problem down the road meaning you’ll need back up. This is the perfect way to prepare.

•    Have a separate email address for your wedding planning. It’s good to have all of the info in one place. Also remember to make the email address short, as you will be writing it many times throughout the fair.

•    Enter the contests and raffles: These are free and you have nothing to lose, so why not?

•    Be honest: If there is a vendor talking to you about something you would never buy or hire, then don’t spend all day speaking to them about their work. If you quite clearly don’t want to speak to a vendor then just politely tell them. After all, you are there for a productive day!

•    Bring a diary: Wedding vendors love talking about their services and about people’s weddings, but sometimes it is impossible to demand full attention. Many vendors will allow you to book an individual appointment to discuss your needs in more detail.

•    Bring a tote bag: Many wedding fairs will give you a bag for all your literature and other promotional material, but it’s not a given. You should bring your own just incase!
•    Don’t be afraid to ask all kinds of questions: Wedding vendors love talking to you about all things wedding. They usually have masses of experience and can prove to be extremely insightful to visitors!

•    Avoid bringing small children: It may seem like a cute idea to bring them along, but it can prove to be more trouble that its worth. Many children end up crying as wedding fairs can require a lot of walking and can prove to be a long day.

•    Have a pen handy: If you learn anything at all from vendors you need to be able to note it down. You should note down contact details and other notes to help you on decision making later on.

•    Bring someone with you: Bring along your best friend, mother or even your fiancĂ©. You will be exposed to a load of wedding services which can be a lot to take in for some. You will also need someone to bounce off with ideas, as well as to help you remember who was who when you get home.

•    Investigate the suppliers list before you visit: This allows you to plan which vendors you consider to be “must-see”, so you can check out their websites and be prepared to talk to them, with a view to make an appointment.

•    Place all of your literature and promotional material into a folder when you arrive home. You will then have everything you need at your fingertips!

•    Bring a camera: You should take photos of things you like throughout the day. It would be a real shame to get home and forget about something you really liked the look of.

•    Bring a cheque book: Some suppliers will offer products you can order then and there, whilst others offering services may not. Either way having a chequebook to hand is beneficial.

•    Prepare to be overwhelmed: You may not have experienced anything like a wedding fair before. There can be countless stalls and a busy turnout: You may be approached by several vendors offering the same thing. If you have already booked a photographer but are still getting approached by them, just kindly tell them you have already organised one!

Above all, enjoy yourself. This is supposed to a fun and productive day, so enjoy every minute of it.
For wedding venues in North Wales contact the Cae Mor Hotel in Llandudno.


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Tedora Jewellery: Perfect Christmas Gift

Tedora jewellery originates from Italy and has continuously spread across the world due to its beauty and the ability to customize it according to personal preference. It is now a popular fashion accessory, which offers a pretty design made of precious metals that make for a unique, personalized accessory.


Tedora jewellery is available across a range of different jewellery types, including bracelets, chains, beads and charms, some of which work hand in hand. For example; a bracelet can have charms added to it. Owners of the bracelets can find charms that they like and place them securely onto their bracelet. This means that they will eventually have a sequence of different charms that make up their very own unique piece of jewellery. Tedora charms that have been selected can often represent interests, passions, friends, family and other important and meaningful things in someone’s life, giving the bracelet huge sentimental value.

Designs of Tedora charms are often inspired by mythology, where many are often made of a range of materials including glass, enamel, onyx, bronze, silver, gold and pearls. When someone has compiled various Tedora beads and charms, they are able to swap around the charms according to their preferences, making the ownership of a Tedora bracelet exciting, as you go out with a different, original bracelet every time!

Aside from Tedora charms and bracelets, you can get other variants of the jewellery in the form of beads and chains, so there is plenty of choice should you consider buying yourself, or someone else a piece of this jewellery  This type of jewellery can be a popular gift for a girl, so if you are buying someone a Christmas gift this year who likes fashion and accessories, a Tedora bracelet with a charm or two could be the perfect present!

Check out Italian World for a huge range of Tedora beads, charms and bracelets - perfect as a special Christmas gift this festive season.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Port Meirion near Blaenau Ffestiniog

Portmeirion is a popular tourist village that is located in North Wales. It was originally designed in the style of an Italian village, which makes it extremely unique as a village in the area. This is partly responsible for its boom in visitors, as well as its fantastic location on the North East coast of Wales.

The Designer

The town was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who designed with the intention of having the village pay tribute to the atmosphere of the Mediterranean. He designed and built the town between 1925 and 1975, whereby he incorporated fragments of demolished buildings and a number of works by other great architects.

Families
Portmeirion is a beautiful family attraction that should be a destination or day out spot for any holidaymaker within the area. Situated just a few minutes from Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog in North West Wales, the village is in an idyllic location in regards to allowing visitors to easily explore the surrounding areas as well as the exceptional Portmeirion itself.

TV Series
The village played backdrop to cult 60s TV series “The Prisoner”, whereby the Italianate village proved to be the perfect location, showcasing its beauty and attractive atmosphere.

An Inspiration

The area has been known to endear and inspire many writers, musicians and architects, whereby its fanciful charm helps set an incredible vibe ‘like no other’ once you get the chance relax within the area.

The Area

The area boasts a range of fantastic restaurants, cafes, hotels and self catering accommodation such as the Oakeley Arms Self Catering Blaenau Ffestiniog. The combination of natural beauty, coastline, surrounding areas and facilities makes Portmeirion the perfect day or trip out whilst you are visiting the area. The village really is a gem along the coastline and should most definitely be on everyones “to visit” list.




Friday, September 21, 2012

Murano Glass

Murano glass is a special type of glass which is produced on Murano, an island of the shore of Venice, Italy.

It has been a port of trade since the 7th century and is now a very busy city of trade and export with Murano glass being the largest product exported

But how is Murano glass different from ordinary glass?

Murano Glass jewellery is created by using a large variation of incredibly striking effects, which can also be found in decorative ornaments and contemporary art. Murano attracts a large quantity tourists to its unique jewellery trade because it requires a level of craftsmanship in order to create the breathtaking effects which prove so popular with jewellery enthusiasts everywhere.

Murano’s glass trade started when the Venetian republics were worried of a fire destroying the city because of their wooden buildings, and so moved all the factories to the island of Murano. The glassmakers embraced and celebrated the fact that they were allowed all sorts of perks, for example they were allowed to wear swords and were immune from prosecution, while their daughters were able to marry into rich families.

Murano Glass craftsmanship techniques include methods such as ‘Murrine’ which is the layering of coloured liquid glass before being stretched by rods or ‘canes’ these are then sliced in a cross section, revealing a layered pattern. ‘Filigree’ another method of cane working, glass engraving, gold engraving, incalmo, lattimo, painted enamel, ribbed glass, and submersion as well as ‘Sommerso’.

All techniques however prove to have incredibly beautiful results and Murano glss is considered a beautiful collectors item that should be a treasured object.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Is Hairdressing for you? Positions currently available in TH1 Hairdressers Bangor

A hairdresser is much more than someone who simply cuts hair. The hairdresser has to tune in with their customers, which can sometime be difficult. Without being able to do this, they will struggle developing into an effective and successful hairdresser. In the real world of hairdressing, your customers expect a lot more than just a good cut. Understanding the customer is often key to a successful hairdresser, as customers are not always able to communicate what they want. Should you get it wrong, you could have an angry customer on the salons back, which is bad news for the salon!

When you train to become a hairdresser, you should make it a priority to do everything you need to do in order to become the best you can be. Throughout the many stages of becoming a qualified hairdresser, you will come up against various different tests and situations that may not be easy. Having top quality skills are important. Along with being able to understand what the customer wants, you must be able to deliver it. Hairdressers these days are very much different to those of the past. Nowadays, a modern hairdresser has educated themselves at the finest hairdressing school and is much in demand due to their skill and knowledge. They can use both their skill and imagination to give the best cuts, trims and washes in order to give their customers the style they are after, and have the ability to change an entire person’s look by the change of a hairdo. Understanding all of this and passionately putting it into use through learning and serving will allow you to become a confident, respected hairdresser with a highly rewarding career.

If you are to become a successful hairdresser, you must understand those new customers right away. When you get to know a customer and they are a regular at the salon, you get a great idea of how they like their hair done. When a new client comes in, you have to be sharp; you must be able to analyse their style and relate to what the request or say they want. By being good at reading people when you meet them, you will develop into a top quality professional, with somewhat near ‘mind reading’ skills though many years of practice.

TH1 Hairdressers in Bangor currently have positions available at their salon in Bangor North Wales. Contact them on 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Boats for Sale- Network Yacht Brokers Swansea


Doesn’t everyone dream of owning a boat one day? Relaxing out at sea on your little fisher or your fancy yacht with nothing but relaxing on the mind. They are brilliant! Boats come in loads of different shapes, sizes, types, colours, styles and prices! You may not even realise it, but you could own a boat yourself, as boats range from low to high prices, meaning there is pretty much something for everyone.

There are a range of top brands when it comes to boats, each of which seem to have a ‘specialist’ area or target market, as each are well regarded within different types of boats and catering for different budgets. For example; if you are after a boat that’s perfect for a family for days and trips out, a Bayliner boat maybe the one for you- or maybe you have a big budget and are after a luxury yacht? Then Sunseeker boats may have the boat for you.

The most common types of boats that you are likely to stumble across whilst hunting for your ideal boat at Network Yacht Brokers Swansea include; luxury yachts, sailing boats, power boats, cruise boats and fishing boats. Each of these different types of boats have got major differences, some will be designed to accommodate for people who want to sleep, some boats will be designed to take part in water sports and some will be designed for quick, adventurous days out; such as fishing trips.

Some of the recommended brands that you should go to, just to get an idea of what boats you may be after include; Ferretti, Bayliner, Jeanneau and Sunseeker. Should you successfully research what your primary intended purpose is going to be with your new boat and who is going to have the pleasure of enjoying the experiences with you on it!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Caring for your Cigar Humidor

Cigar humidors are something which can vary in price, whether ranging from relatively inexpensively to thousands of pounds. Whatever the price however, you still have to care for it and make sure that it is properly seasoned.

Many cigar smokers who keep their cigars in a humidor are unaware how to properly season their case, which is understandable, as they don’t usually come with instructions.

The purpose of this article is to tell you the correct way of caring for your cigar humidor, and clear up any misconceptions people may have on it.

Seasoning a humidor is a very important part in caring for a new humidor, regardless of price or quality. The insides of a humidor are most often lined with either Spanish cedar or mahogany. These woods are popular because they are incredibly good at retaining moisture, and have a natural anti-fungal agent, which works to repel mold. The wood would have been kiln dried, and if you only fill up the humidification device, then this kiln dried wood would just soak up all of the moisture.

In order to season a humidor correctly and properly, you need to get hold of distilled water, and a fresh new sponge. Soak the sponge with the distilled water and wipe down the inside of the humidor, making sure that every inch of the humidor’s interior has been wiped generously. Then you should fill the humidification device according to the specifications, and then once again to saturate the sponge, before leaving it inside the humidor, then close the lid and let it sit for around 24 hours. After, take the sponge out, and once more wipe down the interior wood. Refill the humidification device, and your humidor is now correctly and properly seasoned.

This is how the standard desktop humidor works, the Spanish cedar or mahogany retains any humidity, and the humidification device replenishes the moisture to the wood. For this reason you need to make sure that your humidor is properly seasoned in order to ensure that it works. Another point of note, there is a myth regarding variable humidity, that for a drop in temperature, you are required to compensate with an increase of humidity, and vice versa. This is a completely false, yet common misconception. The moisture level always needs to be around 70% regardless of temperature. By taking in these aspects of care for your humidor, you are sure to keep your cigars in the best condition.

Regularly seasoning a humidor and not needlessly tampering with humidity levels will ensure that your cigars are kept at a high quality for years to come, as well as the efficiency of your cigar humidor.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

French Wine


French Wine production predates the Roman Empire, so no surprises that its one the best countries for wine making in the world. Famous for the wine that the country produces, because of it many regions, rich experience and varieties of grape it has a range of diverse flavours that so many people love and enjoy. The most popular wine making regions in France are Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone and Champagne; these regions are now central to the wine industry, and product’s are exported all over the world becoming role models. There are also many southern regions in France that produce popular wine that you can enjoy every day with many being extremely good value for money.

France has the second largest vineyard space in the world, after Spain. They also produce the most wine a year out of any country. In France there are thousands of wine producers and grape farmers who all work in conjunction to make a variety of different wines, some of the finest in the world which are available to drink worldwide.

During the Roman Empire wine production boomed to a degree to which emperor Demoitian commanded that all Vineyards outside of Italy be uprooted. When the replanting of vineyards were permitted, they extended back to Northern France, Germany and Southern England. In the middle ages, Monasteries looked after the vineyards and produced it for the celebrating mass, however in the French Revolution; a lot of Vineyards owned by the church were confiscated. The 19th century saw a lot of vineyards fall victim to pests and diseases, along with two world wars which endangered the industry. This was when the AOC or Appellation d’Origine Controlee was established in 1935, which insured the authenticity of wine. So for example only wine from the Champagne region can be called Champagne.

The Bordeaux region is located on the Atlantic coast and is the most important wine growing region in France and the World. Its Vineyard covers 550,000 acres and production amounts around to 65 million Gallons. The best wines here go by the names of the chateaus in which they are made. Mainly recognized as a red wine producing region with blends including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Bordeaux is an area that is gifted with natural resources perfect for producing wine, making it one of the world’s capitals for winemaking.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Wine

The Marlborough region of the south of New Zealand is renowned for its quality Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. These have a distinctive aromatic fruity, crisp character with a fresh aroma and vibrant unmistakable flavors of gooseberries and citrus. This world famous type of Sauvignon comes partly from the climate of the region, searing hot sun by day but nice and cool by night, so a lot of freshness from the acidity is retained in to the grapes. The ripening period is long and slow, this extended amount of time in the autumn helps to enrich the distinctive flavor of the wine. The unique buildup of the soil and maritime climate allows a long steady growing season in which the grapes are allowed to develop a natural balance of acids.

Sauvignon Blanc is taking the world by storm, becoming more and more popular because of its delightfully prominent flavour, and because of people searching for a new alternative to Chardanay. Although the Sauvignon Blancs grape originated in Borderaux and Loire Valley France, it has now been introduced to a variety of different countries, such as Australia, and as we already know New Zealand. The most desirable place for plantings in Marlborough is in sandy soils over slate shingles, because of the climate it is impossible to have a vineyard over 80 miles from the coast, this way the soil still has enough moisture to support such a plant. Wines coming from here usually prove to be a beautifully vibrant mouthful, and the year of 2010 vintage in Marlborough is probably the best vintage produced since the famously stunning harvest of 2001. It is said to be the flavour compounds of methoxypyrazines that induce that acidic fruity flavor that has made this wine so beautifully desirable. Without a doubt one of the most refined wines to drink at the moment, highly recommended.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Somerset Llandudno Hotel

The Somerset Llandudno Hotel is located on the north sea front of Llandudno, a Victorian town in North Wales. The hotel’s position gives convenient access to the town centre of Llandudno, as well as all of the attractions Llandudno has to offer.

The town is located on the coast of North Wales, easily accessible using the A55 expressway. Llandudno is surrounded by many other interesting places to visit, such as the town of Conwy and is within driving distance of Snowdonia National Park. Accommodation

Accommodaton
There is a wide range of accommodation available at this wonderful llandudno hotel with excellent views of Llandudno and the sea front. The hotel has a lift giving access to all floors for everyone. Single rooms are available at the front and rear of the hotel, as well as Premier rooms on the first and second floors with beautiful views of the bay. The hotel also has twin bedded and double rooms located on all floors, many with views of the seafront. All of the rooms in the hotel have en-suite facilities, many including a bath and shower. The Somerset Hotel is also pet friendly, welcoming well behaved animals for a small additional fee of £8 per day.

The hotel stands out for its child friendly atmosphere and facilities, also appealing to adults. There is a games room, pool table, darts board and dominoes. The hotel includes cots, high chairs and children’s meals as well.

Dining
When it comes to dining, the Somerset Hotel has a team of chefs which take pride in what they produce. They work hard to ensure you get what you’d like and are willing to accommodate for special dietary requirements where possible. Guests who have booked privately can dine at their own table in the Mostyn dining room, overlooking the Llandudno bay.

The Conference Room
The Conference Room As well as accommodation, the Somerset Hotel also offers a conference room and meeting venue for hire. The room is located on the ground floor and has excellent views over the Llandudno bay. The Conference Room is used for several purposes, including board meetings, exhibitions, team building, hospitality, special events and conferencing. The room is generally open to any use it may be required for.

Local Area
A stay at the Somerset Hotel is accompanied by the countless activities and places to visit throughout Llandudno and North Wales. Some of the local attractions include the Venue Cymru (within sight of the hotel), which opened in 2007 and is the hub of entertainment, conferencing and many large events in North Wales. There are many theatrical entertainments, dramas and concerts at the venue. Llandudno is famous for the Great Orme, a large limestone Headland which attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is home to the Copper Mines, a Victorian tramway and offers spectacular views of Llandudno and Snowdonia from its cable cars. Llandudno also has another beach, the West Shore, which is a much quieter area (being slightly further from the town centre). It is more popular with windsurfers and kite surfers; it has a sandy shoreline and sandy dunes. There is also a children’s play area, picnic area and cafe, West Shore also offers some excellent views of Puffin Island and the Isle of Anglesey.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dominican Cigars


The Dominican Republic is the World’s largest producer of cigars. The central islands are the main areas of production as their soil and environments are very ideal for tobacco growing.

There are over 600,000 acres of tobacco plant fields in the Dominican Republic which produce very distinctive cigars of very fine quality and excellent taste. Dominican Cigars are usually much milder than Cuban cigars, which are always very full bodied. There’s a large range of full flavoured brands with tasteful and interesting blends.

There are many different types of cigars that are produced in the Dominican republic and they are very popular among cigar smokers. Some of the popular brands include Santa Damiana, La Aurora and Macanudo.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Honduran cigars

Honduras is a republic in Central America, popular for its cigar exports. The Honduras Tobacco industry advanced after the Cuban Revolution in the 1960’s. In this period, the Cuban tobacco experts made Honduras their new home and brought a wealth of knowledge regarding the tobacco industry.

The soil and climate is an ideal environment for tobacco plants, cigars made here are very high quality, with a distinct taste and aroma, making the cigars a popular choice among cigar smokers.

Honduran cigars are typically heavy and full bodied, usually being stronger than Dominican or Nicaraguan cigars, but there is also a large range of milder Honduran cigars.

Some popular Honduran cigars include La Invicta, Cao and Don Ramos, Cao Italia Novella and Caribbean Corona.

Cuban Cigars

Havanan is the capital and the largest city in Cuba. Havanan is well known for producing some very fine cigars, particularly the world famous Habanos Cigars.

Habanos S.A. controls the promotion, distribution and export of Cuban cigars and other tobacco products worldwide. Habanos S.A. export to only one company in each country; in the UK they export to Hunters and Frankau.

There are many quality cigar brands throughout Cuba. The cigars are rolled from tobacco leaves found throughout the country, the filler, binder and wrapper often come from different parts of the island.

Cuban cigar rollers are known as “torcedores”, and are claimed by many cigar experts to be the most skilled cigar rollers in the world, highly respected in Cuba and often travel worldwide displaying their ability to hand roll cigars.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

South African Red Wine

South Africa’s wine history can be dated back to 1659, when the Dutch East Indian Company were exploring the area. Kan Van Riebeeck, a Dutch surgeon, was planting vineyards to produce grapes and wine to help prevent scurvy among the sailors. Wine production is still centred around Cape Town as it was then.

There is now many vineyards and wine production in Paarl, Stellenbosch, Worcesterm Constantia, Breede River Valley, Overberg and Klein Karoo. The regions produce many quality white and South African Red Wines, which are mostly made in small quantities. Many buyers find the affordable price very appealing, as well as the unique flavours (which unfortunately you don’t find with supermarket bought South African wine).

It is easy to take a disliking to a wine if you have a bad experience, so buying tasted wine from a good online source will ensure you get the best stuff. Pinotage, a hybrid wine of Pinot Noir and Hermitage can make an amazing wine; but isn’t too good if it’s not done correctly!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

South African Wine

The history of wine is South Africa can be dated back to the 17th century. It began back in 1659, when a Dutch East Indian Company was exploring the area. A Dutch surgeon named Kan Van Reibeeck produced his own grapes and wine (planting vineyeards), he did this to help prevent scurvy among the sailors.

South African Wine is difficult to find – with the supermarket versions not being very impressive. South African wine does have a good reputation, however, with good high quality wines being available directly from the country itself. These wines are obviously difficult to find but internet shops are helping make them more accessable.

There are many wine regions in South Africa, including Constantia, Stellenbosch and Paarl, as well as many others.

One of the main attractions of buying South African wine is that it’s very well priced. Some examples of popular South African wine include Linton Park Shiraz, Standveld First Sighting Pinot Noir and Zevenwacht Primitivo Stellenbosch. All of these wines are priced under £20, with Linton Park Shiraz being available online for £10.

The Benefits of Drinking Natural Wine


Natural Wine is hard to come by and there’s confusion concerning what a natural wine actually is. Some wine is referred to as “organic wine”, but these wines aren’t natural wines as they usually contain sulphites and have had some form of chemical tampering.

Although it’s impossible to have a wine without any sulphites, natural wine doesn’t have any additional sulphites added (sulphites are added to most wines to preserve their shelf life and help keep RosĂ© pink in colour). Natural wine is also made without the use of chemicals, sugars or artificial yeasts.

There is no legalisation stating what a natural wine is, so the term is often used for what the producers believe to be natural. The term is rarely seen in supermarkets, as they stock wines which have to last a long time.

To find natural wine you will most likely have to search online and see what the experts have found.

There are many benefits to drinking natural wine, one of the main reasons people search for natural wine is if they have intolerance to sulphites, giving them bad reactions when drinking wine.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Cigar Cutters



Cigar Cutters are a very important accessory for cigar smokers; allowing a quick, precise cut for the desired draw. Cigar cutters are mechanical devices which cut one end off a cigar, allowing it to be smoked properly. Some cigars are cut on both ends, others are twirled, but the majority has one end straight cut and one end in a cap that needs to be cut off for the cigar to be smoked.

There are three main types of cigar cutters; straight cut, punch cut and V-cut. The straight cut is the most common, causing both ends of the cigar to be exposed. The punch cut is used to cut a hole in the cigar cap, which is preferred by some as it exposes less of the filler and binder, also reducing the chance of getting tobacco in the mouth. The V-cut cuts a clean gash into the gap; good V-cutters penetrate deeper into the filler than straight cuts, but cheap V-cutters can cut too deep into the cigar, resulting with an uneven burn.

South African Wine

South Africa’s history of wine dates back to 1659. South African Wine production is centered around Cape Town, and there are major vineyard and production in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

The South African wine industry can be traced back to explorations of the Dutch East Indian Company. A Dutch surgeon by the name Kan Van Riebeeck planted vineyards to produce wines and grapes, intended to help prevent scurvy amongst sailors.

South African wine is mostly made in small quantities but comes at very affordable prices. Buying wine directly from South Africa will give you a wine that might surprise, unlike the supermarket bought versions which are generally unimpressive. Many people have difficulty in the UK understanding what the fuss about South African wine is, but the truth is there are some very high quality wines which are just hard to come by.

Wine regions in South Africa include Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Breede River Valley, Overberg, and Klein Karoo.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The centre of the New Zealand’s wine industry is in the Marlborough Region with its unique Marlborough wines. The Marlborough Region is located in the North East of the south island of New Zealand and is the largest wine district in terms of production and vineyards.

The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is probably one of the most well known wines to come from the region and is now sold all over the world.

Since the first grape growers started planting in Marlborough during the 1970s, there has been extensive growth and fame in the wine industry.

The Marlborough wine region represents over 60% of total vineyard area in the country. The country is unique as there is a contrast between hot sunny days and cool nights, helping vintners extend the ripening period of their vines.

The cooler Marlborough climate has given the world a new style of wine with it’s remarkable Sauvignon Blanc.

Marlborough’s vineyard plantings are mostly around Renwick, Blenheim and Cloudy Bay in the Wairau valley.

New Zealand’s successful wine festival, The Marlborough Wine Festival, is held here, sampling a selection of Marlborough wines, local produce and gourmet cuisine.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Natural Wines



There is some confusion over what a natural wine actually is and there are many different terms to learn if you want to find good quality, natural wines. Some wine is referred to as organic, but an organic wine is not technically sulphite free or free from chemical tampering.

Natural Wine is produced to contain minimal amounts of sulphites (technically it’s impossible to have a wine without sulphites in), but natural wines are made without the use or chemicals, sugars or artificial yeasts.

Unfortunately there is no definitive legislation stated what a natural wine is, so many different wine producers state their wine is natural based on what they believe the wine should be like. The term isn’t often seen in supermarkets, which is good, because supermarket bought wine rarely passes for natural!

Trying to find a true natural wine can be quite a task, but there is hope, Good Wine Online is a website with a large catalogue of natural wines which have been tried and tasted.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Zippo Lighters

Zippo Lighter


Zippo Lighters are refillable metal lighters manufactured by Zippo Manufacturing Company. The company has made many different lighter designs since they were founded in 1932.

The company’s founder, George G. Blaisdell, decided to create a lighter that would be stylish and easy to use, he acquired the rights to an Austrian windproof lighter with a removable top, then redesigned it to fit his own idea.

Since then Zippo have produced more than 400 million windproof lighters, with the originally design remaining unchanged, except for improvements to the flint wheel and slight changes to the case.

Zippo operates internationally, with a wide range of sales representatives in more than 120 countries. Zippo has always been a symbol of American craftsmanship and good quality products.

Zippos lighters are also viewed as valuable collector’s items, with the company producing its own collectors guide. Many countries have even set up clubs for the collectors, including the UK. Since 1955 Zippo have put date codes on the bottom of their lighters (as a sequence of dots or lines).

Zippo lighters are made from metal and rectangular in shape, with a hinged top. The top of the case is usually slightly curved as well.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Llandudno - Queen of the Welsh Resorts

Llandudno is a beautiful Victorian Seaside resort in North Wales known as ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’. It is the largest seaside resort in Wales and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

It has a wide range of attractions and activities for all ages and two wonderful beaches to keep the kids entertained. Llandudno bay and North shore is no doubt the more popular beach with a long stretching promenade and various activities happening up and down the prom over the summer month. You can also find the award winning grade II listed pier at north shore which is full of attractions, fun fair ride, kiosks and cafes. The west shore is Llandudno’s other beach and my personal favourite. It is a lot quieter than the north shore and has some wonderful sand dunes for the kids to run around it and it offers striking views over the Conwy Mountains and great Orme. It attracts many water sport enthusiasts over the summer months.

You will not be spoilt for choice in Llandudno as it has wide range of wonderful Llandudno Hotels, B&B, guest houses and caravan and camping sites.