Monday, December 19, 2011
and new beginning
It's the most wonderful time of the Year
The winter season, actually is the warmest season of the year. Why? One thing is that all the family holidays are during that season. This is the time of the year when we get closer to each other, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are giving and we thank each other. It's the time of the year when we think about others and when we share with others.
We have Thanksgiving, we have Christmas, we have Hanukkah, we have New Year, we have St. Valentines and many more other holidays.
Description for the word holiday
1. a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.
2. any day of exemption from work ( distinguished from working day).
3 .a religious feast day; holy day, especially any of several usually commemorative holy days observed in Judaism.
4. Sometimes, holidays. Chiefly British . a period of cessation from work or one of recreation; vacation.
During winter time it gets dark earlier, so you stay home most of the time and you spend more time with loved ones. And when is snowing and you are inside looking through the window is probably one of the most beautiful feelings you might have given it from the mother nature.
Winter is a celebration!
Share with others!
Love, Hope and Believe
Images were taken at Catskill, New York and Lake Tahoe, CA
Photography by Stanislava Georgieva
White Powder on the Dance Floor
Frozen Dream I
Frozen Dream II
Snow Covered Hills
Skiing and Snowboarding
Thursday, December 1, 2011
A Day in Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Photography by Stanislava Georgieva
The images are from one day project with editorial content emphasized on how to enjoy making a red wine.
Facts about the Californian Wine: In 1769, Franciscan missionary Father Junipero Serra planted the first California vineyard at Mission San Diego. Father Serra continued to establish eight more missions and vineyards until his death in 1784 and has been called the "Father of California Wine". The variety he planted, presumably descended from the original Mexican plantings, became known as the Mission grape and dominated California wine production until about 1880.
California's first documented imported European wine vines were planted in Los Angeles in 1833 by Jean-Louis Vignes. In the 1850s and '60s, the colorful Agoston Harazsthy, a Hungarian soldier, merchant and promoter, made several trips to import cuttings from 165 of the greatest European vineyards to California. Some of this endeavor was at his personal expense and some through grants from the state. Overall, he introduced about 300 different grape varieties, although some were lost prior to testing, due to difficulties in preserving and handling.
Considered the Founder of the California Wine Industry, Harazsthy contributed his enthusiasm and optimism for the future of wine, along with considerable personal effort and risk. He founded Buena Vista winery and promoted vine planting over much of Northern California. He dug extensive caves for cellaring, promoted hillside planting, fostered the idea of non-irrigated vineyards and suggested Redwood for casks when oak supplies ran low. www.winepros.org
To Whoever is Making a Red Wine: read the fallowing steps and below to make sure you are doing the right wine recipe. Everything is shown also on the illustrated images :
Step 1: The Harvest -
And the wild roses hurt...
Red, Red Wine...
And the fun has just began. :)
Red, red wineStay close to me
Don't let me be in love
It's tearin' apart
My blue, blue heart
Step 11: Malo-Lactic Fermentation - This secondary fermentation can turn the tart malic acid (of green apples) into the softer lactic acid (of milk). Many, but not all red wines go through this step.
Step 12: Oak Aging - Oak is expensive, if the wine is not meant to age for years, the winery may put the wine in oak for only a short time, or not at all.
Step 13: Fining - A process that helps to remove anything that may be making the wine cloudy.
Step 14: Filtering - A process that removes any fining agents, or other undesirable elements in the wine.
And the last step is: