Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wine Clubs: Value For Money Or Scam?

By L.Jon Ruhbarb

You may not have heard about wine clubs. This interesting new phenomenon provides us with high quality, interesting wines regularly, taking a lot of the annoyance out of buying and trying new wines. If you live somewhere that it's hard to get good wine, or you don't like going out to find new ones constantly, this could be the right choice for you.

Wine club memberships have a lot of benefits. Special pricing is available for wine club members only, and you'll get access to unreleased types that aren't available to the public yet from many vineyards. If you're a member of a club that belongs to a specific winery, there's also a good chance that you'll get invitations to exclusive events, free winery tours, and even private tastings if you make an appointment.

Owner dinners and tastings by the winemaker are two of the kinds of events that you might have regular access to if you're a club member. In addition to getting high quality wines delivered on a regular basis, you can also keep in touch with what's going on at many wineries through email lists and newsletters.

The majority of wine clubs have a theme, and provide wines according to that theme. These wines may be distributed seasonally, and may be reds, whites, a combination of the two, or may even include unusual or specialty wines.

Although relatively new, wine clubs are continuing to grow as more people become aware of them and realize all the benefits they have to offer. Wine appreciation is growing, and so are the number of people with memberships in this kind of club.

There are lots of varieties of wine clubs, but a few things stay consistent. Most of the time, you'll get the ability to choose how many bottles you get, according to membership level. The majority of wine clubs will also help you learn more about their wines.

Generally, wine clubs that ship to members on a monthly basis will send between one and four bottles. Clubs which ship on a quarterly basis may send anywhere from two bottles to twelve. This makes it simple for members to tailor their club memberships to their consumption.

Clubs are available which ship wines from many different sources, single regions, or even only one varietal. One of the most popular types of wine club is that run by a single vineyard.

This kind of club gives you the largest number of extra benefits, plus you'll know that the quality of service and wine will be consistent. Quality information about the wines and the vineyard are also offered in most cases, so you'll learn more about your hobby.

For anyone who loves wine and wants to be able to sample many different varieties, a wine club is an excellent choice. Your local vineyard probably has one, allowing you to experience some of the best wine around, and always have a bottle for your table. Investigate your options - you may be surprised by them.

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