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The Hidden Sea Proves Cork-Bottled Wine Is Overrated

There's more to this bottle of happiness.

If you thought you've tried the best wine on the planet, then you haven't had wine from the south-eastern hemisphere of the world. Luckily for those unable to afford a plane ticket to visit an Australian wine region, the palette-friendly artisan wine, The Hidden Sea (THS), is making it convenient for the wine lover in you. With its diverse portfolio of wine types, the one-of-a-kind vino collection is not only made from specially grown grapes, but the story behind its bottles is pretty unique.

In a tiny part of the nearly 13, 300 square mile South Austrailian region known as the Limestone Coast, there lies a 26 million-year-old whale fossil under the rich and fertile soils of THS' closely-monitored vineyard, bringing a natural filtration system to their grape harvest.

"The Hidden Sea is deeply rooted in the history and environment of the Limestone Coast. All our vineyards are free from pesticides." - Justin Moran, Founder of The Hidden Sea Winery 

The VIBE staff recently had a chance to try the wine for ourselves. Upon the first sip, we couldn't help but wonder how each bottle manages to taste so fresh, even without the typical, romanticized corked-bottle packaging.

When asked about the year-long wine-making process, The Hidden Sea founder, Justin Moran, shared just how the "enticing aromas of licorice, cassis, blueberry" and more stands out in their award-winning Shiraz wine or how the "layered flavors of peach, butterscotch, and lime" rises and hits the senses from their classic bottle of Chardonnay.

"The small berries are picked in the cool of the night & crushed before cold soaking for 4 days. During this cold soaking period, gentle pump over-extracts the lovely juiciness," he reveals. "Thoughtful yeast selection & careful cap management during the cool ferment adds complexity to the wine while capturing the proud expression of the vineyard.  The wine [is then] transferred to fine gain new french oak barrels for maturation. After 12 months, the best barrels [are] racked and blended to tank for blending, fining & stabilization before bottling."

Aside from its earthy and welcoming fragrance, we noticed each bottle's lack of the stereotypical cork and questioned whether the wine was really made in the year etched on the side of the bottle. Believe it or not, screw caps are not solely a domestic or American way of packaging a bottle of wine. "Compared to cork, screw caps reduce the wine faults of oxidation and of cork taint. Screw caps have a much lower failure rate than cork, and in theory will allow a wine to reach the customer in perfect condition, with a minimum of bottle variation. Depending on the cellaring time, however, it’s commonly known that 1 in 12 bottles with a cork will spoil." Based on the pallette-friendliness of this newly opened bottle of cabernet sauvignon we're trying, it's evident that this fact is far from false.

While packed in black, glass bottles and white, whale-stamped and digitized hand lettering, The Hidden Sea's premium wine comes in 5 other grape varieties - Semillon sauvignon blanc, riesling, merlot, rose, viognier. One of the popular bottles, shiraz is available online for $24.95 at WineExpress.com.

Lastly, with the holiday season around the corner, 6-pack cases (as well as the gift pack below) can be ordered directly from The Hidden Sea's official website.  For every case sold, THS donates $2 to organizations dedicated to helping preserve the earth’s seas and remaining wild places. Who knew a cork-free bottle of wine would turn out to have an interesting?

Well, now you know.

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Ayesha Curry has teamed up with Google Assistant to share a hearty recipe or two for the chef in you.

To celebrate their partnership, the entrepreneur and mother of three made an appearance at Google's Friendsgiving event in New York City SoHo district on Thursday night (Nov. 14). Before starting a cooking demo, Curry talked about her love for cooking, the importance of family sitting around the table for a meal, and how Google Assistant has helped make her life easier.

"I think it's great because I can walk into my kitchen, child in hand while making a bottle, and ask what the rest of my day looks like. I can just say, 'Hey Google, what does the rest of my day look like' and it'll pull up my whole schedule and it's just one extra peace of mind because I didn't have to do anything tangible. It's effortless... It's like a digital version of a cookbook with how-tos, timers, everything in one and it can truly be integrated into your kitchen."

After using Google Assistant to playfully cue the Kids Bop version of "Truth Hurts," Ayesha whipped up her new Fall Bread Pudding with Brown Butter Apples recipe on a cast iron enamel skillet from her cookware collection. Not only did the device give step-by-step instructions, but it also provided her with alternative ingredients for one of the ingredients.

"With this recipe, you'll see it's super easy, it's fool-proof. Baking is so scientific, this [recipe] is not that. That's what I love about it."

After serving the cooked bread pudding to the audience, the Seasoned Life author talked about her upcoming cookbook in collaboration with one of her sisters and what people can expect.

"It's going to packed, full of flavor. The realistic nature of this [cooking mother] situation is that unless I'm writing a cookbook and developing recipes, I'm not cooking every night at home. That's just not realistic. We all have jobs, we all have things we're taking care of, but I'm always trying to get a meal on the table.

"So that's what this new book is really going to be about. It's going to be about quick, simple, easy ways [to cook]. I tried to keep everything 30 minutes or less, but it's packed and full of flavor."

Ayesha Curry's Fall Bread Pudding recipe can be found exclusively on any Google Nest device. If you're a Google Assistant users, simply say "Hey Google, show me Ayesha Curry's fall bread pudding recipe" and you'll have a sweet and savory dessert for your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dinner.

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Cam Newton Launches Limited Edition Travel Bag With VINTA Supply Co.

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has a reputation as one of the most fashion-forward athletes in the world. And now, he's placing his stamp on a new travel accessory.

In early 2019, Newton joined forces with the startup premium accessories company Vinta as a creative partner, and the two have launched Newton's first premium backpack, the TYPE-II C1N, available for pre-order at vinta.co. The bag, according to a press release, is "specifically created for style-conscious travelers and busy city living."

“I’m excited to be working with Vinta and putting my first bag out into the world. It’s called the TYPE-II C1N, and it’s designed for a person like me, with a constant schedule, who doesn’t stop and wants a fashionable, high-quality bag that’s functional for everyday life,” Newton said in a statement. “It’s customizable, stylish, and every feature has been so well thought out and designed. That’s what Vinta embodies: travel made easy. I know they’ve done it for me, and I know they’re going to do it for everyone who buys one.”

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This isn't Newton's first foray into fashion and accessories. Along with turning heads with his outrageous outfits at game days and press conferences, earlier in his career, he launched a menswear line with the Southern department store Belk.

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The relaunched American Express Card portfolio will include 4 tiers of card options for consumers (Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card) and 3 tiers of options for business owners (Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card).

“We’re constantly listening to our customers and spent the last year digging deep on what they expect from an industry-leading Card. The result is a diverse portfolio of redesigned Cards that will deliver rich rewards and benefits that give travelers unmatched options that fit their lifestyle needs,” said Sandeep Dube, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Customer Engagement & Loyalty, and CEO – Delta Vacations. “Each Card is tailored to what our customers have told us is most important to them – ranging from ways to earn even more miles to travel perks along the way.”

Some new perks for consumers and business owners include earning 2 times the miles for purchases at restaurants and supermarkets, no transaction fees, earn 3 times the miles for airfare and hotel bookings, access to complimentary upgrades and more.

“This is a powerful expression of the backing we provide to our shared customers. We listened to their needs and made exciting changes to the Cards that give them greater value across the board,” said Eva Reda, Executive Vice President, Global Consumer Partnerships, American Express. “With lots of perks that elevate your travel experience, double and triple miles on spending where it counts and so much built-in value, it really pays to have our Delta Cards.”

To learn more about the new perks and their limited time offer (ending on October 31, 2019), visit news.delta.com.

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