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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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The 36-year-old reality show star looks fabulous in the nine-minute video uploaded on Sunday (Dec. 16), wearing brown lipstick with shoulder-length curly, black hair, acrylic nails, and gold jewelry on her neck and wrist.

Pollard gets straight to the point in the video starting, with the Pro’Filter Foundation saying "I feel younger and thinner, I didn’t know it could do all that, but it’s doing it!"

Other products from the Fenty Beauty collection includes the Killawatt Foil palette, the Frost Bunny-Frost Hunny-Frost Money eye, and lip sets and Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y. Pollard does what she does best while she speaks about on the various items, and she doesn't hold back on the profanity nor the R-rated commentary.

When the former I Love New York star posted a snippet of the vlog to her Instagram, she received a lot of love from her Hollywood peers under the post including Rachel True (The Craft), Dascha Polanco (OITNB), Melyssa Ford, Perez Hilton and her former castmate from Flavor of Love, Deelishis.

Despite her current absence on reality television on the moment, Pollard continues to stay relevant as memes and GIFs of her during her time on love show competitions lives on, as well pop-up exhibits of her in museums.Check out New York in Fenty Beauty's new gift guide video above.

 

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After receiving a handwritten letter from 9-year-old Riley Morrison, the precocious kid pointed out one minor issue with the Golden State Warrior's latest Curry 5 shoes — the sneakers were not manufactured in girls' shoe sizes.

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Taylor, who featured Wu-Tang on a remix to her 2018 single "Gonna Love Me" spoke with Milk about the new venture. "[Working with Milk and Wu-Tang] was a no-brainer. I have been a huge fan of Wu-Tang forever and I love the modern energy of Milk Makeup. When I saw the quality of the lipstick with the custom-sculpted dragon on the bullet, I was impressed—it's like a work of art."

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