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Moet & Chandon’s 2012 Grand Vintage Rises out of Adversity

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“2012 was an unprecedented year in the records of winemaking,” states Moet’s cellar master Benoit Gouez. “So many trials and tribulations and yet such promising results.

“Nature treated the vineyards to almost every form of meteorological disaster. Frost in the winter, frost in early spring, frost in late spring, torrential rains, hailstorms, a cold spell during flowering and, finally, scalding heat and water shortages in late summer all put the vines and vintners to the test.

“Nevertheless, thanks to a reversal of fortune that could only happen in Champagne, one month later there was talk of this being one of the great vintages!”

The final vintage is made from black grapes, including the Meunier, and consists of Chardonnay, Meunier, and Pinot Noir. The vintage is the 74th release from the maison, and features a fruity flavour with sweet citrus and pear notes, and hints of apricot and peach.

“This Grand Vintage is a softly fresh and harmonious wine that reveals itself slowly but with supple assurance,” explains Gouez. “It’s like the gentle transition of spring into summer and envelops the palate, blossoming into a crisp yet balanced bouquet.”

An interesting description considering that the spring and summer the grapes had to endure was anything but gentle. Still, hard times often bring about the sweetest rewards.

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Kick-On With the New Coca-Cola Energy Drink

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Soft drink juggernaut Coca-Cola has announced the impending release of its very own energy drink aptly named Coca-Cola Energy. The drink is said to maintain the trademark cola taste along with an extra-boost thanks to the added caffeine and guarana. It’s available in Australia from June 26 in 250ml cans in both regular and sugar-free variants.

Speaking about the new product, Lucie Austin, Coca-Cola Australia’s Marketing Director says Coca-Cola Energy is the latest example of the company offering people a wider range of drinks for different lifestyles and occasions.

“It is an exciting product to be introducing to Australians, and we think it will appeal to busy people on-the-go who are looking for an extra energy kick with a great Coca-Cola taste.”

To celebrate the launch of its new drink, Coca-Cola partnered with ‘Free Dance Party’ founder Christie Aucamp-Schutte to help her host the biggest free street party yet. The event energised hundreds of Sydneysiders last week who joined in on the impromptu dance-fest in Circular Quay.

“It’s great to have Coca-Cola’s support in helping me get more people dancing in the street,” said Christie. “It was the biggest Free Dance Party yet so hopefully this brings people new energy to make Sydney dance again.”

Coca-Cola Energy will be available in distinctive 250ml cans across Australia from June 26.

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Woodford Reserve Looks to Confuse with Master’s Collection

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Woodford Reserve is sure to please bourbon fans everywhere with their Master’s Collection. What’s so great about it? Aside from the flavour, this collection consists of two whiskeys—one that focuses on the grains, and the other on the wood. The two bourbons are called Select American Oak Bourbon and Oat Grain Kentucky Bourbon.

Master Distiller Chris Morris explains, “Oats are very mild, but at 18 per cent they show up; the oat character gives the whiskey notes of brown sugar, hints of cinnamon, and a dry fruit character. And when you taste this whiskey…it’s tasting like a nice oatmeal cookie—an adult oatmeal cookie. That just pops in my mind, and that’s what it tastes like to me.”

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For the American Oak Bourbon, Woodford relied on Ozark-harvested trees so that they could get the right terroir of the wood. Morris says, “Even though it’s the same oak species, you see a difference. It’s a faster-growing area for wood, and that gives the whiskey a softer flavour—a more soft, nutty flavour, and there’s not the spiciness of some other oak.”

Both bourbons are aged almost nine years. “ tells us when it’s ready,” states Morris, “because each one is unique; the whiskey does the talking. So we happened to have two that are mature and ready right now, and I thought, well, let’s just have some fun and bring two out and just confuse the heck out of everybody.”

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Study Shows Just Thinking About Coffee Can Boost Your Brain Function

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Do you feel like you need a pick-me-up? Need something to sharpen your wits and get your brain working at full steam? Why not think about grabbing a nice hot coffee?

No, don’t actually go and get one. I mean, why not think about getting one? That’s all it takes, according to new and thrilling research from the science journal Consciousness and Cognition, which suggests that just thinking about a caffeinated beverage can boost brain function.

Naturally, this is incredible news for all those people who crave the cognitive benefits of coffee without having to actually drink the revolting slop. Or just for anyone who likes saving time.

The scientists conducted four experiments to compare the levels of “arousal” and “mental construal” between people exposed to coffee and tea-related cues – that is, being put in mind of the drinks without necessarily actually consuming them.

The results were exciting: exposure to coffee cues, the researchers found, “can lead to concrete construal via greater arousal”. Or, in non-nerdspeak, when people thought about coffee, their brains worked more good. And this occurred without the subjects actually taking a single sip.

Now, everyone has always known that coffee can give your grey matter a nice kickstart. But it’s a bit of a turn-up to find that it can do so without ever coming into contact with your insides. The only thing left to find out is whether it works with other drinks. If you can get drunk by thinking about beer, that changes everything.

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