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    What Is a Wine's Terroir?

    Last updated 2 days 7 hours ago

    The flavor of a fine wine is one of the most complex sensations a person can experience and describe. If you are just getting into the world of fine wines, you may feel overwhelmed at the unfamiliar terminology you hear. Terroir is a term that is widely used to describe wine, but is often used incorrectly. Essentially, terroir refers to how a region’s climate, soil, terrain, and tradition affect the taste of a wine. Certain regions have a reputation for having more terroir than others. For example, South Africa has very old granitic soil, which retains heat and reduces the acid in very acidic wine grapes. Terroir may account for differences in the same kinds of wine, such as the differences between a Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Napa Valley versus one made in Bordeaux. 

    Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods is Houston’s premier destination for specialty food items and an incredible selection of fine wines. Contact us at (281) 940-1649 to learn about the new arrivals in our wine department, and don’t forget to ask about our daily deals on beautiful bottles of wine. 

    Tips for At-Home Wine Storage

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Tasting a fine wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but the way you store a wine can greatly affect how much enjoyment you get out of the bottle. Watch this video for helpful tips on how to store wine at home. 

    Bottles of wine should be stored horizontally whenever possible so that some wine always remains in contact with the cork. This prevents the cork from drying out and shrinking, which can allow air in, causing the wine to oxidize. Avoid storing wine on top of your refrigerator, as it’s often too warm up there to keep the bottle in good taste. You may want to consider investing in a small wine refrigerator to keep your bottles at a constant temperature and humidity.

    The experts in the wine department at Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods can help you select the perfect bottles to give as a gift or to build up your wine collection at home. Call us at (281) 940-1649 or visit us online to learn more about our selection of fine wines, catering options, and gift baskets. 

    How We Detect Sweet and Salty Flavors

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Did you know that humans can detect five distinct basic tastes? Everything you put into your mouth can fall under the category of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or umami, which is a savory flavor. Some people tend to favor sweeter tastes, while others prefer a salty snack to arrive in a gift basket. There are still other people who like combining the two tastes, which is why it’s a good idea to give a gift basket with a variety of flavors. Keep reading to learn more about how humans detect sweet and salty flavors.

    Salty

    Salt contains high levels of sodium, which is an essential ion that is used throughout the body. Salty foods are appealing to some people, but scientists believe that humans’ taste systems have evolved to make foods that are excessively salty unappealing. This is because too much sodium can be bad for your health. The tongue used to be mapped into different sections, and salty tastes were thought to be perceived on the front edge. However, more recent research has shown that humans can perceive any kind of taste anywhere there are taste receptors on the tongue. While a person’s choice between salty or sweet foods often comes down to a matter of simple preference, craving salty foods could mean that you’re dehydrated, fatigued, or stressed out.

    Sweet

    Sweet tastes come in a variety of packages, from fruits to candies and even certain vegetables. Much like salty foods, it’s a matter of personal preference as to how much sweetness someone likes. One person might only drink her coffee black, while someone else needs at least three packets of sugar to down a cup. Genetics, age, and experience all factor into taste preferences, though it’s not uncommon for someone to have a “sweet tooth”—no matter how old he or she may be. If you crave sugary foods, it could indicate similar issues to a salt craving, including dehydration, stress, and fatigue.

    No matter what you crave, Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods of Houston has the snacks to keep you satisfied. Call us at (281) 940-1649 to inquire about ordering a gift basket for a friend, family member, or business associate. You can also order one for your own office, so you and your coworkers can enjoy our sweet and salty snacks!

    What to Include In a Gift Basket for New Parents

    Last updated 26 days ago

    The arrival of a new baby is a cause for celebration, whether it’s your friends or relatives who are welcoming the little bundle of joy into the world. As any parent can tell you, the initial stages of motherhood and fatherhood are joyous—but can also be quite stressful. In order to make the lives of new parents a little easier, consider sending them a gift basket full of treats and goodies for baby and for them. Keep reading to learn what to include in a gift basket for new parents.

    For Baby

    It can be difficult to decide what sort of gifts to get for a newborn baby, given that he or she won’t be aware of the gift! The best thing you can do is to give useful, practical items that the parents may not have thought of, or extras of things that will always come in handy. Babies should be surrounded by softness, so think about including a plush fleece blanket that can be used for naptime or just for cuddling. Babies are notoriously messy eaters, which is why extra feeder bibs are always a good idea. To make sure this new baby is always dressed in style, you can include body suits, matching pants, and onesies that will come in handy in a diaper bag and around the home.

    For Parents

    New parents are often so focused on their baby that they forget to take time to care for themselves and each other. While caring for a newborn is a full-time job, new parents may still have moments where they can enjoy each other’s company when the baby is sleeping. A bottle of champagne is an excellent congratulatory gift that can be opened whenever the parents are ready. There will be no shortage of pictures taken of the infant, so consider including a keepsake book and photo album in the gift basket.

    Are you interested in ordering a gift basket? Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods offers gift baskets for newborn baby boys and girls that are just what new parents need. Call us at (281) 940-1649 to order a baby gift basket for the new family in your life!

    Why Godiva Is the Most Luxurious Chocolate Gift

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Chocolate is a great gift to give anyone in your life from your boss to your significant other. If you are looking for a truly special chocolate gift, look no further than Godiva. With luxurious flavors and a reputation that spans generations, there is no better chocolate gift than this Belgian delicacy.

    Godiva starts with a foundation of some of the best chefs and chocolatiers in the world. Led by executive chef chocolatier, Thierry Muret, the Godiva team continues to create flavors that bring joy and pleasure to chocolate lovers everywhere. With a variety of chocolates that are perfect for any occasion, Godiva keeps its fans always wanting more.

    Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods makes it easy to give a gift as delicious as Godiva chocolate. With our gift baskets and packages, we help you show your appreciation to the people in your life. We are also one of the top catering companies in Houston. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (281) 940-1649.

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