Better with bubbles
Beringer now has a sparkling White Zinfandel vintage to offer that is the perfect blend of bubbles and flavor. Made with grapes grown in vineyards along the California regions, they are a special selection with lower sugar levels perfect for the gentle crushing process. A slow and cool fermentation process is used to create bright and fresh strawberry and citrus aromas and flavors.
WHERE TO BUY: $10.99 in stores or beringer.com
A floral accent
Since well before the Victorian period, cooks and bakers have used Mother Nature's touch to adorn cakes and brighten up salads by using floral blooms and flower petals as both ingredients and for decoration. A beautiful new 192-page hardcover book called "Cooking with Flowers" (Quirk Publishing) by Miche Bacher was recently released. Dozens of easy-to-follow recipes and striking photography make this book perfect for the kitchen or coffeetable.
WHERE TO BUY: From $24.95 in stores or at quirkbooks.com
"I designed my new fragrance for a man who is both heroic and passionate, like a Greek God. Eros is a scent that depicts and emphasizes sensuality," says Donatella Versace describing her latest unveiling called Eros. She says it opens with "a luminous aura of intense, vibrant and glowing freshness captured by a blend of mint leaves, Italian lemon zest and green apple. The core of the scent reveals an addictive sensuality with intriguing notes of tonka beans, ambroxan, geranium and vanilla. Dry notes of cedarwood, vetiver and oak moss leave behind a trace of racy virility, creating a sense of intensity and power. The interplay of these provocative notes translates the primal desire between men and women, conveying triumphant seduction."
WHERE TO BUY: $62 for a 1.7 ounce bottle or $80 for a 3.4 ounce bottle at Macy's
National Licorice Day is on Friday, April 12 and despite the color, Red Vines and Natural Vines are part of the licorice family. More than 30,000 tons of Red Vines are made each year, amounting to more than 400,000 miles of licorice, which is enough to wrap around the Earth more than 16 times! In 2011, U.S. licorice sales topped $359 million, a 6.56 percent increase from the year before. Black licorice is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and derives its botanical name from the Greek words meaning "sweet root."
WHERE TO BUY: $2.99 for a 16-ounce package at most stores or visit americanlicorice.com