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October Means New Wines

October is always an exciting time of the year not just for Halloween aficionados, but also for those of us who are wine aficionados as well. This is prime time for the year’s new wines to be released, in tandem with the harvest.

Here are some items that are making it into our hearts and our menus for the fall eating (and drinking) season:

White Wines

This year we’d like to focus on the white wines first, as we are finding the Albariños from Gallego country (located politically in the northwest of Spain) to be shockingly good this year. Albariño has went in recent years from a niche wine to something that’s been more and more dominating restaurant menus, and with very good reason. It pairs amazingly well with so many seafoods.

For meals that require something with a little more punch and depth to keep up with the complex dishes, South Africa has been putting forth a real nice little Sauvignon Blanc as of late that works wonderfully with those heavy-sauced fowl dishes, and indeed would be great for families who do the turkey or even more traditional goose thing during the holidays.

Red Wines

The Mendoza region of Argentina is famous for its production of fine wines and fine liquors, and this year has not disappointed. Our favorite for the season is a full-bodied little Malbec number called El Salvaje, and indeed, if you’re lucky enough to get some game meat on your table this fall, this would be an excellent choice to pair with it.

For the times when a lighter, fruitier red is called for, why not try this wonderful German offering. It’s called Dornfelder in their language, and is extremely similar to the Pinot Noirs we all know and love. This would go well with something like a filet mignon and is also an excellent choice for drinking solo at the after party.

Rosés

Honestly this hasn’t been the best year for this type of fine, but there are still some very notable offerings that don’t have to break the bank. Bila-Haute Rose 2016 is a house favorite this year, combining the best of both worlds, which is what a quality rosé should entail always.

Have we missed out on anything you think stands out this year? Be sure to drop us a line in the comments below and let us know if you can think of anything.

New Trends In Vaping

Vaping is still very much a new trend, and very much changing almost by the day. Our friends at ecigwizard.com tell us that there are tons of new things happening in the industry by the day, and it’s a welcome challenge for them to stay on top of them. Here are some things to look for:

Cloud Chasing Goes Worldwide:

Cloud chasing started in the USA a while back, but it’s starting to go global now. Competitions with prize money are even starting to pop up all over this wide world of ours. Vape tricks are reportedly also on the rise everywhere.

For those of you who are potentially interested in taking up cloud chasing, here is a good place to start.

Custom Vape Kits On The Rise:

This ties right in with the rising popularity of cloud chasing. To really do well as a cloud chaser, you need to get the right gear for it. The most important factor considered for building a vape kit for competitive vaping is getting the coils to give the least resistance feasibly possible.

Of couse, in general, you can customize your vape kit for other things than trying to compete with it. There are tons of possibilities out there.

Increased Regulation:

This is one of the more unfortunate trends, although naturally your mileage may widely vary depending on exactly where on the Earth you happen to be at the moment of your vaping.

The good news is vaping is completely legal almost everywhere in the world still, and there may well be a backlash in some countries, because a lot of those laws were implemented in a very hasty and haphazard way without analyzing the data.

We here can’t fathom why regular cigarettes, which really are noxious and have the potential to degrade the quality of life for people around them, would be legal in not most but ALL of the jurisdictions where vaping has been banned. Between cigarettes and newer cleaner safer less obtrusive technology, the answer should be clear.

Do you have any experience with a custom vaping kit? Are you a competitive vapor, or plan to become one in the near future? Do you live anywhere where there are legal issues affecting your ability to vape? We would love to hear from you below in the comments section. Feel free to drop us a line and speak your mind.

Selecting Your E-Juice

Most of us who vape love it, and are obsessed with it. Specifically, we are obsessed with finding the best e-juice possible. This is true whether it we are looking for your traditional tobacco e-juice or some other variety.

Of course, these days, the market is huge and there are a whole bunch of people producing juices of various different qualities, with different standards, most of them making dubious claims as to how good their juices really are. So how are we to sort this mess out? There must be some kind of objective criteria we can apply to the process of selecting our e-juice, right? Fear not, there definitely are, and we are going to walk you through them.

Ingredient Lists

By law, you should be able to easily have access to the ingredient list of an e-liquid. In most jurisdictions, in fact, the ingredient list is required to be clearly listed on the product label itself.

So what are we looking for? Honestly, it’s not that much different than any other product of this nature, or for that matter, any packaged food or drink. Shorter ingredient lists are generally better. And you want to specifically look out for certain ingredients that are often in e-liquids and aren’t super good for your health. We are talking about things like ethelene glycol (which is used as antifreeze and is actually toxic), and its cousines diethelene glycol and propylene glycol, which are all very similar in their nature. None of these substances are really fit for human consumption, but for various reasons sometimes they are snuck into e-juices.

Also to be avoided are acetone and its various related acetyl-like substances such as acetoin, acroleine, diacetyl, etc. Many of you will get it off the bat; acetone is commonly used as nail polish remover. That’s not something you want to be deeply breathing in like that!

The best is if the manufacturer has a proper lab report handy backing up the fact that their products contain only the best ingredients and are free from these sorts of chemicals.

General Quality Issues

We talked about what should not be in your e-juice, now let’s talk about what goes in there.

Assuming it’s a tobacco-based juice, the quality of the tobacco is super important, meaning how it is grown, harvested and cured. And if it’s not, or in some cases of flavored tobacco e-juices, it will probably contain some sort of an essential oil. These should be of the highest grade possible, and should be considered potable. These are of course the most expensive ingredients, but these are your lungs we are talking about here!

Beyond this, one should consider the batch size. Of course, here, smaller is always better.

These few factors will invariably determine the quality of your next vaping experience; this is why we think it’s so important for proper attention to be provided to them.

Time To Sell Your Car?

Cars can become like security blankets to us at times. We get so used to them we tend to forget what kind of condition they are in these days. And this is a perception bias that can carry on right up till the point where we are sitting on a desolate highway in who knows what kind of weather waiting for a tow truck and cursing to ourselves!

Selling your car might feel like pulling out teeth for some, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult. There is help online to get you started on your way and close that final deal smoothly, and get decent money for that old bucket you keep dragging around the streets.

You should definitely know the book value of your used car.  Keep in mind that your car may easily be worth more or less than this average value based on many details. What kind of conditions does the car drive in on a regular basis? What weather has the car been through? How hard have you driven it? Try to analyze and be fair and realistic about the expectations you have regarding the car’s price.

This may come as a surprise to some, but in general, you are way better off taking your car and putting it up online to sell and not taking it straight to a dealer to trade. Obviously, there is a certain ease to just taking the old car in, and driving off in the new one, but this convenience usually comes at a high cost to you. Sell it here and get what it’s actually worth, and Uber it to get your car, or go with someone else, or both. You may have people trying to talk you down online, but in general people are much more amenable to paying a decent price for your car than dealerships, who need to always be thinking about margins and stuff.

Don’t be afraid to make some repairs to your car. The fact that it was recently done by you can often make a big difference in a car’s sale price. Of course, don’t go crazy and replace decent parts with perfect ones or anything, but at the very least, don’t forego routine maintenance like oil changes and brake pads etc. just because you’re selling the vehicle. These are actually key talking points for making a good sale and keeping that sale price at or near where you want it.