Top 10 Biggest Volcanic Eruptions in History

The recent eruptions of the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull volcano in Iceland were a stark reminder of nature’s ability to bring human activity to an abrupt standstill. The cloud of smoke that drifted over Western Europe made aviation travel untenable, returning European skies to a quietude not felt for decades..

Luxury Dining Rooms Ideas

A lingering hint of contemporary gothic pervades these luxury dining room ideas by Cattelan Italia. Black and white color schemes throughout simply demand attention… hints of sparkle add glitz and glamour

Top 10 Most Memorable Celebrity Weddings

The upcoming Chelsea Clinton nuptials have provoked endless speculation – from whether she’ll opt for an Oscar de la Renta or a Vera Wang dress, to whether the former First Daughter will be serving anything other than vegan food to her guests.

Pirelli Calendar 2011

During a press conference in Moscow this past Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld presented his rendition of the famed Pirelli Calendar for 2011.

Vogue Paris Calendar 2011

Mikael Jansson shoots the stunning new Vogue Paris 2011 Calendar featuring Daria Werbowy. Styled by Anastasia Barbieri and Jewels by Louis Vuitton.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

RM 035 Rafael Nadal : Richard Mille’s First Watch Chronofiable Certified

After the RM 027, Richard Mille has now developed the RM 035, with a movement weighing just 4,3 grams. The RM 035 is the first Richard Mille watch Chronofiable certified, which represents a new milestone in the conquest for long lasting performance in extreme conditions.

The RM 035 case is made of an extremely rugged and light alloy called magnesium-aluminium. This alloy is composed of 90% magnesium and 8.9% aluminium. Magnesium has a density of 1,74 g/cm3, which means it is one of the lightest metals used for construction. It is water-resistant to 50 meters, ensured by two Nitril O-ring seals. Inside is a relatively simple manually wound movement with a lovely skeletonized design, caliber RMUL 1. The skeletonization process of the RM 035 movement took one year to finalize, as there could be no compromise in the movement’s strength or ability to withstand shocks under the rigors of Chronofiable certification.

The Chronofiable test, developed at the beginning of the 80’s by the CCF SA, was devised to expose timepieces to an accelerated ageing test simulating over 21 days, the equivalent of 6 months effective wear.

The attractive design is made to be light but less expensive than the $525,000 RM 027. Available soon the RM 035 Rafael Nadal will retail for $85,000.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kristin Cavallari Is Engaged

Sorry Brody Jenner and Stephen Colletti and Justin Bobby, Kristin Cavallari is off the market! The Hills alum, 24, just got engaged to her boyfriend, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, 27, whom she’s been dating since last fall.

The NFL star surprised Cavallari with a quick trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this weekend, where he popped the question, People  reports. With Kristin Cavallari prepping for her nuptials and Heidi Montag already married to Spencer Pratt, who do you think will be the next star of The Hills to tie the knot—Lo Bosworth, Lauren Conrad, or Audrina Patridge? Tell us in the comments!

Casa Noble Tequila

Tequila seems to have to fight for respect more than other spirits, such as whisky, rum, brandy and even vodka. Perhaps it's because Tequila seems to be more associated, in the U.S. with benders and beach parties rather than snifters and sommeliers.

But one of the small-volume craft Tequila producers helping to raise Tequila's image beyond the margarita is Casa Noble, a brand whose history dates back to the 1700s.

Casa Noble, which produces about 150,000 litters of Tequila of different ages each year, produces from a holding of about 3,000 acres of blue agave, about one-tenth that of Tequila giant Jose Cuervo (curve also buys blue agave from other growers). And Casa Noble's blue agave fields are mostly on slopes and hillsides, which stresses the plant, and the company believes produces a more complex tasting agave plant.

Another difference in Casa Noble's process to set it apart is the three distillations to which it subjects its spirit--traditionally, Tequila is distilled twice.
Jose "Pepe" Hermosillo, owner of Casa Noble

If the taste of Casa Noble's Tequilas seems deeper and slightly more complex than other brands, one of the reasons, says owner Jose "Pepe" Hermosillo, is the slow cooking of the blue agave "pineapples" before the juice is extracted. Some larger scale Tequila producers cook the agave in just six to eight hours in an autoclave, which works like a pressure cooker. Hermosillo compares the 36 hours or so of slow cooking in stone ovens to slow-cooking beans overnight in an iron pot versus using a pressure cooker. "Anyone can tell you the slow-cook method imparts a deeper, slightly smoky and sweet flavor that you can't achieve in fast cooking."

The majority of all reposado (aged Tequila) is aged in second-fill American Bourbon barrels. But Hermosillo says the charcoal on the inside of Bourbon barrels is too much for the flavor profile he is going for. Casa Noble uses new French oak barrels with a very light char on the inside. The distillery's Anejo Tequila spends two years in the barrel before bottling. Casa Noble Black spends five years in oak.

Tequila that is to become Anejo (minimum 1 year aging) goes into new casks. The Reposado (2 months to 1 year aging) goes into refilled casks. (More often at other distilleries, they will use newer casks for Reposado Tequilas and older ones for Anejo so that the wood affects the spirit more in a shorter time for the Reposado.) They refill the casks for Reposado 7 to 8 times.

It's important to remember that one year of aging in the Jalisco region of Mexico where all legitimate Tequila comes, is like five years of aging in Scotland because of the much warmer climate in Mexico. Indeed, most distillers say more than nine years of aging, unless it is done in hyper-controlled temperatures, sends the Tequila over the edge with too much wood in the flavor profile and mouth feel.

Casa Noble is also certified organic, the second brand in Mexico to receive the certification. That means it employs no fertilizers or chemicals in the cultivation of its blue agave, or in its distilling process. The distillery also has a treatment plant on site to render the waste liquids and solids as either useful compost or ph balanced liquid that won't foul the soil.

Fermentation of the agave liquid before distillation takes place with yeast as well naturally occurring yeast from the many fruit trees surrounding the cassia Noble hacienda and still house. Mango, lime, lemon and orange trees surround the quaint compound of buildings. This process is far preferable to the method of aiding fermentation in the 19th and early twentieth century: un-bathed workers swimming around the vats of liquid imparting their sweat and even urine to the mix.

Hermosillo believes that the U.S. market, the biggest for Tequila, is changing, and moving toward craft brands like Casa Noble. "As crafted Tequila like ours has entered the scene, more people are open to drinking Tequila on its own, in a nice glass, and experience the flavors and character...not just as a shooter or in a margarita."

Casa Noble was the first silver Tequila to get a double gold medal at the World Spirit Competition and was selected Best Tequila in Mexico by the Mexican Tequila Academy.

Here is the breakdown of Casa Noble Tequila expressions:

• Crystal (Silver) Tequila--$40: Tastes of minerals, white and red pepper, cinnamon, ripe mango, floral agave. Rounded and balanced flavor and finish. This is the un-aged 100% blue agave spirit.

• Reposado Tequila--$50: Aged for one year in French oak, the already excellent "bianco" takes on notes of vanilla,white chocolate and marzipan from the barrels.

• Anejo Tequila--$60: Aged for two years in French oak, the taste and finish here has added spice to the flavor profile of the Reposado.

• Single-Barrel Tequila
$70-$100: Casa Noble ages its single-barrel Anejo five years, ($100) and two years for the single barrel Reposado ($70). The Anejo is especially complex with notes of dried fruit, butterscotch, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown spices, and smoky wood.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Beatiful Vintage Cards for Easter

Free Vintage Cards for Easter  /  Pasqua

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gorgeous Easter Wallpapers

If You look for a beautiful Easter's wallpaper, You are on the right place. ;)
Take a look to these gorgeous pictures and choose Yours, or download ALL with HD resolution from HERE

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