The 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine competition, sampled and judged close to

The 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine competition, sampled and judged close to 17,000 wines, entered from 57 different countries. China shows no signs of slowing down in its quest to produce award-winning wines for the global market… Big and plush with aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, smoke, cinnamon and toast. Fully-bodied and velvety tannins. Aromas of blackberries, dark cherries, vanilla and sweet baking spices. Approachable and easy to drink. Aromas of red cherries, raspberry and smoke. On the palate, redcurrants and vanilla with fresh acidity. Aromas of blackcurrant, green capscium, blackcurrant leaf with smoky notes. Tannins are ripe and firm. Aromas of blackcurrant, plum compote, vanilla and black cherries. Firm tannins and bitter chocolate on the finish. Aromas of guava, raspberry compote and sour cherries. On the palate, cherry drops and sweet baking spices. Graphite, capsicum and ripe, deep blue fruits with sweet baking spices. Ripe tannins and full bodied. Bright blackcurrant on the nose with flavours of capsicum, toast, damson plums, cedar and black cherries. Exuberent nose with sweet spices, coconut, black plums and blackcurrant. Fruit,...

Successful baby-proofing requires cultivating a morbid imagination. A mother must look past obvious dangers — electrical

Successful baby-proofing requires cultivating a morbid imagination. A mother must look past obvious dangers — electrical outlets, toxic cleaning supplies — and see murderous intent in the ostentatiously benign. Bureaus, televisions, window treatments, toilets, doors, lamps, chopsticks, washing machines, stairs, fireplaces, medicine cabinets, spare change, garbage bags — she must physically restrain these objects before they cause her loved ones bodily harm. Complicating this seemingly straightforward task, no two hazards are the same shape, consistency or size. For legal purposes, let me stipulate here that I am not an expert of any kind. I lack not only the know-how but also the tools, the means and the patience to repair or construct household items in a manner that federal regulators might consider “entirely competent” or “completely safe.” Also, my apartment is a rental. Thus, when inspiration struck not long ago to provisionally modify a small sideboard into a jury-rigged Koala Care station by mounting an Ikea tabletop to it in such a way that it would support a 20-pound toddler, I roamed the narrow aisles of my local hardware store searching for a fastener that offered a c...

Teardown Tuesday: Hi-Fi Audio Amplifier with Bluetooth

In this teardown, we examine the Lepy LP-168 Hi-Fi Stereo USB Audio Amplifier with Bluetooth, by NKTECH. Prior to tearing into this product, my first thought was how well-built this unit appears including its professional-looking aluminum enclosure.  The included AC to DC power supply also feels like a quality-built device along with its professional looking label (pictured below) appearing to have all the necessary compliance marks. To remove the aluminum enclosure, both Phillips and Torx (size T7) screwdrivers are required. With these screws removed, the amplifier’s guts simply slide out of the outer enclosure. Below, you can see the top side of the PCB assembly. As can be seen, the overall design is not too complicated. Because all the electrical components reside on the top-side of the PCB, this design philosophy is referred to as a single-sided PCB. The phrase “single-sided PCB” should not be confused with the number of PCB layers—this design has two layers, which are top and bottom; no internal layers. Utilizing a two-layer design reduces cost and should be used whenever possible. The single-sided PCB philosophy—that is, populating components on only one ...

Consumers who own homes have access to a flexible and attractive source of credit in a

Consumers who own homes have access to a flexible and attractive source of credit in a home equity line of credit (HELOC). But like any credit product, it… Consumers who own homes have access to a flexible and attractive source of credit in a home equity line of credit (HELOC). But like any credit product, it must be used carefully or you can quickly land in trouble. Experian, one of the three credit agencies that keep up with consumers’ credit histories, is voicing some concern that borrowers who tapped equity 7 to 10 years ago could be facing some stress. Experian has just issued a study showing that a large portion of HELOC loans issues between 2005 and 2008 – just before the financial crisis – are outstanding and nearing the repayment phase of the loan. With most HELOCs, the borrower can draw money for a 10-year period, then begin to repay the money – often over another 10-year period but sometimes in less time. Here’s Experian’s concern: If there is a significant balance on the HELOC and the borrower must now stop drawing and start repaying, it could put him or her under a lot of financial stress. There is added worry about borrowers who tapped their...

Vlow camper van carries bikes and sports gear, then sleeps family of 5

Around the same time Erwin Hymer Group was launching Carado in North America with products like the Axion camper van, it was also launching the all-new Carado Vlow over in Europe. Beyond sharing general Fiat Ducato/Ram Promaster underpinnings, the Vlow camper van is very different from the Axion, being built for different needs and tastes. It comes in a variety of floor plans, most intriguing of which is the 19.7-ft (6-m) V 601 that can haul bicycles and gear to camp and sleep a family of five once there. After covering dozens of camper vans over the years, we’ve noticed that new vans are very often designed for two or four people. Four-sleepers usually add the extra capacity in the form of a roof bed below the pop-top or high roof. If you have to drive and sleep a family of five, you’ll probably find yourself shopping larger Class C and Class A motorhomes or large trailers and fifth wheels. However, there does exist a smaller subset of camper vans that can sleep five people. Carado’s Vlow camper van is one, owing to the V 601, a floor plan designed primarily as a four-person, but with the capability of supporting a fifth sleeping berth. Instead of sleeping tw...

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. As the mercury rises this summer, most people are going to be looking for ways to keep their electricity bills down. But before you make any changes around the home, here are a few air conditioning myths to watch out for. Fans don’t make a room any cooler, they merely make you feel cooler. By moving air over your skin, a fan can lower your body temperature, but will do nothing for the heat inside a room. So if you’re not in the room, you’re just wasting energy by leaving the fan on. However, there’s one exception to this rule: if the air temperature outside the house is cooler than the air inside, then placing a fan near a window can help draw cool air into the home or create a cross current to exhaust some of the hot air trapped inside. As summer stretches into the hottest months of the year, your air conditioner might be straining to keep your home cool, causing you to head to the store for a newer and bigger unit. But there are a lot of reasons your air conditioner might not be up to the task. As with any appliance, ...

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We use them to give you the best experience. If you continue using our website, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. The IL-103, a light multi-purpose single-engine aircraft, is designed and manufactured by Ilyushin Aviation Complex, Russia, to meet the requirements of the Republic of Korean Air Force (ROKAF). It is a large and medium-size aircraft used principally for civil and transport roles. Highly economical and reliable, the IL-103 can operate in adverse weather conditions. The maiden flight of the IL-103 took place in May 1994. The aircraft obtained Russian AP23 certification in February 1996. It was also the first Russian aircraft to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certificate No. A45CE in December 1998. About 21 IL-103 aircraft were ordered in 2002, three of which were delivered in July 2004. A total of 66 aircraft are currently in service worldwide. The IL-103-10 is an export variant upgraded with advanced avionics system, while the IL-103-11, an export version, features partially modernised avionics compared with the original prototype. The IL-103SH is an agricultural aircraft principally used for aerial app...

Most anticipated roller coasters of 2020: Iron Gwazi, Orion, Aquaman

Will we heed the example set 100 years ago and also refer to the next 10 years as the “Roaring Twenties?” Who knows? But, one thing we do know: A wild bunch of new roller coasters will be roaring at parks throughout the U.S. in the first year of the yet-to-be-named decade. Let’s run down some of the wildest thrill machines that are on the way. Along with virtually every other coaster boy and girl that visited Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida and spotted the forlorn remnants of the park’s defunct wooden coaster, Gwazi, I used to think, “Now there’s a prime candidate for RMC to do its thing.” Some background: RMC is short for Rocky Mountain Construction, a ride manufacturer that has developed a stellar reputation for taking past-their-prime, rough-riding wooden roller coasters and transforming them into gloriously smooth wooden-steel hybrid coasters. Five years after Gwazi closed, my fellow coaster nerds and I will get our wish. Set to open in the spring, the reborn Iron Gwazi will feature RMC’s patented IBox steel track. While it will retain much of the original coaster’s wooden structure, the redesigned layout will make it considerably taller and faster. In fact, with a 206-fo...

GBR Laser Radials at the Palamos Christmas Race 2019

A large group of GBR Laser Radials made the annual pilgrimage to the 44th Christmas Race in Palamos in Spain over the 18-22 December 2019. Just as the Met man suggested we had a glamorous first day of racing – 15-20kts from the south west combined with a left over swell from the north east which challenged the sailors to work out what was fast up and down wind. Day 1 was a 3 race day, and the 55 sailors challenges included knowing where the windward mark was and staying inside the lay lines. Notable GBR results included James Foster scoring 5,9,8. Kai Wolgram, 19,2,5. Arthur Farley 11,7,6 and Dan McGaughey, 6,12,6. Day 2 saw a very strong south the south westerly wind, and a massive sea state with 3.5-5 metre swells, which only dropped off later in the afternoon. It was too late to race, but some of our 470′s and 420′s also competing in the Christmas race had a glamorous sail in the sunset. Day 3 was a great day warm with 15-20kts from the SW and a biggish sea state. The upwind legs were long, and the bright sunlight made spotting the windward mark a challenge for all- including the coaches. James Foster had a flawless day scoring 3 in the first race of the da...

New Week, New You: Local kayaking company connecting people with San Antonio River arrownoalt facebook twitter instagram youtube rss

SAN ANTONIO – Exploring a new side of the San Antonio River: That’s the goal of a local kayak company on the city’s south side. Owner Sarah Neal took over Mission Kayak in 2017. Since then, she’s made it her mission to show people the San Antonio River goes beyond the Riverwalk. “This is all about nature, your family, connecting people with the water,” Neal said. “The San Antonio River starts at an artesian spring called the Blue Hole up at Incarnate Word, and it goes all the way down through downtown and goes another 226 miles to San Antonio Bay.” A 5-mile stretch at Mission Reach is now used for kayaking. Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or it’s your first time, almost anyone can enjoy all the river has to offer while getting in a good workout. “People that have maybe a little bit of mobility issues, they can’t walk very far, they can’t run very far, but they can come out and rent a kayak, sit down and paddle and have a great day,” Neal said. The longer you’re paddling, the harder it gets. A 2-mile trip takes one hour to complete. A 3-mile trip takes about two hours. “If you do the 4 mil...