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Disney Parks Debut 24-Hour OMonstrous SummerO Memorial Day Weekend Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off what it is dubbing a OMonstrous SummerO by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend. The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25. The weekend will take its inspiration from the upcoming Disney Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University. OThis summer, Disney Parks are bursting with a monstrous lineup of new thrills, shows and happenings,O said Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis. OGuests can start Memorial Day Weekend with a 24-hour-marathon of memory-making as three Parks stay open all day and all night to celebrate the bi-coastal kick-off of a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks.O Monster stars Mike and Sulley (the big blue monster and the yellow eyeball) will host the All-Nighter. In Florida, the Magic Kingdom will feature a Monsters University theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the Celebrate a Dream Come True day parade. Guests also will find extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle. In California, both parks will feature special entertainment, including a MonsterOs University, TLT Monstrous Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland, and late-night Character Pajama Party in MickeyOs Toontown at Disneyland. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing. Disney California Adventure guests will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new Monsters University ODormsO in Hollywood Land and a new Monsters University float leading the Pixar Play Parade. All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day. Apr 27, 2013

Wines in the Afternoon There is something to be said about drinking wines in the middle of the day; however, there are many things to say about drinking Italian wines from Alto Adige in the middle of a sunny day in New York City. Wines from Alto Adige Alto Adige is located in the northern part of Italy, on the southern side of the Alps, between Switzerland and Austria. Snow covered mountain ranges and high/low temperature swings influence the quality of these uniquely flavorful wines. Longing for the Taste When I am at a bar and ask the bartender for a pinot grigio, it means I am yearning for the scent and taste of green grass after a spring rain. When ordering a sauvignon blanc I really want something tangy (think green apples) with citrus aromas and lots of flavor, enhanced with herbal accents. More often than not, I am disappointed. I have to dig into my memory bank to conjure up taste thrills rather than enjoy the real-time palate / brain experience I want. Pleasure in a Glass Why do I mention this? Because the pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc wines from Alto Adige brought beautiful shades of pale yellow for me to see, wonderful aromas were delivered to my nose and distinct flavors were introduced to my palate. I am delighted! The afternoon spent with these wines made me very happy and I am delighted to share my good fortune. It is the soil and climate of Alto Adige that separates its wines from all the others. Consider the uncommon mix of porphyry (igneous rock), quartz, mica, and dolomite; this gives the wines a distinctive and pleasurable mineral taste. Add to this unique terrior blend of high altitude vineyards and you get freshness and clean acidity. Pour on lots of sunshine for the ripening of the berries. Then stir into the mix profound temperature shifts for aroma and flavor. What is outcome? The wonderful wines of Alto Adige. History Matters Alto Adige is one of the tiniest wine-growing areas in Italy; it is also the oldest wine making region in Europe. History suggests that the Rhaetians (an ancient Alpine tribe conquered by the Romans in 15 BC) used wooden barrels for their wine in this region. As we fast-forward through the centuries, the transalpine road OVia Claudia AugustaO brought pilgrims and merchants through this area and as they traveled they brought along vine seedlings and wine-making know-how. In the 8th century AD, Frankish and Bavarian monasteries developed climate-friendly wines (Potzner and Traminer). The first mention of the Lagrein variety was noted by Michael Gaismair (1525), a leader of the peasants of Tirol and Salzburg during the Great Peasant War of 1524-26 in Germany. The Romans occupied the Adige Valley and encouraged viticulture and the diverse groups that conquered the region through the centuries influenced wine making. Today Aldo Adige accounts for 1 percent of ItalyOs total production. Winemaking in this area is a cooperative effort (14 cooperative wineries) and the coops are responsible for approximately 70 percent of the output, producing many of the very best wines. In the mid-1980s winery directors Luis Raifer and Hans Terzer updated the 19th century coop system and modernized the industry. They reduced yields, set rigid standards for grape selection, and developed single vineyard bottling - resulting in the region reaching the top of the wine chain in Italian winemaking. Tasting Notes Pinot Grigio 1. Cantina Produttori San Michele Appiano Pinot Grigio 2011. DOC Alto Adige [yen] This wine is my new BFF. What a delight to observe the wine in the glass and to watch the pale yellow liquescent in the middle fade to a white as pale and transparent as water as it reaches for the glass barrier. [yen] The nose knows that this slightly spicy wine releases just a hint of minerals, flowers, apples and pears. [yen] On the tongue, memories of grass and sunlight. This green, racy and assertive experience on the palate almost shouts, ORemember me,O and I do! [yen] Enjoy alone or with a grilled sea bass or tilapia as well as barbecued king prawns. Also try it with fruit salads and mild cheese. 2. Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Grigio Soll 2011. DOC Alto Adige [yen] This wonderful pinot grigio is a wine from the single vineyard - SOLL; a southeastern facing slope above the town of Tramin at 450 to 500 meters above sea level. [yen] Twirl the liquid in the glass and note the deep yellow tint that trends to the hue of marigolds. Inhale the aroma of apples, peaches, freshly mowed grass and raisinsE just a seductive hint; bold but not brazen. After a slow controlled fermentation, 20% of the wine is aged in barrique (small oak casks preferred for aging structured wines), with a total of 6 months on the lees. [yen] It is fresh and fruity and easily enjoyed on its own merits but delightful with an aged cheese or pasta with a cream sauce. Sauvignon Blanc 3. Erste + Neuve Sauvignon Blanc Stern 2011. DOC Alto Adige [yen] Although the grape variety started in western France, it was introduced to this region in the 19th century during Austrian Hungarian encounter. [yen] The Erste + Neue winery has been part of the history of the Kaltern (a municipality in Northern Italy; southwest of the city of Balzano) wine trade for over 100 years. The 1986 merger of the Erste (OfirstO) wine co-operative (founded in 1900) with the Neue (OnewO) wine co-operative (founded in 1925) produced a South Tyrolean winery noted for tradition and wine excellence. [yen] The beauty of the wine starts with a mesmerizing presentation of the almost white liquid in the glass that fades to a water[ETH]clear tone. [yen] The fragrance present is slightly spicy but the big surprise is the taste on the tongue; it is zesty, lively, refreshing [ETH] perhaps a cultured young lady on her first date. [yen] Growing up in limestone terrior gives it a zesty acidity and the fruitiness comes from the fermentation. [yen] Pair lovingly with a Salad Nicoise or a Camembert and fresh fruit. 4. Cantina Terlano Sauvignon Blanc Quarz 2010. DOC Alto Adige [yen] Think of straw in the sunlight as you watch the yellow liquid shimmer in the glass. [yen] The Quarz generously releases a bouquet of hyacinth, apples, berries, herbs, lemon peel, grapefruit, ginger and wildflower honey. [yen] Tremendous terroir on both the nose and the palate present a slightly tart experience (perhaps developed from the chalk, petrol and lime) along with amusing whispers of apricot, quince and grapefruit. [yen] The finish is very long, lovely and slightly salty. [yen] Drink accompanied by a goat cheese salad and herbal crusted lamb chops. Warning: One sip leads to many more. Gewurztraminer 5. Elena Walch Gewurztraminer Kastelaz 2011. DOC Alto Adige [yen] An Elena Walch notable, the Gewurztraminer Kastelaz received 3 glasses by ItalyOs prestigious Gambero Rosso guide. [yen] When swirled in the glass, the golden yellow wine releases an aroma of rose petals and spices with a touch of honey [yen] It presents itself as a full bodied wine bursting with a spicy floral taste on the tongue. It is so lovely that I wanted to both wear it and drink it. Although it is sweet, it is not cloying and delivers a clean and flavorful finish. [yen] Enjoy with Asian-Fusion cuisine (stir-fried pork with pickled plums) or an onion tart. 6. Tramin Gewurztraminer Nussbaumer 2011. DOC Alto Adige [yen] Beginning at the end of the 19th century, today Cantina Tramin counts approximately 300 member grape growers in its cooperative. The best known product from this coop is the Nussbaumer Gewurztraminer. [yen] The grapes come exclusively from the Nussbaumer Estate in Alto Adige and the fruit benefits from the 350-550 meter rise above sea level altitude plus the Lake Garda breezes. The long ripening season produces a wine that is complex and sophisticated. [yen] The grapes...

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