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Europe’s best-kept secret is the new leading destination for wine tasting

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Nestled between Romania and Ukraine, the small and charmingly quaint country of Moldova is rapidly becoming one of the leading wine holiday destinations thanks to wine experts, Winerist. Offering a variety of wine experiences in over 133 regions and
'Nestled between Romania and Ukraine, the small and charmingly quaint country of Moldova is rapidly becoming one of the leading wine holiday destinations thanks to wine experts, Winerist. Offering a variety of wine experiences in over 133 regions and capitals, Winerist has understandably become one of ‘the largest online travel specialists for wine and food tours featuring wineries, wine tours, cooking classes, wine hotels and more’. The perfect booking platform for those eager to enjoy special wine tastings, whilst experiencing culture and heritage, has seen an increase of interest in bookings to the Eastern European country and have begun promoting and selling breaks to this destination. With the biggest density of vineyards in the world, 3.8 per cent of the country’s territory and 7 per cent of the arable land, it comes as no surprise that Moldova is majorly growing in popularity. The wine industry in Moldova accounts for 3.2 per cent of the GDP and 7.5 per cent of the country’s total exports The wine industry in Moldova accounts for 3.2 per cent of the GDP and 7.5 per cent of the country’s total exports, and as a result, employs 250 thousand citizens across its 140 wine companies. No longer a well-kept secret, Moldova now seems to be the main destination for those desiring a vinous experience, and the perfect place to start is in the capital, Chisinau. The city’s atmosphere revolves around relaxation, food and wine. The beautiful city combines Stalinist architecture with extreme modernism, therefore architectural fans will find Chisinau to be the perfect location for their wine tours. Recently, there have been several bookings available at Casa Daca Hotel & Wine Bar, Parol and at the Purcari Wine Bar; the first wine bar to boast wines from all of the local producers. Winerist has recently unveiled a full day experience, which showcases the city and its most popular subject wine. Book the ‘Private Wine tour visit and tasting at Castel Mimi and Asconi Winery with lunch from Chisinau. 9-hour experience 09:00 – 18:00’ tour and spend the day enjoying the area and everything it has to offer, from Orthodox churches and museums to city markets. No longer a well-kept secret, Moldova now seems to be the main destination for those desiring a vinous experience Wander through the city’s vibrant markets, and witness the lively vibes of Moldova’s capital. Chisinau Central Market has been welcoming people since it began in 1825, and here you will find just about anything, so be prepared for some haggling. Afterwards, the tour will guide you to Ascony Winery. Founded in 1994, this winery has developed a variety of high-quality wines, made from local and European grape varieties such as Traminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Franc, and created a wondrous place to visit with friends and family. Once you have experienced Ascony Winery, the tour will lead you to Castel Mimi — a castle known as one of the most ‘beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine’. According to the story of the castle, Constantin Mimi, the last governor of Bessarabia, planted the first-grade wines on the grounds in 1893; a legend worth visiting as the history and traditions of this location has been remarkably preserved. Once the tour of Mimi’s winery has been completed, visitors will be escorted back to Casa Daca in Chisinau to continue their exploration of Moldova. Winerist offer the very best luxury wine holidays Surprisingly, Moldova is one of the least visited places in the world, and yet those choosing to visit the country will be taken aback by its beauty, architecture and culture, and will undoubtedly leave visitors with unforgettable memories. If you choose to visit this charming destination, you will not be disappointed as Moldova’s low hills, plateaus, plains and rivers will offer you a spectacular getaway, featuring moderately-continental temperatures. Those desiring a taste of Moldova’s quality red wine can do so by visiting the southern region of the country, whilst white wine enthusiasts can enjoy their own vinous experience in the central part of Eastern European country; either way, visiting Europe’s best-kept secret will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. Moldova offers the biggest density of vineyards in the world If you would like to have a taste of Moldova’s wine before travelling to this charming location, then Diana Isac, founder of Winerist, gives her recommendations of which wines to order. According to Isac, white wine fanatics will enjoy one of Moldova’s ‘own’ grape variety wines: Feteascǎ Regalǎ, Château Vartely 2017 Feteasca. Available in various shapes, ‘Alba’, ‘Regala’ and ‘Neagra’. Only £6.25, this Regala is popular due to its appealing floral, white plum and apple flavours and you can purchase it from The Wine Society. Those more devoted to red wines can enjoy the Purcari Rara Negra 2016, which is a prime example of a raspberry grape that is indigenous to Moldova. With a complex and distinctive taste, this £20.00 wine will surely surprise you if you purchase it from Amazon. For more information on the Moldova tours, visit winerist.com .'

Traditional cooking with a modern twist at Smoke & Salt in Brixton, London

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Entrepreneurial duo Aaron Webster and Remi Williams are the chefs behind the popular Brixton based restaurant, Smoke & Salt. Focusing on traditional cooking and ancient preservation techniques, the restaurant has a spot at the trendy Pop Brixton in
'Entrepreneurial duo Aaron Webster and Remi Williams are the chefs behind the popular Brixton based restaurant, Smoke & Salt. Focusing on traditional cooking and ancient preservation techniques, the restaurant has a spot at the trendy Pop Brixton in a shipping container. The tiny eatery packs a lot into such a small space with colourful and flavourful dishes that have gained reviews from the likes of the Evening Standard and The Telegraph . Entrepreneurial duo Aaron Webster (left) and Remi Williams (right) are the chefs behind the popular Brixton based restaurant, Smoke & Salt How it all began Before they discovered their shared love for cooking on coals, the two chefs both studied at university. Aaron grew up in the UK and had gone to Bournemouth University to study business. It was here that he initially discovered he had an interested in food preparation. He claims that cooking for himself while he was a student encouraged him to eventually join a culinary arts course. Meanwhile, Remi spent his childhood in Nigeria before his family moved to the UK. After finishing a Chemistry degree, Remi crossed the Atlantic to study at a culinary school in Boston. Finally moving back to the UK to marry, Remi took on a job at The Shed in Notting Hill and is here that the two brains behind Smoke & Salt first met. Smoke & Salt is located in Brixton, south London Getting set up In 2014, after both deciding to leave The Shed, the two set off on their joint venture. Aaron originally had the concept for Smoke & Salt with the name referring to the styles of cooking that would be used. Techniques such as brining, curing, salting and fermenting are all done from their tiny shipping container kitchen. In a recent interview with leather jacket brand, Belstaff , Remi commented, “We’re dealing with coal, we’re dealing with fire and we’re dealing with smoke. We need [clothing] that’s going to live up to the day-to-day rigours.” The hands-on approach gives the restaurant its authenticity and intimacy that can’t be found in larger chains. The two wanted to focus on using British ingredients in their dishes. To accommodate this, they change their menu near-monthly to use only food that is in season at the time. This is just one of the unique selling points to the brand as the menu is kept fresh, exciting and, most importantly, seasonally appropriate. Smoke & Salt have picked up rave reviews with the likes of the Evening Standard and The Telegraph What’s in store for Smoke & Salt? Now comfortably set up in their Brixton location, the two are focusing on how to grow the brand even further. After winning the Cateys Newcomer Award in 2018 , the two have also received nominations from the Love London Award’s and were also shortlisted for Best Breakthrough at GQ’s Food and Drinks Awards. Their continued popularity has led both Aaron and Remi to look at developing Smoke & Salt further with hopes to potentially open a second location in the future.'

Brand Focus: Agi Nova launches first collection just in time for summer

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Summer is a time for refreshing your wardrobe and stocking it with some good quality luxury items to see you through the warmer months in style – and with the temperatures rising, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with the way you dress and
'Summer is a time for refreshing your wardrobe and stocking it with some good quality luxury items to see you through the warmer months in style – and with the temperatures rising, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with the way you dress and try out some new shapes, materials and prints. It’s also a time of year to branch out from your usual comfort zone and try something different, and with a wealth of up-and-coming designers disrupting the fashion industry each year with their unique and edgy designs, now is as good a time as any to step away from those tried and trusted wardrobe staples and experiment with something new. One of our favourites this year has got to be Polish fashion designer Agi Nova – real name, Agata Nowak – who is launching her namesake clothing brand just in time for summer and has created an array of beautiful and flattering pieces featuring a range of colourful prints and pretty florals. A unique collection filled with fun and vibrant garments, it’s everything we love about summer in one range. From flowy maxi dresses and embroidered tiered skirts , to loose-fitting trousers that are just perfect for a warm day in the office, Agi’s vibrant collection has got all settings covered. Other pieces capture a slightly sexier side of femininity, with a low-cut denim patchwork dress that falls a few inches above the knee making the perfect choice for casual evening drinks, al fresco. The brand is based in enchanting Toruń, Poland – a walled medieval town where each piece of clothing is ethically made by local seamstresses. Agi’s clothing is made with only the highest-quality, natural fabrics she can find, sourced from Poland and Italy. Agi keeps a more youthful crowd in mind when designing her clothes and describes her style as “a bit sporty, girlish, and street” – but every piece is impeccably made and exudes a pared-down air of glamour. All of her pieces are not only comfortable, but also versatile enough to be paired with either sneakers or heels – making it easy to achieve that fine balance between laid-back and luxury. There is often an air of playfulness in Agi’s designs, and this season’s light denim jacket and skirt, featuring an arty, graffiti-style logo, are both adorned with colourful heart and star shapes that are reminiscent of the doodles we might have drawn in our notebooks as teenagers. Even so, her pieces remain feminine and sophisticated in their own way, whilst making for a slightly more daring departure from the mainstream. So what it is that inspired Agi to create her exciting new line? “The individuality we all possess, but often find difficult to express in our clothing,” she says. “I truly believe that every woman is special and worthy of looking great. My fashion highlights your individual beauty and femininity. “All the clothes in my line are designed by me personally, and every item is made by professional seamstresses in Torun. I believe in keeping production local, ethical and using only the best materials. We all deserve the best!” Agi has always hade a flair for fashion design, often creating her own unique pieces to wear for herself – but it was the enthusiasm of those around her for her ideas that gave her the push she needed to launch her first collection. She explains: “I have always liked to design clothes, and used to do it for myself. I received a lot of encouragement from my friends and wider social circle, who all admired my designs. In spring this year, I decided to go public with them, and now, it is my aim to grow my brand to be very successful.” So, what next for Agi Nova ? With the success of her summer line almost guaranteed thanks to its unique look, Agi is already looking ahead to autumn, and in October, she will be showcasing her next collection at Liverpool Fashion Week. Even so, her fun denim pieces will remain a key feature, and are something she says will be an ongoing staple in her collections. “In my collections, denim plays a very important role. In my coming autumn collection, I will combine it with patchwork and logos, and the collection will also include sporty clothes like sweater dresses for an easy, day-to-day look. “In my opinion, every woman deserves to look good. My clothes help them to look feminine and unique.” Keen to branch out into accessories, too, Agi harbours a burning desire to design her own luxurious bags – which no doubt, will feature the fun and youthful stamp she puts on everything else, whilst using high-quality, luxury materials that are built to last. If her first collection is anything to go by, Agi has a bright future ahead of her, and we, for one, can’t wait to see what else she has got up her sleeve. The collection is now available online with free delivery in the EU. For orders outside the EU, Agi can be contacted directly via her website:  aginovastyle.com Follow Agi Nova on social media: Twitter: @agi_nova , Instagram: @aginova_style , Facebook: @aginovastyle'

People are worried about Faceapp's 'old face filter' and here’s why

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FaceApp has made a very controversial revival Over the past week you’ve probably seen countless people on Instagram using the FaceApp ‘old age’ filter.Celebs, influencers, your next door neighbour – everyone is giving it a go to see what they
'FaceApp has made a very controversial revival Over the past week you’ve probably seen countless people on Instagram using the FaceApp ‘old age’ filter.Celebs, influencers, your next door neighbour – everyone is giving it a go to see what they may look like in years to come.FaceApp, which first appeared on the scene in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to change photos so that users look younger, older or a different gender.Whether it’s a friend posting a picture of their wrinkled face in the group Whatsapp, or Instagram FaceApp challenges being posted by the likes of Drake and the Queer Eye gang, we’ve all witnessed someone testing out the latest face-altering trend Although it may seem like a harmless source of amusement, serious security concerns have been raised about the app after a Twitter user pointed out its problematic terms and services.One huge issue is that through using the app, you could be allowing it unequivocal use over the image of your face, which could later be shared on a public or commercial forum.View this post on Instagram Best caption wins ovo tickets A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 16, 2019 at 1:36am PDT The full terms of the app read: ‘You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.’ The words ‘perpetual’, ‘irrevocable and ‘world-wide’ mean that even if you use the app just once, the company can use it for promotional purposes anywhere in the world, and you might not even realise.The terms also state that FaceApp has license to use the content irrespective of ‘whether it includes an individuals name, likeness, voice or persona, sufficient to indicate the individual’s identity.’ The company has since addressed concerns by stating that the images are deleted soon after they’re uploaded.For all we know, FaceApp could be perfectly safe, but in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we should also be wary that the security concerns being raised certainly aren’t beyond the realms of possibility.Whether or not FaceApp poses a threat to our privacy, it has kick-started an important conversation that will hopefully force us to consider how our data is being used before sharing it with apps, new and old alike. . The post People are worried about Faceapp's 'old face filter' and here’s why appeared first on Marie Claire .'

What Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie do for a living might surprise you

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Credit: Danny Martindale / Contributor / Getty Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are not working royals like their cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry.
'Credit: Danny Martindale / Contributor / Getty Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are not working royals like their cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry.Their schedules aren’t jam packed with official royal engagements, but not being a working royal also means they are not supported by the Sovereign Grant (a kitty funded by taxes and given annually to the Queen and her family for official duties). However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t work.In fact, the sisters both have jobs and what they do might surprise you.While many will assume that the members of the royal family don’t have ‘regular’ jobs, it turns out that Prince Andrew’s daughters have some very interesting careers that not many people know about.Eugenie actually works as an an Associate Art Director at a London art gallery called Hauser & Wirth, and has previously spoken about her job, saying: ‘I knew I definitely wouldn’t be a painter, but I knew this was the industry for me.I love being able to share my passion for art with people.’ She told Harpers Bazaar that her role sees her ‘planning special projects’ and ‘supporting the artists in the gallery and managing events.’ And according to People , her sister Beatrice works for a US-based technology company called Afiniti.So now you know! . The post What Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie do for a living might surprise you appeared first on Marie Claire .'