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  • Archaeologists discover 'industrial scale' wine production at ancient site

    09/21/2014 5:03:38 AM PDT · by RouxStir · 8 replies ^ | September 19, 2014
    <p>"Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a massive compound dating back to the Byzantine era, which was used for “industrial-scale” production of wine and olive oil.</p> <p>The site at Ramat Bet Shemesh about 19 miles west of Jerusalem contains an oil press, wine press and colorful mosaics, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.</p>
  • Moderate beer drinking could have the same health benefits as wine

    11/15/2011 7:55:33 PM PST · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    i o 9 ^ | 11/15/11
    We've known for a while now that moderate wine-drinking can confer some health benefits. Now a new study reveals moderate beer consumption can also reduce the risk of heart disease by 31%. So what's behind this unexpected health benefit? Researchers at Italy's Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura combined several different studies conducted in the last few years that allowed them to explore the possible link between beer drinking and cardiovascular disease, with a data set of over 200,000 people. They found that regular, moderate beer drinking carries almost exactly the same health benefit that has previously been demonstrated for wine...
  • 200-year-old booze found in shipwreck -- and it's still drinkable

    08/15/2014 5:24:51 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies ^ | 8/15/14 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe/
    A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdańsk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water. The chemical composition of the alcohol corresponds to that of the original brand of "Selters" water that is engraved...
  • English Elm 'Brought By Romans'

    10/28/2004 7:23:27 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 452+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-28-2004
    English elm 'brought by Romans' An outbreak of Dutch elm disease ravaged the trees in the 1970s All English elm trees could be descended from a single tree brought here by the Romans, scientists say. Spanish researchers who examined DNA from English elm told Nature magazine they found almost no difference between elm from Britain, Spain and Italy. The findings support historical evidence suggesting the English elm is identical to the Italian Atinian elm. The Romans used it to train vines for wine, as recorded by Spanish "garden writer" Columella from AD50. Atinian elms reproduce asexually, creating clones of themselves....
  • Italian archaeologists have grape expectations of their ancient wine

    08/28/2013 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-22-2013 | Tom Kington
    Archeologists in Italy have set about making red wine exactly as the ancient Romans did, to see what it tastes like. Based at the University of Catania in Sicily and supported by Italy's national research centre, a team has planted a vineyard near Catania using techniques copied from ancient texts and expects its first vintage within four years. "We are more used to archeological digs but wanted to make society more aware of our work, otherwise we risk being seen as extraterrestrials," said archaeologist Daniele Malfitana. At the group's vineyard, which should produce 70 litres at the first harvest, modern...
  • Get to Know the Global Superstars of Wine

    03/29/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2014 | Will Lyons
    What every wine drinker should know about Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Riesling"I KNOW NOTHING about wine—where do I start?" is perhaps the most frequent question I am asked. An obvious starting point is with grape varieties, which each have their own distinctive character and flavor. There are more than 5,000 varieties of wine grapes planted in the world. Luckily, for those new to the subject, only 100 or so have enough appeal to be deemed commercially viable. Luckier still, it's a relatively small number that have found international recognition. Jean-Manuel Duvivier These used...
  • Researchers find marinading meat in beer before grilling can reduce cancer-causing chemicals

    03/27/2014 1:10:52 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-25-14 | Mark Prigg
    As barbecue season approaches, researchers have discovered an unlikely ingredient that could improve the safety of your meat - letting it swill in beer. They say that letting meat marindade in pilsner can help reduce the formation of potentially harmful cancer-causing substances in grilled meats. They say pilsner and black beer are most effective, halving the amount of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which have been linked to colorectal cancer.
  • Chinese reveal their recipe for long life: wine and cannabis

    04/20/2002 5:37:47 PM PDT · by LarryLied · 21 replies · 255+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4/21/02 | Damien McElroy
    HIGH in the hills of a remote part of southern China, the villagers claim to have discovered the secret of long life: rice wine, drunk more or less all day long; snake wine; and a soup made from the oily seeds of the cannabis plant. Bama county is so cut off by the hills that surround it that the motor car has yet to penetrate. It has a population of just over 300,000, yet it has 73 centenarians, one of the highest ratios in the world. Scores more nonagenarians display the carefree air of people who know their time is...
  • A new day surfaces for deep sea archaeology

    06/28/2002 5:31:01 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies · 810+ views
    USA Today ^ | 06/26/2002 - Updated 10:04 PM ET | By Dan Vergano
    <p>The desert winds swept over the sands and out to the sea. Waters churned and the ships, loaded with wine from the ancient city of Tyre, tumbled in the storm.</p> <p>Swamped, the Tanit and Elissa foundered around 800 B.C., coming to rest upright some 1,300 feet under the Mediterranean, too deep for recovery.</p>
  • Boat of 160,000 wine corks makes waves

    07/19/2002 12:25:57 AM PDT · by stilts · 5 replies · 203+ views
    The Times of India ^ | July 19, 2002 | Reuters
    LISBON: A boat built of 160,000 wine corks has completed a 17-day voyage up one of Portugal’s most famous rivers, fulfilling a lifelong dream of its American builder. John Pollack, a one-time speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton, spent 30 years collecting corks for his project. He was delighted even though the voyage up the Douro river took twice as long as he had expected. “This proves the idea that if you have a dream you can achieve it and you don’t have to worry about looking silly,” Pollack, 36, said.He had expected the 265-km (165-mile) trip to take a...
  • Court battle looms over name of Champagne (bubbly news...)

    08/19/2002 2:56:36 AM PDT · by · 226+ views
    Azonline ^ | August 18., 2002 | Helen Szamuely
    Court battle looms over name of Champagne The 657 inhabitants of the Swiss village of Champagne in the Jura mountains have been making white wine for at least 1,000 years and naming it after their village. They might have to stop that if one particular clause in the Swiss-EU Agreement stands, reported the Daily Telegraph. The French wine-making empire wants them to change the name because, they say haughtily, it trades off the name of French champagne, which has been made only since the seventeenth century. So far the French Government and various French manufacturers have won most battles over...
  • Researchers say red wine reduces risk of Alzheimer's Disease - Beer doubles risk

    11/12/2002 10:20:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 60 replies · 754+ views
    The red wine reduced the risks of insanity, the beer increases these risks Tuesday November 12, 2002 - 16h39 GMT WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (AFP) - To regularly drink red wine reduced of more than half the risks of insanity while the beer has the opposite effect, doubling the probabilities of being touched in particular by the disease of Alzheimer, according to a study carried out in Denmark and published Tuesday in the United States. "These results are interesting because they could mean that certain substances of the wine reduce the supervening of the insanity", the author of the study...
  • A new wine from enviros

    04/17/2003 10:57:21 PM PDT · by kattracks · 80 replies · 400+ views ^ | 4/18/03 | Rich Lowry
    So many Americans are engaged in a boycott of French wine at the moment that some French importers are pressuring President Jacques Chirac to cry Uncle (Sam). But environmentalists, as ever, have different priorities than the rest of the country: They are busy protesting Napa Valley wine.The picturesque trellised fields there make most people, especially anyone with a taste for cabernet, consider Northern California closer to heaven than any place on Earth since Eden. But the fields are maligned by greens as "alcohol farms," the environmentally catastrophic result of "the graping of the land."Now, there's something amusing about sensitive liberals...
  • China Discover 2,000-Year-Old Liquir

    06/21/2003 1:05:00 AM PDT · by yonif · 5 replies · 212+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 21, 2003 | AP Asia
    BEIJING - Aged wines don't get much older than this. Archaeologists in western China discovered five earthenware jars of 2,000-year-old rice wine in an ancient tomb, and its bouquet was still strong enough to perk up the nose, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday. Xinhua said 1.3 gallons of the almost clear, blue-tinged liquor was found, enough to allow researchers their best opportunity yet to study ancient distilling techniques. Archaeologist Sun Fuzhi was quoted saying the tomb dated from the early Western Han dynasty, which held sway over much of mainland China between 206 B.C. and 25 A.D. Liquor...
  • 2,000 Year Old Wine Found In Communist China

    06/22/2003 2:02:25 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 282+ views
    BBC ^ | June 22, 2003 | Jannat Jalil
    There is a saying that fine wine improves with age. But does this apply to a wine that is 2,000 years old. Well, archaeologists in China may soon be able to tell us. State media said that when Chinese archaeologists unearthed a large bronze jar in the Western city of Xi'an they discovered about five litres of light green rice wine inside. The jar shaped like a phoenix head was found in a tomb. One archaeologist was quoted as saying that the high purity of the wine indicated the owner was a nobleman. It is thought to date back to...
  • Wine now prescribed in British hospital

    07/03/2003 11:59:35 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 145+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2003 | UPI
    <p>SWINDON, England, July 3 (UPI) -- Medical research has shown red wine is good for the heart, and now a British hospital is actually prescribing wine for its heart patients.</p> <p>The London Daily Mail reports nurses at Great Western Hospital in Swindon are giving their heart patients two glasses of wine each day in what's believed to be the first such hospital program in Europe.</p>
  • Life-Extending Chemical Is Found in Certain Red Wines

    08/26/2003 1:47:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 415+ views
    New York Times ^ | NICHOLAS WADE
    Biologists have found a class of chemicals that they hope will make people live longer by activating an ancient survival reflex. One of the chemicals, a natural substance known as resveratrol, is found in red wines, particularly those made in cooler climates like that of New York. The finding could help explain the so-called French paradox, the fact that the French live as long as anyone else despite consuming fatty foods deemed threatening to the heart. Besides the wine connection, the finding has the attraction of stemming from fundamental research in the biology of aging. However, the new chemicals have...
  • Red Wine Good for Smokers, Scientists Find

    08/31/2003 6:37:17 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 35 replies · 867+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-31-03 | Anon. Reuters Health Stringer
    VIENNA (Reuters) - If you must smoke, at least make sure you have a glass of red wine in the other hand. Researchers said Sunday there were enough beneficial chemicals in two glasses of red wine to suspend the harmful effect that smoking one cigarette has on the functioning of arteries. That does not prove regular red wine drinking can counteract the harm of chronic smoking, John Lekakis and Christos Papamichael of University Hospital in Athens told the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. But the finding does suggest that red wine -- long seen as good for...
  • Red Wine Molecule Shown to Extend Life

    09/09/2003 5:33:36 PM PDT · by apackof2 · 2 replies · 219+ views
    RealAge ^ | 9.9.03 | Greg Frost
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Researchers have known for years that cutting calories can prolong life in everything from yeast cells to mammals. But an easier way to live longer may be as simple as turning a corkscrew. Molecules found in red wine, peanuts and other products of the plant world have for the first time been shown to mimic the life-extending effects of calorie restriction, a finding that could help researchers develop drugs that lengthen life and prevent or treat aging-related diseases. Researchers said on Sunday that one of the molecules, a compound known as resveratrol, was shown in a study...
  • Wine-drinking women more fertile, study claims

    09/18/2003 8:37:50 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies · 415+ views
    AFP ^ | Thu, Sep 18, 2003
    Women who drink moderate quantities of wine become pregnant more easily than their teetotal or beer-supping sisters, a Danish medical review reported. According to Dagens Medecin a study of 30,000 women showed that those who chose a glass of wine over beer or spirits were most likely to conceive. The least likely to become pregnant were those who drank no alcohol at all. The research was carried out by a team headed by Mette Juhl of the state serology institute, Statens Serum Institut. They could not explain the reasons for their findings. "We know that wine-drinkers eat more healthily and...
  • Wine drinkers walk, beer drinkers walk to pub

    10/29/2003 6:42:31 AM PST · by Loyalist · 41 replies · 1,306+ views
    National Post ^ | October 29, 2003 | Tom Blackwell
    From the more reserved wine drinker to the A-type beer swiller, the kind of alcohol someone quaffs often indicates a certain personality type, a new study by researchers in Winnipeg concludes. The scientists at the University of Manitoba's Alcohol and Tobacco Research Unit found relatively distinct psychological traits when they surveyed hundreds of beer, wine and liquor afficionados. Beer drinkers tended to be more extroverted and ego-driven, the wine drinkers less so, and spirits drinkers fell somewhere in between the two, the study found. The findings may shed some light on conflicting evidence about the health benefits of certain types...
  • Potential (New) Anti-Cancer Agents Found in Red Wine

    12/17/2003 12:38:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 162+ views
    Nature ^ | 17 December 2003 | PHILIP BALL
    Pharmaceutical treasure trove may lurk at the bottom of the bottle.In a further boost to its image as a healthy elixir, red wine has been identified as a potential source of new anti-cancer agents. A group of French chemists has found that red wine contains a chemical compound called acutissimin A. The molecule has previously shown promise as an anti-cancer drug. "It would be quite inappropriate to infer that red wine possesses anti-tumour properties," warn Stéphane Quideau, of the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology in Pessac, and his colleagues. But, they point out, it could be worth mining red...
  • Breast Cancer Risk Tied to Wine, Fat Intake(But moderate drinking lowers women's risk)

    03/18/2004 9:59:03 AM PST · by truthandlife · 14 replies · 281+ views
    Health Day News ^ | 3-17-04 | Karen Pallarito
    A new Swedish study finds postmenopausal women who consume high amounts of alcohol, especially wine, are at a higher risk for breast cancer. According to the study, women who drank more than roughly 1.5 glasses of wine per day were twice as likely to get the disease compared to women with little or no alcohol intake. Moderate drinkers, meanwhile, were found to be at a 12 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Scientists had previously suspected that women who drink alcoholic beverages are at a greater risk of breast cancer. But not all studies have demonstrated a link, and the...
  • Researchers Seek to Develop Pest-Resistant Wine Grapes ($33 billion industry at stake)

    06/26/2004 10:34:28 AM PDT · by Truth666 · 9 replies · 238+ views
    The future of California's $33 billion wine industry might hang on an unlikely marriage of grape vines performed at the University of California, Davis. Each spring, UC Davis grape breeders Alan Tenscher and Andrew Walker plant more than 2,000 exotic young vines in the hope that one or two will emerge with fully flavored grapes and a high degree of resistance to plant-killing Pierce's disease. His work is part of a five-year, $166 million push to control Pierce's disease and the glassy-winged sharpshooter that carries it an effort that stretches from Davis vineyards to a bug-breeding colony near Bakersfield.
  • Alcohol sharpens your brain, say researchers

    07/31/2004 5:30:13 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 101 replies · 2,936+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | August 1, 2004 | Robert Matthews
    It is news guaranteed to raise a cheer among those who enjoy a glass or two: drinking half a bottle of wine a day can make your brain work better, especially if you are a woman. Research to be published tomorrow by academics at University College London has found that those who even drink only one glass of wine a week have significantly sharper thought processes than teetotallers. The benefits of alcohol, which are thought to be linked to its effect on the flow of blood to the brain, can be detected when a person drinks up to 30 units...
  • Beer has same benefits as red wine, study finds; moderation advised

    09/15/2004 1:05:19 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 52 replies · 2,888+ views ^ | September 14, 2004 | Mike Fuhrmann
    TORONTO (CP) - There's good news for beer drinkers: turns out the stuff is good for you - in moderation, according to a new study.The study, done at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., indicates that the polyphenols in beer - substances derived from barley - boost antioxidant activity in the blood. "Antioxidant activity ... helps prevent the oxidation of blood plasma by toxic free radicals that trigger many aging diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cataracts," according to a news release on the study. And you thought beer just tasted good. Biochemist John Trevithick, one...
  • Commercial Potential How marijuana and wine can improve our balance

    10/08/2004 10:21:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 579+ views
    Reason ^ | October 8, 2004 | Jacob Sullum
    Jacob Sullum'sSyndicated Column Commercial Potential (10/8) Drug Connections (10/1) Bullets for Ballots (9/24) Earlier Columns October 8, 2004 Commercial Potential How marijuana and wine can improve our balance Jacob Sullum Two years ago a drug raid in Butte County, California, led to a three-hour standoff. It was not the sort of standoff you usually read about in the papers or see depicted on TV, pitting police against desperate criminals. It was a standoff between local and federal law enforcement officials, with implications that extend far beyond those of the typical drug bust. Deputies from the Butte County Sheriff's Department...

    11/07/2004 12:53:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 687+ views
    New York Post/Reuters ^ | October 28, 2004
    October 28, 2004 -- LONDON — The good news is that drinking red wine could help protect against lung cancer — the bad news is that white wine may increase the risk of getting the disease. That's the finding of Spanish scientists who yesterday published the results of a study into the effects of different types of wine on lung cancer.
  • The Claim: Alcohol Kills Brain Cells

    11/27/2004 7:05:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 119 replies · 9,071+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2004 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    REALLY? THE FACTS When ancient Greeks wanted to reassure guests that their wine had not been spiked with poison, they toasted to good health. While that may be less of a worry today, there remain hazards from indulging in too much alcohol - including, of course, hangovers. But one thing people who drink socially probably don't need to worry about is sacrificing brain cells in the process. The research indicates that adults who drink in moderation are not in danger of losing brain cells. The notion that alcohol snuffs out brain cells has been around for years. Many studies have...
  • Drink like the French and stay alive

    11/28/2004 11:11:14 AM PST · by 1066AD · 19 replies · 997+ views
    The Observer (UK) ^ | 11/28/2004 | Robin McKie
    Drink like the French and stay alive Mine's a small, regular one ... Robin McKie, science editor Sunday November 28, 2004 The Observer It's not what you drink but the way that you drink it. This is the unexpected news from scientists who have found that steadily knocking back booze all week is a healthier way to consume alcohol than having bouts of high-level consumption followed by periods of abstinence. We should drink like the French, in other words. They sip a few glasses of wine every day of the year, and do jolly well on this liquid fare. Medical...
  • Storied Wine Collection Goes to Auction (Czar Nicholas II)

    12/03/2004 11:58:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 786+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/04 | Jill Lawless - AP
    LONDON - Nestled in cellars tunneled deep into a Crimean mountainside, they survived revolution, war and decades of communism. Hundreds of bottles of wine selected for the pleasure of Czar Nicholas II and preserved on the orders of Josef Stalin were auctioned by Sotheby's in London on Friday — the latest in a slew of Russian collectibles being snapped up at ever-rising prices. Several dozen Russian and European collectors gathered at Sotheby's showrooms to bid on bottles, some more than 150 years old and valued at several thousand dollars, from the imperial Massandra winery near Yalta on Ukraine's Black Sea...
  • China Was Drinking Wine 9,000 Years Ago

    12/06/2004 5:20:45 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 859+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-7-2004 | Roger Highfield
    China was drinking wine 9,000 years ago By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 07/12/2004) A mixed fermented wine of rice, honey and fruit was being drunk in northern China 9,000 years ago, more than a thousand years before the previously oldest known fermented drinks, brewed in the Middle East. In the past scientists relied on the stylistic similarities of early pottery and bronze vessels to argue for the existence of a prehistoric fermented beverage in China. Today's findings provide the first direct chemical evidence from ancient China for such beverages, which were of cultural, religious, and medical significance. Dr Patrick...
  • Hints of 9,000-year-old wine found in China

    12/07/2004 12:32:04 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies · 498+ views ^ | 12/06/2004 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - The Chinese were consuming fermented beverages — possibly wine — as long as 9,000 years ago, according to scientists who used modern techniques to peer back through the mists of time.Early evidence of beer and wine had been traced to the ancient Middle East. But the new discovery indicates that the Chinese may have been making their drinks even earlier.“Fermented beverages are central to a lot of our religions, social relations, medicine, in many cultures around the world,” said Patrick E. McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. These drinks “have played key roles...
  • Chocolate, wine can aid heart

    12/17/2004 2:25:19 PM PST · by Rodney King · 84 replies · 2,087+ views ^ | today | Sharon Labi
    Chocolate, wine can aid heart By Sharon Labi December 17, 2004 A DAILY meal of seven ingredients including wine and chocolate could cut heart disease by 76 per cent, Australian researchers have found. The diet comprising wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruit, vegetables, almonds and garlic, would also increase life expectancy by more than six years in men and five years in women. Researchers at Monash University, in Victoria, and the Erasmus University Medical Centre, in The Netherlands, studied the effects of the "polymeal" to see if its benefits could match those of a polypill. Research last year into a polypill...
  • Eat 'Supermeals' to Protect Heart: Experts (wine, chocolate, almonds...)

    12/17/2004 8:44:38 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 96 replies · 3,738+ views
    ABC News/Reuters ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Alison McCook
    Eating meals that include all ingredients known to improve cardiovascular health could add years to your life, according to new study findings released Friday. According to an international group of experts' calculations, if men age 50 and older added almonds, garlic and other heart-healthy ingredients to their daily diets, they might increase their life expectancy by more than 6 years, and spend more time free of cardiovascular disease. The Polymeal includes ingredients that research has consistently shown can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. The menu includes wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruits, vegetables, garlic and almonds. All ingredients must be...
  • Is beer less fattening than wine?

    03/16/2005 2:16:25 PM PST · by quantim · 16 replies · 2,772+ views
    BBC News UK ^ | Tuesday, 8 March, 2005, 13:24 GMT
    Brewers are hoping to appeal to women drinkers by offering beer in third-of-a-pint glasses. But first they tackle the belief that beer is more fattening than wine. Is it true?Stroll through the doors of a traditional British hostelry and the scene that presents itself would no doubt jar with the slogan for a new campaign by pub operators: Beautiful Beer. The sight of burly, whiskery men propping up the bar with a pint in one hand and a gravity-affirming paunch may conjure many descriptions, but "beautiful" is probably not one of them. Yet, with its campaign, the British Beer and...
  • Red wine protects the heart, two or three glasses a day

    03/17/2005 8:58:01 PM PST · by quantim · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 18 Mar 2005
    A review article of the latest studies looking at red wine and cardiovascular health shows drinking two to three glasses of red wine daily is good for the heart, according to a Yale School of Medicine researcher in the Journal of American College of Surgeons. "The current consensus is that it is not just the alcohol, but something else," said Bauer Sumpio, M.D., professor and section chief of vascular surgery in the Department of Surgery. "There are probably several mechanisms of protection from a cardiovascular viewpoint." He said researchers have been trying to pinpoint why red wine has a cardiovascular...
  • Both Beer, Red Wine Raise Blood Pressure

    04/18/2005 7:32:27 PM PDT · by quantim · 54 replies · 1,806+ views ^ | April 18, 2005 | Michael Smith, MD
    April 18, 2005 -- Beer and red wine can raise your blood pressure, but researchers say alcohol is still heart healthy in the right amount.It's well known that alcohol can raise blood pressure, blood pressure, but it's been unclear if different types of alcohol have the same effect, says Renate R. Zilkens, PhD, research fellow in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia.Red Wine vs. BeerZilkens and colleagues wanted to see if the antioxidant chemicals in red wine red wine could offset some of the blood pressure effects of alcohol. So they compared it with...
  • 'Alcohol makes your brain grow' (new brain cells)

    05/01/2005 10:47:07 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 50 replies · 1,769+ views
    BBC ^ | Apr. 29, 2005 | BBC
    Drinking alcohol boosts the growth of new nerve cells in the brain, research suggests. But while this might sound good in theory, the Swedish team believe these new cells could contribute to the development of alcohol dependence. Mice fed moderate quantities of alcohol grew extra brain cells, but also showed a preference for alcohol over water. The Karolinska Institute research appears in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. Brain growth Lead researcher Professor Stefan Brene said: "We believe that the increased production of new nerve cells during moderate alcohol consumption can be important for the development of alcohol addiction and other...
  • French Wine Exports Drowning

    05/29/2005 3:11:18 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 128 replies · 2,722+ views
    News24 [Cape Town, South Africa] ^ | May 29, 2005 | Adrienne Taylor [South African Press Assn]
    Paris – French wine exports sank again in the first quarter of 2005 confirming a downward spiral which has plunged the sector into crisis and brought thousands of wine-growers out onto the streets in protest. "Global over-production in 2004, which is put at between 10 to 20 million hectolitres, is pulling prices down and adding to the problems of French wines which are being asked to become simpler in taste to meet growing world consumption," said Louis-Regis Affre, an official from the French Federation of Exporters of Wines and Spirits (FEVS). Apart from champagnes and sparkling wines, exports of French...
  • Islamic Iran uncovers more of its winemaking past

    05/30/2005 6:36:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 484+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | May 30, 2005
    TEHRAN -- Archaeologists digging in southern Iran have found a pool and pots that they believe were used some 1,800 years ago for large scale wine production, reinforcing the now-Islamic nation's status as the cradle of wine drinkers. "We have found an almost intact pool with a canal in the middle of it. This is where the juices from crushed grapes would flow and be collected later in pots for fermentation and turning into wine," said Ali Asadi, the head of the excavation team. The team, which includes a group of Polish archaeologists, is digging at a site called Tange...
  • Iran digs up more of its wine-making past [Shiraz Wine]

    05/30/2005 9:09:52 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 15 replies · 476+ views
    Daily Star ^ | 5/30/05 | Daily Star
    TEHRAN: Archaeologists digging in southern Iran have found a pool and pots they believe were used some 1,800 years ago for large scale wine production, reinforcing the now-Islamic nation's status as the cradle of wine drinkers. "We have found an almost intact pool with a canal in the middle of it. This is where the juices from crushed grapes would flow and be collected later in pots for fermentation and turning into wine," Ali Asadi, the head of the excavation team said. The team, which includes a group of Polish archaeologists, is digging at a site called Tange Bolaghi, near...
  • Gallic Ploy Plonks New Labels On Old Bottles To Drain Wine Lakes

    06/24/2005 7:39:52 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 3 replies · 257+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | June 25, 2005 | Adam Sage
    Paris – French winemakers got some long-awaited good news this week: their wines are selling well in the United States. Or at least some of them are. Fat Bastard, for instance, is highly popular, and so too are Wild Pig, Red Bicyclette and Pont d’Avignon. Those four were among the labels on display at Vinexpo, a wine fair in Bordeaux, and they set the tone for the debate about how French vineyards confront a crisis that has resulted in a lake of unsold Gallic wine of 2.5 million hectolitres (66 million gallons). It has two causes. At home, the French...
  • Cheers! Drinking boosts brainpower!

    08/04/2005 10:01:34 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 76 replies · 1,632+ views
    The Times of India ^ | THURSDAY, AUGUST 04, 2005 10:22:47 PM | The Times of India
    It is guaranteed to raise a cheer among those who enjoy a tipple: moderate drinkers are better hinkers than teetotallers or those who overindulge, says a report in the Guardian. Research by the Australian National University in Canberra suggests drinking in moderation boost your brainpower. But none at all, or too much, can make you a dullard. A study of 7,000 people in their early 20s, 40s and 60s found that those who drank within safe limits had better verbal skills, memory and speed of thinking than those at the extremes of the drinking spectrum. The safe consumption level was...
  • Raise a glass of red for eye health - study

    08/15/2005 8:59:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies · 1,010+ views
    Stuff (New Zealand) ^ | 15 August 2005
    A study which shows moderate red wine drinkers have only half the risk of developing cataracts has been welcomed by New Zealand optometrists. The Reykjavik Eye Study in Iceland followed the health and diet of a group of over-55-year-olds for a period of five years. It examined the progression of age-related eye disease such as cataract, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Results showed non-drinkers and heavy drinkers of any sort of alcohol had a substantially increased risk for cataract development. But moderate red wine drinkers - anything between two glasses a month to two or three glasses a day -...
  • Fine French wine has new use: Fueling cars

    10/07/2005 3:14:00 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 45 replies · 778+ views
    International Herald Tribune/NYT ^ | Oct. 6, 2005 | Craig S. Smith
    VAUVERT, France Olivier Gibelin tilts a glass of deep red wine, sniffs and sips at a table set between tall concrete vats of fermenting grape juice in his rustic stone winery here. The air is heavy with an odor of yeast. "Do you want to try what will be going into your tank?" he asks ruefully, pouring a visitor a glass. "If my grandfather could taste what I'm turning into alcohol, he'd turn over in his grave."
  • Compound In Wine Reduces Levels Of Alzheimer's Disease-causing Peptides

    11/05/2005 2:30:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 1,271+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-11-04
    A study published in the November 11 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry shows that resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, lowers the levels of the amyloid-beta peptides which cause the telltale senile plaques of Alzheimer's disease. "Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol occurring in abundance in several plants, including grapes, berries and peanuts," explains study author Philippe Marambaud. "The polyphenol is found in high concentrations in red wines. The highest concentration of resveratrol has been reported in wines prepared from Pinot Noir grapes. Generally, white wines contain 1% to 5% of the resveratrol content present in...
  • High-fat dairy food may lower colorectal cancer risk

    11/24/2005 7:36:10 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 28 replies · 1,007+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | New York, November 24, 2005 | Reuters
    People who have high levels of high-fat dairy foods and conjugated linoleic acid, a component of dairy foods, in their diet may have a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. "High-fat dairy, and not only low-fat dairy, may be beneficial," Dr. Susanna C. Larsson from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, told Reuters Health. Larsson and colleagues examined the association between long-term consumption of high-fat dairy foods and the rate of colorectal cancer among more than 60,000 women between 40 and 76 years old who participated in the Swedish Mammography Cohort. Women who...
  • Moderate Drinking 'May Not Be Good For You'

    12/01/2005 6:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,444+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-2-2005 | Nic Fleming
    Moderate drinking 'may not be good for you' By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent (Filed: 02/12/2005) Drinking in moderation may not be good for you after all, scientists said yesterday. Previous research has suggested that light to moderate alcohol consumption protects the heart. One study suggested drinking the equivalent of up to two pints of ordinary strength beer or three glasses of wine can reduce heart attack risk by a quarter. However, writing in today's issue of The Lancet, Dr Rod Jackson and colleagues from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, suggest the apparent protective effect of alcohol may be...
  • California Vineyards Flooded As Torrential Rain Causes Chaos

    01/01/2006 5:29:39 PM PST · by blam · 51 replies · 1,295+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-2-2006 | Catherine Elsworth
    California vineyards flooded as torrential rain causes chaos By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles (Filed: 02/01/2006) Northern California's famous wine country suffered widespread flooding yesterday after powerful storms pummelled the region. Rivers overflowed their banks, engulfing homes and triggering mudslides that blocked roads across the area. At least a dozen people were rescued from the rushing waters and, with more rain forecast, emergency officials urged residents in low-lying areas close to rivers to evacuate. The heaviest rain hit the Napa Valley area, just north of San Francisco and home to more than 200 vineyards, including the Robert Mondavi Winery, Francis...