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  • 170-year-old champagne recovered from shipwreck still delicious, tasters say

    04/20/2015 7:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    sciencerecorder.com ^ | Delila James
    Biochemist Phillipe Jeandet.... who has analyzed the early 19-century bubbly, says there were surprising amounts of copper and iron in the wine. The copper most likely came from copper sulfate, which vintners used to kill mildew and fungus on growing grape vines, the report said. The nails used to hold the wooden storage barrels together probably account for the liquid’s high iron content, he said. Even after 170 years lying some 165 feet deep in the ancient sunken cargo vessel, the champagne corks had not deteriorated because, scientists say, there was liquid both inside and out. And, according to Andrew...
  • What would Jesus drink? Experts guess what wine was like in ancient times and what modern ones ...

    04/02/2015 2:21:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 172 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 2, 2015 | Anne Valdespino
    Full title: What would Jesus drink? Experts guess what wine was like in ancient times and what modern ones are similar Christ was a vintner. And if you heed the Scriptures, quite a good one, according to the maitre d' at the wedding in Cana. "... the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, 'Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.'" (John 2:9-10). In ancient times, wine was precious and revered, mentioned more than 140 times in the Bible. As Easter and...
  • Cheap Wines Chock-Full of Arsenic: Lawsuit

    03/20/2015 12:57:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    The wines named in the lawsuit are primarily inexpensive white or blush varietals including moscato, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc.Many popular, inexpensive brands of wine made and distributed in California, including Trader Joe's famed "Two Buck Chuck," contain illegal and dangerously high levels of poisonous inorganic arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles. Plaintiffs Doris Charles, Alvin Jones, Jason Peltier and Jennifer Peltier allege in their complaint that dozens of wineries are violating state law by knowingly producing, marketing and selling arsenic contaminated wine and failing to warn consumers about the potential danger. The suit, filed in...
  • Denver company's tests on wine triggers lawsuit (Arsenic in CA wines)

    03/19/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | March 19, 2015 | Staff, DBJ
    A lawsuit is expected to be filed in California today over the amount of arsenic in some of the best-selling wines in the country. CBS News reports laboratory testing by Denver's BeverageGrades found some wines have as much as time times the maximum level of arsenic the Environmental Protection Agency allows for drinking water. The EPA doesn't regulate wine as it does water, and there are no federal labeling requirements to disclose what's in wine.
  • (Maryland) Lawmaker Proposes Lower Military Drinking Age

    03/04/2015 4:40:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | March 3, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Lawmaker proposes lower military drinking age • A Maryland senator has proposed a new bill to allow 18-year-old members of the US military to drink alcohol, despite the legal drinking age in the country being 21. Senator Ron Young, D-Frederick proposed a reduction in the legal drinking age for military members to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Friday. The bill would permit service members under the age of 21 to drink beer and wine at a bar or restaurant by showing valid military identification, however spirits and off-premise purchases would still be prohibited. “Is someone can...
  • Will climate change kill off Pinot Noir? Vineyards are ditching grape varieties that can't cope...

    01/03/2015 1:57:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/02/15 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    If global temperatures continue to rise, the taste of your favourite wine could either drastically change, or the drink could be off the menu completely. A wine expert has warned that fine wines in particular, such as Pinot Noir, are having their flavour significantly altered due to climate change. And, as a result, vineyard owners are ditching these grape varieties in favour of those that are better equipped to handle the increases in global temperature.
  • Pennsylvania couple fighting to save $160,000 collection of rare wine after it was seized under

    12/23/2014 6:00:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 23, 2014 | Pete D'Amato
    Pennsylvania state police were tied up for months in a sting operation that ended with a 20-hour raid in early January. As law professor Baylen Linnekin writes in Reason, the target wasn't illegal narcotics but a cellar full of rare and expensive bottles of wine. 2,447 bottles, to be exact. They are worth more than $160,000. Officers seized the bottles from the Malvern home of attorneys Arthur Goldman and Melissa Kurtzman, and state they are now planning to destroy the collection. The state's strict liquor laws led law enforcement to Goldman, who insists he was not looking to sell off...
  • Booze calculator: What's your drinking nationality?

    12/20/2014 5:45:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 95 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 18, 2014
    In the month of December alcohol consumption increases as many people celebrate the festive season. But how does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world? Find out below if you are similar to a boozy Belarusian or a teetotal Kuwaiti.
  • Water's role in the rise and fall of the Roman Empire

    12/13/2014 6:19:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Science Daily ^ | December 11, 2014 | European Geosciences Union
    Smart agricultural practices and an extensive grain-trade network enabled the Romans to thrive in the water-limited environment of the Mediterranean, a new study shows. But the stable food supply brought about by these measures promoted population growth and urbanisation, pushing the Empire closer to the limits of its food resources... Brian Dermody, an environmental scientist from Utrecht University, teamed up with hydrologists from the Netherlands and classicists at Stanford University in the US. The researchers wanted to know how the way Romans managed water for agriculture and traded crops contributed to the longevity of their civilisation. They were also curious...
  • Alcoholic drinks makers lead way on climate change adaptation

    10/17/2014 5:15:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 16, 2014 | BY JANE WARDELL
    Wine and beer lovers face an uncertain future. While climate change is a distant consideration for many global businesses, grapes and grains are on the front line. The good news for those who like a tipple is that alcoholic drinks makers are among businesses leading the way in devising technology to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Experts say such mitigation and adaptation techniques are critical for a range of companies to prepare for a future that is hotter, drier and prone to extreme weather and consequences such as flooding.
  • Woman drowns in wine barrel after becoming intoxicated by fumes

    10/10/2014 7:25:24 AM PDT · by dware · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.01.2014 | FoxNews.com
    LEON, Spain – A 25-year-old Spanish woman drowned after becoming intoxicated by fermentation gases and falling into a wine barrel, Metro reported. Nerea Perez, a vineyard worker in northern Spain, reportedly had been stirring wine while it was fermenting— a lengthy process that allows the wine to come in extra contact with dead yeast grape bits.
  • Orson Welles' wine commercial - the unaired out-takes.

    10/07/2014 7:42:04 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 43 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    Paul Masson would sell no wine before its time...which apparently didn't stop Orson from having a quart or two before showing up for the original commercial shoot...
  • Archaeologists discover 'industrial scale' wine production at ancient site

    09/21/2014 5:03:38 AM PDT · by RouxStir · 9 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 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>
  • 'Halal Wine' With 24-Carat Edible Gold Leaf Released in Dubai

    09/02/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 31 August 2014
    A new product dubbed as sparkling “halal wine” has been reportedly released in Dubai featuring a 24-carat edible gold leaf to add a glittering effect. The “Lussory” wine is said to be completely halal because it contains no alcohol, according to the UAE-based 7days newspaper. “Lussory is a 100 percent halal product with 0.0 per cent alcohol content,” 7Days quoted Lootah Premium Foods as saying. The grapes used to produce the Lussory halal wine came from the vineyards of La Mancha in Spain, the newspaper added. The wine is “made in the exact same way as regular wine or champagne,”...
  • Yes, they ate Locust. A Review of Some the Common Foods at the Time of Jesus

    07/17/2014 4:58:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 17, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Generally speaking, the Israelites of Christ’s time were frugal eaters. Frankly until about 100 years ago, frugality in eating was more imposed than chosen. The food was more scarce and less convenient than today. It’s availability was seasonable, and all the elements needed to be made from scratch, including hauling in the water from wells etc.Bread was the essential, basic food. So basic was it that in Hebrew “to eat bread” and “to have a meal” in the same thing. Bread was treated with great respect and many rules existed to preserve that reverence. Any crumbs of over the size...
  • Environmental groups' lawsuit could upend Sonoma County vineyard policies

    06/13/2014 9:17:11 PM PDT · by rey · 21 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | June 13, 2014 | GUY KOVNER
    Three environmental groups are challenging Sonoma County's approval of a 54-acre Annapolis vineyard in a case that reflects long-standing conflict over expansion of the county's $600 million a year grape industry. If the lawsuit were to succeed, it would wipe out the county's vineyard development law, itself born amid controversy between growers and environmentalists 14 years ago. That friction has intensified with the recent growth of forest-to-vineyard projects near the coast, a cool region hospitable to pinot noir grapes, the most expensive varietal grown in the county. The law — officially named the Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, known...
  • Coffee-Flavored Wine in a Can Exists

    06/26/2014 1:15:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    If you're going to drink wine in a can, you should probably make it coffee-flavored, and fantastically enough, this stuff comes in two low-cal, slim-can "flavors," if you will: Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino. Being the first to market with a coffee wine is a not-inconsiderable bump in mirth from the people at Friends Fun Wine, "creators of the 'fun wine' category," albeit one that was previously limited to hum-drum canned sangria and even less fun 6 percent ABV strawberry moscato. Still, it all feels a bit uninspired, so long as Aussies keep throwing back Nerds-Nutella coffee bombs,...
  • Resveratrol in the diet is no help at all, study says

    05/13/2014 11:57:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5-12-14 | Melissa Healy
    o you've been feeling virtuous quaffing red wine, nibbling on dark chocolate and popping grapes, thinking you're reaping the life-extending, disease-fighting, health-promoting benefits of resveratrol. You'll need to think again, suggests a new study, which finds that high levels of resveratrol consumed as part of a regular diet are not linked to lower levels of cancer, cardiovascular disease or inflammation, and do not appear to prolong life. The latest research on the promising polyphenol was conducted on the senior population of two villages in the Chianti region of Italy -- 783 men and women 65 and older whose health and...
  • Is Vermouth the Next ‘It’ Drink?

    05/04/2014 8:32:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS MarketWatch ^ | April 25, 2014 | Charles Passy
    The back story: Is vermouth the next “it” sip? Certainly, that’s what a number of wine and spirits enthusiasts are suggesting. Though the category has basically been flat sales-wise since 2011 — at about 1.5 million cases per year, according to the Beverage Information Group — a number of boutique vermouths have come onto the market, playing up the sip’s unique flavor and heritage. (Vermouth is typically a wine that’s been enhanced with botanicals, sugar and a stronger spirit.) Indeed, even though vermouth is primarily associated with European producers, there’s now a quality one being made right in New York....
  • Pinot and M&M Pairings at Claypool Cellars

    04/23/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/22/2014 | Jennifer Graue
    It might be the smallest tasting room in Sonoma County -- possibly anywhere -- but Claypool Cellars manages to pack a lot of personality into the converted railroad caboose inside Sebastopol's Gravenstein Station. There's the obvious draw of winery namesake Les Claypool, the frontman and bass guitarist of the alt-rock band Primus and the recently formed Duo de Twang, a rockabilly-bluegrass combo. Rather than making the tasting room (which Claypool nicknamed the Fancy Booze Caboose) a shrine to Claypool's rock 'n' roll life, he and wife Chaney wholeheartedly embraced the train theme by displaying choice pieces of her late father's...
  • Pantless Florida woman who stole wine from Publix ID'd

    04/12/2014 10:18:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 12, 2014 | Adrienne Cutway
    After video of the incident began to circulate online, the Ocala Police Department was able to identify the Florida woman who walked into Publix without pants and stole wine. Desiree J. Taylor, 35, walked into an Ocala Publix around 2 p.m. Tuesday wearing nothing but a T-shirt and slippers and then walked out moments later carrying two boxes of wine, police say. The value of the stolen wine was $41.68.
  • Climate Change Allows Scottish Wine to Debut

    03/30/2014 6:43:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 12 replies
    Accuweather ^ | March 30,2014
    Christopher Trotter will make history later this year when he unveils the first bottles of wine from his vineyard nestled to the north of Edinburgh -- all thanks to climate change.
  • 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.
  • China Drinks the Most Red Wine in the World: Report

    01/30/2014 9:36:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    More than even Italy or France, China guzzled almost 2 billion bottles of red wine last year. Red wine consumption has skyrocketed in the country since 2007, partially because the color red signals good fortune, experts say.China has surpassed France and Italy to become the biggest consumer of red wine in the world. According to a joint report out of Vinexpo and The International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR), Chinese oenophiles tipped back the equivalent of 1.865 billion bottles last year (or 155 million 9-liter cases).
  • Chocolate and red wine can help stave off diabetes (Antioxidants regulate blood glucose)

    01/20/2014 7:50:22 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20 January 2014 | Jenny Hope
    It sounds like the ingredient list for an indulgent dessert. But red wine, chocolate and strawberries are more than a guilty pleasure. They could all help guard against diabetes. A study found for the first time the high content of flavonoids found in berry fruits may regulate blood glucose levels, and stave off type 2 diabetes. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in plants, as well as tea, red wine and chocolate, which can protect against a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia. The study found the main protective effect came from higher intakes of...
  • Did toxic wine kill Alexander the Great? Scientists ‘find plant behind ancient leader’s’…

    01/11/2014 8:09:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:59 EST, 11 January 2014 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Alexander the Great built a legendary empire before his untimely—and mysterious—death at the age of just 32 in 323 BC. Some historians argued was death was due to natural causes, while others maintained he was secretly murdered at a celebratory banquet. Now, an Otago University scientist may have unraveled the case some 2,000 years later. National Poisons Center toxicologist Dr. Leo Schep thinks the culprit could be poisonous wine made from an innocuous-looking plant, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald. […] His research, co-authored by Otago University classics expert Dr. Pat Wheatley and published in the medical...
  • What's killing my yeast?

    01/05/2014 11:32:16 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 43 replies
    January 5, 2014 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I'm making some cheap wine. When I say cheap I mean one step above Pruno. Right now I'm just getting down the basics, collecting equipment and experimenting with different concoctions. My first try was apple juice, sugar and bread yeast which actually came out quite well. I have 2 bottles of it sitting in the fridge now waiting until my 5 litre box of Blush runs out before I start drinking it. The main reason I chose apple juice first was for the 128 ounce bottle. Now that it's done I'm using the bottle to make other wines 64 ounces...
  • Wine Cellar, Well Aged, Is Revealed in Israel

    11/23/2013 6:03:17 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 22, 2013 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Digging this summer at the ruins of a 1700 B.C. Canaanite palace in northern Israel, archaeologists struck wine. Near the banquet hall where rulers of a Middle Bronze Age city-state and their guests feasted, a team of American and Israeli researchers broke through to a storage room holding the remains of 40 large ceramic jars. The vessels were broken, their liquid contents long since vanished — but not without a trace. A chemical analysis of residues left in the three-foot-tall jars detected organic traces of acids that are common components of all wine, as well as ingredients popular in ancient...
  • 2013 Vintage Report: California

    11/21/2013 6:18:56 AM PST · by Renfield · 14 replies
    Wine Spectator ^ | 11-20-2013 | James Laube
    Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, it's time to see what nature delivered. On the West Coast in 2013, most vintners are reporting a great year, a twin to the promising 2012. In many parts of Europe, however, it's another year of challenging conditions and low yields. In the first of five 2013 vintage reports, California winegrowers up and down the coast are celebrating a long, sunny year. After last year’s high quality and high yields, 2013 offers more of the...
  • Christian organization cancels 'Duck Dynasty' event because Robertsons have wine deal

    11/13/2013 9:17:01 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 112 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 13, 2013 | Hollie McKay
    Despite his devotion to dinner time prayers and Christian values, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson has been axed from speaking at a benefit in Bristol, Tenn. for the faith and bible-driven organization, Family Ministries. Why? Wine. The famous family announced its latest business venture last week: Duck Commander Wines. In conjunction with the winemakers of Trinchero Family Estates in Napa, the Robertsons' own line of Red, Moscato and Chardonnay is slated to hit stores next month. According to the Ministries, Duck Commander Wines goes against the organization's core values. "Our greatest responsibility is to the young people we serve. Therefore,...
  • Yeah, There's a Wine for Cats

    11/08/2013 5:02:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Rhys Alvarado
    A Japanese company has created Nyan Nyan Nouveau, a non-alcoholic wine for cats. Let's face it, your cat probably doesn't like you. Or need you. But maybe that can change. In the likely case that you're drinking that glass of Napa red alone, give your feline a reason to join you. As Kotaku reported earlier today, Japanese company B&H Lifes has released Nyan Nyan Nouveau, a wine made exclusively for cats. See also: Adventures of the Radish That Looks Like a Man Nyan Nyan in Japanese means "cats meow." Nouveau refers to Beaujolais Nouveau produced in the Beaujolais region of...
  • Global wine shortage looms, says report

    10/30/2013 5:32:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/30/13
    <p>Here’s a sobering thought for you. A global wine shortage may be around the corner.</p> <p>According to a report released this week by Morgan Stanley Research, there was a global undersupply of about 300 million cases of wine in 2012, the largest deficit recorded in almost 50 years.</p>
  • Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record

    10/24/2013 11:51:26 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 24, 2013 | Benjamin Weinthal
    Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims. The four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after being arrested in a house church last December and charged with consuming alcohol in violation of the theocracy's strict laws, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. They were among several Christians punished for their faith in a nation where converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty. According to a new October UN report by...
  • Japanese company sells feline wine to pet owners

    10/17/2013 6:12:53 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 16
    TOKYO, - A Japanese company said a limited-run product marketed as wine for cats is made of Cabernet Sauvignon juice and catnip. B&H Lifes, a pet food manufacturer, said the cat-oriented beverage, Nyan Nyan Nouveau, officially went on sale Tuesday and only 1,000 bottles of the concoction will be sold at a price of $4 per bottle, Japan Daily Press reported Wednesday. The company, which also produces Wan Wan Beer for dogs, named the wine for Beaujolais Nouveau, a popular French brand of wine, and "nyan nyan," the Japanese translation of "meow."
  • (Sex Poodle) Al Gore Tried To Buy Twitter By Getting Its Founders Drunk On Wine And Patron Tequila

    10/09/2013 4:48:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    UPROXX ^ | 10/09/13 | The Cajun Boy
    The New York Times today published a story online by Nick Bilton about Twitter’s early days that’ll be in the paper’s Sunday magazine. The piece by Bilton, a Times tech reporter and the author of a book on the founding of Twitter, contains a slew of interesting tidbits, but the things I found most amusing were the tidbits about the people who tried to buy Twitter in its early days. Al Gore pitched Williams and Stone one night over copious amounts of wine and Patron tequila at his St. Regis suite in San Francisco. Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of...
  • ‘France is treating wine makers like drug dealers’

    10/02/2013 10:59:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 02 Oct 2013 13:04 GMT+02:00 | Ben McPartland
    All is not well with France’s famed wine industry. Despite fears of a rise in wine taxes seemingly having been allayed by the country’s agriculture minister this week, industry leaders are still nursing a headache over government plans to reinforce health warnings on wine bottles and packaging. In reaction to the plan, leaders of the wine industry—which represents France’s second-biggest export sector—have mobilized and created a lobby group Vin et Societé (Wine and Society) to take on the government. … According to Sud Ouest newspaper, the French government plans to change the warning from “Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your...
  • Researchers discover secrets behind unintentional overpouring of wine

    09/30/2013 6:47:15 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    natmonitor ^ | September 30, 2013 | Lance Tillson
    Pouring two to three glasses of wine when you think you’re pouring just a glass is actually quite common, new research at Iowa State and Cornell universities reveals. In fact, researchers found that how much one pours is affected by a number of environmental factors and could have somber repercussions when it comes to overconsumption of alcoholic beverages. Researchers asked the study participants to pour what they thought was a normal drink utilizing various types of glasses in different environments. The findings reveal how easy it is to overpour. For example, participants poured approximately 12 percent more wine into a...
  • That’s the spirit: Snake preserved in wine for 3 months bites woman

    09/24/2013 10:07:01 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2013-9-9 | no byline
    The Year of the Snake has proved unlucky for one woman in northern China who received hospital treatment after opening a bottle of wine containing a snake that suddenly jumped out and bit her hand. The surprise attack occurred after the woman surnamed Liu from Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province decided to add more alcohol to the bottle when the snake, which she had bought live in June and since kept pickled in spirits, pulled a Jesus and sprung to life, dbw.cn reported on September 3. Liu received treatment at a local hospital for inflammation, explaining she drank snake wine regularly to...
  • Could A Daily Dose Of Red Wine Reduce One's Risk Of Depression?

    08/31/2013 8:44:28 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    FORBES ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | Alice G. Walton
    An enticing new study from BMC Medicine reports that people over 55 who drink a little alcohol, averaging about a glass – generally of wine – per day, are less likely to be clinically depressed than those who drink more and those who don’t drink at all. It turned out that low-to-moderate alcohol consumption was linked to reduced risk of depression: People who drank between two and seven glasses of wine per week seemed to derive the greatest benefit, having a third the risk of being depressed as people who did not drink.
  • 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...
  • Historian seeks return to communion wine

    08/20/2013 2:08:32 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 116 replies
    apb ^ | 17 July 2013 | Jeff Brumley
    Discussion leader Bill Leonard, an author and church historian at Wake Forest Divinity School, was asked why Baptists don’t use wine in the rite. He immediately proclaimed “I long for the day” when they do. Most Baptists and other Protestants, except Episcopalians and Lutherans, switched from wine during the temperance movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. But if Baptists today are going to argue – as some do – for full immersion baptism and re-baptize new members from other Christian churches, then they should embrace the biblical standard of wine in the supper, Leonard said. “Here we are talking...
  • Communion on the moon

    07/27/2013 2:27:22 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 7-24-13 | Marvin Olasky
    Pardon me, please, if you’re familiar with this terrific story, but I never knew it: Former astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin celebrated the Lord’s Supper on the moon 44 years ago, on July 20. Aldrin was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church near Houston. According to London’s Daily Mail, a Presbyterian General Assembly gave Aldrin permission to administer communion to himself on the moon, using a small plastic container of wine and some bread.
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #39 June 07, 2013

    06/07/2013 3:30:27 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 10 replies
    Free Republic | 6/7/2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #39 May 31, 2013

    05/31/2013 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 33 replies
    Free Republic | 5-31-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • Venezuela Catholic Church 'running out of wine'

    05/27/2013 5:15:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/27/13
    The Catholic Church in Venezuela has said it is running out of wine to celebrate Mass because of nationwide shortages of basic supplies. It said the scarcity of some products had forced the country's "only wine maker" to stop selling to the Church. Critics blame the shortages on tight state control of the economy and inadequate domestic production. But the government insists that an opposition-led conspiracy and price speculations are the problem. "[Our supplier] Bodegas Pomar have told us that they can no longer make wine because they're facing difficulties," Church spokesman Monsignor Lucker told BBC News. Some of the...
  • Napa Wine Aged in the Ocean Yields Surprising Results

    05/24/2013 11:32:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu., May 23 2013 | Anna Roth
    Three months ago, Mira Winery in Napa embarked on a grand experiment: It lowered 48 bottles of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon into the ocean outside Charleston, S.C. in a custom-built cage to see what aging in the sea would do to the wine's flavor. On Tuesday, the bottles were retrieved and tasted. The differences between the wine aged in the ocean and the wine aged in the regular process are "incredible," according to Gutavo Gonzalez, Mira winemaker. Both were fruit-forward and jammy, as would be expected from a new wine, but the vino in the ocean-aged bottles had loosened up...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #38 May 17, 2013

    05/17/2013 3:29:27 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 16 replies
    Free Republic | 5-17-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #37 May 3, 2013

    05/03/2013 3:29:56 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 14 replies
    Free Republic | 5-3-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Or In This Case A Mint JulepDerby Day Tomorrow Or Make Your Own With Your Favorite Bourbon Mint Julep Recipe 2 cups sugar 2 cups water Sprigs of fresh mint Crushed ice Bourbon Whisky Silver/Gold/Glass Julep Cups Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #36 April 26, 2013

    04/26/2013 3:48:52 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 4-26-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I missed posting last Friday and I apologize. I just got caught up in all the news coming out of Boston last Friday and missed posting the thread. I did get to brew up another Irish Stout last week and it needs to be racked into a secondary tomorrow. My last Irish Stout turned out to be so good I needed more! Yum!