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  • I Like Fruity Wine with a Cap that Screws off. How about You?

    05/22/2016 12:09:43 AM PDT · by lee martell · 156 replies
    May 21, 2016 | Lee Martell
    One year ago, I helped a friend of mine find a place to rentshare and move into. I knew she would fit right in. We have been coworkers in the past, just platonic friends. She thanked me by giving me a bottle of Chianti; red Italian wine. I thanked her of course, and put the bottle in my storage closet for when I got ready for it. I was ready today, having just finished writing a group of Quarterly Reports for my Manager of a Group Home. I was planning to reward myself for completing the job to everyone's satisfaction....
  • Amazing photos capture how faces change after 1, 2 and 3 glasses of wine

    04/12/2016 4:55:02 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 48 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12 April 2016 | Mark Molloy
    Wine fans will undoubtedly appreciate this fun photo project which captures how faces change when alcohol has been consumed. Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti captured friends when they had drunk one, two and three glasses of wine and these are the amazing results.
  • Archaeobeer (Brewers and Vintner's thread)

    04/08/2016 2:04:46 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 19 replies
    Brew your own ^ | September 2007 | Dan Mouer
    Back in the day - we're talking WAY back in the day - beer was brewed with malt, and bread, and honey and wine . . . and just about anything that could be fermented. How the ancients brewed - and how you can too! Archaeology and beer seem to go together, and it’s not just because a cold brew helps wash the dust from your teeth after a long day on the digs. I’m an archaeologist by profession and a homebrewer by avocation. Lots of archaeologists brew their own, and those who don’t often have a passion for more...
  • What's the deal with Trump Wine?

    03/13/2016 3:50:19 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 38 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | March 11, 2016: 10:58 AM ET | Aaron Smith
    What's the deal with Trump Wine? by Aaron Smith @AaronSmithCNN Donald Trump doesn't drink but he owns his own vineyard - Trump Winery - with a landing pad for his helicopter. CNNMoney (New York) First published March 11, 2016: 9:18 AM ET he site says the winery has 50,000 square feet of winemaking facilities, tank capacity of 100,000 gallons, and a 750-barrel cave. Trump also operates the vineyard's Albemarle Estate, a 26,000-square foot, 45-room mansion, as a hotel that can fetch up to $999 per night. The winery produces 40,000 cases annually and receives 100,000 visitors a year who taste...
  • Monthly Brewers and Vintners forum

    03/01/2016 11:26:46 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 28 replies
    None ^ | March 1, 2016 | Taxcontrol
    Question for the forum: How do you sanitize your equipment?
  • How Pompeii brought ancient Roman wine back to life

    02/27/2016 12:39:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | February 25, 2016 | Patrick Browne
    Made from ancient grape varieties grown in Pompeii, 'Villa dei Misteri' has to be one of the world's most exclusive wines. The grapes are planted in exactly the same position, grown using identical techniques and grow from the same soil the city's wine-makers exploited until Vesuvius buried the city and its inhabitants in AD 79. In the late 1800s, archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli first excavated some of the city's vineyards from beneath three metres of solid ash. The digs turned up an almost perfect snapshot of ancient wine-growing - and thirteen petrified corpses, huddled against a wall. Casts were made of...
  • Millennials top U.S. in wine consumption

    02/18/2016 8:01:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 16, 2016, 12:40 PM | David Schepp, Moneywatch
    There's no shortage of scorn heaped upon millennials for their perceived sense of entitlement, laissez faire attitude toward work and obsession with technology. Now add this: They like to booze it up. Millennials -- in general, people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s -- last year consumed 159.6 million cases, or 42 percent, of all the wine sold in the U.S., surpassing baby boomers and Generation X, according to a recent survey by the Wine Market Council. Research also showed that younger drinkers are thirstier than older oenophiles, drinking an average 3.1 glasses, compared to 2.4 for Gen...
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:18:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matt Coker
    1. Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. 2. As a filmmaker, his three greatest pictures, in order, are Touch of Evil (1958), Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). 3. Ah, yes, but Citizen Kane tops many lists as the greatest film of all time (with Welles filling the top slot on many directing lists). The fictional story of a megalomaniac newspaper magnate (loosely based on William Randolph Hearst) and innocence lost is indeed a masterpiece . . . albeit a dated one. Newspaper magnates? Not in this century, bub. 4. John Houseman wrote in his 1972...
  • Brewers and Vinters Monthly discussion

    01/29/2016 3:36:54 PM PST · by taxcontrol · 44 replies
    None ^ | 1/29/2016 | Taxcontrol
    Ok list members, I am going to start a last Friday in the month discussion thread each month. I will start with a question that will hopefully kick of some interesting discussions.
  • Lunch between the French and Iranian leaders is CANCELLED after President Hollande refused [tr]

    01/28/2016 10:11:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2016 | Ian Sparks
    A lunch between the French and Iranian presidents in Paris was scrapped today because France refused to remove wine from the menu. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has been on a tour of Europe, signing billions of pounds worth of business deals with different nations, after economic sanctions against the country were lifted. He was due to dine with President Francois Hollande at an upmarket restaurant in the French capital.
  • Brewers Ping List

    01/27/2016 11:37:07 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 54 replies
    None ^ | 1 January 2016 | Self
    Hello folks. Taxcontrol here and I am taking over the Brewer/Vintner ping list from Red_Devil 232. The list is for all that work with yeast to produce alcohol. So Beer, Wine, Mead, Spirits, even fuel producers are all welcome. So some questions: - I am going to assume that you want to be on the list unless you tell me otherwise - How often is an approprite regularly scheduled ping to the list (any time a relevant article is posted, weekly, bi weekly, monthly)? - How often should we cover recipes and when? Friday perhaps? - any other thoughts or...
  • Agromafia [Phony olive oil, chemicals, "75% to 80%" of exports to USA from Italy.]

    01/07/2016 11:26:28 AM PST · by familyop · 30 replies
    CBS News, 60 Minutes ^ | Jan 03, 2016 | Guy Campanile, Bill Whitaker, CBS Interactive
    But last month, police in Italy nabbed 7,000 tons of phony olive oil. Much of it was bound for American stores. The oil was from North Africa, deodorized with chemicals...The scam was cooked-up by organized crime. Mafia copies of fine olive oil, wine and cheese have fueled an explosion of food crime in Italy. It's estimated to be a $16 billion-a-year enterprise. The Italians call it "Agromafia"...what would it be in the U.S.? Tom Mueller: Up around 75% to 80%, easily.
  • Alcohol Voted 'Worst' Christmas Gift ...

    12/23/2015 10:42:41 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 23rd December, 2015 | Annie Hayes
    Alcohol Voted 'Worst' Christmas Gift The results of a recent poll by review and research organisation Consumer Reports have revealed alcohol is considered the "worst" gift to receive at Christmas. The Consumer Reports National Research Center designed a survey to explore "general sentiment and shopping behaviours" for the 2015 winter holiday season. Out of the 1,300 US residents polled - statistically weighted so that respondents in the survey were demographically and geographically representative of the US population - spirits such as vodka, rum and whisky received the highest number of votes for 'worst gift', with 20% listing booze as the...
  • Israel Aims to Recreate Wine That Jesus and King David Drank

    11/30/2015 6:28:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 29, 2015 | JODI RUDOREN
    HEFER VALLEY, Israel — The new crisp, acidic and mineral white from a high-end Israeli winery was aged for eight months — or, depending on how you look at it, at least 1,800 years. The wine, called marawi and released last month by Recanati Winery, is the first commercially produced by Israel’s growing modern industry from indigenous grapes. It grew out of a groundbreaking project at Ariel University in the occupied West Bank that aims to use DNA testing to identify — and recreate — ancient wines drunk by the likes of King David and Jesus Christ. Eliyashiv Drori, the...
  • “We fight for the users!”

    11/12/2015 7:28:41 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-12-2015 | MOTUS
    Let’s take a little break from poop swastikas and other campus micro/macro aggressions to examine a real conflict from abroad. France has finally found something in the clash of cultures to take a stand on…wine. Ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s landmark European trip kicking off this weekend, French officials reportedly nixed plans for a formal meal in Paris with President François Hollande following a dispute over the menu. The Iranians, according to France’s RTL Radio, insisted on a wine-free meal with halal meat — a request based on Islamic codes that amounted to culinary sacrilege in France, a nation...
  • Meet the Illicit Wine-Makers of Pakistan’s North

    10/20/2015 12:55:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Monday, 19 October 2015
    The hems of his jeans rolled, Rehmat Ali climbs barefoot up a tree to pick the grapes dangling from climbing vines, defying hostile religious injunctions against alcohol to celebrate a wine-making tradition that is older than Islam in the mountains of Pakistan. Every autumn in the remote village of Sher Qilla in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rehmat joins the many agile young people taking to the trees for the long-awaited harvest under the watchful eye of their gnarled and chiselled elders. Drenched in sunlight, bunches of grapes crown the treetops, where they are safe from the opportunistic reach of...
  • Black women kicked off Napa Wine Train to sue for discrimination ($11 million)

    group of predominantly African American women kicked off the Napa Wine Train in late August -- allegedly for being too loud -- filed an $11-million racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday. They said their reputations were tarnished and that some of them even lost their jobs after the incident.
  • Food sovereignty

    09/05/2015 10:59:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Beppe Grillo Blog ^ | 05 September 2015 | Beppe Grillo
    Does Italy still exist, or is it, as Metternich puts it, a geographic expression? By joining the Euro, it lost its monetary sovereignty. It lost its territorial sovereignty after its defeat in the second world war with occupation by the Americans who have never left since then. It lost its military sovereignty as it is now reduced to taking orders from the USA and organising pretend peace missions in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and bombing Libya (thanks also to grandpa Napolitano)/ The fall of Gaddafi is the cause of the immigration of biblical proportions - from that country that no...
  • Eleven Black Women Were Kicked Off a Train for Laughing Too Loud

    08/25/2015 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 93 replies
    Vice ^ | 8-25-2015 | Scott Pierce
    Getting wine-drunk on a train in Napa Valley sounds pretty good if you're the guys from Sideways or the parents in Bob's Burgers, but it's apparently a lot less fun if you're a black woman with a loud laugh. A group of 11 women, members of the Sistahs on the Edge book club, were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train last Saturday for allegedly being too loud and disturbing other passengers—but the women say it was because of their race. One of the book club's members, Lisa Johnson, chronicled the event on Facebook, igniting an outcry across social media...
  • Cork Makes Comeback at Bay Area Wineries

    06/01/2015 7:29:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 1, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Cork is on the comeback trail in Wine Country. After using synthetic bottle closures for decades, Bay Area winemakers are returning to natural cork, the San Francisco Business Times reports. The possibility of tainted cork has led many producers to use synthetic caps over the years, but the technology for growing and testing cork has improved enough to mitigate the threat and draw companies back, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards CEO Christopher Silva told the publication. If the industry tide shifts back to a natural product, a cheers and a toast to sustainability might just be merited.
  • The Lowly Amphora (and ancient contact across the oceans)

    06/01/2015 10:43:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies
    The Mathisen Corollary ^ | Monday, February 6, 2012 | David Warner Mathisen
    Professor Elizabeth Lyding Will (1924 - 2009...) was one of the world's leading authorities on amphoras, an ancient two-handled container that her research demonstrated to be vitally important for tracing ancient trade patterns and for opening windows on tremendous amounts of information about ancient life and commerce. In a 2000 article entitled "The Roman Amphora: learning from storage jars," she discusses the diverse uses of "the lowly Roman amphora -- a two-handled clay jar used by the Canaanites, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans to ship goods," describing both its main usage for the transportation of liquids including wine, olive oil, and...
  • 'Three Pumpkins' Wine Ready to Hit the Shelves

    04/30/2015 10:31:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Boreal Winery in Warren, east of Sudbury, is trying something new: pumpkin wine. They've used some giant pumpkins grown in Sudbury, and fermented the wine right inside the pumpkins. It was bottled just a few weeks ago, and the winery will start selling it this weekend. Owner of Boreal Winery Greg Meilien said the wine is fantastic. "[We were] quite surprised. We weren't sure what was going to happen but it turned out very, very nice," he said. Meilien said as for the taste, it's something you need to try for yourself, but added it does have a melon mid-palette...
  • 170-year-old champagne recovered from shipwreck still delicious, tasters say

    04/20/2015 7:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 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...