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2012 NOWFE Review - Better Than Ever!

Posted by Mike P. on 2012-06-30 18:03:38 (12279 views)

[Events]
In a city where parties and festivals are on a seemingly endless breakneck pace, NOWFE week is perfectly placed as a late spring finale where the hedonistic celebration of food, wine, and spirits is taken to an epic level.

Listen to LAW's latest writer, Michael Dominici share his first experience with one of New Orleans' premier culinary events...

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Chemicals In Red Wine Get Second Look

Posted by Mike P. on 2012-02-03 13:30:58 (11929 views)

[News]
Resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine and dark chocolate, may work differently in the body than first thought, a new study suggests.

"Resveratrol has potential as a therapy for diverse diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease," said lead study author Dr. Jay Chung, chief of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's laboratory of obesity and aging research in Bethseda, Md.

People would need to drink about 667 bottles of red wine to get a meaningful treatment dose of resveratrol, a researcher says.People would need to drink about 667 bottles of red wine to get a meaningful treatment dose of resveratrol, a researcher says.

"However, before researchers can transform resveratrol into a safe and effective medicine, they need to know exactly what it targets in cells," he added in a release.

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Martin's Announces Upcoming Wine Tastings

Posted by Mike P. on 2013-05-28 12:53:59 (11811 views)

[Events]
Martin Wine Cellar is pleased to offer tasting events that appeal to both wine novices and seasoned wine collectors. Lectures, tastings and receptions... read more

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Porn Star Turns Winemaker

Posted by perle0 on 2006-02-26 15:19:19 (11561 views)

[News]
[USA]
Savanna Samson is a porn star, and a noted one at that. She is the star of 25 sexually explicit films, a two-time winner of the Adult Video News Award for best actress, and her work with Jenna Jameson in "The New Devil in Miss Jones," a remake of a classic, won last year's award for the best all-girl sex scene.

And, she makes wine. Not just any celebrity-label vanity wine, either; Robert Parker has given her wine, a 2004 vintage of an Italian red wine that she calls Sogno Uno (Dream One), a score of 90-91.

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2011 NOWFE Grand Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2011-10-16 20:59:10 (11372 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Held each Memorial Day weekend, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience culminates in the two Grand Tasting sessions on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. This year's event was spectacular, as always.

Though these events have been held in the Superdome during the past few years, it was under renovation this year. So the Grand Tastings took place in the Hilton, a very appealing space but perhaps a little small for the crowds who flock to this event. The decor, however, was probably the most successful I've seen yet. Ghostly fabric trees lit from inside with strings of lights formed the centerpieces, and on the periphery, tables with luminescent plastic footing in brilliant colors gave these edges of the scene a lovely glow.

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Upcoming Wine Tastings in the NOLA area

Posted by Mike P. on 2013-09-30 10:14:09 (11350 views)

[News]
More tasting events are scheduled at Martin's Wine Cellar - see the full schedule.

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Purple and Gold Wine Dinner at Galatoire's Bistro

Posted by perle0 on 2010-11-16 17:53:53 (11045 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
On Thursday, November 18th, Galatoire's Bistro will host its Fourth Annual Purple and Gold Wine Dinner, featuring wines from Penfolds. The dinner begins at 7:30, and costs $95/person. Reservations are required. Click Read More for a detailed menu.

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Announcing the 2012 New Orleans Food & Wine Experience

Posted by Mike P. on 2012-02-03 13:31:06 (11041 views)

[News]
[USA]
What began as a small, intimate, one-day gathering of wineries and chefs 20 years ago has grown into a grand celebration of wine and food attracting more than 10,000 people each year over a 5-day weekend, and giving back to the community through support of various organizations. The 20th Anniversary of the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, which takes place May 22-26, 2012, includes Wine Dinners hosted by more than 30 New Orleans area restaurants; Vinola, NOWFE's premium tasting event; the Royal Street Stroll sponsored by Rouses, NOWFE's signature event, a definitive evening event set in the heart of the French Quarter; and exciting Culinary Seminars which will fill the days and nights with all things wine and food. The weekend culminates with Grand Tastings on Friday and Saturday in true grand fashion with more than 175 wineries showcasing over 1000 wines and 75 chefs serving culinary delights from our region.

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What's in a nose? The basics of wine-smelling.

Posted by miles on 2004-10-05 11:59:28 (10957 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
Now that you've allowed your eyes to drink in the beauty of the color and general appearance of your glass of wine, it's time to smell it. The how-to part is easy. Take your glass, and gently swirl the wine around inside of it. Try not to slosh it over the edge; this gets easier with practice. (It also teaches you not to fill your wine glass so full, Mr. Oinky.) Stick your nose into the opening of the glass--you can go pretty far and still be appropriate, but remember, the object is to SMELL the wine, not to stuff your entire body into the glass starting with your nose. If it begins to look or feel like the latter, back off a tad. On the other hand, don't sniff daintily several inches above the mouth of the glass. You'll miss most of the hot nasal action.

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What's the Deal with Taste, Anyway?

Posted by miles on 2005-02-21 01:21:14 (10947 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
Taste is an interesting sense. In many ways, it's the weakest sense. You can see an almost infinite variety of items, differing in shape, color, degrees of brightness, etc. You can hear a wide range of tones, qualities, and volumes. You can distinguish thousands of smells, and touch includes dimensions such as pressure, pain, and temperature that can combine into sensations as varied as burning your hand on the stove, getting goosebumps, enoying a hot-oil massage, or being scratched by an itchy sweater. And all of these four senses are keeping you actively engaged with the outside world pretty much any time you're awake (and some when you're asleep).

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Long Meadow Ranch to Raise Heirloom Hogs

Posted by perle0 on 2006-06-27 16:15:13 (10943 views)

[News]
[Rutherford]
Yes, in honor of a program to preserve traditional hog breeds that are tasty and delicious--but not raised in today's factory farms--Long Meadow Ranch in Rutherford, CA, will be raising and breeding two Red Wattle hogs from piglets. This organic farm and winery will celebrate by participating in a benefit featuring tail-to-snout cuts of Red Wattle pork.

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The 2010 NOWFE Grand Tastings--A Seafood Delight

Posted by perle0 on 2010-05-30 22:48:47 (10669 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Once again, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) ended with its big event, the Grand Tastings. With one held Friday night and one Saturday afternoon, they have for the last few years taken place in the Superdome, where there's plenty of room for the massive amounts of wine and food. It's definitely the event of the year for wine-lovers and foodies alike (so often, the two are combined in the same person anyway), and this year was no exception. With hundreds of wines to sample and dishes for tasting from most of New Orleans's finest restaurants, what's not to love?

The cocktail garden area provided some of the much-coveted seating.

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New Study On Wine And Cancer

Posted by Mike P. on 2013-04-09 12:24:34 (10602 views)

[News]
The study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology was led by Polly Newcomb, head of the Cancer Prevention Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle.

Dr Newcomb said: 'Our findings should be reassuring to women who have breast cancer because their past experience consuming alcohol will not impact their survival after diagnosis.

'This study also provides additional support for the beneficial effect of moderate alcohol consumption with respect to cardiovascular disease.'

The study was based on data from almost 23,000 women who participated in the Collaborative Breast Cancer Study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

About 5,000 participants were sent a follow-up questionnaire between 1998 and 2001 about their alcohol consumption habits after diagnosis.

A glass of wine a day will NOT affect a woman's chance of beating breast cancer

Modest wine consumption can actually increase chance of survival

Cuts risk of dying from heart disease risk by 15 per cent

But beer or spirits do not have same effect, nor does heavy drinking

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Martin Summer Beginner's Wine Course

Posted by perle0 on 2011-05-05 16:48:36 (10401 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
If you are interested in learning about wine from the ground up, or just in refreshing your current knowledge, consider the 5-week introductory course at Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie, hosted by wine consultant Marc Pelletier. Participants will explore the principle wine-producing regions, including France, California, Italy, Australia, and many more.

The series begins Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m., and reservations are required.

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Make Your Own "Hobo Wine"

Posted by perle0 on 2006-01-19 12:39:17 (9991 views)

[Fortified Wine]
[USA]
If you're into do-it-yourself--and more importantly, you need a large supply of alcoholic beverage and you don't really care what it tastes like--you can always brew up a batch of "hobo wine" in about two weeks using just water, fruit drink, sugar, and yeast. Mmmm, Chateau de Bob Minutemaid Brown 2006! A favorite of broke college boys everywhere.

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