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Red Wine May Combat Deafness

Posted by perle0 on 2006-05-15 01:22:14 (8621 views)

[News]
[USA]
According to New Scientist, antioxidant compounds found in red wine, green tea, or aspirin may delay the onset of age-related deafness and hearing loss caused by loud noise and some powerful antibiotics. The delicate hairs in the ear can be damaged by oxygen free radicals, so in theory at least, antioxidants should protect against this oxidative damage. Researchers have already found that patients given aspirin with an antibiotic to prevent ear infection caused less damage to hearing than those treated with the antibiotic plus a placebo.

So, if you're heading to a loud concert, be sure to enjoy a glass of wine or two beforehand or during. Your ears may thank you.

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Upcoming Wine Tastings in the NOLA area

Posted by Mike P. on 2013-09-30 10:14:09 (8356 views)

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

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Slimy Wet Dresses Made from Wine? Magnifique!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-03-19 14:30:22 (8299 views)

[News]
[Australia]
Yes, in case you were wondering when the armageddon would hit, here's a sign that it will soon arrive: seamless dresses created by fermenting wine. The only drawback: for now, you have to keep these garments wet, or they'll tear. That, and they look like they're made from exactly what they're made from: a bacteria-created film found collecting at the top of wine vats.

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Chocolate-Covered Wine for your Valentine

Posted by perle0 on 2006-02-09 18:33:42 (8203 views)

[News]
[USA]
Not sure what to get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Perhaps you want to consider that most inexplicabe combination of the traditional imaginable: a chocolate-covered bottle of Champagne.

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Making Wine the Old-Fashioned Way

Posted by perle0 on 2004-10-22 00:45:46 (7916 views)

[Wine talk online]
A winemaker in California makes his wines the old-fashioned way--like the ancient Greeks, Romans, and medieval Europeans.

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Did you score? A quickie guide to wine scoring.

Posted by miles on 2004-09-06 23:53:05 (7812 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
If you're like me, there's one thing stopping you from writing up your own tasting notes: the wine score. The rest is pretty straightforward. You can get most of the detailed information you need from the wine label, like the winery, the name of the wine, the vintage year, the wine's location of origin, price, etc. You can get the grape varietals (types of grapes used) from the label, or look it up online. The description of the wine, you can wing--just say what you think of the wine, and you're there. But what do you put down for the wine score? How do you even begin?

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How Not to Host a Wine Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2006-09-20 00:57:08 (7702 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
[USA]
You may have wondered...what's the best way to host a wine tasting? What are the many steps that guarantee a pleasant and educational experience for all involved? Indeed, how can I become the perfect wine host or hostess?

There are tips we can give you that would help. But what fun would that be? Instead, we're giving you pointers on how NOT to host a wine-tasting. Follow these guidelines, and you can rest assured that your events will never be sullied by any annoying "guests." You'd really rather taste your wine sitting all alone in room with aluminum foil on the windows, wouldn't you?

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Winemaker August Briggs at Swirl Wine Bar & Market

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-10-05 09:43:42 (7692 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Wednesday October 20th 6-8pm

If single-vineyard small production great wines from Napa Valley's famed Silverado Trail are appealing to you, then this is your lucky day!

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NOWFE 2009 Grand Tasting Review Part 2: The Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2009-06-03 00:14:15 (7675 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
So now, the answer to the question you've all been asking yourselves: forget the details of the how the Grand Tastings went, how was the wine? The short answer is: voluminous! This year, I counted 150 wineries/importers/distributers in the event program, and each one generally had anywhere from 4 to 12 wines available for tasting. Yep, that's over 1000 individual wines, and each tasting lasts a mere three hours. So if you were able to swig one wine every 10 seconds or so, without any need to walk from table to table, point out the wine you want to taste, converse with the winemaker, etc., then you might be able to taste them all. Unfortunately, the laws of physics, not to mention the laws of human endurance, makes this utterly impossible. Even attending both Grand Tastings, thus effectively doubling the tasting time, I could not have tried even half of the wines on offer. With that in mind, let's see what wines stood out in my book....
Freixenet had plenty of options to try.

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The Elements of Tasting Wine

Posted by miles on 2005-05-02 09:31:50 (7576 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
Taste. It seems like such a simple thing. But as we discussed last time, though it is perhaps the simplest sense, it's not simple. What we generally refer to as "taste" is a combination of several intertwined and intermingling factors. Sometimes the combination is really quite simple—just add smoke flavoring and salt in the right proportions to texturized vegetable protein, and voila! --fake bacon bits for your salad. Other flavors, luckily (or unluckily, if you love food a little TOO much), can be a complex and wonderful combination so multifaceted, the conscious mind gives up on distinguishing them and just squeals with delight. Such is the case with wine.

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New Study On Wine And Cancer

Posted by Mike P. on 2013-04-09 12:24:34 (7573 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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NOWFE 2009 Grand Tasting Review Part 1: Overview

Posted by perle0 on 2009-05-27 00:35:46 (7516 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Once again, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience was a smashing success. (It doesn't seem too hard to go right with all of that delicious wine and food, but I imagine that it's a lot harder to put together than it looks.) Like last year, the 2009 Grand Tastings were held in the Superdome, and on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend. The Superdome makes for a handy venue, since it has parking available for a reasonable fee and plenty of room for the exhibitors. Since the crowds barely fit as it was on Saturday, I think they'll be sticking with the 'Dome for a while, unless somebody has a larger space to offer.
the crowd

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Wine Store Shuffle in BR Revives Marcello's

Posted by perle0 on 2007-09-21 14:48:20 (7466 views)

[News]
[Baton Rouge]
If you think back to the days before Katrina, you may remember Marcello's Wine Market, or maybe even Marcello's Wine Warehouse, which closed down first. Well...they're baa-aack! Or at least, they're on their way.

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MOA Beer & Cheese Pairing at Swirl

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-10-05 09:40:11 (7295 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
On October 12, 2010, Swirl Wines presents St. James Cheese owner Richard Sutton and Morgan Stroud from Purveyor of Fine Wines for a wine, beer, and cheese pairing night featuring the premium MOA boutique beers and Allan Scott wines from New Zealand.

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How to Open a Wine Bottle...with a Shoe

Posted by perle0 on 2010-06-21 12:26:37 (7279 views)

[Editorial]
Sure, the commentary is in French. Sure, the real action doesn't start up until 1:00. But wouldn't this information come in handy next time you have a bottle of wine, a man's dress shoe, and no corkscrew?

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