Thursday, March 3, 2011

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Basic Info about WIne

Red wine is a high antioxidant containing polyphenols, anthrocyanidins and resveratrol.

Resveratrol is known to be a potent antioxidant (about 20-50 times as effectively as vitamin C ) and acts synergistically with vitamin C enhancing the effects of each. Resveratrol demonstrates anti-cancer and anti-clotting effects that prevent the formation of thrombi or blood clots in the blood vessels. The formation of thrombi that block small blood vessels is believed to be a cause of heart attacks and strokes.

Resveratrol promotes the formation of new dendrites in the brain and the other bioflavonoids and polyphenols are present in large amounts in the leaves, twigs and bark of the grape vines. Thus, red wine, which is fermented with the skins, seeds, twigs, etc. tends to contain much larger quantities of the beneficial substances than white wine which is fermented only from the pressed juice of the grape.

Red wine vinegar contains acetic acid, the primary ingredient in vinegar, that boosts metabolism and dissolves fats, potassium that lowers cholesterol and regulates blood pressure. It lowers glucose levels controlling the amount of insulin in the body.

Parsley root and seeds contain ingredients that help produce a pain relieving benefit to relax stiff joints and aids the body in regaining health. The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, all of which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of both magnesium and calcium, and especially potassium.

Parsley is high in vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C. As a wholesome organic-food it is also a good choice for bone health with vitamin K.

Parsley works on the gall bladder and will remove gallstones. It restores the adrenal glands and is powerfully therapeutic for the optic nerves, the brain and the sympathetic nervous system.

Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels, particularly the capillaries and arterioles. But remember that raw parsley juice is a most potent juice and should never be taken alone in quantities of more than one or two ounces at a time unless it is mixed into a sufficient quantity of carrot or other juices. Parsley can help with expelling watery poisons, excess mucus, flatulence, and reducing swollen or enlarged glands.

Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system. it is a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties promotes healing, reduces swelling and prevents infection.
Heart disease, pectoral angina and blood pressure disorders can be prevented and even cured with medicinal wines.
Constipation, asthma, pectoral angina digestive disorders, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism, gout, anemia, and nephritis, water retention and cellulite can be alleviated by using the Heart Tonic.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Natural Corks for wine can mold.... Screw Caps are trying to make a comeback!

Of course the Aussies and the Kiwis lead the way in Screw Cap technology!!!  Not just your regular screw cap but a you beaut new fangled ones that preserves wine really well.  I love this article and I cant remember where I got it from but feel free to use it especially now that we have 2 NZ scew top Sav. Blancs.  I usually always talk about how screw tops are making a comeback at my events and use excerpts from this article.  
Your sommelier ceremoniously pulls the cork on your bottle of wine. The aromas of violets or plums should fill the air, but you smell the unmistakable funky reek of mold. It's another "corked" wine! Isn't there a solution to this all too common problem? Well, as a matter of fact, there is. —Anthony Dias Blue

Tainted Goods
Three to five percent of all bottles with natural corks show some degree of spoilage. The culprit is trichloroanisole, commonly known as TCA. This complex chemical comes from reactions within corks, which involve natural molds and the chlorine bleach used in cork manufacture. This leads to an inescapable conclusion: Do not use corks.

An Artificial Solution
For the last decade or so, there have been plenty of cork substitutes on the market. Some wineries have converted their entire production to synthetic corks. There are Nomacorcs, Guardian Corks, Supreme Corqs, and NuKorks, among others available to wineries. Many vintners, from South Africa to France, use synthetic or agglomerate corks. So, the problem's solved, right? Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy.

The Trouble with Fakes
New technologies have greatly improved synthetic corks (Sabaté's new "Diamond" model, which benefits from a TCA-extraction process, is the best yet.). But there are still problems with other synthetic corks, especially the plastic ones. They're hard to pull, and if you like to re-cork a bottle and put it back in the fridge, they are even harder to get get back into the neck. Even good corkscrews have problems punching through the denser plastics, and using a two-pronged Ah-So is virtually impossible. If you consider it, the only reason to use a substitute cork is to preserve the ritual of pulling a stopper out of the wine bottle. Is the act of removing a cork such an essential part of the wine-drinking experience?

Get Over It!
The very best closure for wine has been around for years. It's easy to use, requires no tools, is airtight and easily resealable. What is this magical device? The screw cap, of course. "But wait!" you're saying. "Doesn't the slow passage of oxygen through a porous stopper help wines age and develop bottle bouquet?" That myth has been debunked. In fact, the screw cap makes the perfect wine closure — no taint, no oxidation, no problem. After all, if screw caps are good enough for $200 bottles of Scotch, why not for $20 bottles of wine?

Twisted Pleasures
The adventuresome New Zealand wine industry was the first to adopt screw caps en masse. Australia's Clare Valley producers are in, too. Market-conscious American wineries are still testing the treacherous waters of public opinion on the subject, bottling part of their lineup in screw cap, just to see. The high-end PlumpJack Winery put half its $145 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 in screw cap and found that the newfangled version sold out first. Its just-released Reserve Chardonnay 2003 ($44) is also available in screw cap. A few major American producers — including Pepi, Bonny Doon, and Hogue — have taken the plunge. Europeans are proving less receptive, but Gunderloch, in Germany, and Fortant, in France, are game. I'm betting that Château Mouton-Rothschild cannot be far behind.

Believe it or not, corkscrews could soon go the way of ice picks

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Uses of wines

Wine is a popular and important beverage that accompanies and enhances a wide range of European and Mediterranean-style cuisines, from the simple and traditional to the most sophisticated and complex. Wine is important in cuisine not just for its value as a beverage, but as a flavor agent, primarily in stocks and braising, since its acidity lends balance to rich savory or sweet dishes. Red, white, and sparkling wines are the most popular, and are known as light wines because they are only 10–14% alcohol-content by volume. Apéritifdessert wines contain 14–20% alcohol, and are sometimes fortified to make them richer and sweeter. and
Some wine labels suggest opening the bottle and letting the wine "breathe" for a couple of hours before serving, while others recommend drinking it immediately. Decanting—the act of pouring a wine into a special container just for breathing—is a controversial subject in wine. In addition to aeration, decanting with a filter allows one to remove bitter sediments that may have formed in the wine. Sediment is more common in older bottles but younger wines usually benefit more from aeration.[58]
During aeration, the exposure of younger wines to air often "relaxes" the flavors and makes them taste smoother and better integrated in aroma, texture, and flavor. Older wines generally fade, or lose their character and flavor intensity, with extended aeration. Despite these general rules, breathing does not necessarily benefit all wines. Wine should be tasted as soon as it is opened to determine how long it should be aerated, if at all.