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Wine And Your Health

Wine in our culture has been coursing through our veins for a long time, with differing views on its benefits and draw backs.

For a long time there has been a general consensus that a glass of red wine a day is actually beneficial to our health. Of course, when one group of people say one thing, there is always another group who will oppose them, and so it is with this theory.

A study published in ‘Science Magazine’ carried out by Harvard Medical School researchers, has shown that the anti-oxidants in red wine specifically resveratrol, actually speed up the production of SIRT1 which is a serum that speeds up cells energy production to help block diseases. With this extra energy production comes the ability to slow down the signs of ageing, and it could also help combat age related problems such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Strokes.  Read more

Suggested Wineries
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. Tasting room in the heart of Edna Valley.
Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
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Ask the Advisor, Roses & Grapes
Roses in the Vineyard? Why is this? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poem Sacred Emily, interpreted as meaning "things are what they are,". But in a vineyard a rose bush is more than just a pretty piece of visual poetry. It has a job to do.
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Deals at Wine.com
Wine.com is the leading online retailer of wines on the Internet with good wines at reasonable prices. You can buy one or two bottles or a case or more often with free shipping...
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Host a Tasting Party
There are a number of ways to host a wine tasting party and it depends of course on how formal you want to be, if you are going to have food to sample, and what kind of wine focus do you want. These events can be elegant and regal or professional and sober (must you spit at the table?) or just great fun. I have created a list of things to consider and some specific tasting ideas and plans. If you live in the wine country you might ask if a winemaker or winery staff person could lead a tasting. The wine buyer at your local market or wine shop might love the opportunity to be involved.
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Does wine really breathe, and does it stand on legs?
Continuing in the discussion of common wine myths, let’s look at the ideas of breathing wine and “legs”. Interestingly, both have something to do with surface area.
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Old Wine and Vinegar - Wine Myths Explored
The first myth states that wine, ultimately, will turn to vinegar. Furthermore, the line of thinking here is that after being opened, this transformation will occur faster. This erroneously assumes that vinegar is the natural next step in the evolution of wine and all that is needed it fresh air... Leaving wine open for extended periods of time will result in spoiled wine, but it will not create vinegar.
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