Quick Wine Facts and Fun stuff.
The correct way to open a bottle of Champagne.
Don’t allow the cork to pop loudly – remove the foil and the wire, gently twist the bottle while holding the cork firmly allowing it to release with a muted thud that says ‘I am a person of the world’, not a loud explosion that says ‘I have learned all I know about champagne from an episode of “Friends”…
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Think luxury goods. Think leather. Think wine.
Think wine leather – a simulated leather made from grape skin and grape seeds.
Combining two great Italian excellences: Fashion and Wine. It is the new way to be fashionable and eco-friendly at the same time. This new material, in the form of garments, bags and fashion accessories, will launch this October in Milan Italy.
VEGEA is a bio-material obtained from the processing of the fibers and vegetal oils contained in grape marc: a totally natural raw material consisting of the grape skins, stalks and seeds derived from the wine production.
The research is focused on the development of innovative bio-materials, to be used in fashion & design Industries in order face the growing demand for green and animal free products. Work on the wine leather project began in 2014, in cooperation with several Italian research centers and the University of Florence.
Simple Wine Math.
From 26 billion Liters of wine per year produced worldwide, resulting in 7 billion Kilograms of grape marc that can potentially produce 2.6 billion square meters of Vegea, every year. Businesses outside the wine and fashion industry may also be interested. BMW already produces a car with vegan interiors, as does Buick, Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Volkswagen and others.
Wine and weight loss
Did you know a glass of wine a day could actually help boost your weight loss efforts? Studies have shown that those who drink moderately have smaller waists then those who drink infrequently or not at all.
The alcohol encourages the body to burn more calories. This can happen for as long as 90 minutes after you enjoy your glass of wine so you can burn more calories than you have consumed. It becomes easier to create a calorie deficit in the body, meaning that you can actually lose weight.
It is important to drink in moderation. Also the benefits come from drinking a glass or two a day when you follow a healthy and balanced diet. This doesn’t work if you snack while you’re drinking or if you drink more after those glasses of wine.
It’s best to stick to wine with your meal to really get the benefits. You’ll soon find that your weight loss efforts are much easier.
Millennial Women Drink Almost Half the Wine in America
According to a report on the US wine market conducted by the Wine Market Council, young people in their 20s and early-to-mid 30s now drink almost half the wine bought in the US. And, get this: among high-frequency wine drinkers under the age of 30, women are out-purchasing men two-to-one when it comes to wine.
According to Wine Spectator, the report also says that the wine that Millennials are drinking is not their parents’ wine: it is from more diverse regions, it’s more expensive, and it is more likely to be sustainable and organic.
History: Wine as Medicine
The first wine drinkers were in Central Asia, West Asia and Egypt, and from there, wine drinking spread all around the Mediterranean Sea.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School reported that red wine has anti-aging properties. Specifically, resveratrol was the compound found to have the beneficial effect. The resveratrol in wine comes from the skins of red grapes. Blueberries, cranberries and nuts are also sources of resveratrol.
Doctors used wine for medical purposes. Egyptian and Sumerian doctors used wine and wine vinegar alongside opium as an anesthetic for operations and childbirth, and as a base for herbal medicines. Hippocrates, in West Asia, also used wine to clean wounds and bandages, so they wouldn’t get infected.
Islam forbade all Muslims to drink alcohol, and preferred opium as an anesthetic for surgery, though some Islamic doctors still used wine to disinfect wounds. In medieval Europe, wine remained very popular both for drinking and for medicine, especially as opium stopped being available.
Bourbon Barrels for Wine?
Can this be a current trend of the wine world? We always hear about “aged wine”, wine that ages in a barrel for some time. But aging wine in an old Whiskey barrel, are you serious?
Its true, now barrels that once held bourbon or whiskey are being refurbished and used to age wine. They are charred for aroma and flavor. The popularity of “bourbon barrel wine” is growing, and will definitely be a topic wine lovers will talk about in the future. So will you take a walk on the wild side and try this type of wine?
We tasted a Zinfandel aged in old Bourbon Barrels it revealed subtle whiskey flavors, jammy dark fruit, smokiness, with a hot bourbon finish. Worth a try.
Why Harvest wine at night?
Harvesting at night, in cooler temperatures, produces better wine and is very popular with the pickers. Instead of suffering under a punishing sun and they bundle up a bit for the night chill. Chilly grapes are firmer grapes, so there’s less possibility of the grapes bruising during the harvesting process.
Also the sugar levels in the grapes are more stable at night, and the acid levels are better. Winemakers include a step in their process called “cold soaking”, where the grapes are cooled to slightly below 55 degrees for several days before the fermentation begins. Picking cooler grapes at night makes the process of cold soaking faster and less expensive.
Chinese Character for Wine
Chinese writing has been evolving for over 4,000 years with many of the characters approaching aesthetic perfection. They are wonderful designs combining sounds, calligraphy and meanings.
The Chinese character ‘jiu’ with the general connotation ‘wine’ on a wooden Japanese sake cup. The left part of the character, three strokes, indicates ‘liquid’, the right hand part indicates a wine vessel.
“Do not allow an empty goblet to face the moon”.
Why do we click glasses before we drink? Clinking wine glasses is a time-honored tradition we do without thinking. Some believe the idea was to slosh a little bit of wine into your drinking partner’s glass to insure, they couldn’t poison you without risking dying himself.
Of the many theories we believe this one. Before clinking was invented, a toast involved four senses: touch, taste, sight, and smell. As the manufacturing of wine glasses transformed into an art, people began appreciating the fine sounds of struck stemware, and the clink was incorporated into the toasting routine. Clinking also produces a sense of community. We tap our glasses. It’s a way of saying, “we are a group and sharing a drink is a good feeling”.
Wine and Cigars
Pairing a cigar with wines; When you’re looking for a successful pairing of wine and cigars, it is best to start with a red wine. White wines are a little too weak and can be over powered by a quality cigar.
Red wines cover a wide spectrum of flavors from earthy, fruity, to sweet, can be strong to very mild. It is important to find a cigar that harmonizes with the characteristics of the wine. Consider if the selected wine is medium or full-bodied and choose a cigar that will match the personality without overwhelming or masking the flavors. A spicey cigar works well with a full body Cabernet, a sweeter cigar, will taste wonderful with a fruitier wine with like Washington State Sangiovese. A cigar with a oily dark wrapper is perfect to match with Port wine.
Wine Collecting & Wine Storage.
Select a cool place with a constant temperature. Keep your bottles on their sides gently turning 45° every few months. Keep the temperature constant (between 45°F and 55°F for whites, and between 50°F and 64°F for reds). Store wine on its side to keep the cork moist and ensure a good seal with the bottle. Higher humidity helps to swell the cork, which minimizes oxidation. Avoid sunlight or other kinds of excessive light exposure on your wines and no vibrations…
Old World traditions and why they make a difference.
The Old World style is based on traditional and sometimes antiquated winemaking practices that have been passed down through the generations. Many of these practices are now regulated by strict laws to preserve an area’s authenticity. Old World wine styles are not limited to Old World regions, winemakers sometimes create wine in New World regions with an Old World style…
Organic Wineries? What makes them so green.
A vineyard can’t label its grapes organic until it’s completed at least three growing seasons without using chemical pesticides or fertilizer. A vineyard can’t label its grapes organic until it’s completed at least three growing seasons without using chemical pesticides or fertilizer. The legal definition of organic wine varies from country to country. The primary difference in the way that organic wine is defined relates to the use of preservatives during the wine-making process. Wine can only be labeled “organic” if it is a minimum of 90% organic.
Our Best Sangria Recipe.
Sangria, the fresh fruit wine cocktail with roots firmly planted in Spain, delivers some serious party punch with a squeeze of fresh citrus and your favorite budget-friendly wine. The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own tasty additions! Really, it is hard to add the “wrong” ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice and liquors.
Chill and enjoy!
The Oak Barrel and Wine
A typical oak barrel holds either 59 or 60 gallons. Since oak is naturally porous in nature, as the wine passes time in the barrel some evaporation inevitably takes place with about five gallons or so being lost via evaporation. This natural process results in increased concentrations of both the wine’s aromatics and flavor profile. The oak used for making wine barrels is influenced by a number of factors. Where is the barrel from? How was it dried? How was it toasted? What standard practices are employed by the cooperage that made the barrel?