Best Healthy Wines

Red wine can be a healthy beverage if you drink moderately
Some say that no more than one or two 5-ounce glasses daily is okay because it has more polyphenol antioxidants than other alcoholic beverages. Polyphenols are known to have cardiovascular benefits, blood sugar improvement and even cancer prevention. Select those red wines that have high levels of polyphenol.

Madiran Wine For Procyanidin

The ingredient polyphenol procyanidin may provide cardiovascular benefits as it inhibits blood clots and inflammation. It relaxes and dilates blood vessels, improving blood flow. Procyanidin is the most potent polyphenol for improving cardiovascular health and is highest in the Tannat grape, according to researchers of a study published in the journal “Nature” in 2006.

According to the American Heart Association
There is insufficient evidence to recommend to people who do not drink to start drinking red wine as a protective measure for their cardiovascular health. The health benefits of red wine may be influenced by other factors such as genetics, physical activity, smoking, social life and environment. Discuss moderate drinking with your physician if you are a cardiac patient.

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Green Wine Practices

In this day and age, everyone is trying to be good to the environment and their bodies.   It’s no surprise to find that wine is also going Green so to speak.  In my research on the subject, I found that there IS such a thing as Green Wine.


Vinho Verde (Wine style)
Vinho Verde is a Portuguese wine that originated in the historic Minho province in the far north of the country. The modern-day ‘Vinho Verde’ region, originally designated in 1908, includes the old Minho province plus adjacent areas to the south. Wikipedia
This post however is about Green wine practices which are becoming more popular.
I love this info graphic provided by that shows the process and the meaning behind green wine.
green-wineSo the next time you see a glass of GREEN WINE, you’ll have a better understanding of how and why it got that way.
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WineGlass App uses CellarTracker

WineGlass Makes You an Expert Sommelier. There’s a time-tested strategy for navigating wine lists: the ol’“second cheapest” trick. But alas, as with most tricks, this one’s already been figured out.

Pick yourself up, betrayed wine (semi) enthusiasts: You’ve now got the expertise of a master sommelier at your fingertips with the WineGlass app, an iPhone app that helps you pick the best wines at any restaurant in seconds.

WineGlass App
Next time you’re out to dinner, open up WineGlass and scan the wine menu. The app runs the bottles through CellarTracker, the biggest online wine review community, and comes back with a report that’ll make you look like a regular Robert M. Parker, Jr.

WineGlass not only gives you ratings and reviews on every bottle, it also tells you pricing information (so you can see what’s marked up) and recommended food pairings (you know, for the rest of the menu).

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How To Remove Wine Bottle Cork Without Cork Screw

Every once in a while we’ll pack up a basket with cheeses, fruits, some brie and crackers etc. and select a great bottle of wine to enjoy out on a picnic or rendezvous somewhere.  One of the biggest disappointments is laying out your blanket under a nice shady tree, setting out all your goodies and suddenly realize you forgot the cork screw to open your wine.

If you ever get caught in this situation, here’s a great way to to not only open that bottle of wine and keep that special someone happy but there’s a good chance you’ll also impress the heck out of them too. I’m really glad I found this tip to share with you and I hope it comes in handy one day. Make sure you share this with your friends, we’ve all been there!

 How to open a bottle of wine… without a cork screw.

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Stages of Sparkling Wine Production

Did you know that in the 18th and 19th Centuries, a good bottle of sparkling wine could contain up to 200 grams of sugar? That’s more sugar than eating an entire box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes! Here’s a great chart breaking down the classification and stages of different sparkling wines in regards to their overall sugar content.  The chart includes production as well as bottle placement.

Stages of Sparkling Wine Production

Infographic Courtesy of: DesignInfographics

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Wine Terms and Definitions

Photo by: Brad Andersohn
When hearing  someone define the taste or the texture of a wine, it can be interesting and quite comical. I will never forget the first time I heard someone refer to the wine as Barnyard.  HUH??  Well, that term refers to the flavor or smell of manure…Double Huh??

The question is, who has really tasted manure anyway?

On The Wine Lovers Page, they define it quite nicely. In the sometimes slightly wacky world of wine evaluation, it is entirely possible for a wine taster to say, “This wine tastes like $#@*!” … and mean it as a compliment.

Let’s take a look at bad flavors in good wines, and specifically brettanomyces (“Breh-TAN-oh-MY-sees” or just plain “brett” for short). Brett is a wild yeast that’s sometimes found on grapeskins and that can get into wine barrels, where it resides and grows and can be almost impossible to remove. When brett appears in a wine, it creates earthy organic aromas and flavors that don’t sound appetizing. The aroma of brett-afflicted wines may range from leathery to mousey, wet-fur, or “barnyard” aromas like chicken manure or horse sweat. Some tasters also find a twangy metallic quality in the aftertaste of bretty wines. In short, it’s no coincidence that many wine scientists refer to wines with brett as “afflicted” or “infected.” Read entire post here…

Another funny one is Cat Pee, referring to a Sauvignon Blanc , which I have personally experienced when drinking this varietal. So with that said, there are many interesting ways to define the wine you are tasting.  I think it could either be super funny or extremely annoying to throw around some of these terms depending on the company you’re with.

Here are some terms from Wine Folly, one of my favorite wine blogs.

CHEWY: When you take a sip of wine with chewy tannins, it dries out the interior of your mouth so that you “chew” or clean the tannins of the insides of your mouth.

CIGAR BOX: Cigar box flavors are hinting toward sweetness and cedar-wood with an abundance of smoke. This is a super positive and desirable characteristic that wine writers love to use when they find a wine they wish they could just slowly sip on a leather chair.

FLABBY: Flabby means the wine has no acidity.

BRIGHT: Bright wines are higher in acidity and make your mouth water.

Go on and have some fun with these.  For a full list visit Wine Folly. Their Motto is, Learn by drinking.

Cin, Cin Salute!

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Late Harvest and Dessert Wine

What makes a dessert Wine a Dessert Wine?

Wikipedia says, “In the United States, by contrast, a dessert wine is legally defined as any wine over 14% alcohol by volume, which includes all fortified wines.

Wow! To my knowledge MOST wines that I drink on a regular basis are over 14% alcohol by volume, and that doesn’t make them a sweet wine. There are many sweet dessert style wines, here are just a few.

Late HarvestIce WineMoscatoPortMadeiraSherry, Raisin or Straw wine… the list goes on and on.

If you are interested in more detailed information, visit Wine For Beginners.  They offer some great information and content about dessert wines.


Twilight Ridge


Twilight Ridge 2009 Petite Sirah-Lake County

Rich, Lush, Thick mouth fill.  Everything a beautiful Petite Sirah should be and in a sweet way.  What I love the most about this wine is that it has a nice amount of acids and tannins that balance out the sweetness making it worth drinking a decent size glass of.  LOVELY!!!

Our friends Doug and Kat from SUNSET CELLARS produce some really amazing red wines; including a brilliant 2007 Barbera that will knock your socks off!

Don’t be afraid to drink the sweet stuff.

Cin,Cin, Salute!

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Cheese – Wine’s Best Friend

A cracker to clear the palate, some sweets or candy to pair with the desert wine, but it seems like cheese is the most commonly paired food that goes best with any and all wines.  Why cheese? Why not? Different cheese’s paired with the appropriate wines can accentuate the flavors in both the wine and the cheese.

The chart above will help you to determine which cheese’s go best with which white or red wines, but keep in mind that there are no rules.  Likes, taste, and desire is and always will be about personal preference.

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Wine Pairing Made Easy

This wine goes best with…

and you’ll want to have a Cabernet if you’re having…

and fish is always best served with chilled…

If you’re like me, you really have no clue what wine goes best with what food or meal unless you have an expert to tell you, or a guide to simplify the guessing and tasting game.  Now you can make Wine Pairing easy and fun.  Use this guide for pairing wine and food.

Of course it’s always ultimately about an individual’s personal experiences, choice, and taste buds. This is just an additional tool to hopefully help you determine those three preferences. Sin Sin Salute! 🙂



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