Pomegranate and Black Cherry are Back!

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Two of our favorites are back on the shelves just in time for the end of summer. Stop in and stock up!

Ordering Wine

So, what’s your strategy for ordering wine when you go out to eat? Do you pick the cheapest bottle on the menu, or do you aim to impress with the most expensive?

Choose neither of those options, says sommelier Gerald Morgan, Jr. of Simplified Wine. Morgan advises picking the second cheapest wine on the menu. The next cheapest wine is often the best value — it costs the restaurant at least twice as much as the cheapest bottle.

Also consider choosing a wine from a good region. Morgan suggests Argentina, Chile and Washington state. Although, we would add a Finger Lakes wine to that list.

Pick the Second Cheapest Wine at a Restaurant for the Best Value –Lifehacker

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More Award-winning Wine from Lakeland Winery!

Our wines got top awards at the 2014 New York State Fair Wine Competition. This year Sweet Spot got the Double Gold, and Silvers went to our Honey Wine and Fresh Blueberry Wine. Mon Cheri, our diamond grape wine, took home a Bronze medal.

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Finger Lakes Wineries Make Awesome Rieslings and Good Value Wines

The New York Cork Report just released a really great breakdown on the Finger Lakes wine industry. They collected their data on more than 100 wineries and almost 2,000 wines from Finger Lakes wine- industry-related websites. The Cork Report admits it’s not the most scientific method, but the info is still pretty interesting about what’s being made and what’s being sold in the region. Some highlights:

  • The average price of a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes is $16.15. This makes it one of the better value regions in the country, considering that the average cost of a bottle of wine in the U.S. was $37.62, according to a 2013 study from Wines & Vines quoted by the Cork Report.
  • Riesling is the top wine in the region. Finger Lakes rieslings have earned plenty of buzz, even from the New York Times. According to the Cork Report, 88 percent of Finger Lakes wineries in their sample produce at least one riesling.

 

 

 

 

The Pitfall to Drinking Wine? Purple-stained Teeth

I’m partial to reds, however, I’m not in love with the purple stains my favorite wines leave behind on my teeth. It’s the reason I choose white wine at any public event. I learned this lesson the hard way several years ago at a networking conference.

When I first got to the conference, I chose a cabernet sauvignon and walked around, energetically introducing myself. I felt awesome with all that bubbly energy, meeting new people, collecting business cards — until I used the ladies room and got a good look at my teeth. I tried rinsing my mouth and chewing gum, but neither of these tactics were good in a pinch. These Wine Wipes would have really come in handy that day.

A recent Yahoo News article reports that they work pretty well, so there is hope for all of us red wine lovers.

I also learned about a few “folk remedies.” Swishing some seltzer, eating hard, waxy cheeses, and even munching on crunchy fruits and vegetables are believed to help remove wine stains. Sounds a bit dubious to me. There’s also the added effect of cheese breath and celery stuck between your teeth. At least the red wine is fun.

It’s Back! Hard Limeade

It’s Back! Hard Limeade

Hard limeade is back at Lakeland Winery. Perfect for lazy weekends. Perfect for margaritas.hard  limead

So, About Wine and its Health Benefits…

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Remember all that moderate wine drinking you’re supposed to do? Those one or two glasses a day you’re supposed to drink to prevent disease? Yeah, well, a new study suggests that resveratrol, the compound found in with all the purported health benefits, is just a lot of hype.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, concluded there’s little evidence that resveratrol has beneficial effects on a number of health issues. They found no association between , and less cardiovascular disease, inflammation, cancer and increases in longevity.

The study authors do say that other substances found in red wine and other foods, such as dark chocolate and berries, may still have small, positive health effects, so there’s reason to keep drinking.

And, there are these reasons too: A nice glass of wine can bring a smile to your face, lets you unwind after a long day, and, of course, adds to a good laugh with good friends. All secrets to a happy life, if you ask me.

Check out this article from Johns Hopkins for more information about the study.

 

We’re Number 1! U.S. Now the World’s Largest Wine Market

The United States is the world’s largest market for wine, as U.S. consumers bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2013. This is the first time the U.S. beat out as the biggest consumer of wine in the world, according to a report from Reuters.

But, even though the U.S. might be the biggest market for wine, we’re still not the world’s biggest wine drinkers per capita. That honor still goes to France, where the average person imbibes 1.2 bottles per week — 6 times more than Americans. Guess we need to step it up, American wine lovers.

Interestingly, however, wine consumption in European countries has fallen overall, even if they still drink more than Americans.

“In countries such as France, Italy and Spain, people used to drink a lot of wine, but consumption habits are changing,” OIV director general Jean-Marie Aurand said on the sidelines of a news conference in Paris.

“We drink less wine by volume, more quality wine. And there is also competition from other drinks such as beer.”

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The Five S’s of Wine Tasting

The Five S’s of Wine Tasting

Wine tastings can be confusing or intimidating. Moreso, if you’re not in wine country itself, you may be wondering where the heck to go for a wine tasting anyway! Well today, we are sharing five tips on how to be a pro wine-taster and fit right in with all of those “wine snobs” (who probably don’t know a whole lot more than you anyway!).

via The Five S’s Of Wine Tasting | Gimme Some Oven.

Study: A Little Wine Might Help Kidneys

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An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.

And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the researchers added.

“Those (with healthy kidneys) who drank less than one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent lower risk of having chronic kidney disease than those who drank no wine,” said study author Dr. Tapan Mehta, a renal fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, in Aurora.

“Those with chronic kidney disease who drank less than one glass a day had a 29 percent lower risk of cardiovascular events (than those who drank no wine),” he added.

Read the full article.

via Study: A little wine might help kidneys | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register.