Study: A Little Wine Might Help Kidneys


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.


Dinner Party: Quickly Calculate How Many Bottles You Need

Dinner Party: Quickly Calculate How Many Bottles You Need

Need a fast way to figure out how many bottles of wine to buy for your next dinner party? Check out VinePair’s Wine Bottle Calculator:

We love hosting dinner parties, but it can often be confusing trying to determine how many bottles of wine you need to buy or have your guests bring. To make life easier we created the calculator below to answer those questions for you.

via The Dinner Party Wine Bottle Calculator | VinePair.

The Reality About Carbs in Wine

The Reality About Carbs in Wine

Wine Folley answers the question, “How many carbohydrates are in a glass of wine?”

A glass of wine has 0-4 grams of net carbs*

*This is based on a standard serving of 5 ounces with up to 20 g/L of residual sugar (which is noticeably sweet). Dry wines typically have less than 2 g/L RS and ~0 carbs.

via The Reality About Carbs in Wine | Wine Folly.

Do Chardonnay Grape Seeds Hold a Slimming Secret?

Do Chardonnay Grape Seeds Hold a Slimming Secret?

Can Chardonnay grape seeds help you lose weight? The idea seems to have potential:

USDA researchers looking for a use for this waste in Albany, Calif. turned the chardonnay grape seeds into flour. In testing the flour on lab hamsters, the researchers found that despite feeding the hamsters a high-fat diet, the chardonnay grape seed flour seemed to prevent cholesterol increases and weight gain in the animals. The researchers also observed positive changes to the hamsters’ metabolic systems, specifically the cholesterol and fat metabolism–which supported the previous outcomes they measured.

via Do Chardonnay Grape Seeds Hold a Slimming Secret? –

Germany’s Wine Revolution is Just Getting Started

Germany’s Wine Revolution is Just Getting Started

The Mosel region used to produce some of the premier European wine. But vine disease, war, and bad laws changed all that. Now, a new crop of vintners are trying to bring the area back.

The world’s most ethereal wines are produced in a small region in northwestern Germany, where the Mosel River flows northward in tight hairpin curves beneath steep fractured-slate hillsides dotted with century-old Riesling vines. Too few people know these wines.

The Mosel region is arguably the most storied, least-understood wine region in the world. Romans first cultivated vines there in the 2nd century B.C., and viticulture flourished. By the late 19th century, wines from the Mosel had become widely sought-after, commanding international acclaim and some of the highest prices in the world, matching and eclipsing wines from Champagne and Bordeaux.

via Germany’s Wine Revolution Is Just Getting Started – The Daily Beast.

New gadget invented that turns water into wine

New gadget invented that turns water into wine

A new gadget to turn water into wine? Apparently so:

The Miracle Machine essentially works like a Soda Stream by turning water, grape concentrate and yeast into wine via a mobile phone app supported by iOS and Android.

The device has a fermentation chamber that “uses an array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps to provide a controlled environment for fermentation.”

A digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the wine during the fermentation process, while a ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment in order to soften the tannins.

At the same time, an ultrasonic transducer directly underneath the chamber resonates and speeds up the flavour development of the wine.

Customers can choose the type of wine they want to make, from “Napa” Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to “Oregon” Pinot Noir and a “Tuscan” red blend.

via Gadget invented that turns water into wine.

5 Essential Tips for Cooking with Wine

5 Essential Tips for Cooking with Wine

You can slow cook it, saute it or marinate it – wine enhances flavors and is always the best ingredient in whatever you’re cooking. But, there’s a bit more to cooking with wine than just pouring it into the pan.

  1. Choose a wine based on other ingredients in the dish. If you’re cooking something spicy, pick a full-bodied wine that can hold up on its own. If you’re cooking something light, such as chicken or fish. go with a white wine. Creamy sauces generally work best with white wines, and a sweet dish needs a sweet wine.
  2. Know some versatile wines if you need to make a substitution. Pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot and syrah all come in handy, especially if you don’t have the exact wine you need for a certain recipe.
  3. Consider the acidity of the ingredients in the dish before adding the wine. Cut back on acidic ingredients to account for the acidity of the wine.
  4. Don’t add wine to a dish just before serving. Let it simmer with the food. Adding the wine too late can leave a harsh taste.
  5. Use a wine that you would drink while cooking your dinner and while eating it.

So, what are some of your favorite wine-based recipes?


How to Write Excellent Wine Tasting Notes

How to Write Excellent Wine Tasting Notes

Ever wonder how to keep great personal wine tasting notes? From identifying flavors and aromas to describing acidity, tannin, and body, this article offers some of the best tips for creating the most memorable and accurate wine tasting notes:

Wine tasting notes should be the most useful tips to see before you buy a wine. In the past 10 years, wine tasting notes have shifted more to consumer ratings that tend to be more unbiased. However, there is no standard for writing wine tasting notes. This guide will help you write useful and accurate wine tasting notes.

via How to Write Excellent Wine Tasting Notes | Wine Folly:

5 Reasons Why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley

5 Reasons Why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley

Although many families in Lodi have been growing grapes for six and seven generations, it’s only been within the last 10 years that the current generation actually built wineries to convert their grapes into wine. Today, there are approximately 80 wineries and tasting rooms—an impressive number for sure—but there are more than 750 growers in the area. And many of those are now ready for their close-up. The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held earlier this year, reported that wines with Lodi on the label took home a total of 201 medals—36 of them gold.

via 5 Reasons Why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley: The Daily Details.

New York’s Wine Industry is Going Strong

Despite how harsh this long, miserable winter has been to Upstate New York’s vineyards, research shows that New York wineries are booming. recently reported on research conducted for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation showing the enormous growth in the Empire State’s wineries in the last three decades.

In 1976 New York only had 14 wineries, but by 2013 there were 416 wineries in 53 of the state’s 63 counties. A lot of credit goes to the New York Farm Winery Act in 1976, which made it easy for small wineries to flourish with incentives and reduced regulations.

And it’s not just New York’s impressive number of wineries that signals growth. Finger Lakes-area wineries, in particular, are receiving critical claim even on an international scale. The New York State wine industry is worth about $4.8 billion a year.

Oh, and we got a mention in this article!