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Tuesday April 15, 2008 - Barefoot Wine

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Nuts, Wine, Chocolate and Intuitive Eating

I must be dreaming (but please don't wake me up!) Nuts, red wine and dark chocolate-oh my; now these are three foods I could live on. The very idea brings to mind the game my family and I use to play as kids on long car trips: if you were on an island and could only have three foods, what would you choose to bring?

Recent research has conclusively proved that in moderation, nuts, red wine, and dark chocolate are all good elements of a healthy diet which can help prevent various ailments. While this flies in the face of all we have ever been told; it raises the issue of, how we know what is truly healthy for us and how do we make good food choices in the midst of continually changing information. We are continually bombarded with so much information about diet, nutrition, exercise, and health, and so much of it is confusing and often contradictory; that too often, too many of us have been left wondering: what information can we truly use to make accurate and educated choices?

In my experience, there is an intuitive component to the integration of all the dietary information we continually digest (no pun intended). Intuition is defined as the sense of knowing something in a visceral way, without necessarily having an intellectual or rational explanation for that knowledge. I believe that to find an intuitive answer to the question, "what foods do I eat?" we have to slow down and listen...better-trusting our bodies to tell us what we need. I suggest that intuitive eating, as I call it, is the healthiest way to eat but by far the more difficult approach to master. Such intuitive eating means listening to our body systems rather than simply following ad nauseam the latest "do's and don'ts" craze. Making intuitive eating a component of a healthy lifestyle means tuning in to how we feel after we eat; it means looking at our choices in regards to portion and type, and it means thinking about what foods gave us the most benefit. It means hearing our bodies and nurturing our desires in an attempt to master our own habits and urges. Intuitive eating is tailored specifically to each one of us---for we are each unique with different needs and goals! Every regimen should in some way involve listening to what the body is trying to convey. In a way, it's letting the body do what it does best...self regulation. Such body mechanisms are an evolutionary necessity, and a clue to how we should lead our lives in regard to healthy consumption. We just need to listen.

Nuts, dark chocolate and wine anyone?

About the Author

Sara Thompson is the owner of The Original Nutcracker, a website which sells a bold, unique kitchen gadget that's tongue-in-cheek fun!

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Dornfelder Qualitaetswein b.A.

The Dornfelder varietal is a hybrid created in 1976 from two other hybrids (genetically descended from Fruhburgunder, Trollinger, Portugeiser and Lemberger). Today almost 1000 acres are planted to this variety which produces deeply colored fruity red wine. Estate bottlings such as this from Anselmann are rare and represent the best quality from this grape. We are introducing a new estate-bottling from the Gehrig Weinkellerie in the Palatinate. Herr Gehrig is known as a very high-quality producer in the area for both white and red wines. Very fruity and full bodied...blackberry with a hint of clove and cinammon. Great gift for the sweet wine lover! You can buy this German red wine online. DRF04 DRF04

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Wine Spectator: The Best Online Magazine for Wine Aficionado

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Wines are without a doubt, one of the most popular drinks around the globe. Right now, more and more people are venturing into the industry of wine making and because of this, it is only natural for us to see different kinds of people all over the world who are very much passionate about wines. On the other hand, there is also a great way in which

Australian Wine Looses its Personality - What Personality??

Tue, 01 Jan 2008 18:22:20 PST
A recent article in the Grapegrowers & Vignerons Magazine, Year of change for Aus in the UK by Shay Bayly last month pointed out what is fast becoming an oozing sore for the reputation of the Australian Wine Industry abroad. Tesco’s in the UK it seems have asked the producers of Australian wine to retain the personality it once had.

Wine review - d'Arenberg Fortified Shiraz

Sat, 05 Jan 2008 10:33:39 PST
Wine review on Brand: d’Arenberg , Type: 2004 Vintage, Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia, Grape: Shiraz as appearing on All Things Local Community magazine, Derbyshire, UK.

Will Drink for Food

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 08:50:57 PST
This article, the first of many by the fabulous folks at The Second Glass, is an entertaining, informative, and well-written piece highlighting two delicious wines. I highly recommend checking out the article and The Second Glass, a great wine magazine even for those who don't reside in the Boston area.

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Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:29:39 PST
Informative article on the reasons behind why some wine drinkers can taste and smell more aromas and flavors than others.

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April 2008 - Wine Expert

A Wine Expert Artilce for Your Viewing

Tips On Choosing Your Next Bottle Of Wine

Tonight?s the night. You?ve got that special dinner party with friends and you want it to be perfect. You?ve got the menu completed but the question is which wine will compliment the meal best? Here are some tips for choosing fine wine.

Lighter foods need lighter wines while heartier foods need full bodied wines. For example, fish is light and thus a wine like Pinot Noir goes very nicely because it is also light.

The way the food is prepared will also influence the type of wine you choose. Whether your meal is grilled or roasted as well as the spices you use will affect your wine choice.

Bitter foods need a fruity wine that will compliment it, such as a Chardonnay or Merlot. Shiraz or some of the other heavy tannic red wines go great with a grilled steak because the fat in the meat tones down the bitterness in the wine.

Foods that are salty or oily go much better with a wine that?s higher in acid like Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc. Sweet foods do much better with a slightly sweet dry wine such as Riesling or Chenin Blanc.

Dry wines, both red and white, work well with a wider selection of foods so if in doubt go this route. A general rule of thumb is that you want your wine to offer a nice contrast from your food but you don?t want it to clash.

The most important tip to remember is that wine is about taste and it?s a personal choice so trust your taste buds. It?s always a good idea to test a wine before purchasing it, and don?t base your wine buying decisions on what your friends or family say. Use your own palate to make your choices.

You should also be patient with yourself because learning to buy good wine has quite a learning curve. The best way to learn is try many different wines and expand your wine cellar. People tend to find a wine they like and then stick with it spending little time experimenting with other wines. Why not explore other wines and find some other great choices?

The price of wine doesn?t dictate the quality. Of course many would like you to believe it does but the British Columbia wine industry is proving that?s just not so, producing some top quality wines at a fraction of the cost of imported wines. Of course, as with many things, best costs more but there are plenty of excellent choices and it really does pay to shop around.

Always put together your wine cabinet with thought. Think about your budget, the types of food you most often serve, and how much entertaining you do. Set aside the most expensive wines for those special occasions and serve the less expensive, but still delicious, wines for your daily use.

These tips for choosing fine wine will have your wine cabinet looking very healthy in no time and your wines will compliment your meals nicely!

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Gray Rollins is a featured writer for For more wine tips and to learn how to make wine, visit us.

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Ch Pontac Lynch - Margaux - Cru Bourgeois - "Cuvee Special"

"Imitate no one and make your own name in Margaux" is the challenge that Marie-Christine Bondon has been taking up since 1998 when she became administrator and manager of Chateau Pontac-Lynch. Nestled between Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, the shared micro-climate and soil is evident in its obvious quality. This lovely red is a great discovery and an excellent value. This is the Chateaux's "Cuvee Special" from the 2003 vintage. A blend of 40% Cabernet s., 30% Cabernet f., 20% Merlot, and 10% Petit verdot (the majority of the regular Cuvee is made with Merlot) this wine is barreled for 1 year in 70% new French Oak barrels instead of 40% new oak barrels for the regular cuvee. Only 500 cases of this wine were made and the winery hand-harvested the grapes and then employed a rigorous examination process of the grapes inside the winery to make sure only the best made it into the crush. The new oak gives the 2003 Cuvee Special a very smoky nose to compliment the outstanding depth of fruit on both the nose and palate. From a great vintage, this wine will easily last 15-20 years and possibly longer. PONN03 PONN03

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Tuesday 04/15/08 - Quality Wine-

Today's Quality Wine Article

Red Wines - No Back Seat To White

In the last article we went over the most popular white wines. In this article we're going to try to give equal time to some of the more popular red wines, even though red wines in general are not as popular as white wines. That doesn't mean there aren't some good red wines out there. In this article we'll hit on a few of them.

One of the most popular red wines is Sharp Hill Vineyard Red Seraph. This wine is made from a blend of St. Croix grapes. It is a very smooth wine and goes very well with beef, lamb and pasta dishes. It goes for about $12 a bottle.

Another popular red wine, also from Connecticut, is Cabernet Franc which is made exclusively from Cabernet Franc grapes. This wine is best served with all red meat dishes as well as chocolate desserts. It sells for about $17.50 a bottle.

Another popular red wine, and one of the less expensive red wines, is Pedroncelli 2000 Dry Creek Valley. It has sort of a blackberry flavor, goes very well with red meat and sells for a very cheap $14 a bottle. They say this is a great wine for Valentine's Day.

Of course we would be remiss if we didn't mention the ever popular Chianti which comes from the Tuscany region in Northern Italy. Because the quality of this wine has risen dramatically in recent years so has the price, selling for over $20 a bottle. This is a great wine to have with white meats such as pork or chicken.

Then you have the wines bottle in the Niagara Peninsula. One of the more popular of these is Big Bosc. This is a Bordeaux-style blend with the aroma of lack cherries, plums, and vanilla. This wine goes best with stews and leg of lamb and sells for about $19 a bottle.

Another popular wine from this region is Henry Pelham Gamay. It is suggested this wine be served slightly chilled. It contains aromas of soft cherry, raspberry, pepper spice and plum. The wine is great with stuffed tomatoes and prime rib and sells for about $14 a bottle.

A great British Columbian wine from the Okanagan Valley is the Mission Hill Cabernet. It has a fine aroma of ripe blackberry, cassis mingled with cedar, mocha and smoke. It is great with stuffed red peppers and sells for about $21 a bottle.

Then from California we have Knights Valleys Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has a ruby color and aromas of cocoa, black currant, black cherry and cedar. It is great with a variety of roasts and sells for a hefty $45 a bottle. Yes, this is one very fine wine.

Finally we have a terrific wine from France, the people who just about invented great wine. Just don't tell the Italians that. The wine has a name a mile long. For those who want to tackle trying to pronounce it, the name is Chapoutier Chateauneuf Du-Pape La Bernardine. Try wrapping your tongue around that for a while. As for the wine itself, it has aromas of leather, pepper and liquorice and a black cherry flavor. It goes great with rib eye steak and has a nice price tag of about $40. A really fine wine.

The list goes on and on. There are more great red wines than people realize. So white wine, move over. Red is in the building.

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Michael Russell

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