Winexpression to Close

I must fly away to another flowerAfter almost 8 years, I have decided that my Wine Blogging journey has come to an end. Thanks to all the readers, PR staff, and fellow wine bloggers that supported me through this journey. I have a few posts to finish up and will explain a bit more, but basically this forum has run it’s course in my life and I am ready to move on. I have valued the feedback I have received and thank you all for your support. Stay tuned for a few more posts with the most valuable wine lessons I’ve learned, tips for wine bloggers, and some final reviews and notes from recent tastings I have attended.



A Glass A Day Keeps Alzheimers At Bay

wine_glass_flowersAs with all studies of wine and your health moderate consumption is key, this time to reduce the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina found that the participants that had 1 to 2 glasses of wine per day of the group of over 3,000 seniors over 75, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was reduced by 37 percent.

Characterized by forgetfulness, agitation and dementia, Alzheimer’s is caused by a massive loss of cells in several regions of the brain.

Not surprisingly, for those polled that already suffered from some form of memory loss, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was doubled if they consumed more than 2 glasses of wine per day.

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Resveratrol To Battle Multiple Sclerosis?

That polyphenol that keeps on giving, resveratrol is now being studied as an aid in the fight against MS.

Mice with the MS-like condition called Wallerian degeneration slow (WldS) showed an initial weight gain when given resveratrol, researchers at the University of Utah reported Thursday at the World Congress on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, in Montreal.

Weight gain, that’s it? Can’t they just give these mice a gift card to Krispy Kreme and get the same results? Actually, the researchers comment that weight gain is an encouraging sign in MS treatment, especially when it’s from a compound found naturally in grapes and other foods. Dr. John Richert, executive vice president for the research and clinical program of the Multiple Sclerosis Society comments:

“In inflammatory animal models of MS, one of the tell-tale clinical signs of the disease is weight loss. Weight loss often goes hand in hand with loss of neurological function.”

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Antioxidant Found in Wine Combats Leukemia

Researchers at the University of Pittsburg have made a surprising discovery. Cyanidin-3-rutinoside, or C-3-R, a modified anthocyanidin found in wine, as well as different fruit and vegetables, targets and kills leukemia cells, but doesn’t harm healthy cells. This is an attractive alternative to fighting leukemia over chemotherapy and radiation which kill healthy cells as well.

Leukemia is responsible for roughly 22,000 deaths a year in the United States. These cancer cells attack blood forming cells in bone marrow. Dr. Yin, co-author of the study, is the associate professor of pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

According to Dr. Yin, these results indicate that C-3-R has the promising potential to be used in leukemia therapy with the advantages of being highly selective against cancer cells. “Because this compound is widely available in foods, it is very likely that it is not toxic even in purified form. Therefore, if we can reproduce these anti-cancer effects in animal studies, this will present a very promising approach for treating a variety of human leukemias and, perhaps, lymphomas as well.

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2005 Coturri Carignane Testa Vineyards Mendocino County

H Coturri and Sons Carignane Testa Vineyards Mendocino 2005Is it possible to have a tasty Organic wine? The Coturri Family seems to think so, as all of their wines are Certified organic, including the Carignane (pronounce Care- ig- nawn), which was at one time the most planted varietal in the U.S. This wine is actually very delicious, and although I haven’t tasted many Organic wines, this one didn’t taste off or different, which was my experience with some.

The Coturri 2005 is made from 70-year-old vines planted by the Testa family. The vineyards are dry farmed, meaning no irrigation is used. The soils at the Testa Vineyards are a naturally rich sandy loam high in nutrient.

Coturri Winery never uses grapes that have been treated with pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. The Coturri Winery Estate Vineyards are certified by the CCOF.  No SO2—no inoculation with sulfites, yeast cultures, no use of concentrates to boost sweetness, no added water, acids, or other manipulation of the wine.

Price: $20
ABV: 13.5%
Notes: Inky purple, this wine possesses fragrant black fruit notes, with a chewy structure that has lots of blackberry, vanilla, and Raspberry. The finish is pleasant, medium bodied, and lasts 30 seconds +.
Score: 90 pts


Overweight Mice Boost Wine Sales

In the 4 weeks ending November 18th, wine sales surged after the announcement that overweight mice that were given resveratrol where able to run longer and outlive those who weren’t.

Red wines accounted for a record 52.4 percent of table wine dollar sales in food, drug and liquor stores as measured by ACNielsen in the four weeks ending Nov. 18, compared with just less than 50 percent in the immediately preceding four-week period, and 51 percent in the comparable year-ago time frame.

You can’t buy this kind of press. It’s great that the wine industry as a whole benefits from news like this, especially when a glut of grapes has been reported around the world. Perfect timing I’d say.

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Health Benefits of Red Wine Continue to Impress

As more and more research is done into resveratrol, scientists continue to be amazed at the good effects it has on mammals. Dr David Sinclair, one of the US researchers that took part in the study involving mice that was recently published in Nature, said:

“The ‘healthspan’ benefits we saw in the obese mice treated with resveratrol, such as increased insulin sensitivity, decreased glucose levels, healthier heart and liver tissues, are positive clinical indicators and may mean we can stave off in humans age-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, but only time and more research will tell.”

As part of the test, overfed mice just over a year old were split into two groups, with one group receiving doses of resveratrol, the polyphenol commonly found in red wine. That group outlived the other by three to four months. The untreated mice also displayed characteristics that would indicate the onset of diabetes in humans, and displayed diminished coordination and motor skills.

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What???Wine prevents hearing loss?

According to New Scientist, moderate consumption of wine could delay the onset of age-related deafness and reduce hearing loss caused by loud noise and certain antibiotics. Delicate hair in the inner ear is the target of oxygen free radicals produced when you are exposed to loud noise, different antibiotics, and simply because of ageing. Resveratrol, the polyphenol found in grape skins, green tea, etc., helps to neutralize these free radicals, protecting your ear from damage.

Jochen Schacht of the University of Michigan Medical School, tested a compound found in aspirin, salicylate, against a powerful antibiotic known to cause damage in hair cells. The antibiotic, Gentamicin, is ironically used to treat severe ear infections. Salicylate successfully minimized damage from gentamicin. Both resveratrol and salicylate appear to be effective.

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Purple teeth are O.K.

Wine appears to be the latest weapon against gum disease, which conflicts upwards of 80% of Americans (experts believe).

“Our findings demonstrate that red wine polyphenols have potent antioxidant properties,” conclude researchers led by Dr. Fatiah Chandad from the Universite Laval in Quebec City. Her team presented its findings Friday at the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) annual meeting, in Orlando.

Although these findings are preliminary, it appears that Polyphenols do a pretty good job of getting rid of bad bacteria that forms around the gum line. Even though those purple teeth make you look like a derilect, you’re doing your mouth a favor, so have another glass. Just make sure at the end of the night you follow your regular routine and brush your teeth. Too much tartaric acid isn’t a good thing, and could slowly ware off your enamel.
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Fish that live longer thanks to Resveratrol

In the continued study of resveratrol, the polyphenol found in wine, scientists from Italy found that a certain type of fish, killifish actually, plagued with a short life span lived 30% longer when given the chemical. Other benefits included slowing of a slackening of muscles and learning disabilities. Good news for the defense of wine and its health implications, as the researchers said that these benefits “should work for higher vertebrates like humans.
Resveratrol has also been credited with preventing Alzheimer’s disease and bone marrow cancer, Lung cancer, possibly Cataracts, and more.

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