December 2009 Archives

Most wine connoisseurs will tell you that red wine is the cream of the wine crop. Red wines are velvety and rich, often dry, appeal to a more cultured palate, and pair wonderfully with food. When it comes to chicken with red wine, many wine connoisseurs will tell you it doesn’t match, but that’s not entirely true. White wines are certainly generally recommended with chicken, but red wines can work as well. Let’s have a look and see what the different types of red wine are all about and how they pair up with chicken!

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Like many other neophyte wine drinkers, at one time or another you have probably gone into a grocery store or liquor store and made straight for the aisle with red wines, simpyl ignoring the whites. After all, actors are always drinking red wine in most television shows and movies, so you have to conform, right? Not really! There is a lot of contention about the “red wine/white wine” issue amongst wine drinkers and wine makers, so let’s explore the black/white of wine a bit.

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If you are looking to get into making your own wine, check out some wine making kits. The kit in particular is the perfect thing to get for someone who has considered making their own wine or has taken some nascent steps in that direction. If you have tried your hand at wine making and failed, a kit is the perfect way to get you back on track! Wine kits are perfect because most provide the budding wine maker with all of the gear they need and walk them through the process step-by-step. To find them, you can do a search online for “buy wine making kit” or “buy kit making wine” – both will take you to the same results. Or, you can keep reading and see what we have to say!

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A lot of people know about cooking with red wine, but they don’t know exactly how and where to use it. Fortunately, there are a lot of great red wine recipes out there for sauces and the like that you can experiment with. Here we’ll provide two red wine sauce recipes that can help get you on your way.

For this red wine sauce recipe, you will need 2 medium minced shallots,

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Chinese rice wine making is a tradition that dates back to as early as 16th-century BC. It has been enjoyed for centuries and remains a common staple in China to this day. Chinese rice wine making, as it turns out, is very popular because almost anyone can make it with the right tools and know-how. For this recipe, you need four cups of raw, glutinous rice,

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When you are looking for wine glasses, your first idea may be to look for the cheapest ones you can get, especially if you run a restaurant and need a lot of glasses. That’s fine, but just be aware that in this case you really are getting exactly what you pay for. Wine glasses, in general, tend to emphasize quality over affordability. Most folks (at least the casual wine drinkers of the world out there) are satisfied with whatever kind of wine glass they can get their mitts on, such as whatever glasses they got the last time they went to a wine tasting. If you really are looking for bulk wine glasses for a restaurant, however, Luminarc is probably the brand you want to look at.

If wine is a big part of your life, you’ve probably started a good-sized collection of accessories to go along with your hoard of opened wine bottles. Sure, you have the corkscrews and decanters, but have you looked into a wine cooler yet? If you don’t already know, proper wine storage is very important. If you don’t store or serve your wine at the proper temperature, it’s not going to taste right – and real wine connoisseurs will notice!

If you’re in the market to buy some new wine hardware or are looking for a great gift for the wine lover in your life, a brass wine rack is a creative beauty in the wine hobby. In the days before brass was widely manufactured and distributed, racks for storing wine were very expensive and distinct. Few bars and pubs could afford metal racks and most opted for wood slats that would allow a vintner to slide their bottles into the wall for storage. Most shops didn’t carry metal racks and they needed to be custom-made.

If you are a wine enthusiast and a real DIY type of person, you may want to try your hand at building a wine rack to your specifications, rather than relying on someone else to do it or buying one in a box. Of course, any rack you buy will probably have to be put together, but if you really want to know how to make a wine rack you have to do it yourself!

There’s no doubt about: America has a weight problem. As our society has developed to be more on-the-go, our diet has gone more and more downhill, becoming high in sugar, salt, and fat. As a result, we’ve physically expanded and obesity is a serious issue. Many wine lovers, overweight or not, have taken heed and have begun to pay attention to the calories in red wine and white wine.
Despite the many health benefits of red wine (more on that later), a glass of red wine has roughly 80 to 105 calories. Most of these will be empty calories, and wholly wasted. This does not mean, however, that you have to ditch the wine in your diet. The calories in red wine are inconsequential when compared to the health benefits, as long as you enjoy your wine in moderation.
The “French Paradox” is the key to enjoying the health benefits of red wine. The French, despite their love of cheese and fatty foods, have a very low rate of heart disease because of their moderate daily consumption of wine.
Studies have repeatedly shown that a moderate, daily consumption of wine is good for you, despite the calories in red wine. A valuable antioxidant called “resveratrol” is what it’s all about. Resveratrol helps kill cancer cells and prevent strokes and has anti-aging effects. Antioxidants, you see, are essentially the cells’ building blocks, especially in our immune systems. Despite the calories in red wine, when drunk in moderation it promotes healthier blood vessels for elderly people and reduces ulcer-causing bacteria and coronary heart disease.
In women, wine helps to decrease stroke risk, build stronger bones and helps to decrease ovarian cancer. In men, wine lowers the risk of heart attack for men who suffer from high blood pressure. Even if you don’t like to drink wine, you can use it in cooking and get the same effect.
When you really think about the process of winemaking, it is very organic and pure. Wine naturally, with no other preservatives added, can stay fresh about one-and-half years. The grapes that wine comes from have enough sulfites in them to keep them from rotting while still on the grapevine.
The key lies in moderation. The calories in red wine are relatively insignificant, but don’t go out and drink a bottle a day. As with everything, there is such a thing having too much wine. Binge drinking is never good, no matter the occasion and isn’t good for you. Drinking too much alcohol is just plain not good for you.
Everybody knows that drinking too much alcohol is a bad idea, but many have no idea about wine’s beneficial effects when drank in moderation. One to three glasses of wine a day will not hurt you. In reality, it can help you! Don’t let wine get lumped in with beer and liquor as a beverage used just to get intoxicated; wine is an exquisite privilege of life to be enjoyed – and it can help keep you healthy!

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