Thursday, March 24, 2005

Cat and dog smells are not the same!

I loved the way the article from San Francisco Chronicle, "Here, kitty kitty Wine critics love cat pee, but hate wet dog. We explain why talks about how the experts describe their wine tasting experiences."

"It's a conundrum to some who read wine publications: How can cat-pee aromas in wine be good, yet horse manure be bad? Wet slate is in, wet dog is out? Sweat is positive, but dirty gym socks are not? And why don't critics say that wine tastes like grapes?

I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

It is an antioxidant (the label says so!)

Willamette Valley Vineyards has succeeded in having TTB approval in including the word "antioxidant" for two of their Pinot noir labels. (Vineyard claims first on wine antioxidant labeling -- Nutraingredients-USA)

Last year scientists at the University of Virginia concluded that resveratrol is the compound primarily responsible for the health benefits of red wine and claimed to have discovered its function in the prevention of cancer - starving cancer cells by inhibiting the action of nuclear factor- kappa B (NF-kB) protein that feeds them.

The vineyard itself has a comment piece on their site for the continued effort to get the antioxidant labeling for their other wines as well.

It's all in the dimples

Dimples determine the wine's value.

Is it a hoax, or a scientific truth? It seems like it all depends on who you talk to. According to Martin Field, it is one of the wine myths that deeper the dimple, the more valuable the bottle of wine. But a new study publicized today in PRWeb says that, "Scientists Prove How to Value a Bottle of Wine, Just by Feeling its Dimple."

Read the article and you be the judge!

For some attitude, have a look at Vinography, too!