Monthly Archives: May 2012

Champagne – good for the heart.

If you need an excuse to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly this festive season, here it is: It’s good for your heart.

British academics have found that champagne is packed with polyphenols – plant chemicals thought to widen the blood vessels, easing the strain on your heart and brain.

And researchers believe the health benefits aren’t limited to the expensive stuff but are also found in cheaper alternatives such as cava and prosecco.

The Reading University study builds on earlier findings that two glasses of red wine a day help keep heart and circulatory problems at bay.

Polyphenols are believed to boost the levels of the gas nitric oxide in the blood, which then widens the blood vessels.

They are found in relatively high levels in red wine but not in white.

Champagne, however, is most commonly made from a blend of red grape varieties pinot meunier or pinot noir and white chardonnay.

Researcher Dr Jeremy Spencer said: ‘The question was would champagne have the same impact as red wine or would it have the limited impact of white wine?’

He showed that champagne had a far bigger impact on nitric oxide levels than a polyphenol-free ‘dummy drink’ of alcohol mixed with carbonated water.

Polyphenols are also found in tea, olive oil, onions, leeks, broccoli and blueberries.

Dr Spencer added: ‘The benefit is the same but it doesn’t seem as much fun somehow.’

Source: dailymail.co.uk

 

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Here’s a vintage cork screw collection.

We’ve come a long way, but some things never change. Whether using an old or modern cork screw, that feeling of opening the bottle will always stay the same.

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MasterChef SA

Looking forward to tonight’s episode of MasterChef SA. Hope your favourite stays in. More info on MasterChef, go to… http://tinyurl.com/c3jlxjx

Remember you can buy MasterChef Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve range wines!
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Beautiful or not?

What do you think of this wine cellar?

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Did you watch MasterChef SA last night?

Who do you think is going to be the winner?

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Investing in wine

Wine trading comes a very long way. Ranging on various scales, its popularity is increasing daily.

Today even specialist investment houses, insurance companies and retirement funds use wine as an asset to be traded. So let’s take a further look into this phenomenon:

It is estimated that trading in wine generates some R21billion a year. Markets have been quick to realize the substantial amounts that wine has realized. Hong Kong even abolished sales taxes and duties on wine in order to establish itself as a wine trading hub. It worked; in the first three wine sales of 2011 more than R173 million was traded and it now trades more wine than London and New York combined.

Wine trading has a long history, originating in Bordeaux, probably, where wine ‘futures’ saw traders gamble on long term profits by buying early – usually before the wine was even bottled (en primeur) then selling on to buyers at greatly increased prices on the back of increased demand. The system has worked for more than 150 years and profits have enticed many more to buy and sell wine as a commodity much like other collectibles. Now, specialist investment houses, insurance companies and retirement funds use wine as an asset to be traded. And it is very big business.

It is estimated that trading in wine generates some R21billion a year. Markets have been quick to realize the substantial amounts that wine has realized. Hong Kong even abolished sales taxes and duties on wine in order to establish itself as a wine trading hub. It worked; in the first three wine sales of 2011 more than R173 million was traded and it now trades more wine than London and New York combined.

Read more: wine.co.za

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Vinoteque featured vintage wine of the week: Allesverloren Shiraz 1998

This Weeks’s Vinoteque featured vintage wine of the week is the Allesverloren Shiraz 1998.

Tasting Notes

Plum red colour and an interesting nose. The wine has a cigar box, white pepper, forest-floor, pomegranate and hints of leather nose. The palate is fresh fruit and new leather flavours with gentle tannins

Maturation notes

Earthy tones with forest floor and mushrooms on the nose with a soft and spicy palate – Drink now.

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