New Social Network Launched to Aid Sobriety: World Without Wine

PR NEWSWIRE | “South Africa is a nation of heavy drinkers and it’s an ingrained behaviour that is killing us. As consumers of more than 5 billion litres of alcohol a year, a World Health Organisation study ranks South Africa as number four on a list of countries with the riskiest drinking patterns, as heavy drinkers who binge drink on a minimum five glasses of beer or wine in a single sitting for men, and more than three drinks for women. However, more people are becoming conscious of their drinking habits and are taking steps to either become sober or moderate their intake; and the sobriety trend is catching on.”
Read More

Advertisements

Winery wastewater a viable water source for vineyards

UC DAVIS | “Making wine requires water beyond what it takes to grow grapes. There are bottles to wash, barrels to scrub and floors to clean. But what if the water left over from all that cleaning was treated and reused to irrigate vineyards? It sounds like a promising practice, especially during a drought, but would it hurt the vines, the soil or even the wine?”
Read More

Orange wines: A brief guide to the latest wine trend

THE WEEK | “First, there are two types of orange wine: one that results from oxidation and another that is the result of contact with grape skins. Eileen M. Duffy, author of Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island, explained the former: “Imagine you cut an apple in half, put it on the counter, and it started to turn brown — this is what happens with some orange wines and sherry. The sugars and enzymes react to the oxygen so that the wine exposed turns orange.”
Read More

Is Drinking Red Wine Healthy for Me?

ECO WATCH | “The health benefits of red wine have been debated for some time. Many believe that a glass each day is a valuable part of a healthy diet, while others think wine is somewhat overrated. Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate red wine consumption seems to lower the risk of several diseases, including heart disease.”
Read More

Are California wine prices way too high?

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE | “If I’ve learned one lesson from recommending thousands of bottles to readers, it’s this: Prices always make someone unhappy. If I complained about, oh, Sonoma Pinot Noirs surpassing $50 a bottle, I’d hear from winemakers insisting that was actually too cheap (pro tip: Never make this argument to a wine critic) but also from readers who thought $35 was too much. Let’s not even touch the readers whose price cap was $10.”
Read More

Tips For The Wine Traveler Going Overseas

ORANGE COUNTY COAST | “It has always been a dream of mine to visit Europe in the fall, moving from country to country while the grapes around me begin to reach their final ripeness. Europe is an incredible place, full of history and rituals that are only fully understood once you arrive. This all became apparent during my quest for rare bottles—where I found myself in situations I wish I’d been better prepared for. Should you want to arrange a fall visit sometime in the future, here is a list of everything I wish I had known before I began my adventure.”
Read More