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Wine and Your Waistline: The Flabby Facts

It is that time of year again. No, not “Christmas” decorations that went up before Thanksgiving and will stay up until the last drop of rampant consumerism has been squeezed from the gift-buying turnip or gratingly insipid carols sung in keys hitherto unknown to the human ear, but the time to watch over how much we eat and drink so…

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Merlot Finally Moves Up From “Sideways”

“I am not drinking any Merlot!” Those words, spoken by the main character in the 2004 hit film “Sideways,” were to the user-friendly, then wildly popular varietal what “salmonella outbreak” would be to your local fine dining restaurant. No one anticipated the effect of that outburst by Pinot Noir-loving, Merlot-hating Miles (played by Paul Giamatti, who didn’t know jack about…

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Skip the Flu Shot, Drink Wine

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for fever, chills, headaches, stomach upset, and general feeling like crap, aka, the flu. You could get a flu shot, load up on Vitamin C or encase yourself in bubble wrap, hide under your bed and not come out until springtime. Or, according to researchers at the Washington University School…

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Great Wine… It Really Is All in Your Head

What is it that makes expensive wine taste better? Is it the lovingly grown grapes, planted in gold-plated vineyards and kissed by the breath of virgins in the glistening dew of morning? Is it the sheer brilliance of the winemaker, an alchemist who possesses an enological Midas touch that turns mere grapes into Chateau Lafite Rothschild? Or is it the…

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New Technology Promises Instant Aging, No Hangover

“Time flies,” as the saying goes. Except when you’re waiting in line at the DMV, on hold with your favorite cable TV provider, and aging wine and spirits. Well, California-based Cavitation Technologies can’t help you with the first two. But giving wine and hard liquor the benefits of years of patient aging in a couple minutes? They think they’re on…

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How to Do a BBQ With Wine Rather than Beer

You’re off to a barbecue, or you’re hosting one, and you’re just not that much of a beer person. There may be a few people coming along with tequila, and you don’t fancy that much either; you’re very much a wine drinker. So, how do you pull this one off? Why beer is so popular at BBQs Beer is seen…

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