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French winery fined for illegal rosé winemaking

France’s Vinovalie co-operative has been fined for illegally blending red and white wines and bottling the result as rosé. The tribunal in Albi, southern France, last week fined Vinovalie €10,000 for illegal rosé production, with a further €1,000 in damages. Three employees in managerial roles were separately fined between €1,000 and €5,000 for their role […]

Drinking Wine Before Bed Now Officially Makes You Skinny

Whether you’re casually sipping a cabernet blend while laying in bed and reading a book or chugging Franzia until you knock yourself out, there’s no denying that we love our evening glass (or bottle, or box) of wine. Now you can shut down all the haters with pure science facts, because a bunch of really […]

Alcohol ‘can help improve memory’

Despite it being common knowledge that drinking can often lead to a patchy memory, a neurologist has told how alcohol can actually help improve recall in certain circumstances. Dr Dean Burnett has said that after a few drinks, people are quicker to remember previously lost memories – but only if those memories were from a […]

Wine to be sold at Toronto supermarkets later this year

At the tail end of 2015, we saw beer appear in Toronto-area grocery stores. Now, as the Toronto Star reports today, wine will also be making its way to supermarket shelves – though don’t expect to conveniently pick up a bottle until later this fall. As the Toronto Star notes, 70 grocery stores will likely […]

What Are Cover Crops And Why Are They Really Good For Wine?

Farmers and vintners alike would argue magic doesn’t exist in the vineyards that quench our thirst each year, but I’d argue clover — four-leafed or not — comes close, and has been doing so for millennia. Trifolium, commonly known as clover, is a “nitrogen-fixing” plant, meaning it returns nitrogen from the air back to soils, […]

A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym, says new study

Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day. Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise. Red wine over a […]

Red Wine Is Romantic for a Reason: Scientists Find It Helps Prevent E. D.

Chocolate-covered strawberries and a full goblet of Cabernet, often paired with Marvin Gaye softly crooning from the stereo, have set the mood for incalculable Valentine’s evenings, but new research suggests that some of these romantic standbys can also benefit long-term love lives. Habitual consumption of flavonoid-rich foods—red wine, fruits, vegetables and tea—may reduce the risk […]

Cheers! Millennials Drink Almost Half the Wine Bought in America

Glug! Now that the nation’s millennials are all officially 21, this 79-million-strong crowd of tastemakers is starting to shape the nation’s appetite for wine — buying more per person, spending more per bottle, and spurring the wine industry into finding new and innovative ways to capture this dominant market share. Millennials (now between the ages […]

Côtes du Rhône promises “spectacular” 2015 vintage

The 2015 harvest in the Rhône Valley is one of the best in professional memory, Côtes du Rhône Wines is reporting, with reds in particular showing great promise. Yields were at their ten-year average and, unusually, all the regions varietals delivered consistently in quality and quantity. Despite a heatwave in July, the vines were in […]

Plans for first distillery on Raasay approved

Raasay, a small island off the west coast of Skye, which has a population of some 170, is to get its first legal distillery. The Highland Council has granted planning approval to Edinburgh-based R&B Distillers to convert an abandoned Victorian hotel named Borodale house into a distillery and visitor centre. Work on the conversion is […]

Man Dies Aged 107, Thanked Red Wine For Long Life

Red wine has been credited with everything from preventing cancer to halting weight gain. Now comes the news that a recently deceased man believed it helped him reach the age of 107. Spaniard Antonio Docampo Garcia died last week after many years of refusing to drink water, preferring to guzzle his home-made red wine instead. […]

Iran and France cancel diplomatic lunch to welcome Hassan Rouhani after French refuse to take wine off the menu

Iranian officials asked that a lunch between the two countries’ presidents be Halal and alcohol-free A lunch between the French and Iranian presidents in Paris has been scrapped after the hosts refused to take wine off the menu. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had been due to eat lunch with French President Francois Hollande in an […]

Napa’s Fermenting Your Wine With Submarine Technology

In a traditional wine fermentation tank, if the yeasts start acting weird, it might be days before anyone smells or tastes the damage. But at Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California, staff can detect risk factors before they develop into wine-spoiling problems. That’s thanks to the Fermentation Intelligence Logic Control System, a Minority Report–style setup that […]

NASA to help determine Georgia as birthplace of wine

11.01.2016 (Hvino News). NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States – is helping Georgia to determine if Georgia is birthplace of wine. According to David Magradze, the head of the Viticulture Department of the National Wine Agency, the final result would be known in 2016, although it was initially planned for December […]

How South Africa Built a Booming Wine Business

Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist said, “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” The South African economy has climbed many hills.  Even today, with mining as the main economic driver, the Rand is very weak. So maybe it’s high time the country look toward […]

Glasgow 10K run to offer competitors wine instead of water

Organisers will be serving wines of the world to participants every two kilometres Glasgow is to host a 10k fun run in which competitors will be offered wine instead of water. Organisers say that, far from trying to get those taking part legless, the plan of giving runners a 20ml “taster” of wine is to […]

Why red wine and blackcurrants are sexual superfoods

Flavonoid-rich foods like blueberries and red wine prevent erectile dysfunction, scientists have found Improving your sex life could be as simple as drinking red wine and eating more fruit. A 40 year study by Harvard and University of East Anglia scientists has found that middle-aged men who enjoyed a regular glass of red wine, and […]

27 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Wine

“Leftover wine” may sound like a mythical (or at least, laughable) idea for some of us. But whether you just had a party or simply can’t soldier through a full bottle solo, at some point you’ll be facing this dilemma: A partially consumed bottle is rattling around your kitchen and the clock is ticking on […]

A Glass of Wine or an Hour at the Gym – You Choose!

A new study says a glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym! Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise. Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they’re improved after a gym session. According to lead researcher, […]

This Bunker Holds $1.5 Billion of Wine

Cavernous vaults of Bordeaux and Burgundy vintages sit in an old munitions dump deep below gently rolling English farmland. From Bombs to Beaujolais: The Secret $1.5B Vault You’d never know it was there. Past a field dotted with hay bales, my driver turns up a small road that seems to go nowhere. When we reach […]

Italy Reclaims Spot as World’s Biggest Wine Producer From France

Italy Reclaims Spot as World’s Biggest Wine Producer France – Italy is set to reclaim its spot as the world’s biggest wine producer after output in the home of Chianti and Prosecco rebounded from last year, when rain spoiled part of the grape crop. Italy’s winemakers will raise volume by 10 percent to 48.9 million hectoliters […]

Here’s What Happens When You Drink Red Wine Every Night

Resveratrol for the win: Red wine drinkers had better levels of HDL cholesterol, better sleep and lower cardiometabolic risk factors Here’s What Happens When You Drink Red Wine Every Night – Alcohol is the Goldilocks of the nutrition world. Too much can be destructive to your health, raising your blood pressure and your risk of […]

English fizz trumps Champagne in blind tasting

A pair of English sparkling wines from Hampshire and Sussex have beaten famous Champagnes to take the top spots in a blind tasting. Hambledon Classic Cuvée and Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010 beat off competition from Pol Roger, Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot to come first and second in a blind sparkling wine tasting organised by Noble […]

6 Female Sommeliers Talk Wine, Passion, and Disrupting a Male-Dominated Field

6 Female Sommeliers Talk Wine, Passion, and Disrupting a Male-Dominated Field – Ten years ago, if you asked to speak to the sommelier of a restaurant, it’s likely an older gentleman would make his way to your table to discuss varietals. In recent years, however, women have succeeded in disrupting the traditionally male-dominated industry. While women […]

California’s Vineyards Pressed To Turn Less Water Into Wine

In Napa, Calif., a company called Free Flow Wines fills and dispenses reusable wine kegs, which are used by restaurants and bars for serving wine on draft. Every month, the company rinses and refills about 10,000 of the stainless steel casks, each of which eliminates the need for 26 clunky wine bottles. This is a […]

There Are 2 Types Of Women: Red Wine Drinkers And White Wine Drinkers

Women and wine go together like melted chocolate and strawberries. It’s one of the most sacred, functional relationships known to man. Who needs a boyfriend when you can curl up on the couch with a big old glass of vino? You don’t have to worry about another person’s needs, wishes or dreams — with a […]

Drinking Wine At Bedtime Can Help You Lose Weight

Have you ever finished your dinner, but then found yourself hungry close to bedtime? You’re not alone – plenty of us feel the need to snack as the night progresses, and luckily, studies have deduced the perfect nightcap: wine. You heard us. Recent studies have pointed out that wine can help diabetics and improve your […]

19 Things Women Who Love Wine Just Get

1. You’re always looking for products that cater better for your wine needs. I need this. #winoproblems pic.twitter.com/JTQczRiSV4 — Annie (@AutumnFall11) October 1, 2015 2. And your glass always ends far too quickly. Huh that didn't last long…. #julies25th #idonthaveaproblem #winoproblems #moreboozeplease pic.twitter.com/sw39LMfUfv — Anton (@Canuckfan89) August 9, 2015 3. Even if you’re having a […]

First Wine in Shade of Iconic Baobab Produced by Senegal

The bottles boasting Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache could be from any Parisian supermarket but a closer look reveals this is wine with a difference — nurtured in the unforgiving soil of Africa’s Sahel. “Le Clos des Baobabs” — “the Baobab Field” in English — is Senegal’s first vineyard, situated an hour’s scenic drive from the […]

2015 California Wildfires: What Does that Mean for the 2015 Wine Harvest?

2015 California Wildfires: What Does that Mean for the 2015 Wine Harvest? – September is wine harvest month. For Shed Horn Cellars in California’s Lake County, it has been a disaster. A wall of flame from the Valley Fire, which started on Sept. 12, burned the winery to the ground. For nearby Hawk and Horse […]

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