Wine News: January 9

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by Grape Stomper Todd on January 9, 2012

Bluebirds Aren’t Just For Twitter Anymore!
Vineyards may put up scarecrows to fend off annoying and invasive birds, but certainly not to run off the bluebirds.  Wine growers are finding that the bluebird is truly the “bluebird of happiness.” According to a recent article in the Western Farm Press, it seems the western bluebird is a natural replacement for insecticides and is very good at gobbling up pesky insects like the glassy-winged sharpshooter that can cause Pierce’s Disease.  So, how’s that for tying the news in with today’s Wine Word of the day? Link to Story
Can You Believe It?
When you think about grabbing a canned drink…a soda or a beer, you think how convenient it is to just pop a top and slam down that refreshing beverage.   But, a fine Scotch whiskey?  Yep, canned Scotch is coming to the United States.  12 ounces, equal to eight full shots, will be sold for around five bucks a can.  Many argue that it could encourage binge drinking seeing as how the cans are not resealable, but manufacturers believe that people will understand they need to either share the Scotch with friends or simply let it go to waste…as opposed to not sharing and letting yourself get totally wasted.  (Probably also find yourself hunched over the can for the rest of the night as well) Link to Story


Are You Taking The Month Off?
Many people believe they have to make up for their indulgent behavior during the holidays by giving up alcohol in the month of January, but many medical professionals believe this is simply a waste of time and futile at best.  They compare this to “maxing out your credit cards and then thinking you can fix that by just eating toast in January.”   Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust says, “You are better off making a resolution to take a few days off of alcohol a week throughout the entire year than remaining abstinent for January only.”  Besides, if you are giving up alcohol for a whole month, wouldn’t you choose February?  It’s shorter. Link to Story
Do Intelligent People Drink More?
According to data from the National Child Development Study in the United Kingdom, a smarter child means a better drinker in the future.  Children before the age of 16 were studied in England and the United States and classified between “very dull” to “very bright”.  The very bright children were studied in their adulthood and determined to be larger consumers of alcohol than the “merely dull” kids.  They drink more frequently and in greater quantities.  The study went on to iterate that although increased alcohol consumption is a reflection of exceptional brainpower, drinking won’t make you more intelligent than you already are.  Although, you may think so at the time! Link to Story


Eye Popping News From Ophthalmologists

by Grape Stomper Todd on December 23, 2011

While the debate as to whether wine is healthy goes on, one thing is certain. Launching a champagne cork into your eye is not good for you.
Eye doctors are issuing warnings this holiday season reminding everyone that a champagne cork can leave the bottle at upwards of 50 miles an hour. If you take one in the eye at that speed, you are headed to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Here’s a list of tips for properly opening a bottle of bubbly from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


  • Make sure the champagne or sparkling wine is chilled to at least 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) before opening. The cork of a warm bottle is more likely to pop unexpectedly.
  • Don’t shake the bottle. Seems so obvious, but you’ve likely seen sports figures doing it. It’s not a good idea. Shaking increases the speed at which the cork leaves the bottle, increasing the hazard.
  • Never use a corkscrew to open a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine.
  • To open the bottle safely, hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood. Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and from any bystanders.
  • Place a towel over the entire top of the bottle and grasp the cork.
  • Keep the bottle at a 45-degree angle as you slowly and firmly twist the bottle while holding the cork to break the seal. Continue to hold the cork while twisting the bottle. Continue until the cork is almost out of the neck. Counter the force of the cork using slight downward pressure just as the cork breaks free from the bottle.

From CTV News


Did You Know: About the Origin of Syrah?

November 9, 2011
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Did you know that many believe Syrah, or as it is sometimes called, Shiraz, was originally from the Persian city of Shiraz?   But, recent DNA testing has proven that the grape is indeed French and is a cross between Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. That makes the French happy but the Persians cross.   And […]

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Did You Know: About the 20-minute rule?

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Yeah, if you put your red wine in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving, it will be about the right serving temperature.  And, if you take your white wine out of the fridge for 20 minutes before serving, it too will be the right temperature.   But what do you do for 20 minutes […]

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Did You Know: You Can Make Jelly From Wine?

November 4, 2011

That’s right, take your favorite wine, some sugar, and some pectin and voila, you’re getting a tasty breakfast buzz with your morning toast! See below for links to recipes.  These are great to make up if you wake up with the shakes.  Now you can toast with toast!

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Wine News: October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011
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California is once again leading the way in protecting animals.  In eight months, a bill will go into effect banning the sale of foie gras, a French delicacy.  Foie gras is fattened goose or duck liver and animal rights activists protest the inhumane way in which the animals are force-fed.  The bill (no pun intended) […]

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Did You Know: Did you know there are “ghost wineries?

October 13, 2011
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Yes.  A ghost winery is one that began operation in the 19th century in California, but was abandoned during Prohibition.  Many of these old wineries are still in existence but have fallen into ruins.  Others have been renovated and are successful today.   Though many ghost stories still linger, few actual ghost sightings have been […]

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Wine News: October 10, 2011

October 11, 2011
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Press the play button above to hear Grape Stomper Todd read the news!   Not So Fast – Let’s See Some ID! Well, it’s official.  As of January 1st, 2012, you will no longer be able to purchase alcohol in the self-checkout lane at grocery stores in California.  Governor Jerry Brown signed the law into […]

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Wine News: October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011
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  Hey Dude, Don’t Bogart that Bottle! According to recent reports, beer and winemakers have begun exploring the option of blending marijuana into their beverages. While beer possesses a botanical advantage for marijuana with its hops, pot-infused wines are becoming the new trend as winemakers are slipping these unmarked bottles into winemaker dinners and VIP […]

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Wine News: October 8, 2011

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Winery Owner Nabs Superstitious Thief So, what’s the worst that can happen if you do a little wine tasting after hours in Napa Valley? As Sam Youmtoub learned this week, that can cost you nearly four years behind bars.   Approximately one to two hours after closing on a February evening in 2010 at Madrigal […]

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