How To Tell If Wine Has Gone Bad
Posted by Mike P. on 2014-06-29 12:57:41
"Let The Buyer Beware!" You have heard the old adage time and time again, and sometimes a good deal really is too good to be true. Two emails caught my attention this week, so I thought I would share some wine knowledge with you.
Close-out sales on wine can be the source of a real bargain or they can leave you with some expensive cooking wine. Reader Randy from Altadena was excited to purchase several bottles of wines at a "going out of business" sale, only to discover that the wines had gone bad.
There are four things to look for to determine if a wine has turned bad:
1. Has the wine changed color? Does the red wine now have a hint of brown, or has the white wine turned darker?
2. Is the cork pushing its way out of the bottle? This usually means that the wine has been exposed to the heat or has been mishandled.
3. When opened, does the wine still have "legs," meaning are there streaks of wine attached to the glass after a good swirl?
4. Does it still smell like wine?
If your answer is "yes" to first two questions or "no" to the second two questions, stay away from this wine.
Reader Sally from Whittier tried to find a 2011 vintage of her favorite Pinot Noir. She ended up with a 2006, and said the bottle was a little dusty. When you do find a bargain on a bottle of wine make sure the wine has been stored on its side and is not too dusty, and once the cork is pulled it should be moist.
My own experience for sparkling wine at a restaurant, if you are buying by the glass, is to ask the server or bartender to open a fresh bottle. Sparklers are susceptible to losing their bubbles just a few hours after opening. Most importantly, there should be a pop sound when uncorking, and if the cork comes out too early beware.
Happy wine hunting!
Oldest Wine Cellar Unearthed
Posted by perle0 on 2013-11-22 19:23:45
|A group of archaeologists digging in northern Israel announced that they have found the remains of what may be the oldest and largest wine cellar found to date, containing the remains of approximately 3,000 clay jars. Chemical analysis of the shards confirm that the wine once held in them contained some of the usual elements added to wine in the day.|
The wine showed traces of honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins--all used to mask imperfections in the wine, enhance its flavor, or preserve it. The scientists speculated that the wine probably resembled modern retsina, a Greek wine flavored with pine resin. The cellar was destroyed approximately 3,600 years ago.
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Upcoming Wine Tastings in the NOLA area
Posted by Mike P. on 2013-09-30 10:14:09
|More tasting events are scheduled at Martin's Wine Cellar - see the full schedule.|
Martin Wine Cellar
Tasting Events for October 2013
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We are pleased to offer tasting events that appeal to both wine novices and seasoned wine collectors. Come enjoy any of our dinners, seated tastings with lecture or our casual reception-style tastings. Tasting events are hosted by a Martin Wine Cellar Wine and Spirits Consultant, unless otherwise noted. All Wine and Spirit lovers are invited to swirl, sniff and sip at Martin Wine Cellar on the following dates.
? Thursday October 3 l 6:30-8PM | 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie | Seated Tasting ?Far Niente, EnRoute, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce Tasting ? Join us at Martin Wine Cellar of Metairie for this seated tasting featuring wine from Far Niente, EnRoute, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce. Guest speaker Bruce Mooers, representing these wineries, will lead the tasting. Wines will be complemented by cheese, charcuterie and light appetizers from Martin Wine Cellar Catering. Call 504.896.7300 to reserve your glass today! - $35 per person
Far Niente Chardonnay 2012 ? $55.00
EnRoute Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2011 ? $49.99
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet State Ranch Vineyard 2010
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Hayne Vineyard 2010
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet C. C. Ranch Vineyard 2010
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Branding Iron 2010 ? $75.99
Far Niente Dolce Late Harvest 2007 ? $72.00
? Thursday October 3 l 7PM | 2122 Perkins Palms Ave., Baton Rouge | Reception Style Tasting ?California Cabernet Tasting ? Along with the cooler temperatures, fall is the perfect time to enjoy a glass of California Cabernet. Join Jim, Kirstin and Matt for their California Cabernet tasting featuring a few of the best and most popular producers. These wines will be complemented by Hors d'oeuvres from Martin Wine Cellar Catering. Call 225.610.1190 or stop by our location to reserve your glass today! - $40 per person
Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain 2009 ? $90.00
Snowden Vineyards Reserve 2009 ? $67.50
J Lohr Vineyards Carol?s Vineyard 2009 ? $36.99
Silver Oak Cellars Alexander Valley 2008 ? $59.99
Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard 2009 ? $68.00
Forman Vineyards Estate Bottled 2010 ? $85.00
Chappellet Winery Sauvignon 2010 ? $52.00
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley 2010 ? $39.99
? Saturday October 5 l 5-9PM | 3500 Magazine Street, New Orleans | FREE Tasting ? Art for Arts? Sake ?Brought to you by Magazine Street Merchants Association, First NBC Bank, Martin Wine Cellar and FSC Interactive. Celebrate the opening of the city?s arts season, with over 100 galleries, shops, restaurants and other businesses on Magazine Street. The celebration features free art openings at galleries and businesses along Magazine Street. Wine supplied by Martin Wine Cellar will be served by each participating merchant. Numerous musicians will be playing live throughout Magazine Street.
? Thursday October 10 l 6:30-8PM | 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie | Seated Tasting ?The Wine Road Less Traveled: Wines of Provence and Languedoc? Join us in Metairie for this seated tasting featuring eight wines from Languedoc and Provence. The Languedoc wine region is the most extensive in France and represents 40% of the total France vineyard area and produces the Majority of France?s Table wines and Vin de Pays. Provence is obviously best known for its ros? ? which, unlike its cousins in the current fad for ros?s, is recognized for its very pale rose color and supremely light and refreshing flavors and aromas. Wine Consultant, Jeff Herstius, will walk you through the taste profiles of these wines that will be complemented with cheese and hor?dourves from Martin Wine Cellar Catering. Call 504.896.7300 to reserve your glass today! - $35 per person
Domaine de Triennes Sainte Fleur Viognier 2011 ? $16.99
Domaine la Suffrene Bandol Blanc 2011 ? $17.99
Domaine Ott Rose les Domaniers 2012 ? $20.99
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose 2013 ? $36.99
Chateau Champ des Soeurs Fitou Bel Amant 2009 ? $15.99
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Reserve La Demoiselle 2009 ? $15.99
Notre Dame de Laval Cotes de Roussillon Rouge 2011 ? $10.99
Domaine Dupuy de Lome Rouge la Matelote Provence NV ? $12.99
Domaine Tempier Bandol 2011 ? $42.99
Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine 2011 ? $62.00
? Thursday October 10 l 7PM | 7248 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge | Seated Tasting ? Louisiana Rum Tasting ? Join us at Martin Wine Cellar of Baton Rouge for this lecture-style tasting rums from all four homegrown Louisiana distilleries. The rums tasted below will be complemented by light hors d?oeuvres from Martin Wine Cellar Catering, perfectly matched for the rum-lover in everyone! Seats are limited so call 225.610.1190 today!- $20 per person
Louisiana Spirits (Lacassine)
Bayou Rum Silver ? $21.99
Bayou Rum Spiced ? $21.99
Old New Orleans Distillery (New Orleans)
Old New Orleans Crystal ? $15.99
Old New Orleans Amber ? $19.99
Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced ? $21.99
Rank Wildcat Spirits (Broussard)
Sweet Crude Small-Batch White
Donner-Peltier Distillers (Thibodeaux)
Rougaroux Full Moon Dark ? $21.99
Rougaroux Sugarshine Clear ? $27.99
? Thursday October 17 l 6:30-8PM | 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie | Seated Tasting ?Chappellet Tasting ? Join us at Martin Wine Cellar of Metairie for this seated tasting featuring six wines from Chappellet Vineyard. The rugged terroir of Chappellet?s Pritchard Hill has become legendary for producing wines with great intensity and depth?qualities that define the world's finest Cabernet Sauvignons. As a result, Chappellet wines have consistently received the highest praise from critics, and are sought after by the world's premier collectors. Our special Carissa Chappellet, ambassador-at-large and Director of Legal Affairs, for Chappellet will walk you through the taste profiles of these wines. Carissa works closely and effectively with the nine Chappellet family members who own the winery to ensure the seamless transition of Chappellet from the first generation of the family to the second generation and beyond. She also represents Chappellet at a wide range of industry events. Wines will be complemented by light hors d'ourves from Martin Wine Cellar Catering. Seats are limited so call 504.896.7300 to reserve your glass today!- $35 per person
Chappellet Chenin Blanc 2011
Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2011
Chappellet Cabernet Mountain Cuvee 2009
Chappellet Signature Cabernet 2011
Chappellet Signature Cabernet 2007
Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet 2009
? Saturday October 26 l 6:30-8PM | 3500 Magaizne Street | Reception Styke Tasting ?GO BIG! Large Format Beer Tasting? Join us at Martin Wine Cellar on Magazine for this seasonal beer tasting featuring over 20 American craft beers. The beer selection will highlight seasonal, special release and year round beers in large format bottles made for sharing. Martin?s will also have special pricing on these bottles for one night only! The brews will be paired with 20 cheeses and light hors d'oeuvres from Martin Wine Cellar Catering. Call 504.894.7420 to reserve your glass today!- $25 per person
Shmaltz Brewing Company He?Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale ? $5.00
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon Russian Imperial Stout ? $8.99
Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Smoked Imperial Stout ? $8.49
Stillwater As Follows Ale ? $8.49
Stillwater Premium Ale ? $9.49
Blue Moon Pine in the Neck ? $3.99
Blue Moon Tongue Thai-ed ? $3.99
Stone Brewing Russian Imperial Stout ? $5.49
Stone Brewing Old Guardian Barley Wine ? $5.49
Stone Brewing R&R Coconut IPA ? $6.25
Stone Brewing RuinTen IPA ? $6.49
Stone Brewing 17th Anniversary Ale ? $5.49
Brooklyn Brewery Local 1v$7.99
Brooklyn Brewery Local 2 ? $7.99
Brooklyn Brewery Silver Anniversary Lager ? $11.99
Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA ? $5.39
Ipswich Dark Ale ? $5.49
Bayou Teche Saison d'?crevisses ? $4.79
New Belgium Lips Of Faith Pluot ? $7.49
New Belgium Lips Of Faith Paardebloem ? $7.49
New Belgium Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa ? $7.49
Sam Adams New World Tripel ? $7.79
Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour ? $7.79
Martin's Announces Upcoming Wine Tastings
Posted by Mike P. on 2013-05-28 12:53:59
|Martin Wine Cellar is pleased to offer tasting events that appeal to both wine novices and seasoned wine collectors. Lectures, tastings and receptions... read more|
? Thursday, June 13 l 6:30-8PM | 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie | Seated Tasting ? Caymus Cabernet 2011 Vintage Kick-off?Caymus Vineyards has been family owned and operated since 1972 and stakes its reputation on the production of two Cabernets: "Napa Valley" and "Special Selection." From the onset, this winery concentrated on the production of Cabernet, which produces the most superlative wine in the Napa Valley region. Often considered "trendsetters" in the style of Napa Valley Cabernet, Caymus has continued to forge new techniques in both vineyards and winery. We are very pleased to host guest speaker Tom Craven during this seated lecture featuring eight wines from Caymus Vineyards while kicking-off the 2011 vintage of Caymus Cabernet. These wines will be complemented by catering creations from the Martin Wine Cellar Metairie Deli/Bistro. Seats are limited so call 504.896.7300 today!? $35 per person
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011 $69.99
Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir 2012 $43.00
Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir 2011 $43.00
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi 2012 $19.99
Mer Soleil Chardonnay $26.99
Mer Soleil Chardonnay Silver Unoaked $22.99
Conundrum Wines California Red $19.99
Conundrum Wines California White $19.99
? Friday, June 14 l 6:30-8PM | 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville | Reception Style Event ? Summer of Beer- Beer is traditionally a seasonal beverage, with saisons historically being brewed for consumption in the summer, and many light and refreshing summer brews coming to market from craft brewers across the country. Kick-off summer with our Mandeville beer tasting where you can taste over 80 beers complemented by catering creations from the Martin Metairie Deli/Bistro. Featured craft beers include: Stone Brewery, Ommegang, Heiner Brau, Lazy Magnolia, LA 31, Brooklyn, St. Arnold, Nola, Tin Roof, Shmaltz, and Sierra Nevada. This is one of our most popular events of the year, so call 985.951.8081 reserve your glass before they are all gone! ? $20 per person
? Thursday, June 20 l 6:30-8PM | 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie | Seated Tasting with Lecture ?Metairie Summer Scotch Seminars: Seminar 2 ? Why is Scotch whisky made only in Scotland?, Why does Scotch whisky taste smoky?, Does water really intensify the whisky flavor? What does "cask-strength" mean? Get the answers to all of these questions and more each month during our Summer Scotch Seminars. Ryan Kohl from Impex Beverages will host this Scotch tasting featuring unique and very small production scotches. Impex Beverages are the importers of many premium single malt scotches including Isle of Arran, Isle of Kilchoman and Isle of Skye. This tasting will feature new releases from their collection. These seated seminars will be hosted by a different Scotch expert and complemented by h?orderves from the Martin Metairie Deli Bistro. Call 504.896.7300 to reserve your glass today! - $30 per person
? Thursday, June 27 l 6:30-8PM | 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie | Reception Style Tasting ? Stroll through Italy ? From Sangiovese to Arneis and the wide viticultural variations in-between, navigating the wine shop shelves for an Italian wine to complement a Friday night lasagna can be a fun-filled experience - if you are armed with a little Italian wine knowledge. With literally hundreds of wines produced in Italy annually, it is no wonder that selecting Italian wines can be a bit intimidating. During the reception style tasting, Steve Perret and Margie Stoughton will showcase twelve Italian reds and whites and help you find your way to the right wine. These wines will be complemented by Italian cheese and charcuterie from Martin Wine Cellar of Metairie. Space is limited so call 504.896.7300 today! - $26 per person
Inama Soave Classico 2011 (Veneto) ? $14.99
Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio Collio Mongris 2011 (Veneto) ? $15.99
Pio Cesare Arneis 2011 (Piedmont) ? $22.99
Marchesi di Gresy Sauvignon Langhe Bianco 2011 (Piedmont) ? $18.99
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2009 (Tuscany) ? $16.99
Castello di Ama Pinot Noir Il Chisuo (Tuscany) ? $25.99
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino AC 2007 (Tuscany) ? $40.99
Inama Carmenere Piu Colli Berici 2008 (Veneto) ? $17.99
Altare Dolcetto d? Alba 2011 (Piedmont) ? $17.99
Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco 2009 (Piedmont) ? $23.99
Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2008 (Piedmont) ? $46.99
Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone Della Valpolicella Castagnedi 2008 (Verona) ? $39.99
Casatica di Bufala, Italy, Buffalo Milk
Gorgonzola, Italy, Cow's Milk
Robiola, Italy, Cow and Sheep's Milk
Fiore Sardo, Italy, Sheep's Milk
Sottocenere, Italy, Cow's Milk
Taleggio, Italy, Cow's Milk
Brunet, Italy, Goat's Milk
Tuscan Rosemary Ham
? Saturday, June 29 l 6:30-8PM | 3500 Magazine Street, New Orleans | Reception Style Tasting ? Champagne Cocktail Tasting? By the mid 1800?s the classic ?Champagne Cocktail? was all the rage at dinner parties and soirees in genteel society. Today these sparkling cocktails are as hip as ever in wine bars and lounges from coast to coast. Join JP, Marc and Jon for an evening of champagne cocktails featuring eight different signature drinks. Cool down with these refreshing creations before dinner or hitting the town. These classic cocktails will be complemented by Hors d'oeuvres from the Martin Wine Cellar Bistro/Deli. Call 504.894.7420 to reserve your glass today! - $20 per person
Kir Royale- Chambord, Champagne
Original Champagne Cocktail - Sugar cube, Angostura bitters, Champagne
Black Velvet - Irish stout beer, Champagne
Nelson's Blood -Tawney Port, Champagne
French 75 -Gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar
Poinsettias -Triple Sec, cranberry juice, Champagne
Death in The Afternoon -Absinthe, Champagne
Champagne and St. Germaine -Champagne and St. Germaine
? Sunday July 14 l 4-7pm | 3739 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge | Reception Style Event ?Tour de Vin IV? Get your tickets now to Tour de Vin at Juban?s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. Taste over 100 fine wines from around the world featuring selections from Adriano Adami, Bodegas Borsao, Chappellet Vineyards, Donati Family Vineyard, Vietti, Simonnet-Febvre, Stony Hill, Ramey Wine Cellars and more. Enjoy savory dishes and artisanal cheeses from Juban?s Catering staff in the beautiful Highland Room at Juban?s Restaurant. Tickets are $60 per person and include a $10 gift card that will be given out at the event. Tickets are available at all Martin Wine Cellar locations or online. Stop in, click here or call 225.610.1190 today! - $60 per person
? FREE Friday Wine Tastings ? All locations 4:30-6:30pm- Join us every Friday at any Martin Wine Cellar location for our Free Friday Wine Tastings. Sample 4 different wines every week. Sign up for our email blast or view our Facebook page to see what wines were are serving nearest you!
NOWFE 2013 Line Up Announced!
Posted by Mike P. on 2013-04-09 12:27:30
|The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is excited to announce it?s 2013 Program Lineup. As NOWFE celebrates its 21st year it continues to bring together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders in a showcase of signature events and seminars designed to educate, entertain and inspire.|
The 21st Anniversary of the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, which takes place May 22 ? 25, 2013, includes Wine Dinners hosted by more than 30 New Orleans area restaurants; Vinola, NOWFE's premium tasting event; the Royal Street Stroll sponsored by Rouses, NOWFE's signature event, a definitive evening event set in the heart of the French Quarter; and exciting Sommelier Series and Chef?s Series Seminars which showcase the hottest trends in wine and food. This year also marks the second year for the Big Gateaux Show, a pastry competition and tasting at which spectacularly designed pastries will be paired with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, and celebrity judges and attendees will choose a winner.
The weekend culminates with Grand Tastings on Friday and Saturday with more than 175 wineries showcasing over 1000 wines and 75 chefs serving culinary bites from our region. In addition, at the Saturday Grand Tasting the 7th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Board will crown the ?King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood,? who will then represent Louisiana in the seventh annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off.
The Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award will honor Ms. Leah Chase at a new event?Funkin? it Up?a collaborative, fundraising partnership between NOWFE and the John Besh Foundation. Funkin? it Up will feature celebrity guest chefs including Danny Bowien, Dan Kluger, Paul Kahan, Aaron Sanchez and John Besh. The John Besh Foundation will also award the John Besh and Bride Mayor Chefs Move! Scholarships to the International Culinary Center in New York at this exciting event.
NOWFE 2013 attendees can ?travel? around the world with seminars such as ?Bold & Bodacious,? big and gutsy reds from some of the world?s most exciting regions; ?Israeli Street Foods,? with Chef Alon Shaya of Domenica; ?Asian Cajun,? an exploration into the history of Asian fishermen and the influence of their culture and cuisine on the gumbo pot of South Louisiana; and a special seminar dedicated to Anne Gooch??From World's Fair to World's Fare??The revitalization of the Warehouse District began nearly 20 years ago following the 1984 Louisiana World's Fair New Orleans' and the Historic Warehouse District here in New Orleans continues to evolve as one of the city's most expansive and exciting culinary destinations.
Other Sommelier Series seminars of the 2013 schedule include:
Bubbles, Bubbles & more Bubbles
Come taste and find an understanding of different types of sparkling wine from all over the globe. During this seminar you will have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and listen to some of the top professionals in the business on sparkling wine.
Selections from the state?s most talented producers.
Enhancing the Experience
The Riedel Wine Glass Company presents an amazing demonstration of how great an impact can be had with the right vessel. Experience this amazing taste experience led by Riedel Crystal Regional Manager Thomas Leman. He will introduce you to the world of Riedel glasses ? Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Burgundy and Bordeaux ? with a tasting of select wines. As an added bonus, you will get to take the four glasses home with you as part of the Riedel Vinum glass tasting kit and to ?recognize that a glass is not just a glass, but an instrument of pleasure and enjoyment.?
Burgundy?s Best Kept Secret!
Experience Louis Jadot?s Beaujolais, M?connais and Cote Chalonnaise Wines with special guest Thibault Gagey, the son of Pierre-Henry Gagey, the President of Louis Jadot.
Other Chef?s Series seminars of the 2013 schedule include:
Tide to Table
Local Chefs and Industry Insiders showcase and celebrate Louisiana Seafood. Panel includes chefs, fishermen, Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board and Wildlife & Fisheries representatives.
Savor the Flavor
Sip and savor along with Celebrity Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona, author and Food & Wine Top 10 chef, sharing the elements of complementary wine and food pairings, and accompanied by Bayona Sommeliers Shannon Fristoe and Carly Dicasola
Home Sweet Home
See how the creative and complex desserts of award winning Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman (L2o Chicago) can be easily translated into elegant and easily achievable desserts to wow your guests at your next dinner party in your home or restaurant.
NOWFE 2013 will be held May 22 ? 25, 2013. In an effort to fight hunger and support culinary education, the 2012 beneficiaries will share 100% of the proceeds. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will receive 40% and the following will share the remaining 60%: the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation's ProStart Program, Delgado Culinary Arts School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts? Culinary Program, the John Folse Culinary Institute and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. For additional press information, including downloadable images, contact Liz Bodet 504.583.5550, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the media center at www.nowfe.com.
New Study On Wine And Cancer
Posted by Mike P. on 2013-04-09 12:24:34
|The study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology was led by Polly Newcomb, head of the Cancer Prevention Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle.|
Dr Newcomb said: 'Our findings should be reassuring to women who have breast cancer because their past experience consuming alcohol will not impact their survival after diagnosis.
'This study also provides additional support for the beneficial effect of moderate alcohol consumption with respect to cardiovascular disease.'
The study was based on data from almost 23,000 women who participated in the Collaborative Breast Cancer Study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
About 5,000 participants were sent a follow-up questionnaire between 1998 and 2001 about their alcohol consumption habits after diagnosis.
A glass of wine a day will NOT affect a woman's chance of beating breast cancer
Modest wine consumption can actually increase chance of survival
Cuts risk of dying from heart disease risk by 15 per cent
But beer or spirits do not have same effect, nor does heavy drinking
Women with breast cancer can have a glass of wine a day without fear of damaging their chances of beating the disease, claim researchers.
In fact, they may improve their overall chance of survival because modest consumption of alcohol cuts the risk of dying from heart disease.
A new U.S. study could help women tackle the dilemma of whether they can safely drink after a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Previous research has blamed alcohol for at least 13,000 out of almost 300,000 cases of cancer diagnosed each year in the UK, including breast, mouth, oesophagus and bowel.
It is estimated that five per cent of breast cancers in women are caused by drinking.
Studies show a couple of drinks a day raise the chances of developing breast cancer by a fifth, say experts.
It is unclear how drinking promotes breast cancer but it may work by raising levels of the sex hormone oestrogen in the body.
However, a new study has found modest drinking before and after diagnosis does not affect your chances of dying of breast cancer.
Women drinking moderate levels of alcohol - around three to six drinks a week - in the years before their cancer diagnosis were 15 per cent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than non-drinkers.
Moderate wine consumption was linked with a reduction in risk of dying from heart disease - a major cause of death among breast cancer survivors.
Drinking beer or spirits did not have the same benefit, and heavier levels of alcohol consumption harmed survival chances.
Study: Climate Change Will Threaten Wine Production
Posted by Mike P. on 2013-04-09 12:19:37
|Vino connoisseurs, take note: Your next fine wine might come from Yellowstone or Canada. Climate change is quickly making it harder for some of the most famous wine-making regions in the Mediterranean to produce grapes, according to a new study published Monday.|
Nearly three quarters of the world's wine-producing regions might become unsuitable for grape production by 2050, according to the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Climate change has the potential to drive changes in viticulture that will impact Mediterranean ecosystems and to threaten native habitats in areas of expanding suitability," the study suggests. "Redistribution in wine production may occur within continents, moving from declining traditional wine-growing regions to areas of novel suitability."
Lee Hannah, of the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Ecosystem Science and Economics and lead author of the study, says that his study doesn't suggest the end of wine, but drinkers might soon be surprised at bottle labels.
He says the outlook is particularly bleak for the Mediterranean, which is expected to see increased temperatures along with less precipitation over the coming decades, meaning viticulturists in the region will need to change the varieties of grapes they're growing, use alternative irrigation systems or stop growing wine grapes altogether.
"I think wine lovers will find their wines will come from unusual areas, and the varieties they're used to getting from places like France will be changing," he says. "Enthusiasts will have to begin thinking about wine in a different way."
Hannah says that conservationists and viticulturists will need to discuss the possible impacts of global warming before new wine-growing regions are opened up.
"It'll cause new issues with wildlife and freshwater ecosystems," he says. "Wine production may expand into areas that are good wildlife habitats, such as the Yellowstone and Yukon conservation areas. People will soon need to think about the conservation of species such as grizzlies and moose as wine and other crops move in."
Upcoming WineTasting Events At Martin's Wine Cellar
Posted by Mike P. on 2012-09-17 09:10:43
|Martin's Wine Cellar has an array of upcoming tasting events: "We are pleased to offer tasting events that appeal to both wine novices and seasoned wine collectors. Come enjoy any of our dinners, seated tastings with lecture or our casual reception-style tastings. Tasting events are hosted by a Martin Wine Cellar Wine and Spirits Consultant, unless otherwise noted. All Wine and Spirit lovers are invited to swirl, sniff and sip at Martin Wine Cellar on the following dates."|
? Thursday, October 4 l 6:30-8PM l 714 Elmeer Avenue, Metairie l Reception Style Event? Kermit Lynch Wine Tasting (Virtually Free!) ? Join us for this virtually free casual tasting of 36 Kermit Lynch wines with special guest, Thomas Morgan, of Kermit Lynch. These wines will be complemented by appetizers and cheese from the Martin Metairie Deli/Bistro. For this special evening only, those attending the tasting may apply the FULL $25 value of their tasting as a discount against the retail prices of the Kermit Lynch wines listed below that will be tasted on Thursday October 4th.
Kermit Lynch has been a Berkeley, California based wine retailer and wine importer for 40 years. An iconic figure and one of our country?s most important and influential importers of wine, his import portfolio focuses entirely on small, family-owned estates, many of which are sustainably farmed. He established a commitment to supporting producers, representing the best of their region and appellation and showcasing wines that are pure, with minimal external influence and manipulation.
Call 504.896.7300 today! - $25 per person.
A&P De Villaine Bourgogne Rouge La Digoine 2010 ? Was $36.99 Sale $32.99
Charles Joguet Chinon Cuv?e Terroir 2010 ? Was $22.99 Sale $20.49
Ch?teau de Lascaux C?teaux du Languedoc Rouge 2010 ? Was $15.99 Sale $13.99
Ch?teau de Lascaux Pic Saint Loup Rouge 2010 ? Was $17.99 Sale $15.99
Ch?teau Fontan?s C?teaux Languedoc Rouge 2010 ? Was $15.99 Sale $13.99
Ch?teau Saint Martin de la Garrigue C?teaux du Languedoc Bronzinelle 2010 ? Was $19.99 Sale $17.99
Ch?teau Saint Martin de la Garrigue C?teaux du Languedoc Tradition 2009 ? Was $12.99 Sale $10.99
Clos La Coutale Cahors 2009 ? Was $16.99 Sale $14.99
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbi?res Reserve La Demoiselle 2009 ? Was $15.99 Sale $13.99
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbi?res Rouge 2009 ? Was $12.99 Sale $11.49
Domaine Palli?res Gigondas Les Racines 2010 ? Was $43.99 Sale $38.99
Domaine Tempier Bandol 2010 ? Was $39.99 Sale $35.99
Henri Brunier Ch?teauneuf-du-Pape T?l?gramme 2009 ? Was $42.99 Sale $39.99
Henri Brunier Ch?teauneuf-du-Pape Vieux T?l?graphe 2009 ? Was $78.00 Sale $65.00
Henri Brunier Le Pigeoulet En Provence Rouge 2010 ? Was $16.99 Sale $14.99
Jean Foillard Morgon C?te du Py 2010 ? Was $31.99 Sale $27.99
Kermit Lynch C?tes du Rh?ne Cypress Cuv?e 2010 ? Was 15.99 Sale $13.99
Kermit Lynch C?tes du Rh?ne Kermit Lynch 2009 ? Was $15.99 Sale $14.29
Les Traverse de Fontan?s Vin de Pays D'oc Premier 2010 ? Was $12.99 Sale $10.99
A&P De Villaine Bourgogne Blanc Les Clous 2010 ? Was $28.99 Sale $25.99
Andr?-Br?geon Muscadet 2010 ? Was $15.99 Sale $13.99
Champalou Vouvray 2010 ? Was $17.99 Sale $15.99
Ch?teau de Lascaux C?teaux du Languedoc Blanc 2011 ? Was $15.99 Sale $13.99
Ch?teau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc 2011 ? Was $15.99 Sale $13.99
Ch?teau Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc 2011 ? Was $18.99 Sale $16.99
Ch?teau St. Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle Blanc 2011 ? Was $17.99 Sale $15.99
Domaine de la Cadette Bourgogne La Chatelaine V?zelay 2010 ? Was $23.99 Sale $19.99
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny 2011 ? Was $15.99 Sale $13.99
Domaine du Salvard Sauvignon Blanc Unique 2011 ? Was $14.99 Sale $12.99
Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre 2011 ? Was $24.99 Sale $21.99
Kermit Lynch C?tes du Rh?ne Sunflower Cuv?e Blanc 2011 ? Was $20.99 Sale $17.99
R?gis-Minet Pouilly Fum? Vieilles Vignes 2011 ? Was $20.99 Sale $18.59
Ch?teau St. Martin de la Garrigue C?teaux du Languedoc Ros? 2011 ? Was $13.99 Sale $12.49
Domaine du Poujol C?teaux du Languedoc Rose 2011 ? Was $14.99 Sale $13.49
Domaine Pallier?s Gigondas Ros? 2011 ? Was $19.99 Sale $17.76
Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Ros? 2011 ? Was $22.99 Sale $20.49
? Friday, October 19 l 6:30-8:30PM l 714 Elmeer Avenue, Metairie l Seated Dinner? Clown Shoes Beer Dinner ? Join us for this one-of-a-kind beer dinner featuring Clown Shoes. This sit down dinner in our Metairie Deli will feature 4 courses prepared by our chefs each paired with a different Clwon Shoes Beer. Jared Breaux from International Fine Wine & Spirits, distributor of Clown Shoes, will guide you through each course for the full craft beer experience. Call 504.896.7300 to reserve your glass today! - $55 per person
Pre Dinner Mingle
Clementine 1.5 White Ale with Charcuterie and Artisanal Cheese Board with Assorted Olives
Miracle IPA with White Gulf Fish Steamed en Papillote with Clown Shoes IPA Served with Assorted Vegetables
Blaecorn Unidragon Russian Imperial Stout with Mushroom Stuffed Quail served with Roasted Root Vegetables
Eagle Claw Fist Amber Ale with Clown Shoes Amber Ale Braised Pork Belly served with Cabbage
Chocolate Sombrero Chocolate Stout with Espresso Panna Cotta
? Friday, October 12 l 6:30-8PM | 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville | Reception Style Event ? 2009 Bordeaux and Sauternes ? Robert Parker has spoken. For those of you not familiar with Mr. Parker, when it comes to red Bordeaux, he is quite simply the world?s most influential wine critic. ?It may turn out to be the finest vintage I have tasted in 32 years of covering Bordeaux.? He says it will prove far superior to most vintages and not far off the quality of 2005 and 2000. Eighteen wines are given scores of 98 to 100, which is remarkable, even in a great vintage. So join us in Mandeville as we sample through this amazing 2009 vintage of Bordeaux! The reception style event will feature wonderful cheeses, meats and gourmet treats from our Martin Metairie Deli/Bistro. Tickets are limited so call 985.951.8081 to reserve your glass! ? $30 per person
Ch?teau Cantegril Barsac 2009 ? $17.99
Ch?teau Myrat Sauternes 2009 ? $25.99
Ch?teau Doisy-V?drines Sauternes 2009 ? $26.99
Ch?teau Raymond-Lafon Sauternes 2009 ? $26.99
Ch?teau Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes 2009 ? $33.99
Ch?teau Reynon Premi?res Cotes de Bordeaux 2009 ? $18.99
Ch?teau de Gironville Haut-M?doc 2009 ? $21.99
Ch?teau Tour Saint Bonnet M?doc Cru Bourgeois 2009 ? $22.99
Epicurea du Ch?teau Martinat C?tes de Bourg 2009 ? $24.99
Ch?teau Roland La Garde Premi?res C?tes de Blaye Grand Vin 2009 ? $25.99
Ch?teau Charmail Haut-M?doc 2009 ? $25.99
Ch?teau Belle-vue Haut-M?doc 2009 ? $26.99
Ch?teau Messile-Aubert Montagne Saint Emilion 2009 ? $26.99
Ch?teau Bernadotte Haut-M?doc 2009 ? $26.99
Ch?teau Rollan de By M?doc 2009 ? $29.99
Ch?teau Potensac M?doc 2009 ? $33.99
Ch?teau Joanin Becot C?tes de Castillon 2009 ? $35.99
Ch?teau Goul?e M?doc 2009 ? $37.99
Ch?teau Fontenil Fronsac 2009 ? $39.99
Ch?teau La Fleur de Bo?ard Lalande de Pomerol 2009 ? $42.99
Ch?teau Latour Martillac Pessac-L?ognan Rouge 2009 ? $43.99
Ch?teau Fayat Pomerol 2009 ? $47.99
Clos de L'Oratoire Saint ?milion 2009 ? $54.00
Ch?teau Haut-Batailley Pauillac 2009 ? $57.00
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux 2009 ? $75.00
? Friday, October 25 l 6:30-8PM l 714 Elmeer Avenue, Metairie l Reception Style Event? 2009 Bordeaux? Robert Parker has spoken. For those of you not familiar with Mr. Parker, when it comes to red Bordeaux, he is quite simply the world?s most influential wine critic. ?It may turn out to be the finest vintage I have tasted in 32 years of covering Bordeaux.? He says it will prove far superior to most vintages and not far off the quality of 2005 and 2000. Eighteen wines are given scores of 98 to 100, which is remarkable, even in a great vintage.
So join us in Metairie where our wine consultants, Steve Perret, Will Fauquier and Damien Abrusley, will walk you through this amazing 2009 vintage of Bordeaux! The reception style event will feature wonderful cheeses, meats and gourmet treats from our Martin Metairie Deli/Bistro. Tickets are limited so call 504.896.7300 to reserve your glass! - $35 per person
Ch?teau Fontenil Fronsac 2009 ? $39.99
Epicurea du Ch?teau Martinat C?tes de Bourg 2009 ? $24.99
Ch?teau Fougas Maldoror C?tes de Bourg 2009 ? $22.99
Ch?teau Siaurac Lalande-de-Pomerol 2009 ? $24.99
Ch?teau Chasse-Spleen Moulis En Medoc 2009 ? $41.99
Ch?teau Roquefort Bordeaux Rouge 2009 ? $16.99
Ch?teau Fonroque Saint ?milion 2009 ? $39.99
Ch?teau La Croix du Casse Pomerol 2009 ? $42.99
Ch?teau Joanin B?cot C?tes de Castillon 2009 ? $35.99
Ch?teau La Fleur de Bo?ard Lalande de Pomerol 2009 ? $42.99
Clos du Marquis Saint Julien 2009 ? $80.00
Ch?teau Lafon-Rochet Saint Est?phe 2009 ? $68.00
Ch?teau Haut-Batailley Pauillac 2009 ? $57.00
Ch?teau La Tour de Bessan Margaux 2009 ? $27.99
Ch?teau Goul?e M?doc 2009 ? $37.99
Ch?teau Tour Saint Bonnet M?doc Cru Bourgeois 2009 ? $22.99
? Friday, November 9 l 6:30-8PM | 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville | Reception Style Event ? Big! Bad! Cabs! ? Join us in Mandeville for our second annual Big! Bad! Cabs! Tasting. During this reception style event, we will sample some of our biggest and best Cabernet Sauvignons complemented by cheeses, meats gourmet treats from the Martin Metairie Deli/Bistro. Tickets are limited so call 985.951.8081 to reserve your glass today! ? $50 per person
Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ? $65.00
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010? $69.99
Chappellet Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Signature 2009 ? $46.99
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled 2008 ? $125.00
Josephe Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia 2009 ? $155.00
Paul Hobbs Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn 2009 ? $39.99
Delille Cellars Harrison Hill 2009 ? $70.00
Dominus Estate 2008 ? $155.00
Dominus Estate 2009 ? $155.00
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2009 ? $65.00
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled 2009 ? $106.00
Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ? $55.00
Zichichi Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ? $28.99
J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Carol's Vineyard 2009 ? $35.99
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ? $49.99
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon C. C. Ranch 2008? ? $88.00
Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ? $55.00
Mollydooker Cabernet Sauvignon Gigglepot 2010? $49.99
Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2009 ? $65.00
Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ? $65.00
Ramey Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008? $49.99
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2007 ? $59.99
Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis 2008 ? $70.00
Nickel & Nickel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch 2008 ? $88.00
Reservations and payment are required in advance. Martin Wine Cellar accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, Diners Club, check or cash. Payments by mail are not accepted. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend tasting events.
?Wednesdays from September 19 through October 24 | 5-7:30 PM | Lafayette Square ? Harvest the Music ? Martin Wine Cellar is pleased to announce that we will be participating as a Food Vendor in Harvest the Music presented by Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. This is a free, 6-week concert series with food and drink for sale to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana and its mission of fighting hunger across south Louisiana. Local artisans also sell their work in the Artist Village near the Camp Street entrance. Martin Wine Cellar, as a Food Vendor, will sell two dishes each week from our Martin Metairie Deli/Bistro. Concerts are held every Wednesday from September 19 to October 24, 2012 from 5-7:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
?Saturday, October 6th | 5 ? 9pm | Magazine Street ? Art for Art?s Sake ? Martin Wine Cellar and Iberia Bank are proud to sponsor this year?s Art for Art?s Sake. Join art lovers on Magazine Street for Live music, Libations, Art and Shuttles! With many of the art galleries, gift shops, antique and jewelry stores on Magazine Street open for business, what could be more exciting? Wander from shop to shop, sip a glass of wine, and view the exquisite art, gifts, jewelry, fashion and antiques. Dozens of restaurants along Magazine Street are open for the evening, too! Dress is casual to chic, and comfortable walking shoes are advised. Galleries are open from 6-9 p.m.
2012 NOWFE Review - Better Than Ever!
Posted by Mike P. on 2012-06-30 18:03:38
|In a city where parties and festivals are on a seemingly endless breakneck pace, NOWFE week is perfectly placed as a late spring finale where the hedonistic celebration of food, wine, and spirits is taken to an epic level. |
Listen to LAW's latest writer, Michael Dominici share his first experience with one of New Orleans' premier culinary events...
After a full week of amazing wine dinners at our city's finest restaurants paired off with some of the world's most prominent wine makers, NOWFE's "Grand Tasting" is a celebration of excess and debauchery cleverly kept in check by its relatively short time frame.
For a few short hours between lunch and dinner on Saturday, May 26th 2012 the The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was turned into a massive indoor bacchanalian extravaganza featuring dozens of chefs and winemakers in a spectacle that is far beyond over-the-top in terms of sheer scale and ambition. As one enters this carnival atmosphere armed with simply a wine glass and a simple tray the daunting task of navigating the labyrinthine array awaits. The only way to survive such an onslaught of the senses is to smartly pace oneself. (Having worked on the other side of the restaurant industry for over two decades, this was actually my first time as a guest. I was impressed that such a large-scale operation went off without a hitch!)
Upon arriving and taking stock of the enterprise, as your eyes dart across the room the focal centerpiece is the dazzling aerialists suspended mid-air, upside down doing what else? Pouring champagne to delighted guests. A nice touch, indeed! Behind them, a massive display area showcases various chefs in cooking contests and tasting demonstrations topped off with the 5th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Board, celebrating our 2 and half BILLION dollar a year local seafood industry!
I arrived with my associate, Michael Perry who was both our designated driver and photographer. Having been to this event several times, his advice was to take note of the crowds and follow their lead, but also tread off the path and find hidden gems. This undoubtedly lead to the best food and wine displays.
We tried dozens of dishes but, our favorites came from the following restaurants: 5 Fifty 5, Cafe Atchafalaya, Besh Steak, Borgne, Brennan's Restaurant, Calcasieu, Crescent City Steakhouse, Grand Isle Restaurant, The Irish House, and Ralph's on the Park. Our top choices were: Seared scallops with spring vegetables and pea pure prepared by Chef Baruch Rabasa from Cafe Atchafala, The Turducken with Abita Beer, Braised Greens and Satsuma Glaze (and everything else!) prepared by Chef Mark Quitney from Mariott's 5 Fifty 5, and the decadent salmon preparation from Ralph's on the Park were the standouts. Classic dishes such as Brennan's Banana's Foster were matched by interesting twists including the outrageously over-the-top fried bread pudding po-boy (also from 5 Fifty 5.) The Summer Cucumber Sorbet prepared by Chef Gregg Zeringue was also a highlight in it perfect simplicity and refreshing flavor. The most popular dishes seemed to involve either crawfish or beef. The block long line for Besh's Steakhouse paid off with a handsome plate of steak with a robust reduction sauce garnished with pureed parsnips and crispy parsnip chips.
The task of wine tasting was challenging to say the least. Hundreds of different wine and spirits were offered, yet there still wasn't a stand without a line! Our favorites included: Antinori Family Wine Estate, Cain Vineyard & Winery, Eberle, Gloria Ferrer, Graham's and Dow's Ports, Jordan, Joseph Phelps, Miner Family, Newton, Ramey, Reynolds Family, Roth, Lancaster Estate, and Toad Hollow Vineyards. Most of the offerings were classic varietals with chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet, pinot noir, and merlot being the heavy hitters. Occasionally, a sparkling wine was poured, namely by the aerialists in the center of the room and I managed to find an interesting glass of moscato just before leaving.
2012 NOWFE's Grand Tasting was a grand success!
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Does Red Wine Have to Equal Stained Teeth?
Posted by GraysOnline on 2012-06-30 18:03:31
|Whether you're attending a wine-tasting event, or enjoying a glass of wine with friends, you don't want to spoil your fun worrying about wine stains on your teeth. If you're planning to partake of red wine over the course of the day or evening, there are some simple precautions you can take to avoid embarrassing stains to your teeth. Here are some tricks to make sure your smile stays brilliant:|
Rinse: Keep a glass of water or club soda close at hand and take a sip in between glasses of wine. Discretely swirling the clear liquid around in your mouth will help neutralize the affects of the wine, and help keep you hydrated as well.
Have a snack: A few bites of apple, celery, a slice or orange or lemon after you sip your wine can be very beneficial. The crisp texture of the apple or celery is mildly abrasive, and will help scrub away traces of color and help neutralize the acids caused by the red wine. The acid in the citrus fruits will have a bleaching effect. A snack will also give you something in your stomach to counteract the alcohol in the wine.
Personal wipes: There are several varieties and sizes of personal wipes available for discreet clean-ups. These come in small containers that fit easily into pocket or purse, and with a quick swipe between glasses of wine, your teeth will stay sparkling. Just be cautious about buying flavored wipes as they can distort the bouquet of the wines you're there to enjoy.
If you need a more intense treatment for teeth that have stained over time, here are some options for you:
Whitening Strips or Treatments: Teeth grow more porous as people age. The regular wear and tear teeth are subject to, the natural effects of acid from foods and drinks all take a toll on our tooth enamel; and eroded enamel absorbs stains, especially from things like coffee, tea, and red wines. If you enjoy a regular glass of wine in the evening and your teeth are have become stained, or if they were subjected to large quantities of red wine at a recent tasting, removing the stains can be problematic. There are many over-the-counter whitening strips and treatments that can be very effective at getting your smile back to dazzling. Just a caution: while these treatments can offer dramatic results, they can be abrasive, so they should only be used occasionally.
Just a little extra attention to details when you're drinking wine can keep your smile bright; but if you're really concerned, switch to white wine or club soda after a few sips of the red.