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Resveratrol, Red Wine And The Fountain Of Youth

Vinted on September 23, 2011 under wine health, wine news

In the immortal words of William Shatner, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news.”

But… you should know that, according to research very recently published in the journal Nature, our old pal resveratrol (a compound found in red wine, among other things) might not be the key to everlasting youth.

OMG! Who would ever have guessed such a terrible thing?! Oh wait, haven’t we been cautioning against the resveratrol craze for something like four years here on 1WD?

Anywaaaaaay… long-story-made-short, a 2006 Harvard study once found that resveratrol might increase production of proteins called sirtuins, which were found at the time to possible prolong the lives of obese mice.  Good news for you red-wine-drinking obese mice out there, or so it was thought at the time.

Turns out, according to the findings being published in Nature, the initial study might have been flawed, and all this stuff around red wine/resveratrol/sirtuins prolonging life might have been a bit overblown. Bad news for you red-wine-drinking obese mice out there. And maybe also for GlaxoSmithKline, who paid over $700 million for the company that the initial study’s author David Sinclair founded to make a drug from the substance.

NPR.org has a great detailed report on all of the above, embedded below for your listening pleasure.  I suggest relaxing with a glass of red wine while you listen to it – not because the red wine will make you live longer, but because the relaxing might help you live longer (or if not, at least help you enjoy the moment a bit more than usual).

Cheers!

What You Need To Know About Sulfites In Wine (Molly Dooker Shake Edition)

Vinted on September 23, 2010 under wine health

I recently received a shipment of wine samples from the critics’ darling Molly Dooker, which came with a handy set of instructions on how to perform the now-famous “Molly Dooker Shake.”  The Molly Dooker shake is the arguably inelegant but certainly effective way to release the nitrogen that is used is bottling several of the Molly Dooker line of wines.

But I ran into some trouble when I hopped onto the Molly Dooker website to learn a bit more about why they use nitrogen in the winemaking process in the first place.  Not technical trouble, but accuracy trouble.

The accuracy trouble is that their explanation contains less truth than it does (as Steven Colbert likes to put it) truthiness.

Here’s the explanation, given both on the Molly Dooker website and in the demonstration video of the Molly Dooker shake; I’ve added comments to the quote below to indicate the parts that as far as I can tell have Truth and those that have truthiness:

“Why do we use Nitrogen gas in our winemaking? Sulphites are often added to wine after fermentation to protect the wine from oxidation [Truth]. The only problem is that some people have an allergy to high levels of sulphites [Truth] and may get headaches [truthiness - if they mean getting headaches from sulphites, that is]. By using Nitrogen to protect the wine during winemaking, we can use less sulphites [Truth] and more people can enjoy our wines [truthiness].”

Now… let’s break this truth vs. truthiness down in a little more detail…

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The 12 Days of Abstinence

Vinted on November 17, 2009 under commentary, wine health

As my twitter friends are already (painfully) aware, I’ve been sick for the better part of two weeks.  What began as a bout with either a bad cold or a mild flu became a full-on assault from a (very) nasty case of bronchitis.  Fever, coughing, meds, antibiotics, and definitely no wine.

It was suggested to me by a few folks via twitter that I should write about the experience of my forced abstinence.  Initially I was hesitant, because no one wants to read about somebody hacking up brown goo, getting no sleep, and taking various meds – well, maybe only medical students, and they’re sure to find more interesting (read: more virulent, nasty and violent) cases than mine.

I promise no references to sticky brown lung goo.  Or does that last sentence count?

Anyway… truth be told, I needed the break from booze, because I’ve been doing too much wine drinking and not enough wine tasting, and that was seriously messing with my cholesterol numbers.  But little did I know that my 12 days of forced abstinence would involve codeine, glam-metal icons KISS, and actual gratitude towards my illness. 

I am serious about the gratitude.  And about KISS.  And the Humpty Dance.  This will all make sense in a minute or two… or maybe not, I dunno, I was pretty hopped up on some codeine meds.

So, here it is, because you asked for it – my pseudo-diary from “The 12 Days of Abstinence!”

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Help 1WineDude Kick Alzheimer’s Ass!

Vinted on September 21, 2009 under wine health

As many frequent 1WineDude readers already know, I recently lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease.  She died at the age of 96 – but the truth is, she was dead years before that, bedridden and unable to care for herself or recognize her loved ones.  Caring for her placed an almost unbearable emotional toll on my family.

I would LOVE for my family to be one of the last who ever had to go through that.

So on World Alzheimer’s Day, I’m asking you to help me KICK ALZHEIMER’S ASS!

YOU can help, and it’s easy. go to the Help 1WineDude Kick Alzheimer’s Ass donation page, and make a donation.

Together, we’re gonna raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.  That’s right – 10Gs!  Seems like a big number, but look at it this way:

If everyone who visited 1WineDude.com in a month donated just $1, we’d beat that goal already.

I’m asking YOU to donate a buck.

If you’ve ever had a friend, loved one, or colleague who’s been touched by this disease – and chances are, that’s everyone reading this – then donate.

Donate now – not later, not when you can get around to it, I’m asking you to do it RIGHT NOW.  You will NOT miss that dollar, and you’ll be helping to make the world a better place – we can all toast to that!

If you want to link back to this post to help spread the word, that’s great.  If you want to tweet the link, or throw it into your next facebook update – also great.  But what we really, really, really need is for you to throw a buck into the collective pot – that would do more good than all of the tweeting and facebooking that you could muster.

So donate now – let’s Kick Alzheimer’s ass today!

Cheers!

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