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Uk wine buyer

The latest statistics from Nielsen indicate a modest increase in the sales of off-license wines in the British market. In terms of value sales have risen 5% over the 12 months closing at the end of may.

The increase represents only 1% in terms of volume. This progression remains very moderate when compared to the rate of growth seen over the last few years. The rise in value is essentially due to the increase in taxes and the increase in both production and import costs.

Nevertheless this figure is more encouraging than the zero% increase announced by Nielsen at the beginning of the spring. The average bottle of wine in the British off-license sales market has risen to £4.25 (4.99 €).

Source: winealley.com

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Celebrities and wine has come a long way and the question is why and with what wine do celebrities associate themselves.

Scarlett Johansson’s new leading role as Moët & Chandon’s spokeswoman implies that she will be associated with wine brand for some time to come.

Some celebrities are specific about their preferred wine brands and others are vaguer about it.

According to the New York Times, though rapper Jay-Z’s lyrics tend to include Cristal, his taste in wine is somewhat broader. “”I’m not championing a specific brand,” he told the Times. ”I’m experimenting with a lot of rosés now. I’ve always loved Dom P. rosé, but Krug rosé is also excellent right now.”

Johnny Depp’s taste in wine is decidedly more specific: he cites “Château Calon-Ségur, a Saint-Estèphe third-growth” as his favorite.

Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” co-star Keira Knightley isn’t brand specific, but in 2006, she informed Elle Magazine: “I haven’t been to the gym since January and I’m drinking about half a bottle of wine a night.”

Our third president Thomas Jefferson made his loyalty to French wine widely known, stating that “Wine is a daily necessity for me” and saying of Bordeaux’s Chateau d’Yquem wine, “This is the best white wine of France and the best of it is made by Monsieur de Lur-Saluces.” And while Richard Nixon’s favorite food was reportedly (and repulsively) cottage cheese and ketchup, his taste in wine was decidedly more classy: he adored Château Margaux.

Our current president Barack Obama keeps his wine preferences more discreet, though he and Michelle do have a 1,000-bottle cellar in their Hyde Park, Chicago home. On a recent trip to France with her husband, Michelle made headlines in wine and food publications the world over by enjoying a 2005 Hugel “Tradition” Pinot Gris over dinner avec French First Lady Carla Bruni. As far as her husband is concerned, rumors swirl that President Obama’s preferences lie with everything from Kendall Jackson Chardonnay to South African Graham Beck Brut, which he allegedly toasted with on Election Night (perhaps in honor of Nelson Mandela, who toasted his own election in 1994 with Graham Beck Brut).

Mike Ditka, Sting, Nancy Pelosi and Jeff Gordon are among notable names who own their own wine labels or vineyards. One is left to wonder if celebrities drink one another’s brands? Does Olivia Newton-John compare her Aussie “Koala Blue” label to Sam Neill’s New Zealand product? Does “Sopranos” star Lorraine Bracco pit her Italian wines against Bob Dylan’s? Does Coppola’s nephew Nicholas Cage swear by the family brand? Or better yet, does Coppola’s daughter Sofia Coppola celebrate special occasions with the “Sofia” sparkling wine her father named for her?

Regardless, one things for sure. Of all wine-loving celebrities, Johnny Depp’s the only one we know to have it literally tattooed on his body: he had his inked tribute to former girlfriend Winona Ryder changed from “Winona forever” to “Wino forever.”

Source: examiner.com

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Here are some health benefits of wine , especially for women.

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The list of wine’s benefits is long—and getting more surprising all the time. Already well-known as heart-healthy, wine in moderation might help you lose weight, reduce forgetfulness, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss.
With women buying more than 6 out of every 10 bottles sold in this country, we’re happy to report that wine may do all of the following:

1. Feed your head
Wine could preserve your memory. When researchers gave memory quizzes to women in their 70s, those who drank one drink or more every day scored much better than those who drank less or not at all. Wine helps prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline, as well as heart disease, explains Tedd Goldfinger, DO, of University of Arizona School of Medicine. Alcohol also seems to raise HDL, the good cholesterol, which helps unclog your arteries.
2. Keep the scale in your corner
Studies find that people who drink wine daily have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally; moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat than people who drink liquor. Alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you down a glass. Beer seems to have a similar effect.
3. Boost your body’s defenses
In one British study, those who drank roughly a glass of wine a day reduced by 11 percent their risk of infection by Helicobacter pylori bacteria, a major cause of gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancers. As little as half a glass may also guard against food poisoning caused by germs like salmonella when people are exposed to contaminated food, according to a Spanish study.
4. Guard against ovarian woes
When Australian researchers recently compared women with ovarian cancer and cancer-free women, they found that roughly one glass of wine a day seemed to reduce the risk of the disease by as much as 50 percent. Earlier research at the University of Hawaii produced similar findings. Experts suspect this may be due to antioxidants or phytoestrogens, which have high anticancer properties, in the wine. And in a recent University of Michigan study, a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells in a test tube.
5. Build better bones
On average, women who drink moderately seem to have higher bone mass than abstainers. Alcohol appears to boost estrogen levels; the hormone seems to slow the body’s destruction of old bone more than it slows the production of new bone.
6. Prevent blood-sugar trouble
Premenopausal women who drink one or two glasses of wine a day are 40 percent less likely than women who don’t drink to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a 10-year study by Harvard Medical School. While the reasons aren’t clear, wine seems to reduce insulin resistance in diabetic patients

Source: eating.health.com

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The culture of wine has many customs on the correct way to enjoy wine, rooted in centuries of tradition, and perfected through trial and error. But, while some rules are made to be bent or broken, there are possibly only three things that should never be done with wine. Which in fact is a good thing since the main rule of wine is to be pleasurable.

The first law, Do Not Chill Red Wines. Red wines have a very high level of tannins in comparison to whites. Tannins are plant polyphenols found in grape skins and seeds. Red wines are usually fermented in contact with the skins in order to add color to the wine. Tannins also add firmness and dryness to a wine. On their own tannins are astringent and bitter but when used in wine making and in balance with fruit and acidity and alcohol it helps produce some really well structured and full bodied wines. When red wine is chilled the balance of the wine is thrown off and the tannins become much more pronounced, resulting in a very dry wine. While this does hold true most of the time, there is a gray area to this law as some reds, but not many, have very low levels of tannins and taste quite good chilled.

The second law, Do Not Send a Champagne Cork Flying. While it may seem festive it is best not to pop open a bottle of bubbly. The amount of pressure inside a champagne bottle is on average 70 to 90 pounds per square inch. To put that in perspective that is 2 to 3 times the pressure in your car’s tires. The cork for a bottle of bubbly is generally twice the weight of a regular cork and when popped can exceed 60 km/h. Bringing this physics lesson to a close one can see that a flying cork can inflict some serious hurt if it strikes some soft part of the body such as the eye. Also I have seen windows cracked and ceiling lights smashed. Not to mention the waste of champagne as some will inexorably always foam out. The proper way to open a bottle is to hold the cork in your left hand and rotate the bottle with your right hand until the cork gently pops in your hand with a delicate sigh.

The third law, Do Not Use a Champagne Bottle to Christen a Boat. Pretty straightforward as most privately owned boats are either fiberglass or wood. The smashing of a champagne bottle on the bow will most likely damage the boat. The thickness of the bottle is much greater in order to handle the stress of the pressure that is built up in it. Save the ceremony for Battleships and Aircraft Carriers as they are made out of steel.

 

Source: heraldnews.com

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How much does the price of a bottle of wine matter? Quite a lot – to women.

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Researchers from the Stockholm School of Economics and Harvard University set out to determine whether knowing how much a bottle of wine cost would affect what people thought of the taste.

They found that disclosing the expensive price of a wine before people tasted it produced considerably higher ratings, although only from women.

“I was surprised. The men didn’t seem to be affected by the price. It might be the way men relate to wine. But the women reacted very strongly to a high price,” said Johan Almenberg, of Harvard University, who conducted the study among 266 volunteers in Boston.

The volunteers tasted one of two Portuguese red wines, one cost $5 a bottle and one $40. One-third of the people tasted the wine without knowing the price, one-third was told the price before the tasting, and one-third learned the price afterwards.

All of the tasters were told to rate the wine on a scale that ranged from undrinkable to perfection.

The researchers, whose findings were published by the American Association of Wine Economists, said only women assigned considerably higher ratings when they were told they were about to drink the expensive wine.

In the blind tasting, the average rating from both sexes was slightly higher for the cheaper wine than for the more expensive, showing that most people do not prefer expensive wines.

Almenberg does not know why the cost of a bottle of wine should matter so much to women but not men.

“It may be something evolutionary,” he said. “If you look for what women find attractive in a man, the paycheck is probably not that important for either sex, but a lot of women attach more importance to that than men do.”

In a survey by Vinexpo, the international wine and spirits exhibition that takes place in Bordeaux, France next month, researchers found that nearly three-quarters of women said price determines their choice of wine.

Vinexpo, and wine magazines, questioned 4,300 women in France, Germany, Japan, Britain and the United States about what they drank, how often and where they bought it for the survey.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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If Mona Lisa made the trip across the Atlantic she would probably look like this after a week.

Mona Lisa in the USA

And here is a fortune cookie you don’t want to get in a dodgy  Chinese restaurant.

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resveratrol

An ingredient called resveratrol found in red wine has remarkable health benefits including cancer prevention and protection of the heart and brain from damage, according to the latest research.
Low to moderate drinking – especially of red wine – appears to reduce causes of mortality, while too much drinking causes multiple organ damage.

According to professor Lindsay Brown from the University of Queensland: “Reports on the benefits of red wine are almost two centuries old.

“Studies on the actions of resveratrol, one of the active non-alcoholic ingredients, were uncommon until research around 1997 showed prevention of cancers. This led to a dramatic interest in this compound.”

Dr. Brown said that resveratrol reduces age-related diseases such as inflammation, reverses diabetes and obesity and has many more benefits

Source: thaindian.com

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