Archive for November, 2009

According to recent research ,  British women choose and buy eight out of every 10 bottles of wine that are drunk at home. The study also found that  a third of British women who enjoy wine as a treat at the end of the day admit that they prefer to drink it alone – in the bath.

The data, the result of industry research among more than 1,300 British women aged between 18 and 60, overturns common perceptions that men take the lead in wine buying, and reveals that in many cases women are far more influential.

Six out of 10 women in Britain said they drank wine at least once a week. And the same proportion said they preferred red wine to white or rosé.

Most women said they enjoyed drinking wine because they liked the taste (80%) and because it went well with food (70%). But despite appearing knowledgeable about wine, the majority choose to ignore its health risks. More than half see it as a “healthier” alternative to other alcoholic drinks such as beer and spirits, while the same proportion said they were not deterred by the government’s health warnings.

When it comes to choosing wines, women said they were driven mainly by price (74%), followed by the type of grape (64%), the country of origin (55%) and more superficial trappings such as the label (42%). Six out of 10 (61%) said they chose wine on their own, with women in the UK noticeably more independent in their choice than their peers elsewhere in the world.

These study results will probably be much the same for the South African market as grocers become more significant wine retailers .

Source: guardian.co.uk


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Oprah to wrap up her talk show


Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry, announced that her iconic daytime talk show will wrap at the end of its 25th season.

But don’t panic — her final appearance as host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is nearly two years away. And it’s still possible she’ll launch another talk show on the cable network she’s setting up, called, naturally, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Read more: washingtonpost.com

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Johnny Depp was declared this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive”. Depp nudged aside last year’s winner Hugh Jackman to get the coveted endorsement from People magazine.

It’s the  actor’s second time as “Sexiest Man Alive” and he also won in 2003.

At 46, the father of two still reigns as Hollywood’s most irresistible iconoclast; as one-of-a-kind as his beloved 15-year-old boots and as smoldering as his favorite Cuban cigars.

Kate Coyne, senior editor at People, said on CBS’ “Early Show” that Depp has achieved an almost “iconic status in terms of sexiness.”

Says Coyne: “Johnny Depp was someone who was sexy 10 years ago. He’ll be sexy 10 years from now. He’s someone who appeals to multiple generations of women.”

Depp joins other double winners Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Richard Gere.

Source: yahoo

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After trying his hands on architecture, Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt now wants to know more about his favourite tipple by enrolling for wine-making classes. It’s an appropriate hobby, seeing as he and Angelina Jolie live in a French estate with its own vineyard.

The 45-year-old heartthrob and his partner have taken up property in the sprawling Chateau Miraval estate in the south of France with their six children.

“He loves learning how it’s made,” a source said. Pitt had earlier spoken about his love for building projects since his childhood and was also granted a fellowship into the Design Futures Council for his affordable housing designs in Louisina.

If Brad decides to make his own wine, he won’t be the first celebrity to try it. Right now wine-drinkers can buy bottles from Sting, Olivia Newton-John, Elvis Presley, Sam Neil, Greg Norman to name a few.

Source: hindustantimes.com

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wine hamper winner #5

Congratulations to Juanita Duncan
Juanita is the lucky Facebook Fan of the month and she has won a Douglas Green wine hamper.

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The Transformers actress, Megan Fox, 23, has signed on to model for the new Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans campaigns.

The actress succeeds Victoria Beckham (She is not re-upping her contract with the label so she can concentrate on her clothing line). Victoria and her famous husband David Beckham appeared in the last Armani advertisements.

Fox’s Armani ads – which were photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in Los Angeles this past weekend – will begin running worldwide in January.

The soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has also signed on to pose for the men’s Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans campaigns.

Though, unlike the previous pair, Ronaldo and Fox will not appear together in any of the upcoming ads.

Source: luxuo.com

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angelina brad and kids

For most mothers, six children would be enough to keep their hands full for a lifetime.But not so for Angelina Jolie, who is reportedly set to adopt another child to add to her growing brood.

The Hollywood star is said to be looking at adopting a baby from Syria to complete her rainbow family.
However according to OK! magazine the 34-year-old is doing so alone without partner Brad Pitt ,45, who apparently is not keen on adding another child to their family.The magazine says the actress is intending on heading to the Middle East to rescue a girl after three previous adoptions from Africa and Asia.

A source said: ‘[Brad] has made it clear that six children are more than he can handle.

‘The idea of one more seemed ludicrous, but Angie is determined to complete her rainbow family.’
And it appears when Angelina sets her mind to something, no one can stop her.

The Tomb Raider star adopted son Maddox, now eight, from Cambodia while still married to actor Billy Bob Thornton, but received sole custody following their divorce.

She has two other adopted children, Zahara, four, and Pax, who turns five later this month.

And she has three biological children with Pitt, Shiloh, three, and 16-month-old twins Knox and Vivienne.A spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in DC said that ‘only [Angelina’s] name [was] on the [adoption] papers’.

Read more dailymail.co.uk

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