Tag: wine

Is Organic Wine Better for You?

by in Healthy Tips, March 11, 2015

The Environmental Working Group ranks grapes No. 3 on the dirty dozen list due to the high level of pesticide residue found on conventionally farmed grapes. Thus, the nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization encourages shoppers to purchase organically grown grapes as the healthier alternative. Grapes are also, obviously, the main ingredient in wine. So the question is, how important is it that your vino also be organic? Are pesticides the only consideration when making that decision? What additional benefits are there to purchasing organic wines? And most importantly: How does organically produced wine differ in taste? We put the questions to two experts — Joe Campanale, executive beverage director of Epicurean Management, the team behind New York’s wine-centric dell’anima, L’Artusi, L’Apicio and Anfora, and Appellation Wine & Spirits owner Scott Pactor — to help you make an informed decision during your next night out on the town or visit to the local wine shop. Read more

Cooking With Alcohol

by in Healthy Recipes, March 6, 2013

cooking with wine
Forget about getting tipsy – that’s not the point here. Cooking with a little liquor can be a healthy and tasty way to add a splash of depth, flavor and excitement to your recipes.

Flavor Boost
Whether it’s beer, sake, rum or Cabernet, using alcoholic beverages in cooking can act as a flavor enhancer. It can also be used to tenderize meat in marinades or concentrate flavor when simmered down into sauces.

What’s even more fun about cooking with alcohol is how versatile it can be. Beer can make a moist bread or add killer flavor to a fish taco. Hard liquor like vodka or rum can jazz up pasta sauces or be the finishing touch in a glaze for grilled or roasted meats.

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Red Wine: Is It Healthy?

by in Is It Healthy?, December 4, 2012

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Red wine has been coined the good-for-you alcohol. My clients often tell me they choose red wine over other alcoholic beverages because it’s good for their heart. Does red wine really provide this amazing-for-you benefit or is it an over-hyped health halo? Mull over the pros and cons.

Yes?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that if you would like to sip on alcohol, have a maximum of one drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. When it comes to wine (red or white), one drink is equivalent to 5-fluid ounces of wine (or about 125 calories). For beer, one serving is 12-fluid ounces and hard alcohol it’s 1½ -fluid ounces of an 80-proof liquor (like rum or vodka)—both range between 100-150 calories per serving.

For those looking to maintain or lose weight I often recommend sticking to wine because the calories are easier to control. Hard alcohol is typically used in mixed cocktails. The combo of multiple shots along with juice and/or other mixers can skyrocket calories in a flash.

Many folks choose red wine because of the health benefits. Studies have found the polyphenol antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart.

Studies have also found that red wine may be linked to breast cancer prevention. A 2011 study published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that resveratrol help stop breast cancer cells from growing.

You can also find delicious bottles of red wine at a low cost. See our top 5 red wines for those on a budget.

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Holiday Drinking Strategies

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 16, 2011


Booze, booze, and more booze. That’s pretty much the theme of most holiday parties. This December, don’t guzzle down hundreds of empty calories. Instead, review these helpful tips before heading out to your next shindig.

The Downside of Too Much
When you’re in a roomful of colleagues, the easiest way to relax is with a few cocktails. I’m sure you’re aware that drinking too much alcohol can lead to calorie overload. Many of us forget that too many cocktails also lead to decreased inhibitions and loss of control. This can result in mindless flirting with your coworkers or losing control of how much you eat.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Wine (in Festive Packaging)

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 9, 2011
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Give the gift of wine, but personalize it with easy ideas from Food Network Magazine. (image courtesy of Food Network Magazine)

Wine makes a great holiday gift; it’s usually the hostess gift of choice, the default item grabbed at the last minute on the way to a holiday party. This year, put a little more thought into it — for about 5 minutes of extra time, you can package your last-minute gift in a way that’ll make it seem like you did all your shopping back in August.

In Food Network Magazine‘s December issue, there’s a great story on how to make holiday spirits brighter by decking your gift bottles out in really easy ways. With the bottle above, it’s as simple as grabbing a sparkly paint pen.

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10 Foods for Better Memory

by in Healthy Tips, January 31, 2011

blueberries
Forgot something? Try adding these 10 foods to your diet — all have been shown to help better your memory.

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Reading List: 12 Dangerous Supplements, Gulf Seafood Safety and Wine-Fed Cows

by in Food News, August 6, 2010

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In this week’s nutrition news: Healthy foods that can be deadly, Gulf seafood deemed safe to eat and study finds dorm food bad for the waistline.

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Sip Wisely: Tips for Smart Alcohol Picks

by in Healthy Tips, May 27, 2010

whiskey sour

With spring fever in the air (and Memorial Day barbecues this weekend), relax with a glass (or two) of  your drink of choice. Beer, wine and cocktails can all be part of a healthy diet — just follow our tips to avoid overdoing it.

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Label Decoder: Sulfites

by in Food News, April 30, 2010

white wine sangria

If you’re a wine-drinker, you’ve probably seen the word “sulfite” listed on the bottles. Find out why they’re used in most wines, and which wine-lovers should be worried.

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Make Your Own Mulled Wine (or Cider)

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 23, 2009

Mulled Pom-Apple Cider
This holiday favorite is guaranteed to get smiles out of your guests. If you’re a mulled wine virgin, no worries — it’s super simple to whip up a delicious batch in no time.

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