Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Why women drink wine less frequently than men?


How much you drink can turn out to be both good and bad for your health! A woman is advised to take no more than one glass a day. On the other hand, a man is at more freedom on the amount of alcohol. So, one might ask the question what makes a man drink more amount of alcohol? The answer to this question may lie in our body composition.
The body composition of humans-beings is such that woman has less body water in comparison to a man. When a woman consumes alcohol, they tend to have a higher blood-alcohol content. The reason for this being alcohol is highly water-soluble, so more body water means it tends to get easily dissolved preventing the blood-alcohol levels of the body to drastically increase.
Another factor why men can gulp more drinks is an enzyme which is responsible for breaking alcohol in the stomach called alcohol dehydrogenase. In a woman’s body, these enzymes are low in number which does not allow complete alcohol breakdown to take place before it enters the bloodstream explaining why women tend to get intoxicated more quickly than men.
Wine in moderation can have various benefits to a woman. There are studies to show that it helps in increasing bone density, helpful for women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS). Studies also pinpoint that wine helps during arthritis and help in maintaining good brain health.
For all those who want to be more health-conscious on the amount of alcohol they want to put in their bodies, there are low alcohol and medium alcohol wines on the market. These wines have lower levels of alcohols making them a good choice for easy drinking.

Friday, 9 March 2018

When wine is at fault?

Have you ever felt strange sensation during sniffing or after the first sip of wine? If you noticed vinegar or nail polish remover like aromas than there is a very good chance that the wine has gone bad. Technically, it is called wine fault.

The important thing to note is that the wine has faults in it and to a certain degree they are good.
However, exceeding the limit that makes the wine unpleasant and even in some cases undrinkable.

Cause of Wine Fault

So, what causes faults in the wine? There are many reasons that a wine can develop wine faults. Some of the major ones are - unhygienic conditions in the winery, use of dirty barrels for storing, aging in barrels for an extended period, use of low-quality corks or use of an excessive or insufficient amount of sulphur during winemaking or also over-extending the maceration period.

But not only this, wine can also develop faults after the wine has been bottled. It is advised to properly store the wine away from excessive heat and temperature fluctuations.

Detecting Wine Fault

It can be determined through close examination of the wine both visually and through giving it a sniff . For example, smell of burnt matchsticks indicates the overuse sulphur dioxide present in the wine or smell of vinegar can indicate the presence of acetic acid bacteria in the wine

There are also visual cues also that can tell the wine is not in best of shape. Wine with unusual color and that can be due to excessive levels of a copper and protein that should have been removed during the filtering process. If the wine is brown in color but is still young 1-2 years old, it is because of excessive oxidation that the wine has undergone.

So, the next time the wine smell of band-aids or burnt rubber or cooked cabbage, you know you have come across a faulty wine.

Have you come across bad wine before? What was it like ? You can share your experience in the comments below...

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Wine Quote - Thinking person's drink

wine-quote-thinking person's drink

Books pair wonderfully well with wine. And if it is a lazy Sunday and you have nothing else to do, sipping some wine won't do any harm.

Even better reading some light novel with a wine glass besides you, what more you can ask for... making wine truely a thinking person's health drink.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Penfolds wines being copycatted!!

Treasury Wines is the owner of some of the big names of Australia such as Penfolds, Wynns, T’Gallant and Wolf Blass and is currently exports to 100 + countries. The company has over 3500+ employees and over 14,000 hectares of vineyards in some of the prime regions of the world.

The company name was in news recently. The Penfolds products in China are being copycatted, exploiting the company brand name. For this, the company has also set up an internal investigation team.

The company is determined to weed out the operators and take strict legal action against the operators and legal proceedings are underway against one such operator – Rush Rich in Federal Court of Australia. According to the Treasury Wines legal team, Rush Rich also tried to infringe the Penfolds name by using the BEN FU trademark which is the Chinese letterings of Penfolds.


For Treasury wines, Asia is an important market with the first six months of 2017-18 witnessed 48 percent rise in profits from sales. The company booked a profit of $117 million during the same period

The Penfolds brand represents Australian wines in China in a big way and the company believes that such practices impact the brand Australia and that should be discouraged at all cost as it risks the reputation of quality exported Australian wines and also $5 billion Australian wine industry.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Wine Bottle Recycling and Reuse

Need for Wine Bottle Recycling?

A large number of wine bottles is wasted each year going in the landfill. To reduce the wastage, wine bottles can be reused and recycled. The advantage of reusing and recycling has a positive impact on the environment helping in reducing the amount of Co2 released into the atmosphere.

Procedure involved in Wine Bottle Recycling?

Once the wine bottles is collected from homes, it is sent to a recycling facility. The first step involves cleansing of glass at the production line by a vertical dryer. Once the glass is washed and the impurities are removed, it is crushed into raw cullet.

The next process involves drying the glass to remove moisture present. In the same process, other unwanted dust and paper labels are also removed.  

It is then passed through a metal detector from where traces of metals, if found, are removed. This is done with the help of jet of compressed air. 

The glass finally produced can be used for various purposes. Commonly used in building materials such as for making roads, manufacturing bricks, making frictionators such as matchstick heads etc.

Wine Bottle Reusing

Wine bottles can also be reused in varieties of ways. These can be seen as a DIY(Do-it-yourself) projects and would involve some amount of creativity. To give an idea, below are few listed-
  • ·        Candle stands
  • ·        Home Decor 
  •       Lamp Shades
  •              Decorative Pieceswine-bottle-reuse

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Funny wine labels from around the world

    Below are some of the funny wine labels from around the world. These labels will not only make you laugh but makes one wonder the creativity and sense of humour behind the design.
  • Petit Petit
  • Call me a cab
  • Goose Bump
  • Cat's pee on a Gooseberry Bush
  • Goatfather
  • Old Fart

Monday, 29 January 2018

Sangiovese - The grape of Tuscany

This video is about Sangiovese grape variety of Italy along with its aromas, flavours, world regions, and Sangiovese in Australia.

Some of the lesser known facts about Sangiovese are as follows -

1. The name Sangiovese is taken from the latin word 'Sanguis Jovis' meaning blood of Jupiter.
2. It is most widely grown in Tuscany which is present in Italy.
3. An extra amount of patience is required on the part of vine-growers for this grape variety since it tends to ripe slowly and has a long growing season.
4.Brunello di Montalcino is a type of Sangiovese wine produced in village Montalcino in the Tuscany wine region of Italy. It has a long cellaring potential of 10-18 years.
5. Australia has significant amount of Sangiovese vines speading over 440 hectares and mosty grown in Murray Darling in Victoria.