Archive for December, 2009

Cheese and wine are so divine

December 29, 2009

When pairing wine and cheese, you want a wine that’s going to complement the flavours of the cheese and not overpower it — and vice versa. You wouldn’t drink a really light wine with a strong-tasting cheese, or a mild cheese with a full-bodied, robust wine.

There’s a general rule of thumb to follow; “The stronger the cheese is, move up the spectrum of the body of wine.” Mild, hard cheeses such as cheddar are best paired with Merlot, Pinot Grigio, unwooded Chardonnays or Cabernet Francs. While stronger hard cheeses such as aged Gouda or Asiago go best with a full-bodied Shiraz, Zinfandel or Bordeaux blends.

Aromatic wines such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer are great with soft cheeses like brie and Camembert; while a Sauvignon Blanc and Rose are classic pairings for goat cheese. When it comes to blue cheeses, you want to pick an ice wine, late harvest wine or port. Going for higher sugar content will smooth out the edges of a strong blue cheese.



Wine and beer influence your desire for food differently

December 28, 2009

A recent study found that the type of alcoholic drink you consume may have an impact on your desire for food.

One of the findings suggests that the consumption of red wine (or beer) leads to an increased appetite while white wine does not have a noticeable effect on your appetite. This implies that white wine is better for the people on a balanced diet.

This Australian study by Dr. Anna Kokavec found that the additional nutritional content of various alcoholic beverages influence the body’s reaction to alcohol.

She measured the effect of red wine, white wine, light beer or regular beer on the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, which is responsible for the synthesis of the steroid hormones cortisol and dehyrdoepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS).

She said that DHEAS and cortisol, commonly known as a stress hormone, influence appetite, adding: “We need a sufficient release of cortisol to make us feel hungry.”

She found that cortisol levels went down in participants after the consumption of alcohol, and decreased their appetite despite having fasted for half a day.

But DHEAS levels varied depending on what type of alcohol was consumed.

The DHEAS levels initially took a dip for those who took beer before going up, resulting in an eventual increase in hunger.

Kokavec said: “Beer completely confuses the system.”

Consumption of red wine was also observed to have led to an increased appetite.

But, unlike beer and red wine, white wine completely switched off the HPA axis, indicating hunger remained low.

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Wine Cartoons

December 22, 2009

Pairing wine with music

December 21, 2009

Wine is usually paired with food but scientist found that music influences the taste of wine. So in the future you may get a Merlot that will be complemented by a Madonna melody or Shiraz that goes well with a sexy  song

Scientists said their research had established for the first time that music influenced taste, and claimed the results could have important implications for restaurateurs.

Prof Adrian North of Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, added: “It is widely acknowledged within the scientific community that music affects behaviour, however this is the first time it has been scientifically proven that music can affect perception in other senses and change the way wine tastes.

“The research showed that when a powerful, heavy piece of music is heard, a wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon is perceived as being 60 per cent more powerful, rich and robust than when no music is heard.”

The research in the department of applied psychology was based on cognitive priming theory, which suggests that music stimulates specific areas of the brain.

When wine is tasted, these areas of the brain are already active and prime the listener to taste the wine in a corresponding way.

According to his list of the ideal tracks to accompany wine, a Chardonnay slips down nicely accompanied by Atomic from Blondie, and Merlot is good with Otis Redding singing Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.

Jimie Hendrix’s version of All Along the Watchtower is recommended with a Cabernet Sauvingnon.

Source: telegraph

Quote of the day

December 18, 2009

“Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”


Balance is the Key to Life

December 17, 2009

Quote of the day

December 14, 2009

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”-Albert Einstein

Pilates for wine lovers

December 9, 2009

Pilates for wine lovers - Cartoon