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Archive - October 2014

Contradictory News From The UK Raises Questions

Despite an apparent desire to help citizens drink less, troubling news from the UK is raising questions about practices in pubs and restaurants.

Recent news out of the UK shows a desire to help citizens cut down on their drinking by providing medication that cuts the desire for more than one drink. Despite recognition that there has been an increase in the amount of alcohol consumed, drink driving fatalities and other alcohol-related concerns, many pubs and restaurants are breaking the law and possibly putting citizens at risk.

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Surprise! Mexico Is Moving Up In The Wine World

In addition to recent surges in China’s wine culture, another unexpected country is grappling for some of the winelight: Mexico. Here are the vineyards to learn about if you want to start exploring Mexican wine.

While Chilean wine has been popular for a long time, Mexico hopes to be the next country in the Americas to produce good wine and with a similar climate to California, the idea isn’t that far fetched. Mexico has produced wine since at least the mid-1500’s but is just now starting to make itself known on the world stage. While reds are currently the star of the show, Mexico hopes to produce stellar whites as well with many vineyards growing the grapes and dabbling in the development of whites that will be more acceptable to the experts.

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Vinotherapy Sees Increase in Popularity

Those who can afford it are now bathing in the organic matter used in the winemaking process. Fans say it helps with everything from anti-aging to preventing cancer.

The French Paradox speaks to the benefits of a longer life among the French due to drinking red wine despite lower exercise rates and more rich foods than other nations. But the French don’t just drink red wine, they also bathe in it.

Decades ago French chemists found that certain chemicals in wine helped with attacking the aging process. More recent studies show that yes, the chemical compound Resveratrol helps fight acne when applied topically to the skin in conjunction with other acne-fighters like benzoyl peroxide. Continuing with the trend wine baths, which were first made popular by the French company, Caudalie, have caught on. The practice, vinotherapy, has participants bathe in a mix of water and stems, leaves and skins – all byproducts of the winemaking process. Dumping a few bottles into the bath and hopping in would not get the same effect: wine is drying to the skin.

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