Serving Red Wine

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Red wine is one of the oldest, most popular, and best-tasting wines in the world. Consumed regularly in the right quantity, it is beneficial to health. But how much is really enough? Is there really a proper way to serve red wine for one to be able to savor its taste and enjoy its benefits? Please read on while we try to unravel the secrets of serving red wine.

The Healthy Serving Quantity

I don’t know who set it, but the standard quantity for serving wine is five ounces. For a regular red wine, this translates to 127 calories. According to recent study, the shape, size, and position of your wineglass have a big influence on the how much wine you pour into it. The study further said that the use of a wide glass accounts for 12 percent more wine than using a standard one. The same study says that another 12 percent is added to the glass if you hold the glass while pouring rather than have it placed on the table.

That being said, if you drink every night with a large glass, you will be drinking 12 percent more of what’s required by your body. When these extras accumulate, they can possibly take a toll on your health. Those extra calories have the likelihood of increasing your risk to certain diseases.

Decanting

Red wines are quite known to accumulate sediments while they are in the bottle. To avoid drinking the sediments, some wine makers recommend decanting. Decanting refers to the gradual pouring of the wine from one container to another minus the sediment. The receiving container is usually made of glass with a wide bottom. It should be able to provide plenty of airspace to allow the wine to interact with oxygen. This helps the wine to develop its flavor and emit its aroma. Decanting is a nice way of enhancing the wine and getting rid of the sediment before it is served.

Additional Notes:

The ideal temperature for serving red wine is between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. When drinking red wine, you should prefer a narrow wine glass. Always pour the wine with the glass on the table and not in your hand. When pouring to traditional red wine glasses, you should stop when the wine reaches the widest part of the glass. This should give you about four or five ounces of red wine. Always remember that a 750-bottle red wine should last five nights. It consists of five servings of four to five ounces.

You will know more about red wine by looking at this Winemarket page.

 

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How to Serve Wine 101: Tips on the Perfect Serving Temperature (winespectator.com)

Should Red Wine Be Served at Room Temperature? (chow.com)

Video – How to open and serve a bottle of red wine (youtube.com)

Taking Pictures of Your Food – Is It Okay?

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I believe people taking pictures of their food before devouring them is a strange phenomenon. Nevertheless, I don’t totally think it’s a bad thing, especially if you’re a foodie like me who probably uses the pictures as part of a food blog or any kind of documentary.

If you’re talking about taking pictures of food for the sake of, well, simply taking pictures, I don’t think it’s a sensible thing to do. For one, the resulting photos will probably be just codswallop anyway. It’s also not a good idea to waste several seconds (or minutes) trying to come up with the best shot because by the moment you’re done, your food had already turn cold.

 

Again, I’m not totally against the practice, especially since I also do it. However, I do it only on these conditions:

 

1.)I take the photos and post them online, but only for really close friends or relatives to see – and only for some really, really, really good reason.

 

2.)I post the photos online in public view, but only if it’s going to be part of some sensible article I’m going to create for my food blog.

 

I believe it is only on these strict conditions anybody should take pictures of their food, especially when they’re eating at a public restaurant. If you’re going to take pictures of your food and plan to post it online only so that people will know you’re eating at some expensive diner, forget it, because nobody would really care and you will only make a fool of yourself. Believe me.

 

 

Running Towards a Good Life

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Running is one of the most fun and preferred options in getting fit nowadays. Almost everyone is starting to jog and run. Even companies are leaning towards running for charity, fund-raising or simple company events. Running is indeed one of the most trending activities nowadays.

This is not a surprise because running does have a lot of health benefits with it. You get stronger while running and your always one step away from getting cardiovascular diseases because running keeps your heart healthy. Wine does the same thing to your body as well. What is wine and running can be experienced in a one day event?

Would it be nice to run along the beautiful scenery of vineyards and resorts along Australia’s best vacation venues? Be part of the Winery Marathon, Half Marathon, Coal and Allied 10.3k Vineyard Run and 5.2km Winery Wander. Kids can participate in the 2k Kids Marathon too. Register and join the Winery Running Festival on July 19, 2014 at the Hunter Valley Gardens Village in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.

Bring along friends and meet new people with the same interests as you have. Experience the sun and the fun as you run.

Who knows, drink stops may even offer free cabernets. Register and look forward to the fun.

 

How to Truly Enjoy Food and Wine Events

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Food and wine events are all the rage these days. In Australia alone, there is an average of six to eight shows held each month. Last February, there was the Grape Grazing Festival 2014, and on April next month, we will be having the Orange F.O.O.D Week 2014 and the Kangaroo Island Seafood ‘FEASTival’. People from different parts of the world attend these events not only to enjoy good food, but to have the opportunity to travel and meet other people as well. I myself see to it that I get the chance to attend some if not all of these events. Obviously, being the wine enthusiast that I am, I enjoy the wine events the most.

How do you get the most out of attending these events, though? Believe it or not, while such events may seem fun and exciting, they can be intimidating, too, particularly the wine events. This is especially true if you’re not used to attending such happenings or if you’re one attending as a tourist and know a very few people or no one at all.

Well, here are tips I can offer you. They are based on my personal experience so don’t just take my word for it. See what will apply for your situation and disregard what you believe is unpractical.

When Attending Food Events…

Take Lots and Lots of Pictures

I placed this as my number one tip because not taking pictures at one of the food festivities I’ve attended a few years back is one of my greatest regrets in life. It’s all about the memories, so don’t hesitate to take as many pictures of the event as you possibly can.

Arrive Early

The early bird gets the worm. You get the point.

Don’t Travel Alone

You may not agree with me on this one, especially if you are the type who loves to travel solo. However, one of the things I’ve learned is that attending such events becomes more exciting when you can share the memory with another individual or a group.

Taste Something New

Attending food and wine events is an opportunity for you to try something you’ve never tried before, so don’t hesitate to taste that dish you’re unfamiliar with. Just make sure you’re not allergic to any of its components.

Be Patient

Patience is really a virtue you must carry when attending food events, especially if you’re attending one that’s very popular and sought-after. You will need it when dealing with long lines and lots of people elbowing or pushing you as you reach for that plate of crab legs.

Stay Safe

Safety should be your number one priority when attending large public events. Make sure your valuables are securely tucked in to prevent them from being lost or stolen. Moreover, don’t forget to wear a pair of sunglasses. Wear lotion with SPF protection to keep your skin safe from the heat of the sun. Finally, don’t forget to bring lots of water to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.

 

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When Attending Wine Tasting Events

Don’t Overindulge

Tasting does not mean drinking. Avoid overindulging and make use of the spit bucket they provide.

Don’t Drink On an Empty Stomach

Unless dinner is going to be served, make sure you eat before going to the event. In most cases, the tidbits of food usually served in wine events are not enough to slow down alcohol absorption, and trusting that they can get the job done will only result to you getting more drunk than expected.

Drink Lots of Water

Alcohol dehydrates, so make sure you drink lots of water before, during, and after the event.

Wear Very Little Perfume

People attending the event are there to enjoy not just the taste, but also the aroma of the wines served. Be courteous by wearing very little perfume or not wearing any perfume at all.

Wear Dark Clothes

You wouldn’t want to get Barossa Shiraz wine stain on your favorite shirt, so try to wear dark clothes as much as possible when attending wine tasting events.

Make Every Minute an Opportunities to Learn

Finally, try to make every moment an opportunity for you to learn about a thing or two more about wine. Wine and wine tasting is largely art, so there is always an opportunity to increase your knowledge about it through the opinion of other wine enthusiasts present in the event.

 

 

 

You might also be interested in these articles:

Attending a Wine Tasting Event (dummies.com)

How to Spit Wine (winefolly.com)

The Dos and Don’ts of Attending Food Festivals (yumsugar.com)

A One of a Kind Gastronomic Experience

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Good food and wine always go well with each other. Get a taste of the good life and be present in a once in a lifetime gastronomic experience on the Good Food and Wine Show on June 27 – 29, 2014 at Sydney.

Being in the food business is one of the most challenging, not to mention exciting experience there is. Be exposed to new and advance cooking techniques. Get the chance to taste new and unique cuisines while enjoying your time with fellow food and wine enthusiasts.

Meet ordinary people, chef, bloggers, housewives and simply people who enjoys the same thing as you do, food and dining. Have a taste of the latest food and wine combination prepared for you by your favorite chef and celebrities.

You can also take part in the live demos, fun games and activities in this three day event. Make the most out of this experience by taking part on the programs they have prepared for you and other food lovers out there.

Grab a friend, pen, papers and your good old trusted camera to take videos and snaps of celebrity chefs, bloggers as well as the food preparation techniques and demos prepared for the event. Discover more about food and wine by attending this event.

 

 

 

10 Things to Love about Red Wine

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Throughout civilizations, the quest for that one thing that could salvage men from death yearns to be discovered. As civilization emerged and developed the must for this one cure against ageing remains to be a prized possession we all want to acquire.

 

Meanwhile, as the quest for this elixir continues, man discovered science. It has progressed through the years and has provided men with options and solutions for the problems we face in our daily lives. Even without the elixir of eternal youth, science managed to discover other things that could provide a temporary solution. There are a lot of medical breakthroughs and discoveries claiming to have found the substitute for the fountain of youth. Even medical procedures where developed to keep us looking and feeling young.

 

And then there was red wine. Like the fountain of youth, it has its fair share of deep and flourishing history. It is a part of civilization, of our society. Now it is a lifestyle.

 

A lot of people say that this wine is the closest man can get as a substitute for the fountain of youth. Or is it the fountain of youth?

 

Besides the promise of a longer life, here are ten of the things you would love about red wine.

 

1. Stress Buster

We can never deny the relaxing feeling we get after drinking a glass or two of wine. It has a calming effect on our nerves. It is really advisable to drink a glass of it at the end of our day while we ponder about the things that happened throughout the day. Whether the day was bad or good, a glass of this favorite drink will surely end any day right.

2. Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Several studies prove that a glass or two of wine everyday decreases 9% of the bad cholesterol we have in the body. For people with higher cholesterol levels, the decrease can go up t0 12%. Thanks to the high fiber content present in wine, we could always keep our cholesterol levels in check.

3. Protects the heart

A low cholesterol level is favorable to the heart. Polyphenol, a compound present in wine, an antioxidant, helps in keeping the blood vessels in the heart flexible, thus reducing the possibilities of possible blood clotting in the heart. Wine drinkers will less likely experience a stroke compared to those who do not drink it.

4. It controls blood sugar levels

Thirty percent of wine drinkers will less likely acquire type 2 diabetes according to study. Resveratrol, a compound present in wine helps control blood sugar levels.

5. Boost Brain functions

Besides being one of the most powerful antioxidant there is, resveratrol also helps in boosting the functions of the brain. It helps in enhancing and maintaining the healthy state of our mind. It helps in improving our memory as well.

6. Wine prevents colds

Colds are the worst of all ailments. They may seem to be a simple illness but it can really take a toll in our daily activities. The anti-oxidants present in wine also help in preventing colds. It contains probiotics that makes us stronger.

7. Stops Cancer

Do you know that stress is one of the reasons why people get sick? Stress can really do a lot of damage to our body and can even lead to cancer. With a regular dose of wine in the body, we reduce our stress levels.

8. Promotes weight loss

Wine can also help us get slim. As our cholesterol level decrease, our weight goes down in the process. It has high fiber content making metabolic process in our body improve.

9. It makes us feel better about ourselves

We often see people drink wine whenever they feel bad or depressed. There is a scientific explanation behind this. When we are depressed or when we feel low, we unconsciously do things that would help us cool down and relax; we do things to alleviate the pain. Drinking wine helps in improving our emotions. It makes us feel better in the process.

10. It adds up jazz and class during dinner

Wine is symbols for celebration. What is the best way to end and celebrate the day but with a bottle of wine over a sumptuous dinner. The feeling of drinking wine makes us feel grand and regal.

 

Resource Link:

Is Wine the New Diet Drink? (cosmopolitan.com)

Health Effects of Wine (wikipedia.org)