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History,Wine

The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland

What I do on my weekends, these days…

I saw this picture of the Writers Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Facebook, and I wrote, “I wonder if any of my grandfathers were ever at the Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland?”

Lately, on weekends, I’m researching and developing a personal story, since I need to now step away from “wine” for a wee bit.  After nine years of wine blogging, I’ve begun to wonder, “What else can I write about?” For me, it’s now what stories can I leave my grandchildren, which will enrich their lives. As it turns out, it’s going to be their genealogy.

Once I discovered that I’m a direct descendant to the Reverend William Blaxton (Blackstone), originally from Northern Great Brittan (credited with settling Boston), I found that to be pretty amazing history. For the rest of the people who follow me, and might not know this, I know that it’s worth sharing with my family. Digging deeper into his history, I’ve uncovered that Blaxton (English version of his name, Blackstone being the Boston spelling) was himself descended from the Kings of Scot, Alexander the Great, and Charlemagne. Going even further, the line is of one king after the other, ending 12 generations earlier with the following:

1.      CHLODIO I LONG-HAIR KING OF THE FRANKS  circa 395
a.       http://www.geni.com/people/Chlodio-I-Long-Hair-King-of-the-Franks/6000000002143053627
b.      Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
c.       Died 448 in Cambrai, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Son of Unknown father of Chlodio and Unknown mother of Chlodio

When I put this picture onto Facebook, I was thinking out loud… seriously wondering if any of my great grandfathers had been into this building. My friend Jan Chiri asked the following:

Jan Chiri: So, what’s your Clan, man? Mine’s Fife (down through the ages from the MacBeths), but was consolidated with the much larger Clan Chatten (sp?), no doubt for purposes of strength (e.g., protection from other large clans). Merely interesting …

I wrote: MacQuary on my mother’s side, the Kings of Scotland on my father’s side…

Jan Chiri: Ah. A wee bit o’ MacBeth in ya, perhaps, lassie!

Jo: I wonder if any of my grandfathers were ever at this building? My great grandfather – also descended from the kings (who were earlier descended from Charlemagne, an illuminating figure of the Dark Ages) – was the Reverend William Blackstone, who founded Boston… Blackstone (Blaxton) was sent over by King James to Preach that version of his Bible, to the Pilgrims (1623). Yeah… that didn’t work, because Blackstone – trained as a Catholic priest – didn’t agree with the religion on points. As a result, Blackstone is credited with starting the Episcopalian Church in the US… MacBeth?… not out of the question. I picked up the writer side, which was why I was wondering about the Writers Museum…

As I just learned, I am related to a Macbeth, but not Shakespear’s Macbeth.

I now have to connect the dots between Alexander the Great and how he’s related to Charlemagne, then how Blaxton is related to the Kings of Scot. I will get to the bottom of it, and publish a family book. Meanwhile, I also have to concentrate on wine from Monday to Friday, but you know know what I’ll be doing this weekend… the continual digging.

There might be some wine involved, but I won’t be writing about it. It will be enjoying it, maybe even some from France. Cheers!

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah®,Event,Food & Wine,Fund Raiser - Wine,Petite Sirah,Poet in wine country,PS I Love You,Wine,Winery

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles

These wine barrel hoops are very symbolic for this year’s Dark & Delicious event, as I know I jumped through all of them. Did I come out unscathed? Good question.

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles, I continue to think about how multifaceted and a bit challenging this year’s event was…

  • One image is from the public, as a wine and food pairing event that has offered the most wonderful of foods in high abundance.
    • We were moving forward nicely, but had to put the brakes on a lot this year, in order to satisfy Alameda County.
  • Another image is from the wine companies who have been with us for years
    • They’ve dutifully come each year and supported us, because they’re truly passionate about Petite
    • The next image is from the new wineries who joined us, who commented in high abundance that it was amazing
  • A venue planner, who had developed a lot of history with us, left two weeks before our event.
    • Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go, and the opportunity for him was an offer he couldn’t turn down.

Add new elements…

  • Another (very capable) person and I interacted for the first time.
    • She did a great job.
    • The learning curve for both of us was tremendously steep.
  • An unprecedented amount of new wineries joined the event for the very first time.
    • From the usual two or three, there were 15.
  • The Alameda County Environmental Health Department became my new best friend.
    • We had only four days to comply.
    • This is the back story to their food safety guidelines.
    • Food vendors dropped out one to two days before.
    • Those who were used to the bounty were stunned and disappointed.

At the end of the event, exhausted from the hoops that had to be jumped through, when I should have been putting a lot of finishing touches on our event, Louis Foppiano came to me and said, “I want to tell you something. ”

I thought, “Oh, oh, what have I done, n-o-w?” I had just jumped through Alameda County’s unexpected $3,000 expenditure in a two day swoop…

Louis said, “I came to your event last year for the first time and it was organized.” (Others from Louis’s staff have always attended in his place.)

I thought, “That’s nice.” I just didn’t know what to expect. “Thanks, Louis.”

Then he said, “I’m back again this year, and…”

He paused and I could only think, “Oh-oh, here it comes…”

Louis, “And it’s also well organized this year.”

I thought, “If you had only been with me for the last two days as I was jumping though hoops.”

As an organizer, I’ve never had to work with a Health Department before. I do understand what they bring to the plate, I just wasn’t expecting a crash course, so close to when the curtain went up… It was one minute before the doors opened to allow our guests to enter the venue, as I held my breath.

When it’s all said and done, water pitchers and dump buckets are now all sanitized and put away. Where it goes from here will be decided in a Board of Directors meeting. Until then, I keep wondering how to regain the momentum that we had. I imagine this is something any organizer must do, after nine years of creating the perfect ® storm…

At the end of D&D, I wrote the following, to help me stress release:

The Wizard Behind the Curtain

Pulling strings, just so high… just so.

So much to show,

And nice, like snow is a gentle dusting.

Too much to all come out at once and overwhelm…

Just a touch, not too much, just a touch.

 

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Alexander Valley,News,Obituary,Sonoma County,Wine,Winery

Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

When asked if I’d help the family to distribute the news, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The wine business has lost a dear icon… a generous pioneer with the efforts of heritage varieties, like Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, from my own personal perspective.

I asked for more info, knowing that with her husband Leo’s passing, January 5, 2014, it’s understandable that Evelyn wouldn’t be far behind. A devoted wife and mother, Evelyn is going to be sorely missed by those of us whose lives she touched.

The follow was written about Trentadue’s Nonie ~ Evelyn Trentadue

by her family

Beloved mother, grandmother, and local winery owner Evelyn Trentadue passed away on Saturday morning, March 21, 2015, at the age of 84. Born and raised in San Francisco, at the age of seven, Evelyn and her family moved to Palo Alto. As a child, Evelyn lived for roller skating and summers spent on her grandparent’s farm in Dry Creek Valley.

On August 20, 1950, Evelyn Consani married Leo Trentadue. In Leo’s eyes Evelyn was a beautiful and traditional Italian girl with a talent for cracking jokes. Evelyn and Leo began their life together working on the family ranch in Sunnyvale. Evelyn was a city girl and always said that she’d never marry a rancher. Years later that city girl would fondly retell the story of “cutting ‘cots” (apricots) right up until the time she went into labor with her children. New beginnings in 1959 led Evelyn and Leo to Sonoma County, where they purchased a ranch in Geyserville. Through unwavering hard work and passion Evelyn and Leo built one of the very first wineries in the area (Trentadue Winery) in 1969. Evelyn was a hard worker and trail blazer. She was one of the first females to drive a truck in the area, delivering up to 12 tons of fruit in a single load to Asti. Evelyn later put her talents for cooking and entertaining to work in the kitchen at the Italian Swiss Colony. Evelyn Trentadue till her last day created and upheld a home filled with laughter, love, good wine, and delicious food. Her home was always open, and everyone who entered felt like family.

Evelyn’s life was enriched with many things that she loved, including hosting and entertaining, cooking, swimming, deep sea fishing, creating a warm home, planting flowers, decorating for the holidays, and spending time with her animals. Evelyn will be most fondly remembered for how she filled her home with love and her passion for her family and friends. For many, Evelyn was that one person who turned your life around, made you feel safe, special, and loved.

Evelyn is lovingly survived by her three children: Annette Trentadue, Victor Trentadue, and Lisa Trentadue Allen; six grandchildren: Nicole Biagi, Crystal Kovanda, Brittany Allen, Tiffany Allen, Steven Trentadue and Tyler Trentadue; and daughter-in-law Cindy Trentadue and son-in-law Gary Allen. Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband Leo Trentadue.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church, Healdsburg, with a Blessing at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Oakmound Cemetery, in Healdsburg.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Evelyn Trentadue to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Greater Bay Area Chapter-North Bay, 2455 Bennett Valley Road Suite

B204, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, (707) 544-4350. Or, online at https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate

Arrangements by Fred Young F.H. Cloverdale, 707-894-2540.

 

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Education,Wine

The Wine Institute clarifies arsenic in wine

As a public service, the following is what the Wine Institute has distributed, since the article about arsenic in wine has been published… The are keeping us all informed.

Wine Institute Fact Sheet on Arsenic

Mar 20, 2015

FACT SHEET

Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries. In recent days, unfounded litigation has raised questions about the safety of California wine. We want to assure you that the health and safety of consumers is of the greatest importance to our wineries and that the wine produced by our members is perfectly safe.

  • The lawsuit claims that certain wines contain unsafe levels of arsenic based on the limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for drinking water – 10 parts per billion (ppb). However there is no scientific basis for applying the EPA drinking water standard to wine.
  • The U.S. government has not published a limit for arsenic in wine but several countries including Canada, the EU, and Japan have set limits ranging from 100ppb up to 1000ppb – 10 to 100 times the level the EPA determined to be safe for drinking water.
  • When the U.S. government considers limits for arsenic in food and beverages, they take into account how much of that food or beverage an average person may consume in a day and the age of people who likely consume that food/beverage. Daily intake levels for water are significantly higher than for wine.
  • The risks from potential exposure to arsenic in wine are lower than the risks the EPA considers safe for drinking water. For perspective, eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is the recommended daily amount, whereas one to two 5-ounce glasses of wine a day is defined as moderate wine consumption according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
  • Arsenic is prevalent in the natural environment in air, soil and water and food. As an agricultural product, wines from throughout the world contain trace amounts of arsenic as do juices, vegetables, grains and other alcohol beverages and this is nothing new.
  • The U.S. government, both TTB and FDA as part of its Total Diet Study, regularly tests wines for harmful compounds including arsenic as does Canada and the European Union to ensure that wine is safe to consume.

Contact: [email protected]

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News,Social media,Wine,Wine Business

Americans reacting to the lawsuit regarding high levels of arsenic in wine

Regarding the story that CBS reported on last week, regarding high levels of arsenic:

Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling wines

With a title about high levels of arsenic, it’s enough to scare anyone… And, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines are looking better all of the time… unless you know the producer and its practices well.

It appeared on Facebook, and I shared it. One of my East Coast friends (not in the wine business) shared my share.

Mary (not her real name) wrote the following with her forward, which I believe this is a typical, average consumer reaction:

MARY:

this is important. careful what you’re drinking. I stay away from USA wines unless I visit a winery

Well, I couldn’t let that teachable opportunity go

SUSAN:

aw crap

Jo Diaz:

It’s more price, MARY. Commodity wines… Produced by some of our wine giants, many in the Central Valley, are at least suspect… Unless they come from a sustainable or organic vineyard.

MARY:

yeah I figure it is about price. But when I’m buying the 10 bottle to have with dinner I go with Italy or France or maybe Chile or New Zealand… I can tell the difference though, I don’t know how the standards are different exactly.

MICHELLE:

Thanks for the heads up Robin.

Jo Diaz:

I’m happy to have shared this piece with you, so you’d be careful about that commodity stuff…

Having lived and worked in the wine business in California for the last 22+ years, I’ve got an important inside edge. I’ve even worked for one of the companies that’s in this law suit, so I’m not surprised on that account. The bigger they are, the harder they’ll fall, and the less they care about the human element (like all corporations).

Read your back labels, if a “family” name or their commitment to quality is there, that’s a dead give away of being GENUINE. A cutesie stories tells you it’s a marketing department making it up. A commitment to quality tells you that someone really does care. I’ve got one brand that I work for that’s about a $9 bottle of wine and the wine is excellent. The grapes come from a sustainable farm from the Central Coast. (It’s the “house” wine at the White House. If it’s good enough for past and the present president and their guests to enjoy at their huge functions, it’s good enough for us all. I know the family who grows it. They’d call it organic, but to do so says, if there is ever a hard rain, they will have to dust with a bit of sulfur (which is on grapes naturally, too). They’d lose their entire crop, if they didn’t. So, they call their wines sustainable.

Many of your European wines dust with sulfur CONTINUALLY, or they’d lose their crops EVERY year (always rains there, where it doesn’t here). So, I wouldn’t recommend completely dissing the American wine industry, I would just suggest being well informed. Your imports are every bit as suspect as are US wines. Like knowing a great astrologer you can trust, it’s awesome… But, I wouldn’t put down the entire profession, because of a few disreputable ones, right… Says she, who has inspired a few good ones in that department, right?

MARY:

you’re awesome. all my wine friends thank you too Jo Diaz. It’s def not easy to discern for most of us buying a bottle. Give me a few recommendations sometime. Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc are my go-to’s, and a malbec or rioja as well

Jo Diaz:

Pinot… Russian River Valley Pinots, you can’t go wrong. Sauvignon Blanc… I have one I’m enjoying right now from Concha y Toro. It’s Chilean. I love their wines. Rioja… just Spain, it’s an import. Pick up Oak Grove Wines, when you don’t want to spend a lot, but will always have great wines. Malbec… Argentina. They’re affordable and luscious. (My palate is of the world, now that I’ve been in it for so long. No one place exclusively..). Experiment, just don’t drink jug wines. I’ve never seen a healthy looking wino.

JILL:

They are taking everything away from us!

Jo Diaz:

No, we’re actually giving everything to you. This is a wake up call for knowing what you’re putting into your bodies. Just read the back labels and avoid inexpensive wines, which have just a marketing spin on the back of them. There are some great wines coming from the US.

JILL:

Oh I read labels! I’m just saying that every day it’s something else…

BARBARA:

Wow! Thank you for the information.

Jo Diaz:

Yes, it is “something else every day” What I’m learning is the bigger they are, the less they care about humans, and only care about the bottom line. I now have credo: If they can afford to advertise, I can’t afford to put it into my body… That simple, Jill.

JILL:

I like that:)

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Poet in wine country,Wine

Somewhere in the vast array of options

Procrastination creates burdens,

but those who march forward

open up opportunities

for life is as it should be…

Not wasted… a vast array of options.

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Marketing,Rare Rant,Wine

Boutique ~ Who’s with me on this one

Every time I hear the word “boutique, you might as well be dragging your fingers down a blackboard in my world.

When I entered my freshman English class in high school, Miss Samways immediately said to us, “Don’t ever use the word ‘nice’ in anything you write in this class. I have one idiosyncrasy, and it’s the word ‘nice!’ Make sure you find other adjectives to describe things that are pleasant.” (“Aha,” thought I… “The alternative.”)

In true Miss Mary tradition, I’ve developed my own idiosyncrasy. It’s the word “boutique.”

When it comes to using this word to describe an artisan winery, “boutique” just denigrates all that one’s trying to explain… at least to me. I can’t get past the word to hear anything else that’s being said.

I think of poodles, perfume, and a putrid pink.

Maybe it’s because I grew up in a time when my mother bathed herself in Faberge before going out with my dad. It was a time when beehive hairdos and poodle skirts were in… (We even had a poodle named “Pepe.”) Patent leather pocketbooks and mink stoles… All images of a time when someone went to a boutique salon to buy all those kitschy things.

When a winery is called ‘artisan,’ that seems to make it crystal clear that there’s an artist on board; someone who’s devoted to his or her craft, and only the best will do. He or she is not focused on pleasing the entire universe with flavors, aromas and/or oddities that are over the top. Artisan wineries have devoted, cult followers. Quality over quantity reigns. When you read this, does ’boutique’ make any sense at all in this equation?

Well, it’s a free country, and you can use any word you like, really, because I’m not Mary Samways. I don’t have a class, and you don’t have to worry about avoiding the use of a word that makes me feel like I’ve just heard fingernails screeching down a blackboard, again.

You can do your own thing. It’s America, after all… Just know that you won’t find that adjective in anything I write, except for this story. Unless, of course… someone really does have one…

In that case, I’d have to tell the truth. Better yet, I just won’t write about a “boutique,” including yours as so described, even if you use and love the word.

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Amenities, Supplies, Services,Wine

Dalst Wine Cellars creates magnificence

Once upon a time, Dalst Wine Cellars was a client of ours. If you like a writer, it would seem that that person would make a great PR person for you, right? I thought I was up to the challenge, but I quickly found that I wasn’t. I know how to talk about wine and my database is filled with wine writers, with whom I have relationships. Those wine writers, however, want to write about wine, not anything that I call a peripheral… Wine cellars, wine websites, wine concierges, the list goes on, as I’ve tried most of it, but without the results that I, or our clients, want. So, I’ve always had to pull the plug. I’d rather turn someone down than to let someone down, and when I see that it’s futile, I have to stop taking someone’s money in the hope that some wine writer somewhere will get as jazzed as I was with the initial concept of working with some really great people.

That’s how it was with the Dalst Wine Cellar guys. It wasn’t easy to give up on two really great guys, but I just had to. Meanwhile, I just went back to check and they’re still in business. I’m so pleased.

About Dalst

The Dalst alcoves are made with stone powder from the Comblanchien Quarries (Cote de Nuits in Burgundy, France). The cast limestone is formed into an alcove shape, which acts as a perfect insulator for the wine bottles that are stored inside. The thermal mass of the stone absorbs the ambient temperature of the room and re-radiates it back into the bottles. The bottles are entombed in the cold chamber that’s created by the alcove. This means that the bottles are perfectly cooled and safe from temperature fluctuations, which could result from power outages in a traditional wine storage unit. Because of these inherent properties, Dalst alcoves are able to keep the temperature of the room constant, and are able to do so with less of an impact on the local power grid.

The following are images of Dalst Wine Cellars‘ installations, which are beautiful finished products.

From Dalst: Theodore Finkle is on the left with Dionysi Grevenitis on the right.

Hedges Cellars of Washington State opened a tasting room in downtown Seattle. The next two images show their wall racking system, and also shows what an installed walk-in unit looks like. These images made me want a Dalst system in my home, sooner rather than later.

Project manager Perry Ulander of Schuchart Corporation said the following about his experiences working with Dionysi on the Hedges installations, “I had a great crew to work with on the Hedges project, Dionysi included. Not everyone cares about delivering quality products in a professional manner these days. Fewer still value open, direct and honest communication. And then there’s the extremely rare people who can do their job with style and grace with a bit of warmth and compassion thrown in for good measure. Dionysi’s genuine, pro-active concern for delivering quality product in excellent condition in time to meet schedule was greatly appreciated. We had a couple of minor delays in the construction schedule, but when it came time to install, Dalst was there.”

The final image is what Ted refers to as a small to medium sized installation. The aesthetics are gorgeous, and I’m thinking that the lighting is only there to impress friends when they arrive. I remember a similar wine cellar in Sarasota, Florida. John Ash and I were the wine representatives at a winemaker dinner. The home sat on the Gulf Coast with a pure white sand beach in front of the home, and I positioned myself at the edge of the infinity pool, the first I had ever seen at the time – years ago. The home had an amazing wine cellar with all the bells and whistles, but was dark and delicious when all the lights were out. Here’s to wine cellars everywhere. Isn’t it great to know that you now have an environmentally friendly option?

Contact: [email protected]

Distributor inquiries are also accepted.

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Books,Wine

Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, by Joseph Mills

It was a perfect afternoon for rug cleaning.
Professionals were zipping though the house.
The decision of what to do with this “found” time
Turned into poetry reading and wine sipping…

Although I couldn’t be at “The Beach,”
I was sipping a 2007 Viña La Playa Block Selection Reserve Chardonnay
(“La Playa” is Spanish for “the beach”)… So, I was almost there…
My copy of “Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers” had just arrived,

The book is really wonderful poetry written by Joseph Mills.
As my husband and I sat in our back yard,
held hostage by the decision to have the rugs professionally done,
I gathered book and wine, and began to read out loud.

This brilliantly written body of work had us laughing out loud,
realizing that Joseph’s razor-sharp wit and wisdom
was more than what the doctor ordered…
It was insightful, inspirational, and extremely well written entertainment.

It was easy to recognize that Joseph Mills is a complex Ph.D.
Why? Because he took extremely complex realizations,
Reduced them to their most common denominators,
And then converted them into comical revelations…

My kind of person… He inspired me,
and I came away with my own musing…
The only outside poem, “Dirt,” was reproduced from
“Effervescence in a glass of champagne: a bubbly story”

It was written by Gerard Liger-Belair and Phillippe Jeandet,
Laboratorie d’oenologie, faculte des sciences de Reims, France.
It was cleverly written in the shape that we all remember
right out of the days of Ozzie and Harriet

A champagne glass resembling a female body part.
Remember those? The book left me wondering.
At what point did champagne glasses convert
From a female body part to a male body part?

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Wine

Wine and sex, as prescribed by Dr. Ruth

Wine & Sex… A great subject.

PLUS… How many calories in a glass of wine + How many calories in sexual activities

Forget “Lite” wine. Enjoy real wine, know the calories, and know what you have to do to burn them off… Inspired by Dr. Ruth…

The decade: The 1980…

The show: David Letterman, who was still at the NBC studios…

The audience: Jose and Jo Diaz, among others…

Strong memories from the show:

  • The star: Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the sex therapist sensation of the 80s.
    • The little stool that was used to help the diminutive therapist to be able to step up to her seat.
  • The stunt of all stunts: David Letterman, at the end of his show, felt like taking us all to dinner, so he told the audience to get up and follow him. We all went to the cafeteria at NBC studios.
  • Shocked: the cashier, when David said that he was taking his friends to dinner and putting it on his tab.
  • The most shocked: Everyone else at NBC, when they went to the cafeteria to get food to find the place devoid of food that night.

Dr Ruth’s Vin d’Amour

[I wish I knew who to thank for this image. It popped up on Facebook.]

Dr. Ruth believes/knows that it takes more time to arouse a woman’s libido than it does a man’s. (Who doesn’t?) So… she’s created her own aphrodisiac, as well as contributing to the low alcohol wine controversy. Dr. Ruth says that higher alcohol wines cause a woman to fall asleep quicker; and, men just can’t perform when they’ve over indulged.

Oh, dear… As much as I love Dr. Ruth, I’m afraid I can’t endorse her wines, given the story I just wrote: I’ve been thinking about this “Lite Wine for Women,” and I’m not so happy. I won’t be enjoying her, or any other low alcohol wines. I’d rather monitor what I’m eating for lower caloric intake.

And, here’s a common sense idea:

A full glass of wine, followed by a full glass of water, and you’ve sacrificed nothing, plus you’ve hydrated. It’s better than reaching for that second glass, too, before two glasses easily slip into three glasses, slipping into sleepdom…

Bring on wine as nature intended it…

I suggest you create your own L’Amour and burn off those calories…

Here’s a chart for you, for monitoring your caloric intake. It’s also important to know how much exercise you have to do in L’Amour department in order to burn off your daily wine intake, so that chart immediately follows this one.

Starting with wine

Wine Calories (approximates)
Alcohol free wine 40
Rosé 80
Sparkling wines 90
Lite wines 100
Chardonnay 120
Pinot Noir 125
Merlot 125
Pinot Noir 125
Cabernet Sauvignon 125
White Port 175
Red Port 185

Finishing with L’Amour*

Activity Calories (approximates)
Kissing 68 calories per hour
Undressing 8+ calories total
Massaging 80+ per hour
Having sex 144+ per half hour
Giving oral sex 100+ per half hour
Romantic dancing 103 per half hour
Making out 238 per half hour

Now you know what you’ve got to do, when it comes to burning off that wine you just enjoyed. And, remember, according to Dr. Ruth, if you’ve had too much, you won’t be able to perform anything.

*Source: How many calories Does Sex Burn, Woman’s Day, by Sarah Jio: Sarah Jio is the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com. Visit her blog, Vitamin G.

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