Archive for the ‘Health and Wine’ Category

Aug 27, 2007

Razor Blades & Drinking

I’ve always been a "Gillette Man", thinking their razors are far better and more effective than the Schick variety. This last Saturday would have been the perfect opportunity to test out my preference. Had I possessed one of each variety, I would have happily tested them on my wrists as I sat through eight hours of Traffic School. My ass and head still ache from sitting on a hard chair for the day as I listened to a middle aged…

Aug 3, 2007

The Future of Wine Labels–What Fun!!

It appears that the future of wine labels may include a hefty dose of Ugly. A little "ugly" never hurt anyone, but a hefty dose of ugly is just down right….ugly. It appears there is a serious move to force nutritional labels on alcohol bottlings, including wine. It’s a Bush Administration proposal that is supported fully by The Center For Science in the Public Interest…the folks who spent time particularly in the 1990s explaining to us all why we will…

Jul 31, 2007

Are You Drinking Your Bourbon??

Today is my annual check up. And I don’t mind. It’s the day I get to hear an expert say to me, "Drink your bourbon every day, Tom." My doctor’s read on the literature is that the moderate consumption of alcohol, not just wine, is connected with a number of good things things that promote longevity. A few years ago when he asked about my alcohol intake (he was naturally concerned since I work in the wine industry), I told…

Jul 27, 2007

Teen Spirit

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly (YES, that is the name of a publication. Wouldn’t you have liked to be in on the meeting when the powers that be over at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who publish it all got together and decided on that name!) is reporting that Spirits is the drink most often chosen by teenagers. Forty Percent of those participating in the study identified spirits (meaning bourbon, vodka, etc.) as their preferred drink. Beer came in…

Jul 24, 2007

Sound Familiar?

"Supporters of prohibition say that the cost, no matter how high, is worth the price to save families torn apart by the scourge of alcoholism. Despite a cultural ideal that frowns on drinking, alcoholism is a major problem at every level of society. The consequences are particularly severe among the working classes, where men often spend large portions of their meager daily wages on booze while their families go without adequate food or shelter." Sound familiar? It should, this could…