Archive for the ‘Health and Wine’ Category

Jun 17, 2014

No Wine, But Lots of Swill in This Study

A new study out of Boston University and Johns Hopkins University identifies the brands of alcohol 13-20 year olds reach for when they binge drink. Courtesy of the Washington Post report is this graphic: Who noticed what I noticed.…? Exactly. Underage drinkers have no use for wine, only beer and spirits. In the early days of the direct shipping battles, opponents of direct shipping often claimed that minors would use the Internet to obtain wine for their weekend parties. It’s…

Feb 12, 2014

How Good Is This Wine News?

Not too long ago on this blog I wrote a spoof of so-called “natural wine” entitled, “Natural Wine Cures Cancer.” Clearly a spoof. Then, yesterday, I read this headline: Red Wine & Aspirin Could Kill Cancer Cells I read this story at Drinks Business and The Huffington Post, and saw a video concerning this news from CBSnews. Additionally, the story was carried in numerous other media outlets from around the world. I want to invite everyone to join me in…

Oct 18, 2013

Alcohol and the Scary Headline: It Hits Home

The Daily Telegraph of London’s Headline reports that “Three glasses of wine could reduce chance of conception”. This just goes to show how wrong we semi-gentlemen were in high school and college when we assumed that the only thing that possibly would give us a chance of getting anywhere near the ballpark where the conception game was played required at least three drinks on her part and probably three on our part. Be my youth’s folly as it may, the…

May 24, 2013

WINE IDEAS—What if, Imagine, If Only

• What if restaurants provided their customers with $0.10, one-ounce pours of wine immediately upon seating and changed up the wine every evening? • Imagine if there were an annual, televised, celebrated national wine competition. • If only the states put consumers first before satisfying the interests of the largest campaign competitors when it came to alcohol laws and regulations. • What if winery tasting rooms took photos of all their patrons in a “CHEERS!” pose and provided them with…

Apr 22, 2013

How Alcohol Extremists Think: A Model of Delusion

I’ve read a great deal from what some call the “prevention community” and what others call “neo-Prohibitionists”. And I regularly read the various cases for enhanced alcohol regulation as well as the various cases for not “deregulating.” However I don’t think I’ve ever read a clearer, more concise, or more unapologetic argument for the extreme in alcohol regulation, than that crafted and published recently by The Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based conservative think tank. Though the Sutherland Institute has no official…