From a Nightline report:
Some scientists think they’ve figured out how to condense the best part of red wine into a pill, leading to youth and health for all. The secret is a magic ingredient called resveratrol.
This group of scientists is pretty passionate about their research, willing to "stake their careers on it," as mentioned in the video.
I’m fine with a pill to extend life, make us feel younger, and such. But I don’t think that’s the problem. I’d much rather a millionaire was investing his funds in finding a cure for cancer or better yet, Alzehimer’s. I don’t quite think this pill is a miracle fix-all.
Most of the Rieslings I love come from Germany. I was incredibly surprised when we came across the Villa Maria Riesling from New Zealand. As an added bonus, it was only $6.99!
Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2005
New Zealand (Marlborough)
$6.99, Liquor Direct
Winery web site
Villa Maria is a family owned winery, established in 1961. As of 2004, they moved all of their lines to Stelvin screwcaps. They attribute some of their recent successes to the consistency provided by screwcap enclosures.
The wine has a pale gold color (as it should I suppose). Off the nose you get some lemons, limes, and a little more lemon. There might be a little honey hidden in that nose as well. But it’s the taste that’s the real winner. Initially you taste that lemon and overall citrus. By mid-palate you’re thinking, hmm, maybe some honey, some floral, and a bit of grassiness. It finishes crisp and tart. This is a complex wine, especially for the price tag.
We bought one bottle. Then we went back and bought a case.
In fact, we bought the last case. The price was a fluke. It’s a 2005, of course, which is part of it. The newer vintages are retailing locally for between $12–$15. I actually took several of these bottles to the bridal shower I helped host and it was a huge hit.
If you can find it, snap it up. This is the perfect back-porch wine as the dog days of August draw near.
FYI: A Villa Maria wine maker, Vince Edwards, will be at West Chester’s The Wine List on Friday night, 7/20, for a Meet the Winemaker event. There is no charge and the event lasts from 4 -7 pm.
When I go to BW3s, I always order the Naked Tenders. Not only do I prefer them, but the name makes me giggle.
I have the same reaction to WBW #36, hosted by Lenn of Lenn Devours. The goal is to go out and find an unoaked chardonnay. This couldn’t make me happier. I am not a fan of oak, and avoid chardonnay because of it. If I’m in a tasting room and I’m told the chardonnay is unoaked, preferably steel fermented, there’s a damned good chance I"ll buy a bottle. For this particular WBW, I may even be able to dip into the Wine-girl.net cellars. Yay!
Lenn also has other news, including the announcement of a WBW Advisory Committee. This is good, because I’ve wondered how Lenn managed to do this by himself for so long. It’s a lot of work. They’ve also launched WineBloggingWednesday.org, a go-to place for the latest themes and round-ups. (Hopefully they’ll get the link to my round-up posted soon!) One last thing – there’s now a logo contest. It’s time to revise the WBW logo to something new.
Welcome to the WBW #35, Spanish Value Wines, round-up! Here are the stats for this edition. We had around 41 blogs, many with 3 or more wine reviews. It seems folks took the opportunity to buy several wines since the price range was so good. We also had a very international event, with entries from Australia, Spain, Belgium, Hong Kong, Canada, the US, and Great Britain. There were around 7 or 8 bloggers who were completely new to the event, so welcome!
Most people enjoyed their wines although a few folks, myself included, ended up with a clunker. I did a little research and it seems that the wines people enjoyed most were imported by Jorge Ordonez or Eric Solomon/European Cellars. My personal favorite was from Jorge Ordonez. So in most (but not all cases), when searching out a Spanish bargain wine, search for an importer you trust. Other wines that people seemed to love, with a different importer, are the Marques de Caceres line, including the Viura, Rosé, and Crianza.
We had more reds than whites, and fewer cavas and sherry than I anticipated. There’s a slew of wines I intend to try now. What I found to be the neatest thing about hosting, though, is my trips to all these different and new blogs. My RSS feed reader will be overloaded in the future, but I look forward to keeping up with all the new blog folks I’ve now found.
The full round-up is after the jump, organized by Whites, Reds, Mixed, and Cava, Sherry, and Rosés.
Thanks to everyone for participating! We really enjoyed hosting and look forward to
whatever Lenn has up his sleeve Lenn’s choice of Naked Chardonnay for the WBW 3–year anniversary edition next month.
Here are the latest and greatest events for the upcoming week. Make sure to check the upcoming events section. There are several fun tastings coming up, so you’ll want to make your reservations early.
Just an FYI, I have deadlines every Friday this month for the real world job (you know, the one that pays for all the wine!). That means a lot less posts in the month of July. I’ll always get these Friday posts up, but look for full-time blogging again come August. My apologies, but we must pay the bills here at My Wine Education.
As usual, it’s a big list of events, so we’ve compiled it on one page for your reading pleasure. (For information on Dayton, you can refer to Mark’s blog at Uncorked.) If you know of tastings or events that we missed in the Cincinnati area, or if we have incorrect information, please email us and we’ll add it to the list.
You may note that the tastings in KY are mostly free, and the tastings in Ohio charge at least .25. It’s illegal for a retailer to give alcohol away in Ohio, so they charge you, but many times it’s a nominal fee.
Tell them we sent you, and happy tasting!
You can also click the map icons in the detailed listings to view the maps.
Download 0713.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)
Our Friday Cincinnati image is courtesy of Cincy Images.
Follow the "Continue reading" jump at the bottom for Friday – Thursday tastings. Upcoming events are listed at the end.
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