One Cabernet Sauvignon, please! – But the AC/DC vintage…

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Australian band AC/DC recently launched its own wine brand. After being one of the most successful rock bands with millions of albums sold they are now trying to step into the wine industry. Together with Australian winemaker Warburn Estate they released a series of wine.

Grown in the Barossa and Coonawara region in Australia as well as Malborough in New Zealand  the varieties include Highway to Hell Cabernet, Back in Black Shiraz and two white wines You Shook me all night long Moscato and Hell Bells Sauvignon Blanc.

But the Australian rockers are not the first that has launched a wine collection. Other famous bands, like KISS, MOTÖRHEAD, SATYRICON, WHITESNAKE, QUEENSRŸCHE and WARRANT have already started their own brands.

It seems to be a very lucrative business – and great marketing in the first place.

So let’s see when the wines hit shelves in UK and Ireland…

Live longer with red wine

Every now and then you can read that one glass of red wine every day won’t harm and is even seen as recommendable and healthy.

The latest and probably most spectacular findings are that red wine is good for astronauts in the orbit. Normally astronauts wouldn’t have any alcohol around but researchers found a few sips every now and then might be good for their health. The ill effect of long-lasting weightlessness on the human body could be prevented with red wine.

So what is it that makes red wine that healthy?  It is grapevine stalk (resveratrol) that occurs highly concentrated in the skin of red grapes. This element can have amazing benefits. It belongs to the class of antibiotic compounds produced as a part of a plant’s defence system against disease. It is said to be an antioxidant, anti-cancer agent, and treats heart, blood vessels and liver diseases. Furthermore red wine contains anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

This compound may also prevent the negative effects of being a couch potato. Sedentary people that are not moving around enough or whose body suffer a lack of physical activity can get help with red wine. So instead of going to the gym you can just sit in front of the TV and sip your red wine? Well, not really but it can slow deterioration until someone can get moving again and is an extension to a healthy lifestyle.

Moderate alcohol consumption is included by researchers as one of the “eight proven ways to reduce coronary heart disease risk. Especially red wine is the most beneficial to heart health. It can drop down your heart rate and blood pressure.

Resveratrol is said to prevent muscle loss, bone mineral density or insulin resistance. This would especially benefit those with high level of diabetes.

 

Red wine can even do something for smokers. Moderate consuming red wine can negate the harmful effects of smoking. A study concludes that wine has the ability to reduce the detrimental effect that smoking causes in the part called endothelium.

Resveratrol, when tested on animals, prevented “the growth of some cancers in mice, inhibits enzymes that cause inflammation, shrinks tumours and increases blood flow, thus reducing cardiovascular diseases. In many cases, it also extends the life of obese animals.

Red wine is also indicated to have anti-aging properties. That’s probably the reason for the production of this skin care line “Clearing Out My Wine Cellar”, an exfoliating treatment spiked with red wines and grapes cultivated from a New Mexico vineyard. It shall scrub away scales, prepares pores and skin for shaving and can also be used as a face mask. Additionally to anti-aging benefits contents in red wine even offer some UV protection. Interesting: this product is directly targeted at men. Why not at women? I think at the end it will have the same effects for both….

Grapevine stalk (resveratrol) is a fantastic anti-wrinkle and firming ingredient for the skin.
So this product can help you age a little more gracefully. Very high concentrations of resveratrol significantly extend life by preventing a number of age related illnesses (that doesn’t mean you should down a whole bottle of wine now). The question how much wine someone has to drink to attain the anti-aging benefits was answered by a researcher with “1,000 bottles.”

Drinking red wine can actually supports longevity and just general wellbeing. With prospect of a long life, you can now lean back and enjoy a glass.

Off course this is all about moderately drinking wine every now and then and it only goes together with an appropriate healthy lifestyle. It is more beneficial to associate healthy lifestyles with wine drinking to protect against diseases and fast aging than only drinking wine by itself.

Only regular, moderate consumption of red wine is beneficial to your health and too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.

Browse our wise range of red wines on WinesMadeEasy.ie. We delivery red wines, white wines, sparkling and champagne throughout Ireland.

Brazil on a catch-up race

We are very proud to say that we just added a variety of high quality and tasty Brazilian wines to our product range. I got really excited when we took in red, white and sparkling wines from Brazil after concentrating on the more “typical” wine countries first.

I’ve never tasted any wines from this country before. What will they taste like? Are they of good quality? Some people might think: Don’t they just drink Caipirinha in Brazil? And how can they produce wine over there when the country is covered with rain forests?

Brazil is, indeed a comparatively young wine producer on the world market with just 4 years of international wine recognition and in an early stage of development when it comes to promoting the wine abroad or supporting the export. Actually the country has a relatively long history of wine making since Italian immigrants settled in South Brazil in the 19th century which brought grapevines and the tradition of wine. Most of their wines are hardly known outside of Brazil. That is a shame since it is wine of high quality and fantastic flavour.

The country currently exports 20% of its wine production and is becoming more and more famous for its sparkling wines. Opinions I received on wines from Brazil just back it up: surprisingly good sparkling wines, excellent red wines, fresh and juicy with moderate alcohol level.

According to a survey by the Brazilian Wine Institute Ibravin (Instituto Brasileiro do Vinho), in 2010 12.5 million litres of sparkling wine were sold, compared to 11.1 million gallons placed in 2009. And now for 2011 exports are expected to rise by a third in value again. The UK is the strongest import market for Brazilian wines and just topped the US.

90% of production is concentrated in the south of the country, an area called Serra Gaúcha located between Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean. Also the São Francisco Valley, a hot desert area only nine degrees south of the equator is famous for growing wine and allows two productions of crops per year.

So what to expect from these wines? Often mentioned and dominant wine brands are Miolo, Lidio Carraro and Pizzato. The Miolo Group of wineries remains to be one of Brazil’s high quality producers with wines in many quality ranges from basic-popular to Icon ranges all consisting of award winning wines.

One of the Super Premium Range wines is Miolo Brut Millésime. Made of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes it creates a refreshing and fruity sparkling with 12% volume in alcohol.

Miolo Lote 43, an Icon wine with Caberent Sauvignon and Merlot grapes is an easy to enjoy and full flavoured red wine with aromas of dried plums, currants and mints.

Another excellent wine producer Lidio Carraro holds vineyards in the Vale dos Vinhedos appellation which has become known as the origin of Brazil’s finest wines. One speciality Carraro’s wine have is that no oak is used for wine production. Its Dadivas Chardonnay comes with vanilla aromas and natural freshness.

Wines from Brazil are never too heavy and their ordinary alcohol volume of 13% makes the wines easy to enjoy for every occasion.

Brazilian wines are definitely here to stay. A look at the brilliant prospects for the wine industry in Brazil shows that there is big potential for these wines. Although still the “traditional” old world and new world wine countries are in people’s mind due to the growing wine consumption Brazil will get its chance and hopefully become a more prominent player in the world of wine.

Curious now? Go to WinesMadeEasy.ie and check out our Brazilian wines.

Wine Auction follows Investor Fraud

It’s almost two years ago that the American former stock broker Bernard Madoff has been jailed for 150 years after pleading guilty with restitution of $170 billion to masterminding the biggest fraud ever seen in America. The founder of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities was arrested in June 2009 after he ran a hedge fund which allegedly racked up $50bn of fraudulent losses – the largest investor fraud ever committed by an individual.

Instead of paying early investor’s high return with profits made from his investments he used money given to him by later investors. But the Ponzi scheme, like Madoff’s cannot go on forever. The number of new investors that must be found to keep the earlier investors paid off increased exponentially.

The Ponzi scheme defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. His estimated 20,000 victims included hedge funds, executives, banks (HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland), foundations (Steven Spielberg’s charity the Wunderkinder Foundation, university endowments, famous (Elie Wiesel), and thousands of ordinary people whose lives were devastated.


Now Bernard Madoff’s wine collection will be auctioned. On 18 May at its Fine Wine Auctions the wine shop Morell & Co will auction up to 58 of Madoff’s wines and spirits. The value of the wines is estimated $15,000 and contains a range of Bordeaux which show his mogul life style. The proceeds from the auction will be deposited in the United States Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Fund to compensate the victims’ of Madoff’s ‘multi-billion dollar fraud’ Morrells catalogue says.

The catalogue includes a case of 1996 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild ($3,200-3,800), six bottle of 1990 Chateau Beychevelle ($350-480), one bottle of 1964 Chateau Cheval Blanc ($500-750) and six bottles of 1997 Antinori Tignanello ($850-1,200).

Even bottles which normally wouldn’t make it into the auction and are more called “conversation pieces” will be sold at the auction due to “the unique artefacts of history”.

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