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2009-12-14 06:20:00

Researchers say having a glass or two of champagne a day is good for the heart and blood circulation, according to The Guardian Observer. According to University of Reading researchers, the fizz made with black grapes has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease risk. Dr. Jeremy Spencer of University of Reading said, "We have found that a couple of glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels "“ which suggests champagne has the potential to reduce strokes...

2009-12-03 12:12:00

SANTA MARIA, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast magazine - one of America's most well-respected wine, food and travel publications - taste thousands of wines from all over the world. Of those numerous wines, only one receives the highest honors in Wine Enthusiast's annual "Top 100" list. This year, that wine is Cambria Winery's 2006 Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir. In an announcement released today, Cambria was No. 1 on a list that represents the Wine...

2009-11-12 14:00:00

HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Veteran wine industry publicist, George Rose, has been hired by J Vineyards & Winery to head up its trade and consumer public relations efforts. The winery is best known for its luxury sparkling wines and Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir estate varietal wines. Rose, a first-level Master Sommelier and author of the 2008 Wine Country photo book, The Art of Terroir, brings more than 18 years of wine experience and media relations...

2009-10-21 07:45:00

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Pinot Noir harvest is wrapping up in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, with winegrowers reporting potentially very high quality and normal yields. Some of California's finest vineyards call the S.L.H. home, with more than thirty winegrowers cultivating over 2,500 acres of Pinot Noir there. At the Pisoni Vineyard, Gary Pisoni is very happy with the quality of his just-completed Pinot Noir harvest: "The eventual '09 vintage...

2009-08-20 12:00:00

HEALDSBURG, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Mirassou Winery is pleased to announce the winner of its 5th annual "I Do with Mirassou" national contest: Julie Coker of Midland, TX. Julie and her fiance, John Mark Barnard, have won $10,000 toward the cost of their wedding, a trip to New York City for a dream wedding planning session with a Brides.com senior editor, plus Reed & Barton crystal, tableware and flatware. The couple will be honored at a special bridal event co-hosted by...

2009-08-13 09:42:00

SEATTLE, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- October is National Breast Cancer awareness month and for the seventh consecutive year consumers can purchase FAT bastard wines to help conquer this devastating disease. During the months of September and October, FAT bastard will donate 25 cents for every bottle of FAT bastard sold in restaurants and retail locations, up to $75,000. By the end of this year's campaign, FAT bastard will have raised nearly one half of a million dollars for this important...

2009-06-10 05:00:00

SEBASTOPOL, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with the planting of its new Freeman Ranch vineyard in Occidental, California, Freeman Vineyard & Winery is proud to announce the donation of 24 acres of old growth and second growth redwood forests to the Bodega Land Trust. Freeman founders, Ken and Akiko Freeman, acquired the Occidental property in 2007. Located 5 miles from Freeman's winery and estate vineyard in Sebastopol, the new 50-acre Occidental vineyard, which will be...

2009-03-27 07:30:00

New Member Brands Make Their Debut at May 16th "Highlands' Fling" MONTEREY, Calif., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wine Artisans of the Santa Lucia Highlands, an alliance of the appellation's winegrowers and the wineries that rely on the district's world-class fruit, have announced the final pouring line-up for their third annual Gala tasting, taking place from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday, May 16 at Hahn Estates. This "Highlands' Fling" celebration will be a strolling wine tasting on the...

2009-03-12 18:08:00

KENWOOD, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Sonoma International Film Festival celebrates the magic of the movies and the pleasures of wine country during its five-day schedule of screenings and events from April 1st through April 5th, and Kenwood Vineyards kicks the excitement into high gear as a Supporting Sponsor. Kenwood Vineyards "Sonoma Series" Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir Rose, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon will be poured at the Festival's Welcome Center & Lounge - the...

2009-03-02 09:15:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Jordan Mackay, dynamic wine writer and author of "Passion for Pinot: A Journey Through America's Pinot Noir Country," will host a Twitter Taste Live online wine tasting of American Pinot Noirs on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Wine lovers are encouraged to join this interactive, educational wine tasting event at http://www.twittertastelive.com/events/twitter-taste-live-a-passion. A live video stream at Twitter Taste Live will allow...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'