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2008-10-29 15:40:00

Research released on Wednesday shows that grape intake lowered blood pressure and signs of heart muscle damage, and improved heart function in lab rats. The report suggests that eating grapes may help fight high blood pressure related to a salty diet.  Grapes could also calm other factors related to heart diseases such as heart failure. "These findings support our theory that something within the grapes themselves has a direct impact on cardiovascular risk, beyond the simple blood...

2008-10-17 12:00:08

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, internationally acclaimed French brand Caudalie will open the first Vinotherapie(R) Spa in the United States at the iconic New York City hotel, The Plaza. Caudalie revolutionized the spa world in 1999 when they pioneered Vinotherapie(R) by harnessing the untapped, restorative power of grapes and grapevine polyphenols. This landmark property will house the fourth international Caudalie Vinotherapie(R) Spa and the first and only not located on a...

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2008-10-15 16:20:00

An herbicide that is effective at killing broadleaf weeds in corn, but also annihilated most of the grapes in Illinois and other Midwestern states, may finally have a worthy contender. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new grape called Improved Chancellor which is resistant to the popular herbicide 2, 4-D. "In 1946, 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic or 2, 4-D was introduced. It was a wonder herbicide," said Robert Skirvin, plant biologist in the College of Agriculture,...

2008-10-06 12:00:22

By KATHLEEN BOSWELL BY KATHLEEN BOSWELL DURING THE 2007 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, one seminar panel tried to define the meaning of "green" terminology as it applied to winemaking. The panelists thought the best distinction was to divide the green terms into two categories -- vineyard agricultural practices and cellar practices. To help fiesta-goers and readers understand some of the concepts used to characterize grape-growing and wine-making during this year's Wine &...

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2008-09-03 15:05:00

One of France's top research bodies said this week that French scientists have devised a way of using particle accelerators to authenticate vintage wines. The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said in a statement that the new method tests the age of the glass in wine bottles by analyzing X-rays emitted when the bottles are placed under ion beams produced by a particle accelerator. "This enables the age of bottles and their origin to be verified and thus a vintage to be...

2008-08-29 12:01:18

CONCORD, Mass., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Welch's, the world's leading marketer of Concord and Niagara-based grape products, announced today that it has hired Tonic Life Communications as its new public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Welch's will partner with Tonic to raise awareness of the health benefits of Welch's 100% Grape Juice and Welch's 100% White Grape Juice amongst consumer audiences and healthcare professionals. The account will be led by Jennifer Ryan,...

2008-07-23 03:00:45

By Lovelidge, Brian Exhibitors and visitors look ahead to the Fruit Focus show later this month. Brian Lovelidge reports This year's Fruit Focus promises a fantastic mix of attractions to keep visitors busy. Apart from over 90 trade stands, including numerous newcomers, there are several events such as two seminar programmes addressing topics of huge importance to growers and wine producers. The same applies to the East Mailing Research farm tours, during which researchers will discuss...

2008-07-21 15:00:35

CleanFish, one of the nation's most prominent brokers of wild caught and sustainably farmed fish, and the Fish Friendly Farming(C)-certified grapegrowers and winemakers of Mendocino County have joined forces with some of the nation's most prominent chefs and restaurateurs to celebrate North American Wild Fisheries and sustainable seafood. Together, they will produce a series of public-facing dinners in key metro markets to enlighten consumers about sustainable, artisan-quality seafood....

2008-07-17 18:00:41

By Laurence McCoy Anyone who grows their own veg will testify that their carrots may well come up misshapen, gnarled and twisted, but taste far superior to the pristine version available in the supermarket. You might think therefore that organic wine will similarly taste better than one produced with the help of chemicals. But it's not always the case. It's hard enough to grow vines when they can become victim to multifarious pests and diseases. And once the wine is made it too can...

2008-06-19 03:00:37

New York researchers say polyphenolics derived from red grape seeds may be useful agents to prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease. The study explored the possibility of developing wine mimetic pills that would replace the the government's recommended glass of red wine a day for Alzheimer's disease prevention. Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti and Dr. Jun Wang both of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Dr. Anil Shrikhande, director of the polyphenolics division of constellation brands, a major...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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