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Try wine at your next get-together

Try wine at your next get-together

By Al Edenloff

Tired of the same old beer?
Is your “go-to” drink losing its appeal?
Why not bust out of your routine with a glass of good wine?

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Try something new at your next get-together by bringing a bottle of wine and sharing it with your friends.
You can also share some fun facts about wine. Here’s a few provided by Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale in Alexandria:
• 90 percent of all wines should be consumed within one year.
• Bouquet refers to the total scent of the wine; aroma is the scent of the grapes; and together it is referred to as “nose.”
• As whites age, they gain color. As reds age, they lose color.
• California has more Chardonnay grapes than any place in the world.
• Screw caps are replacing corks. Currently, screw caps seal 75 percent of Australian wines and 93 percent of New Zealand wines. They are gaining popularity in all countries.
• According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, there are 100 calories in a 5 oz. glass of wine, plus it’s fat and cholesterol free.
Some shy away from trying wine, thinking it’s too “hoity-toity,” pretentious or complicated. But wine drinking doesn’t have to be like that.
It can be simple, fun and delicious – especially when it’s paired with food. Here’s a quick tip: For your next summer get-together, find out what’s on the menu and then do a quick Google search to find out what wines will work well with the food. A search of “wine to drink with grilled burgers,” for instance, came up with Spanish Gernacha, Cotes du Rhone or a classic Zinfandel for reds, or a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc for whites.
If you think wine is only for the older crowd, think again. A recent survey from Goldman Sachs Investment Research shows that the percentage of young adults who prefer wine has increased from just under 15 percent in the early 1990s to about 25 percent today.
Still not convinced to give wine a try?

Here, from the website Foodand-Wine.com, are some benefits of drinking wine. (Note: this applies only to moderate wine consumption of one to two 4-ounce glasses a day.)
• It promotes longevity. Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.
• It reduces heart-attack risk. Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers.
• It lowers the risk of stroke by about 50 percent.
• It reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 30 percent compared to non-drinkers.
• It cuts the risk of cataracts by about 43 percent over those who drink mainly beer.
• It slows brain decline.
• It cuts the risk of colon cancer by about 45 percent.
• It lowers the risk of heart disease. Red wines contain procyanidins, which protects against heart disease.

Al Edenloff of Alexandria and his wife, Celeste, were married in the heart of California wine country and enjoy sipping wine on their weekend date nights.

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