Grapevine Blog

Everything listed under: Wine and Health

  • Brush, floss and drink a glass of red wine

    A few years ago, I reported on a study at Oregon State University that showed that white wine was as effective a germ killer as Lysol. I assumed that the alcohol was the antimicrobial agent, but it turns out that de-alcoholized white wine was just as effective in killing germs on countertops and other kitchen surfaces. So what does that have to do with teeth?   Read More...

  • Flying Colors -- Wine Gallery Robustly Passes Health Inspections

    Ready for Inspection, SIR!!Last month, we were inspected by the Gallatin County Health Department as part of our yearly health and sanitation review. This surprise inspection covers all aspects of our public face including our coolers, food storage, restrooms, cleaning procedures,adequate hand sanitizing—the whole gamut. It is a great pride (and relief) to me that there were “no findings”.   Read More...

  • Does Wine Prevent Dementia??

    Does Wine Prevent Dementia?A new analysis of medical research finds that a nightly glass of wine with your dinner could be helping protect your brain from the risk of developing dementia. But scientists have yet to agree on why. Hoping to bring focus to the debate, researchers from Qingdao Municipal Hospital and Ocean University, both in China, conducted a meta-analysis of recent research on the topic. They looked at 11 all-cause dementia (ACD) studies with 73,330 participants, five Alzheim...  Read More...

  • What is NeuroEnology??

    What is Neuroenology?In his new book, Gordon M. Shepherd expands on the startling discovery that the brain creates the taste of wine. This approach to understanding wine's sensory experience draws on findings in neuroscience, biomechanics, human physiology, and traditional enology.   Read More...

  • Everything in Moderation....

    New Definition of Moderation?So we know moderate drinking is okay, but what exactly constitutes as moderate? For years the rule was to one drink per day (which is equal to five ounces of wine) for women and one to two drinks for men. New research (that now applies to me!) has moved the goalposts and the old rules now only apply to those under 65.   Read More...

  • Roundup in Wine?

    Roundup in Wine? An alert reader from College Park, Georgia forwarded a link to me about a study showing “toxic” levels of the weed killer Roundup appear in California wines. What was alarming according to the authors was Roundup appeared even in wines organically grown. A couple of years ago a group called Moms Across America published a study that alarmed many consumers claiming that the weed killer Roundup (glycophosphate) showed up in California wines. The MAA group has...  Read More...

  • Wine and Arthritis

    According to Wine Spectator, a team of researchers at Goteborg University in Sweden found that low and steady doses of alcohol slowed the onset of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in laboratory mice. The discovery could prove to be useful in preventing the painful and destructive autoimmune disease in humans. The cause of arthritis is unknown, though theories abound, from family history to long-term knuckle cracking. With RA, the body's immune system turns on itself, confuses healthy tissue wi...  Read More...