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A Glass Or Two Each Day


The French are charmingly smug about their devotion to red wine, Gitanes and food cooked in goose fat. A study of 34,000 Frenchmen, conducted in 1997, indicated that a glass or two or red wine each day reduced mortality rates by a startling 30%. This is despite heavy consumption of saturated fats, stressful working conditions, […]

Italy: The Future is Now


It seems that The Italians are on a roll! Once again they are back in The States, talking to restaurant and wine shop owners. They are back in the game!
Historically the French and the Italians have accounted for about half of all wine made in the world. And they have consumed about half of that […]

Two-Buck Chuck Impresses Critics As Well As Customers


By Cate O’Malley
Sweetnicks
Can a bottle of wine that costs only $1.99 really taste good? Some critics seem to think so.
Two Buck Chuck is the affectionate nickname given to Charles Shaw wine, sold exclusively by Trader Joes. ABC News did a blind taste test recently and pitted both the red and white […]

French Winemakers Steamed Over ‘Dangers of Wine’ Essay Topic


By Betty Carlson
Cuisine Quotidienne
Competition from New World wines, modifications in the European Union subsidy system, declining wine consumption in France: the French wine industry is already reeling from the changes wrought by modern market forces. But the latest blow to strike the vineyards has nothing to do with trade, consumers — or even wood […]

When Shopping for Your Next Home…


By Cate O’Malley
Sweetnicks
The folks at Food & Wine magazine must be playing the lottery lately, because that’s the only thing that can explain their recent list of “10 Essentials for an Enviable Estate” for those in the Napa Valley area.
1 - Huge Great Room
2 - Built-In Espresso Machine
3 - Wineglass Washers (sure thing, to the […]

Cate O’Malley - Bio


For as long as I can remember, I have loved writing and yearned to be a freelance journalist when I grew up. When I moved out on my own for the first time, I discovered a second passion … cooking. Now, many years later, I still have a love for both and started my site, […]

Wood Chips and Wine: The French Press Reacts


By Betty Carlson
Cuisine Quotidienne
The announcement that the French government would allow winemakers to use wood chips caused a great stir among wine-lovers in France and abroad. But how did the French press react to the news?
First, a reminder that the recent wood chip decision is only a small part of a set of measures […]