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Serving Wine: Why the Glass Matters

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In general, the best glasses to enhance the bigger and bolder flavors of most red wines should be taller and have a larger bowl than glasses meant for serving lighter or more delicate wines. Larger glasses allow a wine to breathe more and permit the wine’s flavors and aromas to develop more fully. For this reason, it’s also best to fill each glass only about one third full when serving red wines, to encourage more aeration.

An Ethical and Sustainable Guide to Eating Meat

Lee Johnson

While agriculture in general – including the production of plant-based foods – is a source of pollution due to fertilizers, pesticides and other factors, the fact that 30 percent of all crops are ultimately fed to livestock means that meat takes a substantial proportion of the blame. Eutrophication of water bodies, for example, results from an excess of nutrients and things like animal excrement and leftover feed. This leads to overgrowth of algae and plants, using up all of the oxygen in the region and having serious impacts on other aquatic species

The Tradition of Natural Winegrowing in Bordeaux

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"Every year nature provides wine makers in Bordeaux a fresh canvas," says sommelier and wine expert Joel Prato. "This relationship with nature is evident in the unique taste of each Bordeaux vintage." In a place like Bordeaux, the seasons also have a huge influence on the character of a vintage. Weather can make or break a year. For example, a 2013 Bordeaux is a rare sight as fluctuating weather conditions meant many vineyards didn't have a crop to bottle. Nature determines production, not factory settings.

Why Sweet Cherries Pack a Healthy Punch

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When antioxidants are far outnumbered, free radicals can attack the body’s fatty tissue, protein or even DNA. Once compromised, the body becomes more susceptible to various diseases over time, such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension, to name a few. Sweet cherries are rich in polyphenols and vitamin C, which have powerful antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that eating them can increase antioxidant capacity and reduce oxidative stress, bringing the body back into a healthy balance.

Pairing BBQ Flavors With Bold Wines

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When you’re grilling cuts of beef like brisket, tenderloin, a juicy steak or ribs and using potent spices and flavors like classic Kansas City or Memphis-style barbecue sauce, cabernet sauvignon is a great choice to balance those intense flavors. For example, within The Federalist’s portfolio of wines celebrating America’s heritage, the Federalist Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-weight red wine with a good grip from tannins, in wine speak —which means the flavor and body of the wine is strong enough to hold up to the bold, smoky and spicy flavors of your meat.

Yes, a Small Portion of Beef Can Be Part of a Balanced Diet

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According to the USDA Dietary Reference, people should consume about 0.4 grams of protein per pound of body weight as part of a balanced diet. Therefore, someone who weighs 150 pounds needs 60 grams of protein each day. Whether making tacos, steak or burgers on the grill, a small portion of beef is an easy-to-prepare protein option that can contribute to a healthy diet year-round. Protein helps repair cells, boosts energy and keeps us satiated longer.

The History of Chocolate as Medicine

Christine A. Jones

In the 17th century, Europeans who had not traveled overseas tasted coffee, hot chocolate, and tea for the very first time. For this brand new clientele, the brews of foreign beans and leaves carried within them the wonder and danger of faraway lands. They were classified at first not as food, but as drugs — pleasant-tasting, with recommended dosages prescribed by pharmacists and physicians, and dangerous when self-administered.

A Glass of Rose: The Best Wine Pairing for a Summer Feast

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For a main course, such as a seafood salad featuring crab, shrimp or lobster, or a salad using hearty ingredients like roasted corn, avocado or quinoa, you might want to choose a Provencal variety. Mathilde Chapoutier Provence Rosé uses a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes. While the Grenache grapes add a fruity flavor with bright grapefruit and apricot notes, the Syrah grapes add more body and round out the texture. 

Yes, Breakfast Really Is the Most Important Meal

Brandpoint

"Skipping breakfast puts your body in a panic mode, wondering when it will be getting its next meal," says Blatner. "If you go too long without eating, it can cause you to overeat when you do finally eat, and your body wants to store those excess calories rather than burning them consistently throughout the day. This can also cause peaks and pits with energy levels."

Cherry Delight in Door County, Wisconsin

Barbara Noe Kennedy

Come midsummer, Door County’s cherry trees burgeon with abundant fruit, heralding the arrival of everything cherry. In this idyllic, sweet-scented realm framed by the shimmery blue waters of Lake Michigan on one side, Green Bay on the other, chefs, bakers, vintners, mixologists, brewers, and other culinary artisans get to work, concocting some of the planet’s most exquisite examples of summer yumminess. 

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