Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
According to wine expert and author of Into Wine: An Invitation to Pleasure, Olivier Magny, “wine should never give you a headache.” “GOOD wine” that is. What’s in your glass doesn’t have to be expensive, but if it’s well made your short buzz wont be followed by a blistering headache. Supposedly.
In an interview with Mommy Greenest Blogger, Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Magny explains that the root cause for these dreadful headaches are derived from high quantities of petroleum based sulfites found in “cheap, mass-produced wines”. You’ll be able to recognize this headache inducer for its faint smell of a “snapped match” and the numbness it leaves on the tip of your tongue. #CHEAPwine
It’s been claimed that the catch between “good wine” and “cheap wine” is the type of sulfites found within them and the amount. “Good wines” that are well made contain low levels of sulfites that are a natural by-product of the yeast metabolism during fermentation (a process of turning grape juice into wine). This type of sulfite is of volcanic origin whereas “cheaper wines” have been infused with high levels of petroleum based sulfites.
There are very few wines that are made without the use of sulfites, as wine is perishable and prone to oxidation. This added substance is also necessary to help fight bacteria, and maintain freshness. Not to mention its antioxidant properties! (Read more on antioxidants in wine here: Wine, Chocolate & Dating.
Outside of a taste test it’s difficult to decipher between the types of sulfites a wine contains. Therefore, if you were truly concerned the best route would be to drink organic wine as the minimal presence of sulfites are guaranteed (but not the headache).
What is the truth of the matter? If wine is consumed in excess you will get a headache and the more sulfites present the stronger the pounding will be. It is alcohol after all and regardless of the “Good Wine vs. Bad Wine” debate, which is purely a matter of opinion, the issue has yet to be scientifically proven. So do yourself a favor and prepare for the wine flu. #DrinkResponsibly