The Do’s and Don’t’s of drinking and serving wine

Many women love to unwind by having a glass of wine.

But before you grab that glass and sip, do you know the etiquette for serving and drinking wine?

Fun facts to know about wine:

  1. Wine is made in virtually every country in the world.
  2. Intense fear or hatred of wine is called “oenophobia.”
  3. All wine is stored at the same temperature, regardless of its color. But reds and whites are consumed at completely different temperatures.
  4. One glass of wine consists of juice from one cluster of grapes.
  5. Red wine can only be made from blue or purple-skinned grapes. White wine can also come from these darker grapes, but only if the juice is separated from the skins.
  6. Rosé, which finds itself somewhere in between red and white, is most often crafted by allowing the juice limited and controlled contact with dark grape skins.

So when handling wine these are some of the Dos and Don’ts:


  • Consider decanting your wine – The real benefit of the process is that it gently exposes the wine to air, softening its acids and tannin, effectively smoothing out all the sharp edges and wrinkles. It can be particularly helpful in taming the funk that comes off so-called reductive wines.
  • Smell your glass before pouring in your wine – You wouldn’t want the wine fragrance coming in your way over a soapy glass or dust-covered glass. One of the best, most enjoyable parts about drinking wine is appreciating its fragrance.
  • Invest in a good opener – You wouldn’t want chunks of the cork going into your wine bottle.


  • Serve your red wine too warm – Heat will exacerbate the alcohol content of a wine, making your nose hairs burn when you go in for a big whiff. Conventional wisdom generally dictates that light-to medium-bodied reds should be served around 13–15C, while fuller-bodied reds are better enjoyed in the 15–20C range.
  • Serve your white wines too cold – Why? Because you’ll taste less. Light-bodied, less-aromatic wines should be served colder, in the 4–8C range, whereas more expressive and fuller-bodied whites should ideally be served in the slightly-warmer-but-still technically cold range of 8–10C.
  • Overpour your glass: Seriously, no matter how rough the day. If the glass is too full and you try to do your best professional swirl-and-sniff, chances are you’re going to end up making a mess.
  • Let past-its-prime, open wine go to waste: See if you can’t find a recipe for a stew, or soup or sauce where it can be given a respectable second-chance at life.

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Risk of cancer from drinking one bottle of wine is same as smoking 10 cigarettes

Having one bottle of wine each week raises the risk of cancer by the same amount as smoking up to 10 cigarettes, scientists claim.

In the first study of its kind, academics managed to compare the known dangers of smoking to that of drinking too much.

They found the ‘cigarette equivalent’ of one bottle of wine – roughly 10 units – is five cigarettes for men or ten for women each week.

And the risk of cancer from downing three bottles of red or white wine each week, or 10 large glasses, is much higher.

Researchers at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton carried out the study.

Dr Theresa Hydes and team estimated 10 in 1,000 men would develop cancer at some point in their lives from drinking one bottle of wine each week.

However, for women this figure was 14 out of 1,000, according to the study published in the journal BioMedCentral Public Health.

Men were more likely to get gastrointestinal cancers from drinking, while the risk of breast cancer was greatest for women.

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The risk was much higher for both men and women who drink three bottles of wine per week – more than double the recommended amount.

The study found 19 out of 1,000 men and 36 out of 1,000 women would eventually develop cancer if they drank this amount.

This carries the same risk as smoking eight cigarettes a week for men, or 23 a week for women, Dr Hydes and colleagues estimated.

The researchers did not estimate the risk of cancer from drinking beer because they went on units, not type of beverage.

Dr Hydes said: ‘We must be absolutely clear that this study is not saying that drinking alcohol in moderation is in any way equivalent to smoking.

‘Our finds relate to lifetime risk across the population. At an individual level, cancer risk represented by drinking or smoking will vary.

‘And for many individuals, the impact of ten units of alcohol (one bottle of wine) or five to ten cigarettes may be very different.’

Dr Hydes said comparing the risks of alcohol to smoking could encourage adults to cut down on booze.

She said: ‘It is well established that heavy drinking is linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, gullet, bowel, liver and breast.

‘Yet, in contrast to smoking, this is not widely understood by the public.

‘We hope by using cigarettes as the comparator we could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices.’

The researchers used data available from Cancer Research UK and official statistic bodies used by nations in the UK, including ONS.

They were able to analyse what proportion of deaths can be attributed to smoking and alcohol, and then estimate the risk of cancer they both cause.

The NHS advise men and women not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis – such as weekly.

Regularly consuming more than the recommended amount is known to raise the risk of cancer, liver disease and heart disease.

A large glass of wine contains around three units, while a bottle is closer to the 10 mark. A pint of beer is around 2.3.

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Meet the 36-year-old mother forced to drink 15 bottles of wine to cope with stress

A mother-of-two claims the agony of a vaginal mesh led her to binge drink up to 15 bottles of wine a week.

Emma Hawksworth, 36, of Southport, Merseyside, opted to have the mesh after the traumatic birth of her daughter Sophie, now nine, resulted in her suffering internal prolapses.

But just weeks after it was implanted, Mrs Hawksworth claims she began suffering from pain, headaches, fatigue and bowel issues.

And 18 months later, she battled both shingles and two breast abscesses, as well as an allergy to milk, beef and wheat – all of which she blames on her vaginal mesh.

With painkillers having no effect, Mrs Hawksworth ‘was left with no choice’ but to self-medicate with multiple bottles of wine a night, setting the self-employed cleaner back £300 a month.

Five years since the operation, Mrs Hawksworth is desperate to have the synthetic mesh removed.

After her husband Matt, 38, threatened to leave unless she cut back on alcohol, Mrs Hawksworth claims she ‘barely drinks now’.

Emma Hawksworth (pictured) would get through up to 15 bottles of wine a week to self-medicate the agony of her vaginal mesh, which was fitted to help her internal prolapses

Speaking of her drinking problem, Mrs Hawksworth said: ‘I was left with no choice but to drink up to three bottles of wine per night to cope with the pain and stress.

‘It all started around 18 months after the mesh was inserted and I was sick of being fobbed off by different consultants.’

Different doctors dismissed her symptoms as everything from IBS and depression to carpel tunnel and nerve damage.

‘I was just being constantly bounced around and it all got on top of me – having a drink would help me sleep at night because it would forget about the pain,’ Mrs Hawksworth said.

Although her husband has been supportive throughout the ordeal, even he decided enough was enough.

‘[He] gave me an ultimatum to sort things because it was becoming a strain on our marriage,’ Mrs Hawksworth said.


Five Simple Ways To Remove Wine Stains

Many often indulge in wine after a good meal and sometimes when they go out. However when the wine spills onto our clothes we usually have a hard time cleaning and the stain remains.

Here are simple tips to help you clean the wine stains.

Cover it up with salt – Especially useful for rugs or carpets. Whenever wine spills over, blot as much of it as you can with a paper towel. Then cover the entire stain with salt until you can’t see the red wine stain anymore. As and when the salt dries up, it will soak all the salt. Vacuum it well.

Use soda – Another method is to use soda. Continue pouring the soda over the stained area until the color fades away. Once the stain is removed, let the fabric dry. Use paper towels to clean up any excess club soda.

Vinegar – One can also use white vinegar. Cover the stain with white vinegar. It neutralizes purple and red pigments. Immediately after applying the vinegar, rub in liquid detergent, then wash it in hot water. This should remove the stain.

Toothpaste – Well, toothpaste can help in more than one way. Apply a little amount of toothpaste before washing your clothes, toothpaste works wonders on wine stains.

Lemon Juice – The classic grandma remedy. Try applying lemon juice before washing.



What Your Drink Says About You

A good first-date-first-impression is almost as essential as a strong first-date-cocktail. Maybe you’re tired of being the bad boy, and you really want to wow this girl with some newfound, genuine charm. Or, maybe you’re sick of being given the girl-next-door treatment, and you’re more interested in seeming every bit the sexy vixen this evening.

Either way, tons of consideration goes into the type of vibe you’re trying to send. Once your outfit is picked, your meeting place secured, and your transportation arranged, it’s time to move on to the promise land, otherwise known as the bar. So, what do you order? We decided to leave this one up to the professionals and get some firsthand advice from a couple of bartenders who have seen it all.

Read on to see what your first-date-drink says about you!
Red Wine
Ordering a glass of red screams seduction. “There’s this one guy who comes in here, I’d say once a month, every time with a new woman. He always drinks red wine, and always sways her to drink red wine,”says Nick, 24, who’s been working in the restaurant business for six years. He’s definitely picked up a thing or two from smooth patrons like this one. “Now if I really want to get a girl in the mood, it’s going to be with red wine.”


However, seasoned bartender John, 30, cautions first-daters who order red wine at his more low-key bar at a popular chain restaurant. “I’ve been doing this long enough to make some broad generalizations,” he says, “And I’ve never seen anyone pull the swirl-and-sniff at this place. That’s just some pretentious bullsh*t.”
White Wine
Both bartenders were in agreement that white wine is the more feminine pour of the two “Women tend to be the white wine drinkers in here, and honestly it has a lot more to do with the selection of the wine than the fact that she’s ordering it,” says Nick.

John agrees that ordering a glass of white wine isn’t as significant as the type of white wine that you ask for.


While martinis definitely elude urban sophistication on the big screen, our bartenders’ observations say otherwise “Anybody that orders a martini looks like an alcoholic,” says John. “I’m sorry, but that’s just straight alcohol.”

Even if martinis are your favorite, you might want to save this potent cocktail for date number two.


One thing is for sure: guys love a girl who can enjoy a cold beer “Personally, I think it’s awesome when a girl orders a beer, especially when they want to hear the specials,” says Nick. “It shows that you’re not limited to just one type of drink, and I think it’s more attractive when someone is into being surprised by switching it up with a different type of


Anything On The Rocks
Both bartenders agreed that it’s only okay to order hard alcohol on the rocks if you have the personality and look to back it up “You do have those guys that order vodka on the rocks, and I honestly don’t know how they do it, but it clearly takes the edge off of their first date jitters,” says Nick.


While John agrees that it’s better to start with hard alcohol if you’re planning to transition to beer or wine with dinner, you also have to be aware that ordering something on the rocks could make you seem a bit ridiculous. “Sometimes you’ll get a 25-year-old douche that orders a Bourbon on the rocks to make himself look sophisticated,” John says, who advises first-datees to leave this drink to the cast of Mad Men, and order something else.

So, What Is The Perfect First-Date Drink?
“A good drink to order on a first date would be a Stoli Rasberry and club with a splash of cranberry juice That way, you get a little bit of flavor, and it still looks like a nice drink with the hint of pink from the cranberry,” says John. “You aren’t ordering house vodka, but you also aren’t ordering something ridiculous like Grey Goose either.”


Nick, however, doesn’t think that your drink order actually matters on a first date. “Don’t be scared of ordering the drink you want,” he says. “The best first dates I’ve observed involve people who aren’t afraid to act true to themselves, even if some people might not like it. On a first date, you shouldn’t be afraid to show who you are.”

Scientists Developing a Hangover-Free Wine

Instead of giving up that favourite glass of wine because of that crazy hangover, scientists at the University of Illinois are willing to give a helping hand. They have a modified yeast that could actually reduce the elements in wine that cause a hangover.

Yong-Su Jin, an associate professor of microbial genomics at the university, and his team, developed a way to engineer Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a species of yeast often used to ferment beer and wine.

“Wine, for instance, contains the healthful component resveratrol,” Jin said in a release. “With engineered yeast, we could increase the amount of resveratrol in a variety of wine by 10 times or more.”

Using an enzyme that acts as a “genome knife,” capable of cutting across multiple copies of genes to create mutations, it is also possible to add ginseng, say, or other beneficial components to the wine yeast, Jin said.

“Scientists need to create designed mutations to determine the function of specific genes,” said Jin. “Say we have a yeast that produces a wine with great flavor and we want to know why. We delete one gene, then another, until the distinctive flavor is gone, and we know we’ve isolated the gene responsible for that characteristic.”

18,000 bottles of wine to be poured

A judge has ordered 18,000 bottles of wine to be poured down the drain.

The wine, worth £155,000 approximately sh 2.2M , was seized in raids by customs officers over suspicions duty had not been paid.

The bottles consist of household names Echo Falls, Blossom Hill, Hardys and J.P.Chenet and will now all be destroyed.

Despite the wine being perfectly fine, the judge ruled it should be condemn because of suspicions the excise duty had not be paid.

Raids had been carried out on warehouses in Blackpool, Lancashire, and Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, owned by alcohol wholesalers A.G.Peters which supplies high street outlets across the UK.

The officers suspected there and been large scale evasion of the £2 duty which must be paid on each bottle.

Source : Telegraph 

Occasional alcoholic drink may improve fitness levels in middle and old age

Occasional alcoholic drink may improve fitness levels in middle and old age

Enjoying the occasional glass of wine could help keep you physically fit in middle and old age, according to a study.

Surprisingly the findings appeared to show being teetotal had the reverse effect, with abstainers more likely to have difficulty carrying out everyday movements such as walking and getting dressed.

Researchers from University College London looked at the drinking habits and physical ability of nearly 30,000 men and women aged between 45 and 69.

Those who enjoyed a tipple up to four times a week were found to be the most supple and had the least trouble walking, eating, dressing and reaching.

The worst physical condition of all was seen among those who didn’t drink.

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How that nightly glass of wine can wreck your teeth

We all know that sugary snacks and acidic fruit juice don’t do our teeth any favours.

But now dentists are warning of another hidden source of damage to our molars: alcohol. Last week, it was revealed only 16 per cent of people have considered the effects of alcohol on their oral health.

Yet dentists say even just a nightly glass of wine can dry out your mouth, suck the calcium from your teeth, and leave you with bad breath. Alcohol is also increasingly associated with mouth cancer.

Here, we reveal how too much drink could take the smile off your face. . .