February is a big month in my household - especially with the first week of the month. We have my daughter's birthday, groundhog day, my birthday and the Super Duper football game all in the same week. Then things quiet down as we wait for March and warmer weather to arrive.
This year, February is starting with a blast of true winter weather and a snow storm that looks like it may be our big one for the year (knock-wood). So while you are hunkered down, sipping some coffee, and looking at a screen for the umpteenth time - here is a little more info to give you some insight to what has been happening around the world of wine, this week...
Whisky is the Secret to Living Long?
I see more and more articles about the centenarian who has a shot or two of whiskey everyday and it is this that they attribute to their longevity. I'm not sure this routine may be the secret for all of us, but it probably couldn't hurt. Many studies have shown that a moderate amount of alcohol can have beneficial effects on our system, especially for mental health as it helps to relieve stress, as well as our physical being. I know my dad always recommended a couple of fingers of Irish Whiskey before bed if you were not feeling well. I have done this on a number of occasions, and I have to say - I think it works. So whether you are in need of quick cold relief, or something for the long haul - here is an inspirational article that may guide your thoughts...
The Drink Business - 106 Year Old Covid Survivor
Drink Wine to Fend off Covid? I'm OK with That...
Check out this article that appeared last week detailing the interesting concept of tannins and how they may defend against covid. Even if the defense is not there, you still get to enjoy a bottle of vion and be happy, which is not bad!
The Drinks Business - Tannins in Wine v Covid 19
And Just In Case You Did Not Have Enough Material To Study For - Here Comes Bordeaux with New Grapes...
Yes, you heard right, the premier wine region in Southwest France, known as home-turf to the classic Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec on the red side, and Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle on the white - has some newly approved grapes - many of which just easily roll off the tongue.
Check out the article below for full details.
INAO Approves New Grapes for Bordeaux
You can also join me for a deeper dive into the region of Bordeaux via a live webinar on Feb 23.
Click here for the details and to register
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Brian Mitchell runs The New England Wine Academy, and is responsible for the content of this blog. With over 25 years of drinks industry experience, Brian has learned a few things, but everyday he is learning more. This blog helps to bring that knowledge to you.